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Is it possible to still be hypothyroid even though you're taking medication and tests come back as normal?

I was diagnosed as being hypothyroid about a year after being treated with chemo for leukemia. I have been taking thyroxine since then, and all of my tsh tests come back as normal. I still have many of the symptoms of being hypothyroid, and my doctor seems to think as long as the tests come back normal I'm OK.

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  • DNA
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes, you can. There are 2 reasons for this. Your doctor may be undermedicating you, as many think that a TSH of even 4.0 is fine because it's in range. Most hypothyroid patients on T4 (Synthroid, Levoxyl) need the TSH below 2.0 to feel well. Find out your results and always test in the morning.

    Another reason, you might need T3 as well as T4. A med like Armour may help you to feel better. Many people find they feel better with a T4/T3 medication like Armour. For those on Armour the free t4 and free t3 are the best tests to adjust dosage.

    A have put a good link below. Get copies of your blood work, as it helps so that you will know where you feel your best

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    There is a TV program that is called I didn't know I was pregnant, well you may very well be one of those ladies, in many of the episodes the women never noticed any changes no morning sickness weight gain, and never got the round belly, I say they are the lucky ones, but at the same time it could be dangerous, for the mother and the baby no pre natal care. But the babies always seem to be fine once they were born, If you are at least you will only have a month to go I know it's not much time to prepare, but God has a way of making it all work out. If were not meant to be it would not happen! Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    As long as you take the meds your levels will be normal but if you stop they will change you will always have hypothyroid disease for the rest of your life the meds control the levels but you will still get symptoms but if they are really bad then your doctor needs to change your dosage

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes!!! I have the same and it has been over a year and my doc's still can't get my level right, if you are feeling tired, cold, and still gaining weight even though you are exercising, ask for your lab results, some doctors think a lab result of 5 or over is normal and it isn't, it is 3.3 make sure you get your result numbers...

  • 1 decade ago

    See a good endocrinologist. It is possible. Certain other medications can make your test scores higher without increasing your thryoid, for example, birth control pills used to do this.

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