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Anyone know anything about Thyroid function tests...?

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Had my thyroid function tested a couple if weeks ago. Didn't hear anything which I took to be a good sign. However when I was collected a prescription the other day, I thought I would just ask for the details. The reading the receptionist gave me was '2.4' - and although the GP had viewed the results, nothing had been put in as a comment (previous test results had 'satisfactory' by them, for example). Intrigued, I performed the cardinal sin of test results and Googled (yes...I know...confused...) and the hits that showed up suggest that this result could indicate a problem. Should I go back to the GP and risk looking daft for Googling and believing the online information? Or should I sit tight and assume that 'no news is good news'...?? MPD

SleighbellsRingInYourLife Sat 08-Dec-12 08:20:08

Why did you have the test done?

Do you have symptoms?

Are you TTC?

2.4 would be your TSH level. That's the thyroid stimulating hormone secreted by your pituitary. High levels can indicate that your thyroid gland is having to work very hard to create enough thyroxine.

Did you get numbers for T4 and T3? Those are measures of the hormone thyroxine in your blood. Taken with TSH levels they can give an indication of a problem.

2.4 is well within the normal range, but I don't feel right if my TSH goes that high.

Ooh thanks for the quick response, sleighbells smile

I only have that figure as the receptionist could only see that as the result - I guess I probably do need to go and see the GP to get the proper details.

I had the test because I have had some unpleasant sensations of tightness and hoarseness in my throat - I now believe that this was down to a sensitivity to some asthma medication I was on. The GP that ordered the bloods did have a feel of my thyroid and couldn't feel anything untoward but ordered the test to rule out that as a factor. I also mentioned that my sister had thyroid cancer 4 years ago and that (when asked about symptoms) I do have some symptoms especially very dry skin (scaly in places), tired (but then, I have four DCs wink ) and often unexplainable anxiety (this is the one that if anything most fits and I have been increasingly aware of an unpleasant anxious feeling a lot of the time). None of these things would have taken me to the GP on their own.

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RockinD Sat 08-Dec-12 19:26:20

If your TSH is 2.4, well within the normal range, then it may be that the lab will not have done any other tests even if your GP asked for them in order to save money because they do not see them as being necessary.

This doesn't give the full picture or help you get a diagnosis or otherwise.

Can you go see the doc, find out where you are with the tests and then re-post?

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