Originally Posted by bri1134
Thank you for the condolense. Its only been three months since he passed. I actually have an appt next week to get another wbc taken to see if my levels are still low since my last appt a few weeks ago. I'm going to seee if she'll test me for T3, T4, and antibodies. Was your wbc lowered with your graves? What other symptoms did you have?
And to clarify from my above message, my mom was hyperthyroid as was her mother. My moms brother and sister are both slightly hypothyroid.
Thanks you for the response I don't really have anyone to talk to about theses things with my family dealing witht the loss and others thinking its all in my head.
I lost my father quite some time ago....it took a long while for the pain to ease....and I'll still have pangs of sadness at certain times. Please try to find peace in the memories - it helps.
Re your thyroid, please, please, please make sure your doctor runs the FREE T4 and FREE T3....any other test does not give accurate information.
You'll want to get the TSI (thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin) test to confirm Graves'.
Oops...somehow I missed the facts about your mother - sorry.
Please know that you can go into remission from Graves'....80% of people taking anti-thyroid drugs can achieve remission if they take meds until their body (not their doctor) tells them it's time to stop the meds.
I'm not sure how your mother fared with the RAI treatment but, some people have a really rough time - not so much with the treatment itself but, the fluctuation of thyroid hormone levels afterwards....and difficulties getting medicated properly.
I've always advised fellow Graves' patients to make sure their doctor knows how to medicate properly before choosing a permanent treatment.
A doctor that doesn't know how to medicate properly will overdose hyperthyroid people and underdose hypothyroid people.
It's a lot easier to take a lower dose of a med than try to get a higher dose that's desperately needed to function. There are countless stories on this forum about people fighting for higher doses of synthroid, etc.
My WBC was always fine. I was fortunate in the fact that my hyperthyroidism was discovered during my annual physical. I had attributed the few symptoms I had before Dx to perimenopause (2 instances of night sweats), allergies (dry/itchy eyes) or stress (we all know about those symptoms).
Feel free to post your lab results here (with reference ranges since they can vary from lab to lab and it's important to see "where" your level "fits" within (or above) the range).
I have lots of great research info about Graves' that I'll gladly share with you.
Sorry you have so much on your plate right now - hopefully, we can at least help ease the burden of your possible thyroid issue.