Posted 4/7/2015 9:37 PM (GMT -6)
mbills2223, unfortunately most doctors dont either. Too many people walking around with lingering symptoms because they are being treated solely off of TSH and T4 lab results. T3 is the active hormone, and the majority of hypothyroid cases are caused by an autoimmune disorder, Hashimotos. The worst thing one can do is start treating someone without the complete picture of whats going on.
In ariels case, the T4 level is just under perfect, and TSH at an acceptable level, but theres an enlarged gland, symptoms of hypo, and TSH is increasing. With an existing lyme result. That tells me we need to check antibodies and see where T3 and RT3 is at. Thats a minimum. They should add Vitamin D, iron and cortisol levels among others, but the full thyroid panel is essential.