Can I have a thyroid problem even if my bloodwork was normal?

A couple years ago a doctor wanted me to get a thyroid ultrasound but I refused one because my blood work was ok. Cut to today, I am always cold, depressed, tired, and having trouble with breathing and memory. Another doctor definitely wants an ultrasound now. I’ve gained a good amount of weight, but now I can’t even lose 1 pound no matter how much I diet and exercise. My mother suffers from a thyroid condition as well. It’s so sad but I kind of want to have a thyroid problem or SOMETHING just so I can actually be treated.

I want to go to the gym and cheer up. However, I can barely drag myself out of bed in the morning.
Why would I refused an expensive ultrasound test? Because I thought it might be medically unnessary if the blood work is ok.
Oh and I do have an enlarged thyroid or a lump or something- hence the doctor wanting an ultrasound, plus my family history. Sean G. I promise you wouldn’t make it a week suffering like I’ve been suffering.
PS My previous doc wanted me to get an ultrasound PRIOR to doing any bloodwork whatsoever. So my mom stepped in and said no, you need bloodwork first.
The more I read this the more angry I get with Sean G. I’ve gone with many undiagnosed illnesses because of people and even Doctors like him who just tell us it’s all in our heads and it’s all our fault.

8 comments

  • Jessica

    Yes!!! Most doctors go by a range and if your numbers are in there specfic ranges they say your levels are "normal" But if you are having symptoms of it then obviously something is wrong. Make sure your doctor tests your TSH, FREE T3, and FREE T4 to see if you have a thyroid problem. Do you have a goiter? Is that why your doc wants an ultra sound? If you do then it is safe to assume that you do in fact have a thyroid disease especially since your mother has it.

    You are going to realize it is a struggle to feel well because you have to fight with doctors to fix your dosage of your hormone replacement pill. My best advice is to read up as much as you can and if your doctor does not help you then find a new one!

    A lot of helpful information.
    http://thyroid.about.com/

    Edit:

    That lump is a goiter. An enlarged thyroid gland. It is important for you to get the ultrasound to see if you have any nodules on your thyroid. Nodules can be cancerous, but its very, very rare. The only way I would be worried about that is if you have had any family members with thyroid cancer before. But its normal for doctors to want to have ultrasounds on thyroid patients.

    Edit again:

    I wouldn’t let people like Sean G bother you. He doesn’t know what he is talking about. I don’t think you can know unless you experince it anyways. Just ignore him.

  • Sean G

    Not to be mean, but everyone these days seems to blame weight gain on a Thyroid problem. You have to be honest and ask yourself, do you really eat good or do you really exercise enough? Are you running or walking several miles a day? Not eating fast food or pizza or drinking several cokes a day? I would bet that your weight gain is due to over eating and not working out and nothing to do with a Thyroid. Maybe see a counselor and determine what makes you over eat and start there. Good luck.

  • I know how you feel. I was pretty sick for a year and a half and had a lot of symptoms related to thyroid. I got tested and it ended up not being that, but I felt the same way, I hoped it was thyroid so I knew what was the issue and could treat it.

    Have you had bloodwork? And it all comes back normal? If a doctor feels you need an ultrasound to be sure, I would get one. Especially since it’s the second doctor. Why are you hesitant to get one? When I was sick I was willing to do anything to diagnose what the problem was so I could move towards recovery. Good luck!

  • Maria R

    Go get a second opinion… Tell them to do a more extensive test (it does exist) for the Thyroid. There are more panels that they can test to determine if in fact you do have problems.

    There is information out there in the internet that you can research.

    A good endocronologist can listen to your concerns and ask for more testing to be done.

    Best wishes to you … Try also getting on some vitamins and minerals that help with thyroid conditions.

  • cl4nd3st1n3

    My thyroid sped up VERY slightly and made me lose 25 lbs in a month! I was also having panic attacks and cried nearly all day, every day.

    Some doctors will call a thyroid that is up or down at all "normal" if it’s within a certain range, but for some people, even that little bit is enough to cause chaos.

  • adeline_syne

    It seems that your previous doctor certainly thought it was possible that he had not learned everything necessary about your thyroid simply from the blood work. I assume you declined b/c insurance didn’t cover the ultrasound, and not because you thought you knew more than the doctor. Why would you refuse this new request for medical tests from a different doctor, when you are so desperately hoping to find out what’s wrong?

    That”s the part I don’t understand.

  • minootoo

    Get the test done any way. For your peace of mind. Should have asked the doctor. But just think! Doctor already asked you to get it done any way. So why wait and suffer?.

    Do not drag you feet. Even your mother can be kept comfortable with new drugs. New treatments are coming up on the market almost every day. Please take advantage of it for both of you.

    Please read by articles on related problems, the articles were written for other participants but it may help you too, but do as you please.
    *********************************
    Some Thought about treating Depression
    By
    minootoo

    Talk to your doctor about it for sure. It happens in some cases, need to adjust the dosage. Or change the type, or even stop.

    Do not stop the treatment on your own but do add certain thing to your life style.

    1. Go for a long walk on a tranquil path, or just any quiet street.
    2. Get plenty of sun sines.
    3. Have a list of thing to do, when an attack comes on, pick it up and engage you doing some thing, it may be just Ironing a dress or polishing the shoes or any mild physical activity, go window shopping near by or walk to a library. Take a shower, or wash your head or soak your self in a tub.
    4. Keep comedy (books, video, movie,) on handle to pick up and use.
    5. Keep picture of happy event to look at.
    6. See if you can come up with few thing to do say at least 100 of them keep adding from day to day and I am sure you will have so much to look forward to and so much to do that you will not have any time to feel depress.
    7. ———-.
    8.
    ..
    ..
    100. See what happens, please include on the list some cheerful person or the person that you like to talk to like grand ma, or grand father or a favorite aunt, Also include some goal to achieve and try to figure out how to go about achieving them.

    By the time you complete the list the depression should be over.

    This is a perfect science base on blood level of chemical call sera tone and the other…., the pills are suppose to adjust such chemical’s levels in the blood.

    Hope it was prescribed after the blood test. If not talk to the doctor, go on internet and read about the side effects, so you can talk with info in your hand.
    ***********************
    Tips for Loosing Weight
    By
    minootoo

    You must count calories and at least in initial stages write down what you are going to eat and when then stay on that list. Your total calories for the week must not exceed, 1500 x 7 = 10,500 calories this will give you leave way to indulge at special occasions like wedding and parties, but you must write down what you eat and account for the calories latter and adjust the total intake next week.

    Please read my article on this subject and follow them.
    While at it build your body too, while reducing by doing body parts specific exercises.

    If you are not too old, then best way to reduce your weight is to increase your height.

    Vegetarians have a big advantage, in loosing weight, it cost less and they can satisfy the hunger more easily, some vegetables have only 1 calorie per pound, so they can fill themselves up with it before enjoying each meal, and never go hungry.

    Most people should take one a day water soluble multi-vitamins when on this program; they can be purchased at the pharmacy near you.

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&…

    http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi….
    *************************
    Life Style Change Program for Loosing Weight
    By
    minootoo

    Who needs to loose weight?

    Answer is simply not every one, only the over weight person.

    Who is over weight?

    This is simple, it is easy to find out and it is available on line, it is call Body Mass Index, and calculations are simple. According to this calculation if you find your self say only 10 pounds more, you may not be over weight. Remember every one is slightly different and you can just watch it, on your own and not let it get out of hand.

    What is the reason for being over weight?

    This is also simple, have doctor check you out for any physical or hormonal abnormalities. The doctor should be advising you of your ideal weight even though you have already figured out the ideal weight and you are seen a doctor because your weight is not where it should be according to BMI.

    Basic understanding of loosing weight.

    Every one uses calories at all time. There may be some exceptions to this rule, for most of us; the rate of use, even when we are resting, we use 65 calories per hour minimum. This comes to1560 calories per day. The actual range is between 65 and 100 calories per hour. This is consistent with heart rate of 60 to 80 bits per minute.

    Simply put any person eating only say 1500 calories a day will not put on any additional weight. At this level of calories consumption the person should loose some weight over long haul, depending on the individual rate of metabolism.

    What is a healthy weight loss?

    When one tries to loose weight, one should loose excess fat; there should be a healthy loss of weight. Loosing muscles tissue is unhealthy.

    How much is one pound of body fat?

    One pound of body fat weight is approximately same as one pound of butter. If you look at a one pound package of butter, you will see it contains between 3200 to 3600 calories. This means that each time a person burns 3600 more calories then what the person takes in, the person will loose one pound.

    How many pounds should a person loose in a month?

    Any one that is trying to trim down can figure out how long it took to put on the excess pounds. The fact is; it did not happen over night. It usually creeps up, but the person realizes one day suddenly.

    This is why a person should not be in a hurry to loose weight. The person should start at once but go slowly. Do not wait for New Year.

    Taking above in to consideration a person should not loose more then 2 pounds per month. If a person looses any thing more then that, chances are that the person will not be able to maintain the weight loss. It will take extra efforts to loose and it will take extra efforts to keep it off. Remember slow and steady wins the race.

    When an overweight person should start loosing weight?

    At once. The person should not be in a hurry to loose weight. The person should start at once but go slowly. Again do not wait for New Year.

    How does body react to weight lose?

    Any time there is depletion of fat beyond certain level, the body reacts by slowing down metabolism, so that it can build up fat. If the body is use to say 2000 calories per day and detects only 1500 calories per day for considerable length of time it reacts to the situation by reducing the rate of metabolism. When this happens one need to help body by increasing activity. Usually takes about four weeks for body to react.

    What is the relationship between body and body fat?

    Under ideal condition fat act as a reserved energy source for our body. Certain level of fat is good for healthy living and even may save our life in certain life threatening situations. Every one should have minimum required level of fat on their body.

    What if there is no weight loss at 1500 calories in take level?

    This is a rear occurrence. Do not panic. The body has slowed down the metabolism to such a great extent that you must help it. The only way to help is to increase activities, this means you have to exercise. You do not need to join Gym but you can go on an an half an hour walk every day or batter still engage in a power walk for same duration. Power walk burns 250 calories per hour and walk burns 100 calories per hour approximately.

    What is the importance of body fat for a female?

    Females require little more body fat then men. In the absence of certain required level of body fat, females are not able to function properly; in particular they may not be able to conceive. You can find lot more about this on internet.

    At 1500 calories intake per day what one must drink and eat?

    Drink

    One gallon of liquids most of witch should be in the form of water (zero calories).
    Calories should be accounted for all other liquids.

    Why water?

    Water is a universal solvent, means it dissolves almost every thing at least in very minute quantities. This helps purification of body.

    Eat

    What should be your proportionate in take of fat, Proteins and Complex Carbohydrates?

    This depends on what your need are.

    1.Need to reduce fat.

    Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
    Complex Carbohydrates: 30 percent of 1500 calories per day = 450 calories.
    Proteins: 60 percent of 1500 calories per day = 900 calories.

    2.Need more energy.

    Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
    Complex Carbohydrates: 40 percent of 1500 calories per day = 450 calories.
    Proteins: 50 percent of 1500 calories per day = 750 calories.

    3.Need to reduce weight only.

    Fat: 25 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 375 calories.
    Complex Carbohydrates: 25 percent of 1500 calories per day = 375 calories.
    Proteins: 50 percent of 1500 calories per day = 750 calories.

    4.Need to increase muscles bulk, but still reduce weight.

    Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
    Complex Carbohydrates: 15 percent of 1500 calories per day = 225 calories.
    Proteins: 75 percent of 1500 calories per day = 1125 calories.
    Exercise the muscles you want to develop, you can find right exercise on line, recommend use of light weights.

    Foot note: To take fat is so important, while reducing even fat, that it is included in all cases. If the fat is completely cut out, body will think of producing the fat, and will produce the fat by reducing metabolism, without fat in take, you may actually again weight even at lower than 1500 calorie level. You will feel run down and lethargic.

    How one must, drink and eat?

    Drink

    Every one may not be able to follow this regime.

    A 16 oz glass of water first thing in the morning w

  • contessa h

    I have a thyroid problem and I can tell you from personal experience that blood tests are not accurate, I would go to a ND doctor and have saliva tests done and show this doctor a copy of the blood tests you just did and go from there. I also had an ultrasound done followed by radiation per the endo doctor i had at that time and after years of research and searching for better doctor and help, I deeply regret doing that. It is critical these days to empower yourself and research all the symptoms,etc in order to know what would be best for yourself. I joined a yahoo group for the thyroid and they helped me with test results,doctors,questions,symptoms and generally support during the really hard times with this. Hope I helped.

Leave a Reply