I hope you're doing well.
OK. Got results of blood tests.
Thyroid Peroxidase AB 107 <9
TSI 195 <140
Will be having radioactive iodine uptake scan within a week or so. Waiting for an appointment. I have an Endo appt on 1/5/17. No sooner available.
So I guess depending upon the scan result I'll either be offered antithyroid meds or thyroid ablation or surgery.
The thing that's bothering me is my symptoms are so "not" hypo. My heartbeat is slow and soft. Sometimes I have to search for it. I'm cold more than hot. Sleep like a log. Not irritable or restless, just disgusted with constant health problems.
I don't feel all that bad other than being tired. I hate to mess with my endocrine system and maybe feel worse but realize I will more than likely have to.
Dr. assures me I'm hyperthyroid which could be from a toxic or hot nodule I guess ( I have several but shrinking) or Graves I guess. If it's Graves, I'd prefer a thyroidectomy. Mt. Sinai has a thyroid clinic that does these surgeries outpatient using local and sedation instead of general anesthesia, which I'll never get again after terrible adverse reactions on 3 occasions.
If my nodules are shrinking, that could be the cause of hormone dump? It's possible he said. He says not stress related but I've read chronic stress/trauma definitely can trigger autoimmune.
Is hypothyroidism considered autoimmune?
Also - if hyperthryoidism is autoimmune, shouldn't the underlying cause be addressed and not just the symptoms and particular issue? If not, could something else pop up? Confusing.
If anyone has info on any of this (hypo symptoms but hyper readings & other autoimmune) please let me know.