Thank you for writing in today. Based on these labs (even though borderline) and your current symptoms, I would suspect hypothyroidism. It is possible to have subclinical hypothyroidism with borderline labs. Hypothyroidism is thought to be underdiagnosed. There are recommendations to actually reduce the TSH reference range, in order to more accurately diagnose hypothyroidism. At this point, I understand why your provider is willing to consider alternative therapy trial; however, personally, I would recommend prescription medication, such as Armour thyroid or Synthroid. At this point, if you do a trial with the Kelp, I would recommend routine follow up on your labs. I actually suspect you may not achieve relief of your symptoms without medication, but, if you are adamant about trying the Kelp, you could give it a shot. In addition, based on these labs, I suspect you will eventually need the medication intervention anyway. Hypothyroidism is very common; however, it is usually well managed. At this point, I would suggest weighing the pros and cons. If you do try the Kelp, set a start date and plan for follow up. If you don't respond to the Kelp and find that your labs are continue to move in the direction of hypothyroidism or you still have symptoms of hypothyroidism, then you and your provider may want to discuss medication. I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know. Lisa
I didn't mention that my mom is on Synthroid, but she had hyperthyroidism and it didn't happen till she was 80.
I'll guess that a month or so on Kelp would be a fair trial. My next choice is compounded natural thyroid since nobody seems to have Armour.
But I wanted a second opinion on the Kelp idea, since I've heard pros and cons.