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Hashitoxicosis
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Hashitoxicosis

I have been, more or less, diagnosed wth Hashitoxicosis.  A TPO Ab of 38 and a TS I of 166 on my last blood test. My question is, should I request removal of my thyroid? I know medication is out of the question because taking medicine for Graves will throw you into Hashimoto's and visa versa.  I am hypo 98% of the time, tired, weight gain, dry skin and hair, etc.

Any suggestions?
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Whenever we have seen episodes of hyper- along with hypo-thyroid activity, it has so far almost always been due to thyroiditis or an infection of the thyroid gland.  Under these circumstances you should not just consider removal of the thyroid as the answer.  Be sure to follow up on the possibility that you have an undiagnosed case of thyroiditis, and chronic bacterial and viral infections would be my bet on what is causing this.  

You can find more on our website, www.immed.org.   Interestingly, many patients with Graves or Hashimoto’s have this problem.
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