Thyroid atrophy due NDT - does it go back after I stop NDT?

I have been taking NDT for about half year. Before that T3 wasn't so bad, but I decided to try it to see if this will resolve my problem. Now I will try different type of therapy (not thyroid). I stopped taking NDT 1 month ago.

I am wondering if thyroid goes back to normal (as it was right before I started NDT) after you stop taking NDT and how long does it take to "recover" it completely to the previous state so TSH, t3, t4 will go back to previous value. Is thyroid atrophy due medication temporary and completely recovered after let's say 2 months without NDT? After 1 month my body temperature is still lower than before I started NDT.

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  • Newbie85,

    There will be little useful NDT in your system 1 month after last dose but it will probably take another month until TSH, FT4 and FT3 are at baseline levels. What therapy are you planning instead of NDT?

    Replacing low thyroid hormone with NDT or other thyroid medication doesn't atrophy the thyroid gland. Atrophy is usually due to autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's).

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • I am not sure if atrophy is proper word but if I wanted to get my T3 into optimum (top border) level I needed 1 grain which lowered my TSH to 0.1 and my temperature is now after 1 month lower than before taking it.

    I will try metal chelation and then high dose of iodine. Test showed that I don't have enough iodine, but if I go higher than 1mg it negatively affect my thyroid and I also feel worse. I did it properly with iodine cofactors. It could be that iodine pulls some metals from tissues into blood and this could be one of the reasons why I don't feel good with high doses of iodine. I have also other reasons why I suspect heavy metals are the root of my problems.

  • Newbie85,

    TSH is often suppressed when FT3 is high in range. As long as FT3 remains within range it doesn't matter that TSH is low. Stopping NDT will mean that FT3 will drop and TSH will rise. You can explore heavy metal chelation without stopping NDT.

    High dose iodine will not replace thyroid hormone and can induce autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's).

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

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