Re: Finished my treatment for Graves Disease, what to expect?
I agree with Midwest1.
Quite honestly, most Graves' patients have suppressed TSH during treatment - this is due to the Graves' antibodies.
The fact that you still need thyroxine tells us that the Graves' blocking antibodies are now coming into play.
Those antibodies not only suppress TSH but, they suppress thyroid hormone production which makes the patient hypothyroid.
So, the fact that your body is producing measurable TSH tells us that your thyroid hormone levels are probably too low for your body's needs.....your symptoms surely indicate this.
Most people dealing with hypothyroidism have TSH 1.0 or lower if they are optimally medicated.
Graves' patients such as myself (and probably you) will often have suppressed TSH if they are optimally medicated.....all due to those antibodies.
On a "good" day, my TSH is .011.
I know that many thyroid forum members in the UK are at least able to get their FreeT4 level checked - I suggest you pressure your doctors to do the same for you.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010