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    What's the Point in Testing? When do you know it's stable enough to treat?

    Three years ago I had a truly hellish episode of idiopathic subacute thyroiditis causing thyrotoxicosis that made me feel really sick, lose more than 20 pounds (making me underweight), and gave me panic attacks.
    Well, it went away, but since then I've been wondering if it'll come back. My endocrinologist gave me a list of symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism to watch out for.

    In the last few weeks, my resting heart rate has dropped (to the 40s, sometimes, but usually in the 50s- right now 56), I've gotten constipated, and a bit tired and achy.

    So here's what I'm wondering: say I am hypothyroid. Would it even be safe to treat, given that it could change back to normal thyroid function by itself like last time? How would we know?

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    I've gotten constipated, and a bit tired and achy.
    sounds like HIPO to me.

    Would it even be safe to treat, given that it could change back to normal thyroid function by itself like last time? How would we know?
    you have been HYPER and than you went back to normal???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z_interactive View Post
    sounds like HIPO to me.


    you have been HYPER and than you went back to normal???
    Not exactly. My TSH was low and thyroid hormone levels were high, but it was because of subacute thyroiditis. So technically I had thyrotoxicosis but not hyperthyroidism. Going back to normal happens in the majority of cases of subacute thyroiditis, and afterwards something like half of people continue to have normal thyroid function, but the rest, over years, can become hypothyroid, and/or have repeated attacks of subacute thyroiditis.
    What makes my case slightly more puzzling than most is that we tested for a zillion causes and didn't find one. Inflammation markers: low. Antibodies: normal. White blood cell count: normal.

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    i don't know much about Subacute thyroiditis, sorry. But it's quite a scary thing since it's rare condition!
    i hope someone with more info about subacute thy. will respond soon

    good luck

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    You should go for treatment, don't take it normally.

 

 

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