I was feeling sooo bad I went to the Dr last August. Most of my female immediate family members have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism. My tsh was high 6.15. I go back and had to argue to get my tpo antibodies tested. My t4 was within range 1.1 and my tsh was now 4.15 but my antibodies were 1047. I would've never known if I didn't educate and advocate for myself! They refuse to diagnose Hashimoto's. Calling me subclinical Hypo. And this is a resident, I have been dealing with. She wanted to blame my symptoms on other possible causes and refused to blame my thyroid. I fought to be put on 25 mcg of t4 meds. No one told me about selenium or important vitamins to lower my extremely high antibodies. I don't have health insurance til April so I can't afford to see an Endo so I still haven't. I researched Hashimoto's and immediately became proactive. Gluten free, refined sugar free, non gmo, no grains, no soy, I was already pescatarian, and I joined a gym and go 6-7 days a week, low calorie and low carb etc. I have been super diligent and strict health wise. I even attended a seminar on root causes of the underlying issue of inflammation, by a respected Ravens team physician and learned a lot. So I lost over 30lbs. But now, despite still doing the same healthy lifestyle 6 weeks, no weight loss and I gained 3-4 lbs plus my energy is sapped more than normal as tiredness is constant as you know. This is NOT a plateau. I ordered my own bloodwork online and got tests I need but never were given because all Dr.'s. do are tsh and Ft4. I did RT3 T3 uptake T7 Total T4 FT4 FT3 and both antibodies. No issues except my Tpo antibodies were still high but down significantly from 1047-110 I attribute to selenium and my diet/exercise. My tsh reduced to 2.85, much better. But now my FT3 is low 2.1, range 2.4-4.8. I have no absorption issues as I tested this and low T3 would account for my symptoms. So I call the clinic and send this to them hoping to start low dose T3. I am told my labs look fine, my tsh is fine and FT3 is an unreliable test! That my symptoms are NOT from my Thyroid and I need to be checked for something else. I tried an online Dr and I was told virtually the same thing and that the Antibodies mean nothing. That u need to relax and meditate! No joke. How are they so dumb? How do I know more than them? How, when my mom, 2 sisters, grandma and now my niece all have this disease do they still refuse to call it Hashimoto's?! I share to help you and myself. I need help but no insurance makes it difficult. No one is listening or cares. They are so ignorant and uneducated about this. Their treatment is antiquated. It's my body, I have to function in it and apparently you are just crazy. Oh and I was told that I shouldn't read and educate myself by the Resident internal med. Dr. Seriously! Thoughts are much appreciated!
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