(TBS #11) Thyroid Lab Patterns Explained: Hi TSH, lo T3, lo T4 & More - Dr. Westin Childs | Thyroid & Health Supplements That Work

(TBS #11) Thyroid Lab Patterns Explained: Hi TSH, lo T3, lo T4 & More

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(TBS #11) Thyroid Lab Patterns Explained: Hi TSH, lo T3, lo T4 & More
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This is episode #11 in my thyroid video series and today is all about thyroid lab patterns!

Lab patterns can give you important insight as to how your thyroid gland is functioning and they can be very confusing, especially for patients.

In this video I go over 6 lab patterns which tend to be the most “confusing” because they may seem “normal” even though you may experience hypothyroid symptoms.

1. High TSH, normal T4, normal T3 = This is the pattern we’ve been discussing in this post and will usually present with hypothyroid symptoms.

2. High TSH, normal T4, low T3 = This pattern may be an indication that you are having issues with thyroid conversion and most often presents with hypothyroid symptoms.

3. Normal TSH, low T4, low T3 = This pattern is usually what is seen in those with chronic illness and in those who are taking multiple medications. If you have this pattern you will most likely be symptomatic.

4. Normal TSH, normal T4, low T3 = This pattern may be consistent with low T3 syndrome or euthyroid sick syndrome and may present with hypothyroid symptoms but not always.

5. Normal TSH, normal T4, normal T3, positive thyroid antibodies = This is a classic presentation for early Hashimoto’s and most patients with this pattern will be symptomatic. If you are symptomatic this is a valid reason to consider a trial of thyroid medication even though your lab tests are “normal”.

6. Normal TSH, normal T4, normal T3, high reverse T3 = This pattern is most often seen immediately after calorie restriction or after dieting and weight loss. This pattern usually indicates an adaptive response from your body and one that shows your metabolism will be slowing over the next few months (not ideal for weight loss).

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