Thyroid results and birth control

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   Posted 1/1/2017 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
15 years ago I went to the dr and had some blood work done because my periods were incredibly irregular. The tests revealed that I had elevated levels of prolactin. My dr then Ordered an MRI. The results of that MRI showed that I had a growth on my pituitary gland. She put me on birth control (Yasmin) and then sent me to an endocrinologist. The endocrinologist did nothing. So, 15 years later, I decided to follow up again with some additional information. I met with my family dr. I asked her about doing another MRI, she consented. I also asked about getting my thyroid fully tested. She shrugged it off and said my problem would either be with my pituitary or my thyroid but not both. But she was happy to have my thyroid tested too. I have been on birth control 90% of the last 15 years. I was on the off week of pills when I did the thyroid test. The results were abnormal. The tech that called said my levels were high and my thyroid was working too hard. She also said that the dr wanted me to retest. I did so within a few days. This time I was on the second week of active birth control pills. The results were normal. Everything I've read says that the pill can alter the thyroid test. Why would the dr not tell me to go off of them while testing? I have all of the symptoms and my sister has hypothyroidism. The dr knows all of this. Am I being pushed aside? Should I push harder and ask for another test while I'm not on birth control?

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   Posted 1/2/2017 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tanab12,

We can not comment on you thyroid tests results without seeing your actual results for TSH from both of the tests!

I think you need to perform a head MRI to follow up with the growth on your pituitary from 15 years ago since my best guess it will not go away by it self, and the abnormal results of thyroid function tests can be a direct result of having a pituitary that is not functioning properly since TSH is released by the pituitary !

Do ask for an immediate MRI and if you have the results of the blood tests please post them here!

It is your right to ask for a copy of the blood test results.

Best and happy new year,
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