Last week I wrote about going to our military hospital to request some lab tests. (Click here for previous post.) That Thursday, my PA’s nurse called me to see if I could come in before my scheduled follow-up appointment to discuss my thyroid test results. I figured something was up, but of course, she couldn’t tell me anything about the results, so I had to wait and ponder until Tuesday after Memorial day to see my PA.
At the day of my appointment, I sat in the small room where the Red Cross volunteer took my vital signs again. I was nervous, because of my recent elevated blood pressure readings and having to go back onto blood pressure medication if my numbers didn’t improve. But as it turned out, my reading that morning was only 124/82, much better than the reading from the week prior of 154/105. Relieved that I was almost back to normal, I could now return to worrying about my possible thyroid issue, while waiting for the PA.
Thyroid Panel Results
She didn’t waste much time and told me my thyroid panel test results. I added normal ranges in parentheses:
♥ Thyroxine 10.0 (4.8 – 10.4)
♥ T3 1.32 (0.970 – 1.69)
♥ FT4 1.29 (0.78 – 2.19)
♥ TSH Sensitive 0.245 Low (0.465 – 4.68)
I must have given her a blank stare, so she continued questioning me about symptoms, and if I noticed any of the following:
♥ Hair loss (notice more hair on the brush)
♥ Weight loss, etc…
Yes, I have these symptoms, but figured that the hair breakage was due to the dry air in Colorado, the palpitations due to the altitude, and the weight loss, yet slow, was intentional with eating low-carb.
The PA checked my neck again for any growths, but did not feel anything abnormal.
The plan for now is to repeat the blood test in 2 weeks, and if the results are the same or worse, she will order a scan of my thyroid and we’ll go from there. If the test comes back normal, we’ll just follow-up with tests in 3-month increments.
Lipid Panel Results
My lipid-panel wasn’t that great, either, but the PA said, that we’ll keep an eye on the numbers. There is NO WAY I’ll go on statins for cholesterol, because of the horrible side-effects they cause and science has proven, that especially women see no improvement in taking them. Chris Kresser has a lot of resources and scientific backup to prove this point.
Here are my numbers:
♥ Cholesterol 206 (<200) okay, a bit up
♥ Triglycerides 86 (<150) thanks low-carb
♥ HDL 36 (40-60) gotta work on that
♥ VLDL 17 (5-40) not bad
♥ LDL Direct 154 (<100) oh, oh – but I do not have particle size
♥ Risk Ratio 5.7 (0.5 – 3.5) high
My A1C was excellent with 5.3. I’m down by .3 points from 2010, when I had it tested the last time. It should be under 6. Yay!
Outstanding Test Results
I’m still missing the Vitamin D and the standard test results. I also do not see LDL particle size on the report, which I requested. Maybe this test is not done at this hospital – the PA gave me a confused look when I asked her for the LDL particle size as we were discussing the results. Instead, she kept referring back to the risk factor value. I’ll ask her again at the next appointment. Stay tuned for updates of my next Dr. visit.