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Old 08-07-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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Question Low Thyroid results for years, now producing too much

I have been on Synthyroid (or generic form) for 20+ years because my thryroid was not working. I started with 0.200 mg for apprx 17 years and in the past couple years my doctor has been reducing the strength. I am now on 0.137 mg. My TSH result was 0.25. I can't find my previous results at this time.. When I started on synthroid it was my understanding my thryoid was not producing much at all. I am really concerned about this. What would cause a thyroid to start producing when for 2 decades it hasn't?

 
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Re: Low Thyroid results for years, now producing too much

A falling TSH is actually not proof that your thyroid is now producing hormone. Has your MD measured the free portion of your actual thyroid hormones, T4 and T3? Are you having symptoms of overmedication? Or is your MD treating only the low TSH without regard to your either feeling well or having symptoms?

Do you know whether your thyroid failed due to Hashimoto's disease? If so, it's not at all likely that your gland suddenly started to work. It's more likely that your hormone needs have simply decreased.

If you can provide answers to any or all of those questions, we'll try to help more.

 
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:51 PM   #3
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Re: Low Thyroid results for years, now producing too much

Thank you for your response. I was not given the results of anything except the TSH. They usually take the test for T4 and T3 as well but I forgot to get that information. I can't say that I am having symptons of overmedication. I hadn't, and still haven't, noticed any changes. As far as I know my thyroid did not fail due to Hashimoto's desease. Thyroid disorder runs in my family. I questioned my doctor's nurse, expressing my concern that could something else be happening that may be a problem. I thought she would get back to me but all I got was a dumb letter from my doctor indicating the results of the thyroid test is normal. If I want to discuss any concerns I should make an appointment. To me that is cold. The thryoid results were not included just the word 'normal'. I will definately contact the doctor's office for a medical history on my thyroid. If you can give me any more information, I would appreciate it.

 
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