The other day, I decided to look into my labs that the doctors told me were “normal”, and obtain my records. (Thank you, Biokatie from TWW for mentioning this idea 🙂 ) I already know what my abnormal labs have been. You’d think you could trust a doctor when they tell you something is normal, but I guess not!
First of all, my thyroid levels are normal – they weren’t misleading about that. They’ve been checked about 4 times or so (sporadically – with long periods in between testing) over the last 3-4 years. They fluctuate a lot though. I read online that there are many reasons they can fluctuate. I feel curious though – if we checked them on a consistent basis, what would they look like? How much would they fluctuate? I seem to have every symptom of hyperthyroidism – especially here lately, and I swear I’m not a hypochondriac LOL. My T3 and T4 were only checked once in November 2011. They were normal, as well. I’d like to know what we might see if we checked them again.
What pissed me off is that I specifically asked to speak with my doctor about these labs and my concerns. The receptionist told me the doctor would call me back in between patients. The nurse called instead. She dismissed all my concerns and said we don’t need to explore any further into my thyroid levels since they were normal. I felt kinda silly then, but it’s just a frickin’ blood test! Can they not just appease me? I mean, we are thinking of moving onto donor embryo, so why can’t we fully explore everything first?
Of course, I don’t want anything ELSE to be wrong, but I want to make sure we have covered every.single.base. The nurse called me back after speaking with the doctor and said we would do a thyroid antibody test. Okay, at least that’s something. I don’t see why they can’t double-check my TSH, T3, and T4 while they’re at it. Sheesh. Whatever.
My other concern and what had been misleading – was that my primary care doctor had checked my Vitamin D3 in November 2011. She told me it was normal, but it was clearly marked in BOLD – LOW. Sure, it was slightly below the cut-off….but she knew I was already taking 5,000 units of D3….and it’s STILL LOW? Most things I read online say the level should be at 50, ideally. Mine was 29. My RE’s office wouldn’t have anything to do with it, and told me to check back with my primary care doctor. So I made an appt for 4/3/12. I am unsure if this doctor will do anything about it either, since she said it was normal before. I already bumped up my supplement to 10,000 units a couple days ago. Vitamin D is very important for fertility & overall health.
So yeah, from now on, I’m getting copies of all my stuff. Even when they say it’s normal. I know I’m always researching and delving into possibilities that might not mean anything….but we never would have found my Endo and Septum if we hadn’t explored things further.
As for my cycle, I am 4dpo/5dpiui…probably just going to go with 4dpo, so I don’t test too early. I’m going to see how long I can hold out, LOL. The hormones are kicking my butt. I haven’t been feeling great. Super hot flashes and just generally feeling icky. It will be worth it all though – hopefully!! 😀