Can I afford to wait a year for treatment?

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Registered: 02-13-2007
Can I afford to wait a year for treatment?
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Mon, 06-30-2014 - 12:07pm

Hi. My sister was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and she recommended I should get tested since it can run in families. I have pretty low energy, plus a few other symptoms (like a widely varying luteal phase in my cycle), so I agreed that I should. What I don't have is insurance, so I went into the low-cost clinic for a physical. My initial blood test came back with a TSH level of about 11. The doctor wasn't sure, so he had me wait a couple months and have another test. That time, the TSH was at 19. Both times, my Free T4 was 0.8.

Those TSH levels are pretty high from what I can tell, but the doctor says that even though it's abnormal, it's not a big deal because I don't have a weight problem. He dismissed my other symptoms because they're "not an exact science." As far as he's concerned, this is the end of it until my next physical.

So how bad is this? It will be another year before I have insurance. Should I scrounge up the money to go into a endocrinologist for a second opinion, and then more if he/she recommends treatment? I kind of figure that I've been tired for a long time already, and what's another year? Or could this get out of hand and dangerous in that time? I'm just not sure.

Siggy 5
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 07-01-2014 - 3:50pm

There is a women's website that I visited that is a really good in helping me with not only my thyroid issues, but also with hormonal issues that also affected my LP.  its called www.womentowomen.com  you can take some online tests that can help with symptoms.  While it can very well be a thyroid issue, it can also be something as simple as hormones or vitamin deficiences.  Did the doctor run any other tests for vitamin and mineral levels?  For example, a low vitamin D level can easily lead to excessive tiredness. 

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 11:20am

Also, another great website I happened to come across yesterday is: http://deliciouslyorganic.net/  the writer's story about Hashimoto's disease and working through it is within the website.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-1999
Sat, 07-26-2014 - 9:26pm

Those are really high levels and you may want to continue getting checked out now rather than a year from now.  You don't necessarily need an endocrinologist if you find a regular doctor that is familiar with thyroid issues.  Along with the other sites that have been suggested, you could also research Mary Shomon's site.  Just google her name.  She also has several books on various thyroid topics.

Calley7