Posted 15 October 2019 - 04:56 PM
I remember you! Glad to hear life has gotten better for you - since your divorce.
Remission is a tricky thing - just having "normal labs" does not mean remission.
Did they test TSI and TPO antibodies as well to confirm remission?
I know of 1-2 other people claiming remission and they do tend to dip in and out of active disease - whether it be hypo or hyper. One person I know of has been on Tapazole over 20 years. Sometimes remaining on a low dose of tapazole is all it takes to remain stable. The other has more issues with going hypo rather than hyper
Free T-4 and Free T-3 are absolutely necessary to properly dose yourself.
My experience is that 1/2 - 3/4 of range is your goal for optimal treatment
My Journey... 7 years to receive a diagnosis. TT 2004 after 4.5 years on Tapazole that had to be adjusted monthly - endo ran labs every 4 weeks. Remission was never going to happen for me so I opted for surgery to remove. Final DX by surgeon was Hashitoxicosis, TPO antibodies over 2000 and TSI 316% within the year prior to surgery. I never had a ultrasound or any lab testing to rule out cancer - pathology was negative. Post surgery I was kept hypo for many years - until I figured out how to dose my self, relying on where I fell in the FT-4 and FT-3 labs. I run TSH below range due to positive TBII antibodies. Horrible time adjusting to addition of Cytomel = patience pays off when adding this drug to the mix.
The happy ending ---> Stable dose since 1/10 Unithroid 125mcg, Cytomel 12.5mcg - labs I can live with.
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