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Re: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

Re: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

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Posted by Lynn N on April 21, 2000 at 15:15:34:

In Reply to: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis? posted by Wyatt on January 17, 2000 at 12:43:59:

I would strongly suggest that you submit this same post on the thyroid disorders board and direct it to Nancy O. I'm sorry that I can't answer your questions (I have thyroid disease also) but I'm sure that Nancy could.
Best wishes,

: Last summer I went to the doctor because I felt a little strange (which we both agreed was probably caused by overexertion/dehydration a few days earlier) He did notice my reflexes were somewhat slow, and he thought he felt a bump on my thyroid. I had a T4/TSH test followed by an anti-thyroid antibody test. My T4 was low, TSH was somewhat high, and antibody test positive. He referred me to an endocrinologist who looked at the results and immediately declared Hashimoto's. She put me on 125 mcg of synthetic thyroid (my mom had her thyroid surgically removed a few years ago due to acne radiation treatments as a teen -- totally unrelated to me, and SHE is on 125 mcg) Within a week I felt ill, and had many of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. I told the doctor, she had me get another TSH blood test, which said I was now normal. I wasn't having any of it, so I stopped taking the medication cold turkey. Within 5 days I started developing some joint problems w/ a knee, and decided to start taking it again, but breaking the pills in half (so, now taking ~62.5 mcg daily) I did that for 2-3 months, got another blood test, went back to my primary care doctor, he said the TSH test came out normal, my reflexes were normal, and he was unable to feel the bump on my thyroid anymore. During all this, I learned what I could about Hashimoto's, and discovered that is mostly affects older women, and usually has a family history. I am a mid-20's male, with no family history of any autoimmune disorder. Could the original antithyroid test have been wrong? Towards the end of December, I started getting muscle tremors/spasms in my right hand. I have since stopped taking the medication entirely (been off for 2 weeks), the spasms eventually went away, and have felt fine. I plan on going back to the doctor in a month or so to give my thyroid levels time to stabilize.

: When I went in for my original blood tests, I was under a great deal of anxiety, which someone told me could have lowered my T4/increased my TSH, and have read that thyroid nodules tend to come and go. What's the chance I was perfecly fine to begin with, and was led down this wild goose chase by sheer accident?

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