Hi KO-LD. What symptoms are you having that you can attribute to a thyroid problem? I know it may be hard to tell since some symptoms of Lyme and hypothyroidism overlap.
If you feel like your thyroid treatment is optimal, then I would not change anything. If you do not feel like your treatment is optimal, there is room for improvement in your Free T levels even though they are in the normal range. My Free T3 was in mid-range for a long time and I felt terrible. Many people, including myself, feel better when the Free T levels are in the top 1/3 of the range.
What thyroid medication do you take?
Low body temperature, dry skin, weight gain and inability to lose weight, brittle nails, insomnia , poor short-term memory , fatigue,, , hair loss ), low motivation and ambition, cold hands and feet, , easy bruising, skin , heat and cold intolerance, low blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, acid indigestion, , diminished sex drive,,, , fluid in the ears, .
most of these I've had for a long time, going back to the time that my doc thought I was infected. Some I've contributed to Memopause. I was tested for low thyroid in my early 20's around the time many of my weird symptoms started. I don't remember what test was run, but they were all "normal". From what I've read it's most likely the LD and not a Thyroid issue.
Hi KO-LD. You have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms.
Have you had the thyroid antibodies tested? If not, I highly recommned having them done. If antibodies are present, it indicates Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which is an auto-immune thyroid disorder. I have this. Some people who have this have normal test results, but treatment is warranted.
Hi KO. There are two tests for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I got the information below from http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos/ :
HOW DO I CONFIRM HASHI’S LABWISE? Hashi’s is confirmed by two antibodies labs: anti-TPO and TgAb. The first antibody, anti-TPO, attacks an enzyme normally found in your thyroid gland, called the Thyroid Peroxidase, which is important in the production of thyroid hormones. The second antibody, TgAb, attacks the key protein in the thyroid gland, the thyroglobulin, which is essential in the production of the T4 and T3 thyroid hormones.
Another site with a lot of thyroid information is http://thyroid.about.com/
In my case, I had many hypothyroid symptoms but my TSH, T3, and T4 results were all in the "normal" range. For years I tried to get help for this. Finally a doctor ran the antibody tests. I believe the normal range was 0-34. My result was over 1000! When the Free T tests were finally run, they were low also.
KO, I would have the antibodies tested again. A lot can change in two years.
There is definitely room for improvement in your Free T levels, especially since you have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms. As I posted on another thread, I finally found a great doctor by calling a compounding pharmacy and asking the pharmcist if he could recommend a doctor who considered the Free T levels and not just the TSH. This doctor has helped me more in a few months than all the others combined have in years. You may want to try this.