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Thyroid Disorders board


[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Navy"]Do you have hard copies of your lab results? If so, could you post those related to thyroid, please? (Name of lab, result, lab range). If you don't have a hard copy, ask for those. You are entitled to have those and should keep copies for your own records, for comparison down the line and for when you see other doctors, etc.

By "normal," I am guessing he meant the labs other than that antibody lab were within lab range. Many here, if they could see your actual numbers, might take exception to that "normal" designation, however, from experience with how we feel at different levels the lab ranges call normal. ;)

I think he is saying, although, your other labs are in normal range, the antibodies could well cause symptoms of hypothyroid disorder and he is willing to treat those symptoms based on the high antibody count. I don't think anyone here would disagree with that and many who have been in that place and were unable to get treatment would consider you fortunate to have found a doctor willing to treat. We would all wish you well on your journey and there will always be fellow hypos here to support you when needed. :)

As for which med is used, IMO, at this point it matters little which is prescribed for you of the various brands available for treatment of hypothyroid disorder. Levoxyl is a fine choice. You'll find people here who take that, others who take Synthroid, Levothorid, Unithroid, or Armour, even other meds. You'll find people who feel well on all of those. Doctors don't all agreee on which one to use, but the important thing is that you get well. If he can make you well on Levoxyl, that's a good thing. :)

[COLOR="Purple"][quote]He said so many Drs. make the mistake of not doing a thyroid peroxidase test to see if someone just has hypothyroidism or if it's actually Hashimotos (where your own immune system attacks and destroys your thyroid gland). He said if you actually have Hashimotos and you're being treated with the wrong meds then the Hashimotos is destoying the medication, too.

Hmmmm, if you are quoting your doctor accurately, I believe you would find his opinion quite unique among licensed, boarded, physicians with experience treating hypothyroidism. Most would consider the cause of the hypothyroid disorder inconsequential once treatment has begun, except in cases where the pituitary gland is involved where that cause may be of more serious consideration than the resulting hypothyroid symptoms.

Hashimotos antibodies do attack the thyroid gland and frequently succeed in killing it. At some point, if the attacks continue, the individual becomes truly hypothyroid by lab standards. Sometimes, however, the attacks stop, which is the reason why some doctors take a wait and see approach to treatment for hypothroid disorder.

I have never heard of Hashimotos destroying meds and have never heard of different meds being used for hypothyroid disorder, no matter what the cause might be. The majority of those with hypothyroid disorder, btw, are hypo because of those antibodies. There are other causes, but the treatment is the same. The meds used are the same. Levoxyl, for example, would be an appropriate choice regardless of the cause.

I wonder if he was actually telling you many doctors refuse to treat symptomatic Hashimotos patients until their hormone levels go out of range. That does occur and has frustrated many people who feel really bad.

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Quote from ErinBeth:
You'll find people here who take that, others who take Synthroid, Levothorid, Unithroid, or Armour, even other meds. You'll find people who feel well on all of those. Doctors don't all agreee on which one to use....

Quote from dea4:
Many drs don't like it for some reason or another and some prefer it over the synthetics. You use what works best for you regardless of the drs opinion on a med.

Very diplomatically put, ladies. Some - who shall remain nameless - would think flygirl's MD needs to be put in a museum.

Assuming the quotation is accurately reported, the business about Hashi's "destroying the medication" sounds like pure malarkey.