Re: First test series after TT and RAI
I met my endo, let's call him Dr. Doogie because he's so young, just before my surgery to get clearance for my surgeon. At that time, he was willing to run any test I wanted. But afterward, he focused only on TSH---and I will tell you, why I accept this, no problem---he keeps my TSH suppressed, below .01, to prevent a cancer recurrence.
If anything, I tend to be more on the hyper side, than the hypo side. He got my TSH where I wanted it, he didn't mind giving me T3 when I asked for it/needed it---afterward. Once he got my TSH where he wanted it, my other tests were so hyper, my GP who ran them as a routine, couldn't believe it. I dropped the T3, and the water retention and brain fog eventually lifted with just synthroid.
I will also say that even if you get to the right bloodwork "numbers" it takes a while to feel normal---you may be suffering leftover symptoms from being so hypo---the hairloss can be from the hormone change of going from hypo back to a more normal range. It really does take time for your body to readjust---you were soooo hypo for so long, then you had the trauma of the RAI.
Boy, I'm rambling here, but because of the thyroid cancer, first I would worry about getting to where your endo wants your TSH supression wise, and then give your body a chance to catch up and then, tweak to get to where you feel better.
I think the people here with Hashis need more extensive bloodwork---because the doctors are more worried about getting them to the "normal TSH" range, where your endo might want to achieve a supressed TSH with you. You also have to get baseline and manage the thyroglobulin issue. I'd skip the DO for right now. The DO might even prefer you work with an Endo because of the thyroid cancer issue. You can always explore the other doctors and options at any time.
But that's just my totally unprofessional opinion.......