It is possible to go a long time without "needing" treatment. The rate that Hashimoto's patients go full hypothyroid and require medication is about 5% per year. So, if I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's at age 24, there would be a 5% chance I would be hypo by age 25, 10% by age 26, 30% by age 30, etc. At least that's how I understand it.
For some people it is a long, slow attack on the thyroid. Others cycle between hyper and hypo until settling on hypo at some point in the future.
It will never go away. You will have the antibodies, although they will wax and wane.
It really depends on how your doctor approaches the disease whether you get treatment before you go full hypo or not. Many feel that if your numbers are in range, you don't need meds, even if you are experiencing symptoms.
Last edited by alliebeth88; 12-20-2012 at 08:25 AM.