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KO-LD
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   Posted 10/7/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
My TSH is 0.685 normal is 0.450 - 4.500.  Do anyone know if this is something that could be affecting my inability to lose weight?  Is this level low enough to need to be treated?  I know that I have read that a normal reading is not always normal.  Any suggestions?
Thanks, KO 
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Currently on Dr. Zhang's protocol stopped Zhang's after 6 months symptoms returned.  Started Buhner's protocol May 2009


CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure about treatment but your levels are closer to the higher side meaning, your closer to being hyper than hypo. The bigger the number, the lower your thyroid levels are. Mine was at 12.45 at one time. That is considered really low(hypo). Everyone's body is different though.
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Dowa
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   Posted 10/7/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
My TSH jumps all over the place. One test it was 1 another test it was 5. So, seems its confused and I am sure the Lyme is to blame for that. So, testing is not always reliable is Lyme is "having a party" in our bodies. lol D

pcpc
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   Posted 10/7/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I lecture about this and I wrote a book, The Natural Hormone Makeover- about this (may as well get a plug in as I'm not our lecturing lately! LOL)......Your number indicates a slightly hyperfunctioning thyroid. Often is there is adrenal fatigue, the thyroid gland becomes hyperfunctional in attempts to help the body out. It can also be hyperfunctional because of autoimmune problems- so ask for thryoid antibodies to be checked.

All of us with chronic Lyme have weak/stressed adrenal. Ask your doctor to measure your DHEA-S and also a morning cortisol or a salivary cortisol (even better) and if possible a morning pregnenolone.

Best to keep you DHEA around 150, your prgenenolone over 30 and your morning cortisol above 11 (but not too high - another story ......in a chapter in my book!. Good luck
Grew up on Cape Cod with Lyme... (TB aged 12 so did 2 yrs antibiotics as a kid). Weak immune system lifelong-self diagnosed Lyme 2003. Treated successfully with Cowden herbs until rebit 2007. Babs, Bart and Lyme treatments- currently using IV Clindamycin/Azithromycin and oral Mepron, Bactrim and Flagy- pulsed therapy.


Willowrose
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   Posted 10/7/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
If the thyroid gland becomes hyperfunctional in response to adrenal fatigue, does that mean that a person would tend to lose weight or gain weight?

Rose

Lovelabs
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   Posted 10/7/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think they would lose weight. I also think Lyme totally screws up the thyroid. I never had an issue until Lyme. Now I am hypo. But so thin my collar bones stick out! My level was over 5. I think "1" is where it should be. My endo and LLMD agree. What a big mess huh?

nefferdun
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   Posted 10/8/2009 12:50 AM (GMT 0)   
TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland to tell the thyroid to make more T4 and T3. T4 must be converted to T3, the useable form. Sometimes there is a lot of T4 in your system so your TSH is low, BUT the T4 is not being converted to T3 . You can have another test to find out if this is happening. You should go to a doctor that takes your symptoms into consideration.

KO-LD
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   Posted 10/12/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Thank you all for your response! This is so confusing!

pcpc, Thank you for your suggestions, I will try to find your book. Do most doctors recognize Adrenal fatigue, or is it like Lyme where they don't believe in it?
Thanks, KO
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Currently on Dr. Zhang's protocol stopped Zhang's after 6 months symptoms returned.  Started Buhner's protocol May 2009


CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/12/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Your adrenals are just as difficult to get checked. You need to find a doctor willing to listen. My endo would not test for this! My new LLMD is the one checking my cortisol levels. You may want to ask your LLMD. They know how thyroid and adrenals can be affected by Lyme.
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