I am very concerned about my health. I made an appointment last year with an Endocrinologist. I had lab work and my TSH was 3.4 (considered normal on lab corp ranges) but when doing research online and my primary doctor, they said 3.4 is high on what it should be consider the new "normal". My LDL Cholesterol was also high. Well after a year of very good nutrition ..research about thyroid, gym, exercise. I asked my doctor to also check my Free T3 and Free T4 plus Reverse T3, basically I did this because of my research.
Labwork came back TSH 5.8 (out of the normal for Labcorp) but my doctor said it was fine again. Free T3 low and he said it was fine. Reverse T3 a little on the high end. Base on research when Free T3 is low it can affect Cholesterol (well when thyroid is underactive) and then Both thyroid and Cholesterol affect my free testosterone which is low now.
He just gave me medicine for the cholesterol. I went to another doctor and this one tells me he only considers HYPO someone with TSH higher than 10. Completely different than all information online and books. He said my cholesterol is high but HDL ratio to triglycerides was good. (which is true base on my research). He thinks I may be the exception and have a problem with a 5.8 TSH and wants to give me Synthroid.
I am planning to go to another doctor. Because the more books and research I read. This is not right. My tsh is high.. my free t3 is low. it can be a conversion of T4 to T3 problem. Therefore in order to solve it I need Armour or Armour+Cytomel but both doctors I saw think my TSH is fine and they believe TSH is the important part, when everywhere doctors keep repeating to check FT3 and FT4 ! and Reverse T3.
I need more opinions. I put the references number on the side. Last year TSH was 3.4 and T4 was 1.5 but no T3 or Reverse.
Cholesterol is higher than last year..only LDL and Testosterone was normal last year.
Total Cholesterol - 334 mg/dL ---High 100-199
Triglycerides - 59 mg/dL 0-149
HDL - 84 mg/dL >39
VLDL - 12 mg/dL 5-40
LDL - 238 mg/dL 0-99
Free T4 1.25 ng/dL 0.82 - 1.77
TSH 5.8 uIU/mL 0.45 - 4.5
Reverse T3 20.2 ng/dL 9.2 - 24.1
Free T3 1.5 pg/mL LOW 2.0 - 4.4
SHBG 55.9 nmol/L 16.5 - 55.9
Free Testosterone (Direct) 5.3 pg/mL LOW 9.3 - 26.5
Total Testosterone 471 ng/dL 348 - 1197