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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How often should thyroid function tests be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking thyroid medicine for the last three years. The recent test was done three days before shows HbA1c 6.60%, cholesterol 204 mg/dL, fasting blood glucose 116 mg/dL, total T3 - 0.75 nmol/L, total T4 -12.10 mcg/dL, and TSH 12.71 mIU/L. The medicines I am taking now are Thyro...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Endocrinologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. Suppose your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is 12.71 mIU/L; you need to increase your Thyronorm to 100 mcg once daily before breakfast. Recheck your TSH after six to eight weeks. Your TSH should be within 0.5 mIU/L to 5 mIU/L. If it is higher...  Read Full »

What do my thyroid function test reports say?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 58-year-old male. I need consultation for my thyroid treatment. I have been taking medicines for more than a year. Recently I have not been able to visit my doctor, and he is not available online. I have been taking Thyroxine Sodium tablets. Thyronorm 75 mcg for the initial three ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Endocrinologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. Your thyroid hormone levels are high, and your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level is very low. Your TSH target should be from 0.7 mIU/L to 4 mIU/L. If it is less than 0.7 mIU/L, you need to decrease your dose, and if it is over 4 mIU/L, you ...  Read Full »

Why do I have extremely pigmented underarms and thinning hair?

Query: Hello doctor, Why do I have extremely pigmented underarms? I use lime juice to whiten my underarm. Is it good? How to get rid of it? And, my hair is thinning on top of my head. Please help. I have never been to a dermatologist.  Read Full »


Dr. Uzzaif U Mansuri

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Never use lime juice on any part of your body, as lime apart from having natural vitamin also contains other things which can worsen the skin condition. Hair thinning in the crown requires special treatment in the form of lotion and special medicated shampoo. It can be c...  Read Full »

What is the cause for having persistent swelling in the arms and legs?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 30 year old female.  She has a persistent swelling in both arms and legs since past six months. The reason for this problem is not yet known. It is also not known which line of doctor needs to be consulted in this regard. Earlier, she complains about trembling in hands, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Swelling all over the body could be due to many causes like liver diseases, heart diseases, kidney diseases, thyroid disease, low albumin level, anemia, drug reaction, etc. As you have mentioned that she had trembling hands previously, it could be due to a thyroid problem...  Read Full »

I have erection rarely, and so I am unable to involve in intercourse. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 43 years old. I am known type 1 diabetic. I do masturbation regularly. In the last two years, I observed that I do not get an erection at all. Even if I get after a lot of effort, I cannot involve in intercourse. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. There is some conflicting information, which I need to make it clear. You said you masturbate regularly and no erection for last two years. Do you mean that you have an erection for masturbation, but not for intercourse? A...  Read Full »

I have not got my periods after stopping regular birth control pills. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I was on birth control for about six years. I stopped it before four months. I have not had my period since then, and I was wondering if this is a cause for concern or a regular thing. Also, before taking pills, my periods were irregular.  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I feel the culprit here is your weight. At this young age of 28 years, you BMI (body mass index) is in obesity range. Increase in body fat especially in the mid-segment of the body, around waist, thighs and breasts is not a healthy sign. This fat gets converted t...  Read Full »

I have irregular periods for six months. Will it affect my fertility?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having irregular periods since six months. My age is 25. My period lasts for only one or two days with brown blood discharge. My weight is 100 kg and height is 5'6".  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All these problems of periods are due to overweight. Your expected weight is around 55 kg to 60 kg. It is easy to say just to reduce. But, it is quite impossible to reduce so much. Please put some effort to do it for at least 2 to 5 kg per month. It is a start. Re...  Read Full »

Does eating slate pencil cause diarrhea and indigestion?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old female working as a banker in a rural area. I used to eat slate pencils. I stopped it for the last six months as I experienced nausea, vomiting and passing loose stools. Since then, my hemoglobin level dropped to 7%. If I eat outside food, I suffer from loose stools and...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. It does not look like a result of eating slate pencils. You either have hyperthyroidism or could be a result of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This needs to be evaluated by a battery of tests including blood sugar, thyroid profile, stool test, a...  Read Full »

Do my test results correlate with my hair loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I have substantial focal hair loss. Three blood tests have been taken, and the results are high in SHBG, but normal levels of testosterone. I am not on the contraceptive pill or any other medicine aside from DHEA, which was recently prescribed. DHEA low and proteins are also low. Is there...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have normal DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and estrogen levels? I am asking this since you have elevated SBG (sex hormone-binding globulin). You can have hair loss with excess DHT or estrogen. Revert with the details to an internal medicine physician online --> h...  Read Full »

Even after treatment, why is my fungal infection not getting resolved?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a fungal infection in my groin area and even after taking the medication the problem was persistent. The doctor has advised checking diabetes and thyroid. I would like to have a master health checkup including the tests the doctor has suggested. What all should I consider? I am 2...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathap

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Master health checkup is better to perform but not absolutely necessary at your age. Fungal infections in the groin area not responding to treatment require an immunosuppressive state to be ruled out. Firstly, if you are on any immunosuppressive drugs, then stop them. The...  Read Full »

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