I joined yesterday and need advice. My story in short:
When I was 20 I was diagnosed with goiter. Back in my home country I was sent to endocrinologist and she put me on synthetic T4. I took it for 2 years, had no side effects and after that my goiter was gone and I had smooth neck again. Fast forward 10 years, living in UK goiter was back this time with nodules. My GP sent me to see a consultant, they did needle biopsy,then another one after few months and then ultrasound biopsy just to be sure. They all came back as not cancer. I asked if I can be put back on T4 just like the first time but Dr said it would not help and the only solution was to have the surgery to remove the whole thyroid. I said no. It has been 10 years, I'm 40 now and the goiter is still there. My GP runs the standard TSH every time I see her and it always comes back normal. So I had thyroid test done privately and here goes:
T4 Total: 88.1 (64.5-142.0)
Free T4: 14.21 (12-22)
Free T3: 4.37 (3.1 - 6.8)
Anti TPO : 16.8 (<34)
Anti-thyroglobulin : 23 (<115)
Ferritin: 18.4 (20-150) - low
Vitamin D: 42nmol/L - low
B12 and serum folate were in the range
So my question is: Does having goiter automatically means being hypothyroid? I would assume swollen thyroid can't be working properly .Would taking NDT (self medicating) work to shrink the goiter? I'm thinking if T4 worked 20 years ago. I would not mind taking it again but nobody is going to prescribe it for me when my TSH is normal.
Thank you to anyone who can offer any advice on this.