My doctor has diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. After doing some research I've become a little confused and before I take my very first dose of Armour, was hoping for some insight from those of you who have been dealing with a hypothyroid and are savvy to how the numbers pertain to hypothyroidism.
The following are the results of my one blood test and thyroid uptake scan:
T4 FREE: 0.87
(I-123) Uptake of radioactive iodine by the thyroid gland was 7.2% at 6 hours and 10.3% at 24 hours
1. Low-normal radioactive iodine uptake by the thyroid gland.
2. Possible mild thyromegaly without identifiable nodules.
Ok, I understand that the TSH is elevated but the T4 is within normal range and according to the Journal of Nuclear Medicine the normal 6 hour uptake values have a range of 7-15% (percentages less than 7% indicate hypothyroidism) and the normal 24 hour uptake values have a range of 10-30% (percentages less than 10 indicate hypothyroidism).
I guess my question is; how can I be diagnosed with hypothyroidism if all levels are within normal range with the exception of the TSH? I've asked my doctor these questions and the only answer I am given is, "All of your symptoms and test results indicate hypothyroidism". (Yes, I AM looking for a different doctor!)
I'm worried that if I'm not hypothyroid I will be once I start taking the medication and I don't want to take the medication if I'm not hypothyroid. Does that make sense?
I'm not asking for a diagnosis but rather your thoughts on the matter. Thanks in advance!
Post Edited (NonToxic) : 3/29/2013 3:23:23 PM (GMT-6)