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I am a 74 year old woman in generally good health. Despite

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I am a 74 year old woman in generally good health. Despite trying to control my weight gain, I find that I have put on 2 stones in under 6 months, from 9 stone to 11 stone.
I eat ample fresh veg and fruit and take walks daily.
I am concerned that I may have an under-active thyroid gland. I have heard about
finger prick testing kits. Are these any good and if so where can I get one.
I cannot go to see my doctor for a while as I am going abroad tomorrow for a
prolonged holiday. I am worried and would appreciate your opinion.
Mrs ***** *****-Thomas
I am Doctor Thomas, a double board certified doctor in internal medicine and integrative medicine, with advanced training in several other fields. I am a clinician of over 20 years experience. I will give you an initial answer or ask you a question, but be sure to use reply to expert to communicate with me as needed.
Home tests are not reliable.
You need an accurate lab test, to know the exact value of TSH.
The normal range is too wide on all tests, which cay TSH can go up to 4.5.
Not so
Anything over 2.5 can be hypothyroid, particularly if you can not lose weight no matter what.
And treatement requires a prescription.
This is not a self diagnosis or self help situation.
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