For many years, a range of .5 to 5.0 was considered to be normal. However over 90% of people are between 1 and 2. So about 10 years ago, they changed the "normal" range at most labs to be between .5 and 3.0. If your lab is still using this old data range, which many still do, then you might look like you are in the normal range when really you might have a thyroid issue. Most RE's want your TSH levels to be between 1 and 2 when TTC, so even if you are between a 2 and a 3 you may benefit from some thryoid supplementation. Look at what your symptoms are and use that as a measure for asking for follow up testing - fatigue, low BBT, weight gain or issues with maintaining your weight level, feeling cold in your hands/feet, achy joints, foggy brain or forgetfulness. These are all symptoms of being hypothyroid. A full panel test can be done with a simple blood test, get your TSH, T3 and T4 levels all checked. With a family history of thyroid issues, you should definitely stay on top of this. I'm sure your PCP has the test results if you were to call and request them. Then at least you know for sure where they were. Get them tested in a couple of months if you still have symptoms and get the full panel done.
I was diagnosed as hypothyroid by my RE after testing at 3.2-3.9 for years at my PCP's office. I was recently diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroiditis which means my body is attacking my thyroid, so it is especially important I figured this out while my symptoms were relatively mild and my levels were still only elevated. Now my levels test around 1.5 which is great for ttc.
|This message has been edited by ncfp on Dec 17, 2011 11:55 AM|