I have been treated for low thyroid for about 3 years - synthroid, then cytomel + synthroid, and most recently Armour thyroid. I tested positive for hashimotos antibodies.
Just moved to Connecticut and have a new endocrinologist. She's very thorough. She prescribed 50 mcg tirosint plus 25 mcg cytomel (split into 2 doses), to replace my 90 mg of Armour. (I was actually happy w/ Armour except for feeling tired.)
During the appt she stated my eyes showed swelling consistent w/ Graves disease. She wants to run a test for Graves antibodies at my next lab.(!)
I have always noticed that I seemed to experience a lot of symptoms that fall under the hyperthyroid category:
-borderline high blood sugar (90 - 160 fasting)
-high resting heartrate (~100 bpm)
-borderline high blood pressure
-cholesterol in the "low" range ( below normal)
-anxiety, jumpiness, rage,
-muscles feel very weak even when im "in shape"
I've ALSO had the symptoms of low thyroid and my blood tests have always reflected hypothyroid.
How exactly can this be? I presume my thyroid does not function because of Hashimoto's destruction. I believe I was hypothyroid for 10 yrs prior to diagnosis. I know the goal of Graves treatment is to fix the hyperthyroidism. If I am not hyperthyroid but still have Graves antibodies can or will anything be done?