1st Q-for ME: April 2006 & April 2007 had thyroid ultrasound. Some cysts & nodules & goiter. No change in size in year. Recent tests:
TSH .84 - range .4 - 5.5
T3 86 - range 60 - 181
T4 6.5 - range 4.5 - 12.5
Front of throat always tender; doctors comment on palpation. Feel it when swallow.
cold intolerance, brittle/cracking nails, always tired - daytime sleepiness, insomnia, constipation, hair loss & texture changed, forgetfulness, depression, no weight gain - in fact from Sept to April lost 9 pounds unexplained. Have since gained it back and stablized weight (weigh 128 and am 5'5"). Neck tension exacerbated by stress that causes sub-occipital pain.
I'm 50 and menopausal (2 yrs); take bioidentical hormones. My mom just had her thyroid removed (large goiter) and 2 of her sisters did years ago for same reason.
Based on all of this, should I pursue the antibody test or assume it's not thyroid?
2nd Q - for mom. She had thyroid removed month ago, on Levoxyl(sp?) & is so weak can't walk across small room. Dr says give it time. What should she do?