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Dr. Arun Phophalia
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I have a family HX of hypothyroidism. I am feeling like I

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I have a family HX of hypothyroidism. I am feeling like I have this problems since I have problems with dry skin, dark circles under my eyes, puffy face, edema, overweight and find it very hard to loose weight even on a very strict diet. My body temp swings from freezing to sweating bullets then back to cold. Low body temp, and generally fatigue. What blood tests do I need for a full thyroid work-up
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 3 years ago.

Hello Kim,
I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

Following investigations are done for the full thyroid work up;

1) T3
2) T4
3) Free T3
4) Free T4
5) TSH; a repeat may be recommended.
6) Thyroid antibodies
7) Thyroid scan.


If all these are normal; other hormones like adrenal function tests would be recommended.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

can you actually treat and prescribe meds if necessary


Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 3 years ago.
Hello Kim,

Unfortunately we cannot prescribe here. This is a question answer site. Doctors cannot prescribe online as it is not legal. A personal office visit is required and physical examination is necessary to issue a script. Canadian and Asian online pharmacies can send the medications but these can be substandard and regulatory authorities can stop them.

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Dr. Arun