Thyroid Function Test

Thyroid function test is the blood tests done to diagnose thyroid problems. It includes checking the levels of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), T3 (Triiodothyronine), T4 (Tetraiodothyronine), FT3 (Free T3), FT4 (Free T4), etc. This test can be done at any time of the day, as fasting is not needed.

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I recently took a thyroid function test, and my iodine levels are low. Should I take iodine supplements?

Query: Hello doctor, I changed my diet and exercise habits about two months ago and started working out a lot and eating less. After about a month, I started getting terrible leg cramps at night, and then about three weeks later, I started feeling exhausted, and my throat started hurting. Now my voice is h...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Firstly our blood tests regarding thyroid function are standard. You do not have a thyroid problem. Biotin 30 mcg does not affect blood tests. However, Biotin of 2000 mcg or more affects blood test results. Based on a blood test, we do not kn...  Read Full »

Kindly explain the result of thyroid profile test related to pregnancy.

Query: Hello doctor, I just wanted to know the result of my thyroid profile test because it is saying something about pregnancy, and I am scared of that. Currently, I am taking Thyronorm 75 mg and Inderal 20 mg.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query, and from what you have mentioned, it appears that your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is high, and therefore you must increase the dose of Thyronorm to 100 mcg once daily. Repeat your thyroid function test after three months, and then we wi...  Read Full »

What are the medications for weight loss due to hypothyroidism?

Query: Hello doctor, My 78 years old mother is losing weight, and she got her thyroid test done. The report showed serum free T3: 1.97 pg/ml, serum free T4: 0.34 mg/dl, serum TSH (ultrasensitive): 58.97 uIU/ml. May I request you to please advise the future course of action and medication.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query about your mother and from what you have mentioned it appears that your mother has hypothyroidism. I suggest that you ask her to take tablet Thyronorm 25 mcg once daily early in the morning on waking up and then to avoid eating anything for the...  Read Full »

I have thyroid disorder-associated symptoms. Which tests should I undergo to confirm if I have it?

Query: Hi doctor, I suspect I have a hormone issue, which seems to be related to my thyroid. Because I have most of the symptoms listed with thyroid problems, which include a burning sensation in the neck, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, increased appetite, intense cravings, weight gain, night swea...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. First of all, your symptoms are a mix of both hyper and hypothyroidism, making it unlikely for either to be the diagnosis. This, in addition to the TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level, rules out a thyroid disor...  Read Full »

How can I manage chronic idiopathic constipation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 69-year-old male with 74 kg weight (constant for 45 years), 174 cm height, BMI 24 and non-diabetic. My blood pressure is under control, i.e., 130/70 mmHg with Temsan 40 mg one tablet a day and Metolar 25 two tablets a day. CBC, urea, creatinine, urine reports are all normal. Che...  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bowel frequency can vary from three per day to three per week. It can have individual variation. Its always better to reduce the amount as well as the frequency of laxatives. Dietary changes, liquid intake, etc., should constantly be maintained for sustained response. ...  Read Full »

Why do I have trouble in getting an orgasm?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been unable to achieve an orgasm lately. It started disappearing midway during sex with my husband. Now I just cannot get one at all. I have not been able to self-pleasure in years, and I have never been able to get an orgasm via oral sex. I have always had great sex with my hus...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are probably suffering from female orgasmic disorder (FOD). Substance use can cause FOD. Certain medical conditions can also result in female sexual dysfunctions. Kindly get a blood panel done to rule out an organic cause. I suggest: Follicl...  Read Full »

Is Thyroxine an effective medication for under-functioning of the thyroid?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old female, and I am pre-menopausal. My present weight is 54.5 kg, and my height is 158 cm. Eight years ago, I have been diagnosed with under-functioning of my thyroid and since then I have been taking the medication, Thyroup. I started this medication at 25 mcg. But, as...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query. From what you have mentioned, it appears that you have hypothyroidism. From seeing your recent TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) values in your recent reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity), I suggest that you must increa...  Read Full »

Why are there muscle cramps after having had total thyroidectomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a total thyroidectomy three months ago. I have been on 100 mcg of Levothyroxine since day one. I always feel cold, my body hair sheds more than normal, muscle cramps occur fairly easily, and low energy levels. I have had Graves disease in the past. My most recent blood work sho...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query, and from what you have mentioned, you have a well-controlled thyroid function test. Considering the hair fall and muscle cramps, I suggest you have your vitamin D level tested. I suggest you take the tablet Neurobion Forte (multivitamin) twi...  Read Full »

Pregnancy tests are negative, but am still having pregnancy symptoms. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old female, who started taking birth control pills eight months back, but I only took it for a week and stopped taking them. In that same week, I had unprotected sex with my fiance, and I had my periods the next day. The next month I got my periods two weeks earlier, and I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I see two problems in your history. Let me tell you the reason and solution. Birth control pills come in a pack of 21 or 21 active plus seven dummy pills, or the single dose of an emergency contraceptive pill. Whichever you take, will suppres...  Read Full »

Is my thyroid profile normal? Kindly let me know.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 58-year-old female with a history of hysterectomy twenty years before. Now, I have osteoporosis, and I do not want to take medicine after viewing all the side effects. I am having difficulty losing weight despite many diets. After searching on the web, I decided to do a hormone ...  Read Full »

Dr. Roli Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your thyroid profile is absolutely normal. Your other hormones show postmenopausal status which is normal at your age. For osteoporosis, I suggest taking calcium and vitamin D which you are already taking. You should also start with hormone therapy for the shortest ...  Read Full »

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