I was treated for Graves 5 years before my APS diagnosis. The radiologist and endocrinologist treating me decided to calculate out a dose of RAI to destroy just part of the thyroid so I would still manufacture some hormone on my own. My understanding is that most docs just kill the thyroid and get on with the replacement meds. I did start taking levothyroxine a few years ago.
Now, after 15 years I have a prominent visible lump on my throat and the sensation of an obstruction when I swallow. An xray swallow study with contrast showed no obstruction, but definitely weak esophageal swallowing muscles.
My doc ordered a T3, results 62 (76-81) My TSH is always on the lowest end of normal. He reported to me that everything is totally normal and there is nothing to be done.
Can someone help me understand all of this?