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shevonne

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Thyroid?
« on: April 06, 2011, 04:15:59 PM »
The nurse called today with my lab results and told me that my thyroid was a little high and the dr will call the pharmacy to adjust my medication.  I thought that when it is high I would have more energy with a stronger metabolism.  I am really tired and have no energy and have gained weight.  Thought it would be the opposite.  Do anyone know about this?  Years ago my thyroid acted up and I had Graves disease, hyperactive.  I had surgery and only have like 2% left.  Later on in the years, it became hypoactive, then diagnosed with Sjogrens last year, now she says its too high.  I'm confused!

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Re: Thyroid?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 05:42:30 PM »
Hi Shevonne,

I can tell you from personal experience that symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include being tired, low energy, muscle weakness, and sleeping poorly.  Did she mention how much your medication is changing?
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Re: Thyroid?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 05:49:52 PM »
Hi Shevonne  :)

Could she have meant that your TSH was a little high? Like your thyroid numbers?  If your TSH is high that means you are hypo - not hyper and you would feel tired and lethargic and pretty rotten all round. It could also cause weight gain.

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Re: Thyroid?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2011, 08:08:45 PM »
I think she probably meant that your TSH is high, as Scottie said.

TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. When your thyroid is sluggish (hypo), your body produces more TSH to try to get it moving. Therefore, a high TSH means you are hypothyroid (it's like your body is screaming, "GET WORKING!!!" at your thyroid).

For those of us with AI issues, it is especially important to stay on the lower end of the normal range. Most people feel best with a TSH lower than 2. For me, it needs to be between .3 and 1.5. Any higher, and I have symptoms.

Here are the AACE recommendations for TSH levels: http://www.aace.com/public/awareness/tam/2003/explanation.php

A fantastic resource for reading up on thyroid problems is www.thyroid.about.com but it's produced by a patient advocate, not a doctor. As such, you'll want to find research to back up anything you find there before sharing it with your doctor. My doctor loves when I bring in AACE information, because they are doctors; I would never even try to bring in something from thyroid.about.com because I know it wouldn't go over well. Fortunately, the articles on the site are usually pretty good about citing sources.

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Re: Thyroid?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2011, 09:10:25 PM »
This is a site that I use and can get a huge amount of information and help with thyroid issues. 
 http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Thyroid-Disorders/     

And yes if your TSH is high does mean you are hypo and can be miserable.  Good Luck and Hugs,   sass
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Re: Thyroid?
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011, 09:12:05 PM »
 :-\ I don't know much abt the thyroid except that my blood work is in the "normal" range. MY thyroid is enlarged, though, and I have the same symptoms as you..weirdness.
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