Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thyroid levels and Toopid labs!

I told you all that I went in the end of last month to get my blood work done to check my thyroid levels right? I got a call last week saying that my cholesterol was elevated and my TSH levels were normal. I called to get a copy of my results faxed to me yesterday and they were waiting in the fax machine when I got in to work this morning. (Thankfully part of my job is to check the fax. No one else really does! PHEW!)

According to the labs, sure, my levels are normal. (They're lab range is .4 - 4.0. Better than the old lab, but still not good.) But according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists the correct range should be 0.3 - 3.0. With a TSH of 3.06, I'm outside of that range. Just a smidge, but still outside. I'd like to be at . . . oh I don't know . . . a 1 maybe? I WANT TO BE NORMAL DAMN IT!!

With my thyroid levels elevated, my cholesterol is also elevated. But Dr. C won't recognize that. Of course not! If he did that, he wouldn't be able to shove another pill down my throat! It's not like I'm not a friggin' walking pharmacy as it is! When my TSH levels aren't elevated, my cholesterol is good. When my TSH levels are elevated  . . . my cholesterol IS elevated.

Is it just me or does anyone else see a pattern here? Of course my doctor also said he thinks Lipitor should be in the water. (I think it already is isn't it? It's one of those things that they can't filter out right??)

We go through this EVERY SINGLE TIME I get my blood work done. I tell him his labs ranges are off, and he tells me that's the ranges they go with.

Does anyone else have trouble getting in touch with their doctor to discuss results?

I don't want to make an appointment to discuss my results. I want to sit down, shoot him an e-mail and discuss them that way. If I was able to do that, I'd have records as well as time to digest what he is saying! I can't do that when we're in an examining room. Seriously!

I do understand not wanting to give out your e-mail address to patients as well. You don't want to be inundated with e-mails from crazy patients (and right now I might qualify as one of those crazies. I'm a little pissed!). But having to play phone tag with his nurse (and she's wonderful, I really like her) is simply not acceptable!

Another thing . . . my glucose is high? WTF! What does that mean? Why wasn't that mentioned?

I don't like not getting the full picture and I don't feel like I'm getting the full picture.

At the same time, I'm only beginning to learn about hypothyroidism. I don't know a lot about it and it's a big topic with a lot of information!

Okay, I think I'm done my rant. I've given myself a headache, so I'm going to crawl under my desk and cry myself to sleep. *sigh* I hate this!

Edit: I'm really frustrated with all of this because I was feeling good. I thought my thyroid was producing normally. I was feeling "normal" when I got my blood work done. Has my view of normal gotten so skewed that I don't know what true normal is anymore?

So frustrated . . . so angry!

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