Quoted from CuriousMy doctor told me that she needs the results of a T3 and reverse T3 test in order to diagnose properly. T3 is the key hormone, apparently. So you might want to ask your doctor about doing these tests.
Your T4 is low. This could mean that your T3 is also low (because T4 produces T3), a T3 test would confirm (or otherwise).
Quoted from Melisa
My doctor refused to order the Free T3. Refused. He also thought "[I] could spend my money better by not ordering the Free T4...but [he] ordered it anyway." Yes - I am disappointed. My ND ordered the tests (including Free T3 and since for the remainder of this year I am with Kaiser - a private health care "system" in California, I have to go through the MD for tests) after listening to me and feeling my hands (while checking my white-line-ladened fingertips) and suggested it. All in-office tests pointed to hypothyroidism. I even asked him for some treatment (not really wanting it, just seeing what he would say) and he wrote me back saying that I do not have a thyroid problem and I am just fine because I am within range. He offered to refer me to an endocrinologist, but said that he or she would say the same.
I am confused. Having a T4 of .8 at 34 years old is not good. I have had all symptoms of hypothyroidism for four years, yet just thought I was stressed or working too hard, doomed with my baby fine hair, puffy eyes, etc...etc...etc...
Hopefully, with my new private insurance that is not part of the Kaiser system (I decided to change since the westernized medical community has done nothing but cause more harm to me,) I will be able to get the other tests. I truly believe I have a problem. Even my sister who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome had slightly better ranges than me. No one in my family could understand why my MD will not order the test (it's financial - since the hospital system and insurance are one and the same - they do not want to spend their money for part of my test...they all follow a protocol and it's very by-the-book...and I am never by the book.)
Thank you so much for your suggestions. On January 2nd, I will go in-hand to the lab with the T3 and reverse T3 test orders. :o)
I've gotten more help from Dr. D'Adamo, my naturopath, and this forum in the past year than I have from anyone else in my entire life.