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|A low TSH result can indicate an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or excessive amounts of thyroid hormone medication in those who are being treated for an underactive (or removed) thyroid gland. Rarely, a low TSH result may indicate damage to the pituitary gland that prevents it from producing adequate amounts of TSH.
TSH __ T4 __ T3 __ Interpretation
High /Normal /Normal /Mild (subclinical) hypothyroidism
High /Low /Low or normal /Hypothyroidism
Low /Normal /Normal /Mild (subclinical) hyperthyroidism
Low /High or normal /High or normal / hyperthyroidism
Low /Low or normal /Low or normal / Rare pituitary (secondary) hypothyroidism
Originally Posted by Pynki
I declined the radio-active iodine test because YOU MUST WEAN for it. It's radioactive iodine IN YOUR BODY and THROUGH YOUR SYSTEM! YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN'T HAVE THAT TEST DONE AND BREASTFEED!
Just so you know.
Originally Posted by doulajewla
Here they are...dont know what to make of them :
July 6th 2006
FT3 3.1 ref range 2.3-4.2
Thyroperioxidase Ab 35 Ref <35
Thyrotropin Receptor 11 Ref <10
July 26th 2006
FT4 0.9 ref range 0.7-1.8
Receptor 8% ref <10%
I dont get it. Im not on any meds. My sono says that my thyroid gets inflamed and then goes down, inflamed, and down. Why the fluctuation? I guess im not hyperthyroid after all....i dont get it. I have all the friggin symptoms ive had for 3 1/2 years....the weight loss, hair loss, profuse sweating even in winter, tremors, and palpitations. WHat is going on with me? the endo said he will see me next week. What for? If im not hyper anymore then i am fine and i dont have to go. thanks for all the advice here...not sure if i should be here anymore since my labs are all fine. (as posted on the mediboard)
|I declined the radio-active iodine test because YOU MUST WEAN for it. It's radioactive iodine IN YOUR BODY and THROUGH YOUR SYSTEM! YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN'T HAVE THAT TEST DONE AND BREASTFEED!
Just so you know.
Some precautions are necessary because of the small amount of radiation that emanates from the neck where the RAI is stored for a few days after treatment. While this radiation is beneficial for the person being treated, precautions are needed to reduce the radiation families and friends are exposed to.
1. Avoid prolonged contact with others, especially children and pregnant women.
In general, a distance of one arm's length should be maintained between the person treated and others who spend more than two hours next to the patient in any 24 hour period. This applies especially to children and pregnant women. While brief contact with a person after treatment is acceptable, sleeping together, watching television, going to movies, long care or plane trips should be avoided for approximately 11 days after the treatment.
Sharing food and utensils, including glasses, bottles, cans of soda, water, beer, etc., should also be avoided. For example, when the treated person is eating an ice cream cone, it should not be licked by anyone else. Dishes and eating utensils should be rinsed before being put with those of the rest of the family. Paper plates and plastic utensils should only be used if they are immediately disposed of outside the home. Cooking is fine, as long as the utensil used to taste the food while cooking is not re-used before rinsing.
2. Drink lots of liquids, void often, and flush twice.
The treated person should drinks lots of liquids, especially water, to help remove the RAI from the system, flush the toilet twice after using it, and be sure to thoroughly clean up any spilled urine. Laundry need not be washed separately unless the treated person has sweated heavily, such as after exercise.
3. No pregnancy or breast-feeding.
It is extremely important that women who are breast-feeding stop before the RAI is given, since iodine is concentrated and excreted in breast milk.
Pregnant women should not be treated with RAI, and pregnancy should be avoided for six months following treatment.