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Hi,

I have what I'm sure is a dumb question. As many of you know, I have Hashi's (diagnosed 11/03) and have been able to get my levels to normalish by taking 50mcg synthroid daily. Most of my worst symptoms have disappeared. My question is this - if Hashi's means that I have the antibodies that will eventually destroy my thyroid, does this mean that my dosage will keep increasing over time as my thryoid is able to do less and less on its own, or does it mean that since I'm taking replacement hormone, my thyroid doesn't have to work as hard and I'd be able to stay on the same dosage? Is there a maximum that no one ever needs to go beyond? Just curious, really.

Nornie
Dea,

with Hashi's, when you were originally diagnosed, were your T3's in the high normal range?

Im STILL walking around with a 15+ TSH and high abnormal Total T3 and Free T3. MRI says no tumor and if I take Synthroid I freak out.

My last test the Free T3 came in just under the abnormal level to high normal but my total was still abnormal high. My T4 is low normal.

I seem to have every symptom of Hypo being heavy, dizzy, etc. But I get these weird "cycles" that I can only describe as a T3 shot or an adrenaline shot out of nowhere. My temp will go up to around 99.5 from on average 96.5, BP rises, hands get shaky. Its the weirdest thing - very different from panic attacks.

I was just curious if you can remember your first symptoms of Hashis and how your T's came in at the labs when you were first DX'd.
Quote from hypodude:
Dea,

with Hashi's, when you were originally diagnosed, were your T3's in the high normal range?

I was just curious if you can remember your first symptoms of Hashis and how your T's came in at the labs when you were first DX'd.


The dr that diagnosed me didn't even do a T3, she did a T3 uptake but that actually has nothing to do with your T3, its T3 from a test tube used to measure the binding proteins. My uptake however was low in the range, my total T4 was just below mid range and my free T4 was below mid range, my TSH was 4.91 and I had antibodies and lots of symptoms.

I originally went to the dr for what I thought was a totally unrelated thing, I had trouble breathing, was weak and shakey at times, basically felt awful, would wake up nausous, thought it was my blood sugar. (I am hypoglycemic and have been for 7 years) My GP was concerned about my blood sugar levels being so low so he sent me to one endo that basically told me to eat more and gain weight, she looked at my labs from the GP, she did feel my thyroid but that was it. I pretty much just blew that off and wasn't planning to pursue anything further, then the nurse from my GP's office called and ask about the appointment and decided to send me to another endo. This endo looked at the bloodwork from the GP, said she wasn't satisfied with it and wanted more testing. I never even suspected thyroid, my tests came back and the endo said I had Hashi's.
I did find out that a lot of the symptoms I thought were from my blood sugar were actually caused by my thryoid because once on meds they started disappearing.

I just recently, in the last year or so started getting my T3 levels checked (switched drs) and found my T3 was actually low, First my doc put me on Thyrolar, felt better then worse, found I was getting too much T3, switched back to Unithroid and added Cytomel, still too much, I think my body didn't like the Cytomel. Now I take Nature-Throid and add in a little Unithroid to keep my T4 up.

Not sure why your T3 may be so high, I don't remember from your previous posts, but have you checked into other issues, adrenals, hypothalamus? Have you tried anything other than Synthroid?