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underactive to over

deb2006
deb2006

hi.

about 2 years ago i was told i had underactive thyroid.prescribed 75mg levothyroxine

i am not a great pill taker and i admit to forgetting a few doses and then stoped taking altogether for the last 6 months

well ive been feeling unwell so i had my bloods tested and now my thyroid is overactive.

now worried.dont have drs for 2 weeks and have to tell dr that i havent been taking prescriptions.

why would i suddenly flip from under active to over.

thanks

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Because you have Hashi's - Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, known to UK doctors as Autoimmune Thyroiditis.

Have you ever had your antibodies tested? If not, ask your doctor to test them - but don't expect him to understand the results.

Also as your levels have risen to 'hyper' levels (not true hyper, that's not possible) then you don't have to confess that you're not taking your levo, do you. He won't know. :)

deb2006
deb2006 in reply to greygoose

but wont the dr just assume im taking too much levothyroxine thats made me go over.

my tsh is only slighty over at 5.20

going to worry now

greygoose
greygoose in reply to deb2006

Ah no! That's hypO, not hypER. A high TSH is under-active. A low TSH is over-active. You are now pretty hypo because you haven't taken your levo.

But, I still wouldn't tell him you haven't been taking it, because it was only a small dose, anyway. Pretty certain you would need an increase even if you had been taking it. Just act dumb, I would. :)

deb2006
deb2006 in reply to greygoose

the receptionist told me it over active.ffs..off to make a call

greygoose
greygoose in reply to deb2006

Never trust a receptionist. They don't know anything about it!

deb2006
deb2006 in reply to greygoose

thanks.wont worry now

greygoose
greygoose in reply to deb2006

Good. :)

Although, having said that and thinking about it… What are the exact levels that say you're 'over-active'? If it's just a TSH, then that doesn't mean much.

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