Hello, I am new to any kind of message board and would appreciate any help. I have been diagnosed with hyperactive thyroid, hasimotos's, and nodules (3). My test results are:
TSH <0.01 (0.4-4.0 uIu/ML)
Free T4 1.09 (0.70-1.48 ng/dl)
TPO AB >6500 (-u/ml)
Most of what I have read on this subject sites hyperthyroid with Graves, and Hasimotos with hypothyroid. Is it possible to have Hasimotos with Hyperthyroid as I've been told? I have also been told that I should have surgery to remove my entire thyroid along with the nodules. I am very nervous about this and am not sure if this is the right choice. I am very concerned with weight gain and depression after surgery, as I am reading that many people have these problems after surgery. I currently have severe symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, night sweats and brain fog. I am currently not on any medication. Any input would be appreciated.
I have been struggling with this for a while (over 8 years), initially I was told that the TPO level was just a marker, and they would just watch it. Eight years ago it was at 940 and we have "watched" it go up to over 6500. In that time I have continued to feel worse and worse. My one nodule has gone to 3, and all have grown slightly in size. During this time I continue to become more hyperthyroid. My panic attacks have also gotten worse, night sweats and diarrhea have become so severe. About a year ago, being desperate, I want to a doctor outside of my HMO (Dr. Boris Catz), he is supposed to be an authority in this area. He put me on a very small dose of Armour, 45MG, I felt pretty good for the first 6 months and then it seemed to stop working. I went back to my HMO for blood work thinking my levels had changed and that my Armour might need to be adjusted. My HMO endo said that the Armour was making me more hyperthyroid and was something that should only be taken for hypothyroid. The HMO doctor now feels it is time to do something, his solution is surgery or RAI (He feels surgery is better, for complete removal). My endo outside of my HMO says the Armour is the correct treatment and the other doctor is completely wrong. I am not sure who to believe. I am a bit concerned as the Dr. outside of my HMO is quite old (late 80’s?), maybe he is confused. What does this sound like to you? I understand iodine and nutritional supplements can help. What would you recommend? Maybe someone could recommend another doctor. I am in the Southern California area.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.