Question by tankertruck: Help me interpret blood test results (metabolism related)?
I have very poor health insurance — requesting a second opinion isn’t possible. After seeing my “normal” results, my doctor seems unwilling to consider a thyroid problem, and from what I am reading online, I think he should consider the possibility that I do have a (slight hypothyroid) problem. Can anyone help interpret my results and symptoms?
First, the test results that concern me:
albumin 4.7 g/dL (reference range, 3.7-5.1)
globulin 2.2 g/dL (ref. range, 3.7-5.1)
albumin/globulin ratio 2.1 (ref. range, 0.8-2.0) high / abnormal
T3 uptake 30% (ref. range, 22-35)
T4 free 0.9 ng/dL (ref. range, 0.8-1.8) low end of scale
TSH 1.61 mIU/L (ref. range, 0.40-5.50)
Symptoms: unexplained weight gain of 40 lbs over 3 months. Since weight gain, I’ve been doing an hour of cardio 6 times per week, weight training 3 times a week. I tried eating a balanced diet (approx 1200 cals per day), but no weight loss. I can only lose weight now that I’ve cut back to 500-1000 calories a day.
Thanks all. Unfortunately, my insurance doesn’t allow me to see an endocrinologist without a diagnosis. Because my test results are normal (even though I have other symptoms), my general practitioner can’t/won’t diagnose me with anything — and thus, I can’t see an endocrinologist.
Also, I did try upping my calories. I was eating normally (balanced, healthy diet), but when that didn’t work, I started restricting heavily — very low calorie intake has been the only thing that’s allowed me to lose even a little weight.
Thanks again for your responses.
Answer by curious
My best advice would be make an appointment with and endocrinologist. Just because your tests are normal does not mean that you don’t have a thyroid problem. Some people have thyroid storms. I have that problem but we never catch it on time to get the lab work done. I have seen a endocrinologist and they can tell you if anything is wrong. It doesn’t cost anymore than going to your regular doctor.
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