Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and looking for advice or suggestions on how to get my doctor to do more to help me. Two weeks ago I had my TSH and FT4 done at my request by my PCP and after receiving the results I requested additional tests. I was first denied because they said my results were in the normal range but based on the research I'd done I didn't agree and I pushed back and got them approved. My TPOab test and T3 test came back and my antibodies are REALLY high (that means Hadhimoto's right?). I asked to be referred to an endocrinologist and was instead just prescribed 25mg of Levothyroxine and told my target TSH range was 2.0 and to come back for bloodwork to check levels again in 6-8 weeks. They didn't give me a diagnosis, recommend changes in diet/lifestyle, or tell me anything but "take these pills". Should I push for more tests? If so, what should I ask for? I've already had to push for the few blood tests I got so I fear I'll be denied. Any recommendations based on your experiences would be of great help. I've been trying to do my own research on the Internet (that's how I found this forum) and have already started a strict gluten free diet (have been eating GF for 2+ years but cheated occasionally not realizing damage I might be doing to myself). Test results below for reference:
Bloodwork done @ 4pm non-fasted 4/27/16
TSH: 3.18 (range 0.35-4.0)
FT4: 0.9 (range 0.9-1.5)
Bloodwork done @7am fasted 5/12/16
T3(total?): 79 (range 58-159)
TPOab: 1549.9 (range <=5.5)
Thank you all in advance for your input.