I am a 50 year old woman who went to the doctor because of a enlargement of my neck. I had blood tests run and a needle biopsy on a nodule in the thyroid (goiter). It was benign, and my doctor suggested I go on suppression medication. I have had symptons of hair loss, inablity to sleep, night sweats, etc, which I had attributed to menopause.
My test results were: TSH - 3.15, T3 - 106, T4 Free - 0.95; which I understand are in the normal range. However, the TPO AB came back >6500 which is high.
My doctor is putting me on Levithoid (I haven't picked up my prescription yet so I don't know the dosage) and I am concerned as to what to expect.
Can you tell me what types of changes I might expect to notice and can this suppression treatment reduce the size of the thyroid? I am feeling well and only would like the size of the goiter (thyroid) to become smaller as it is quite noticeable. I am not willing at this point to consider removal of the thyroid. Thanks.
With the high antibodies (Hashimoto's) and TSH >3, starting levothroid is appropriate to prevent goiter growth. It will often help to shrink the goiter in these cases as well. It is important not to over-treat -- keeping the TSH in the low normal range is the goal here.
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