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Lab results
Last Post 16 Sep 2022 03:25 PM by Elaine Moore. 1 Replies.
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WOHUser is Offline New Member New Member Posts:
15 Sep 2022 03:57 PM
    Hello again!

    I hope you are doing good. I'm forever grateful for your help. A few years back you helped me get into remission. I had my baby on July 2021 and seems like my T3 and T4 are slightly elevated. The NP wants to medicate me with methimazole. I refused until I do more research and see an endocrinologist. I have TED in remission after several eye surgeries and I don't want to risk my stability.
    Do you think I need methimazole? If yes what dose so it doesn't mess with my eyes.
    I'm still breastfeeding and I started taking selenium and omega along with prenatal vitamins.

    I will attach my results prior to pregnancy and the most recent 1 year postpartum

    February 2018

    Tsh 0.15 UU/ML (.40-4.60UU/ML)
    T4. 1.4NG/DL. (0.8-1.7NG/DL)

    February 13 2020

    Tsh 0.022 uIU/ML (0.450-4.500uIU/ML
    T4 10.4 UG/DL (4.4-12.0 UG/DL)

    April 28 2020

    Tsh 0.011 uIU/ML (0.450-4.500 uIU/ML)
    T4 10.0 UG/DL (4.4-12.0 UG/DL)

    October 5 2020

    Tsh 0.008 uIU/mL (0.450-4.500 uIU/ML)
    T4 9.9 UG/DL (4.4-12.0 UG/DL)

    August 22 2022

    Tsh 0.005 (0.450-4.500)
    T4 Free (direct) 2.74 (0.82-1.77)
    Triiodothyronine (T3) 257 (71-180) *she refused to check t3 free

    If you do not recommend methimazole, what would be your advice?

    Elaine MooreUser is Offline Veteran Member Veteran Member Posts:3872
    16 Sep 2022 03:25 PM
    It would be good to use methimazole to lower your thyroid hormone levels. Since your levels may begin to fall on their own and you need to avoid becoming hypothyroid, I'd only start with 5-10 mg MMI and then have your levels checked in 6-8 weeks. Your other option would be to use bugleweed but it might be harder to adjust the dose.
    You could also go a dietary route and add goitrogens like cabbage, soy, broccoli, peaches, plums, almonds, etc to help lower your levels while avoiding processed foods. I hope you move back into remission quickly. Best, Elaine
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