Do i have a thyroid problem

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   Posted 8/29/2017 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all,

I am wondering if i could have a thyroid problem as i cannot loose any weight am always either hot or cold have heavy periods dry skin constipation and diohreea
Before i had 4 children i had no probs loosing weight but after the 5th my problems started.

I have insomnia and also brethlessness n when walking up hill and on the walking on flat surface 2.

I am also diabetic type 2 arthritis bladder n bowel probs too.

I hate feeling out if control doc said my thyroid is fine i dont agree i was born very premature.

What can i do?


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   Posted 8/29/2017 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dolphin, if your dr has done labs checking your thyroid & the labs came back normal I don't think its a thyroid problem, this is how people get a dx. You can't argue with lab results. If you don't have a copy of your labs you can get a copy from your dr.. It is tough losing weight after having kids, it was for me.

I hope you can get some answers. Take care.
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   Posted 9/2/2017 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Dolphin, My labs were ordered and my TSH was within normal limits. My Psychiatrist ordered a "Free T4" and it came back "very low." From what I've read, this is an important indicator yet my Primary Care Doc only ordered the TSH. Now that I have a low T4 (and I got Vertigo on Synthroid), my PCP is ordering a "Full Thyroid Panel." Perhaps you could start by specifically asking for a "Free T4" test. Additionally, the internet world debates the "normal ranges" like crazy. From what I've read it's often misdiagnosed or missed. Since you mentioned the change after your 5th child, ask for your "female hormones" to be tested too!

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   Posted 10/30/2017 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
In addition to the FT4 , a FT3 is also important.

It will show if your body is converting the FT4 to FT3.
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   Posted 11/19/2017 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
While you are at it you may want to do a reverseT3, and total hormones to get a complete picture (total t4 and 3, free t4 and 3, reverse t3, and tsh).
The total is a good indicator of how much your thyroid is making, while the free tells you how much of the hormone is available (not bound to protein) for the body to use. If reverset3 is high it will outcompete t3 in the body.
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