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Post thyroidectomy blood test results

karasy2
karasy2

Hi,I'm new here and am just wandering whether anyone can tell me if this is okay.... following surgery 3 months ago, my 1st blood test results show below range TSH level (below low reference limit), Free T4 21pmol/L and Free triiodothyronine level (is this T3?)

I feel mostly fine, headache most morning which clears, bit of surging going on when I finally sit down in the evening, I'm on 200mcg alternating 159mcg levothyroxine

i would appreciate any advice etc..

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Karasy2,

Can you post the results and the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results).

Free triiodothyronine is Free T3 (FT3).

karasy2
karasy2 in reply to Clutter

Serum TSH below low ref <0.01 mu/l

Serum free T4 21 pmol/L (8.0 - 21)

Serum free triiodothyronine (XaERq) above range 6.8pmol/L (3.8 - 6.0)

Clutter
Clutter in reply to karasy2

Karasy2,

TSH is suppressed and FT4 top of range but FT3 is over range so you are over medicated. I would reduce dose by 25mcg which should be enough for FT3 to drop <6.0.

karasy2
karasy2 in reply to Clutter

Ok thanks I did wonder, its just that I don't want to put on anymore weight, seems crazy as I'm vegan but it does seem to be going up whatever I do! guess i shall just have to increase the gym :(

Clutter
Clutter in reply to karasy2

Karasy2,

Being over medicated can make you gain weight too.

thyroid.about.com/od/thyroi...

PeteRad
PeteRad in reply to karasy2

Hi karasy2

Being vegan (as I am) is no guarantee that you will lose weight. Try and reduce carbs, especially grains like wheat (substituting with buckwheat and quinoa). Also reduce all forms of sugar and high GI fruits/veg. As much as possible consume only the good fats (coconut, flax, olive oil and avocados).

For more info take a look at vivahealth.org.uk.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Pete

karasy2
karasy2 in reply to PeteRad

Hi Pete

I am actually gluten free and do avoid sugary foods etc as much as poss. I do feel that post thyroidectomy my weight has increased despite keeping up all activity work etc. It must be an effect on metabolism, I was symptomatic hypocalaemic post-op so took a lot of calcium for several weeks..perhaps this is still having an effect too.

I am subscribed to Viva health too which is a great help.

Thanks for your comments, nice to know there's people out there trying to help :)

Oh I hadn't realised that, thanks I will have a good read! Thanks for your help too :)

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