Help please! At the moment I seem incapable of making decisions! And would really appreciate some guidance.
My husband died late last year after a long illness and I am now on my own and so talking over stuff - well it's just me and my head!
My thyroid has 'spiked' again and the endo is talking about RAI/removal again. He has raised the Carbimazole to 5mgs. I had reduced it to 1.25 every other day and was doing fine. However, I have had some AF attacks (again attributed to stress concerning my husband - as the thyroid results were always within range.). My mother had AF and no thyroid problems.
I have an enlarged multi-noduled goitre - although nobody would know! That for decades (I am 68).
So - my question is - do I have RAI first and see what happens. Endo says 50% of patients will go hypo. Or go straight for surgery and have the thyroid removed.
Endo wants to see me in February. He wants T3 lower - I will feel better and be better able to handle my grieving process!
I have posted recent thyroid history below.
Thyroid went hyper in March 2012. Probably as a result of prolonged stress concerning my mother aand her death. Prior to that I was monitored because of the goitre - but no medication.
Under control by October 2012. And Carbimazole reduced and on low dose. Some increase in 2014 when my husband first became ill.
30.11.2016 (Blue horizon). TSH 0.005 (0.27-4.20); T4 100.6 (64.5-142.0);
Free T4 17.28 (12-22); Free T3 6.42 (3.1-6.8); Reverse T3 26.0 (10-24)
Anti-thyroidperoxidase 9.3 (<34); Anti-thyroglobulin 18.5 (<115)
I increased the Carbimazole to 1.25mgs every day after these results.
29.6.17. TSH 0.03 miu/Lg (0.35-5.0); Free T4 16.1pmo/L (9.0-19.0);
Free T3 6.4 pmo/L (2.9-6.1)
Carbimazole increased to 5mgs daily.
24.7.17. TSH suppressed. T4 16.1 (9-24); T3 5.7 (3.5-6.5)