UGH. I figured he wasn't ordering the right tests.
Well... he's ordering SOME of the right tests - Free T3 and Free T4 are critical. But, only if they're being used to HELP you (AKA - 100% elimination of symptoms. You still have symptoms. Therefore, you're likely being under-medicated. Plus, you're being given T4 only meds. No good. Read why HERE
Please, do this for yourself: Read everything you can HERE
about what tests should
be done and why. And read everything on the entire site
(for your own information - it'll help you feel better about what you're going through - you're definitely not alone). But, you may end up needing to change docs if this one is stuck in the typical rut of using TSH as a gauge and using T4-only as treatment. Please, read about WHY TSH is NOT the best test
While it may appear to be a bit over-the-top, the site is accurate in every way and, seriously, Janie saved me with the information she posts there. I was headed into early menopause with all kinds of other side effects - including completely debilitating exhaustion - all because I wasn't being treated for my symptoms. My stinkin' TSH test was being treated.
Within DAYS (yes... about 3 days) of being put on Armour Thyroid (natural desiccated thyroid which I called up and ASKED to be put on because it was never even offered to me - not once in 20 years), I started feeling better.
Natural desiccated thyroid is a world away from T4-only meds and made a HUGE difference for me and many other people worldwide. I'm currently on a dosage of natural thyroid that = 3 X's what I was on of T4. It took changing doctors and finding one who believes in natural thyroid, proper testing, and listening to my symptoms before all my menopausal issues and exhaustion (among other things) were eliminated.
Please, keep me posted.
You CAN feel better. I promise.