Hi all, feeling pretty rotten, and somewhat confused
I’ve recently been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease:
Free T3 13.4. (3.1-6.8)
TSH <0.02 (0.3- 4.5)
TPO Ab 158
With low serum ferritin and microcitic blood cells.
I have been on carbimazol 20 mg for 5 weeks and free T3 is down to 9.2. Just seen endo and he wants to double carbimazole dose and repeat bloods in 8 weeks time. I just feel terrible on the medication and am worried I’ll swing into hypo on double the meds in 8 weeks if I’ve dropped 4 units in 5 weeks. When I questioned him about it he asked me if I didn’t want to get better!!?
Should I just stick to my original dose & request a blood test in 5 weeks or so, which is my inclination, or is there a reasonable explanation for his treatment plan that he wasn’t able to articulate to me?
Also, I was under the impression that TPO antibodies were associated with Hashi’s rather than Graves’. Is that correct? They didn’t test for TRAB. Does having TPO antibodies mean I have Hashi’s as well as, or rather than Graves’??