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A 53-year-old female asked:

Thyroid: doc reduced dosage; symptoms returning. tsh/t3/t4 'normal' on current dose, but i'm unwell again. why docs only consider blood, not symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Doc's look at it all: Doctors look at all the information, which includes the symptoms reported by the patient, the test results, and what's found on the exam. Just ask the doctor again, on the next visit. One can also get a second opinion to see if matches the current doctor's opinion. That means one should have ppo insurance or better, which allows one to have a larger choice of doctors to go to for a second opinion.
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Dr. Alan Feldman
43 years experience
Symptoms nonspecific: Trying to treat symptoms when your thyroid level is normal will typically result in high thyroid levels. Symptoms of thyroid are very nonspecific and can be due to multiple other causes (especially when you have as many other problems as you do). The TSH is the most reliable test to tell us how your pituitary gland feels about your thyroid level. If it is normal (~ 1-2) you are on the correct dose
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Last updated Sep 29, 2016


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