I hate the term ‘borderline hypothyroid’ or ‘subclinical hypothyroidism’. It leaves many people undiagnosed and ill. Many just get worse and worse with time.
‘Borderline’ or ‘Subclinical’ hypothyroidism is a term I hate and don’t believe it actually exists. Your thyroid hormone levels are either optimal or not. So called ‘borderline’ levels are no excuse to not treat someone. They’re no excuse to withhold crucial medication or imply they’re a hypochondriac. Every person is individual, so we should be treated as such.
I lost days, months, of my life to doctors dismissing me because they went on tests and outdated, wide ranges, above my symptoms. Many patients lose whole years. Until it was so late that the medication they DID eventually give me made no difference whatsoever. My body was in too poor a state.
If your doctor has said you’re borderline or subclinically hypothyroid, then I strongly suggest you get another doctors opinion, and possibly another, and another until you’re happy. You should also have a retest of any borderline/subclinical TSH, Free T3 or Free T4 readings to see if they have gotten better or worse. They can occasionally get better, but for many, they get progressively worse.
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