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Old 10-28-2005, 07:52 AM
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My lab result came back and I was told the my thyroid is borderline high.

Can anyone elaborate on this if anybody know what borderline high is?
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:36 PM
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lrivetz, congratulations on getting tested! I'm not a nurse or lab tech but can tell you what I know from my own experience and the doctor reports I've typed in the past. The doctor usually orders a test called TSH, which stands for thyroid stimulating hormone and the lab has number values as to what the normal range is. This varies in each lab but a really low number usually means that the thyroid is overactive. If yours is borderline then you may be just above the normal range, which is a low number (confusing?). I'm surprized that your doctor didn't explain anything to you. Did he/she say it should be checked again later and when?

There are some other tests that can be ordered but I don't want to get too technical. It is pretty much the same principle that the lab has a normal range that they go by. If your doctor didn't want to refer you to a specialist or think that you need medication then you are probably okay. If you eat foods high in iodine content like fish or take herbal medication like kelp or vitamins with iodine in them you may want to cut down or stop since they can contribute to making an overactive thyroid worse. I was taking a well-known multivitamin that contained iodine at the time I was diagnosed. I changed to one without iodine and am doing much better now. Sorry this is so long. I hope that I answered your question.
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Old 10-30-2005, 05:40 AM
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Irivetz,

What type of thyroid test did you have? Usually for a check they do a TSH/FT4

So you have to know the values for which test.

It is always better to call your doctors nurse and ask them what it means.

When your thyroid comes make high in the 4 above mentioned tests..it means, your thyroid is working overtime produce hormone. so a value of 10 is high..
meaning..you are hypothroid..you are not producing ENOUGH , so your gland is working harder.

Thyroid is confusing for patients, so please check with your doctor..that is what they are there for.. they are serving you..so call your doctor.

I am hypothyroid, meaning I have to take synthroid meds to help boost my thyroid to work, so it doesn't have to work so hard..I will have to take them the rest of my life.

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PS I am a retired Laboratory Assistant
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:33 AM
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Seven years ago I was diagnosed as hyper-active, and I was given a prescription to lower it down because I was also pregnant at that time. I quit taking the medicine because I do not like the taste of the medicine. Now, I am noticing that I am easily annoyed by any little things, so I decided to see a specialist for thyroid which is an Endocrinologist. The doctor told me there is some abnormality going on on my thyroid gland. He told me that they need to draw some blood which they did. Two days later they called me to let me know about the result. I got scared because I had already set up my appointment for follow-up and why could they not just wait. The doctor did not call me but the assistant. I asked the assistant and the best explanation that she could give was my thyroid problem is closed to being out of the normal. I asked her if it was good or bad and she told me the same thing that it was borderline high. Anyway, she called my pharmacist for my meds, and then she told me that they need to draw more blood prior to my follow-up appointment. And, my doctor already warned me to always take my meds and not when I feel like taking it. From a point of .8, mine was 1.8
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Old 11-01-2005, 06:04 PM
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So your doctor does feel that you need medication. Yes, I do remember it had sort of a metal taste that was not pleasant. I took mine with juice to help lessen that a little. I'm glad to hear that your doctor wants to follow you closely. An overactive thyroid definitely needs to be treated. I started feeling "normal" again after a couple of weeks on the medication but everyone is different. You will feel less irritable eventually, so hang in there.

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