Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Good News

I rang the specialist yesterday and my blood test results are good.

At the beginning of October my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) was <0.05 (undetectable) which means that the pituitary gland is not sending any instruction to the thyroid to create thyroxin. This is good. However my thyroxin measured as Free T3 and Free T4 was way over it what they shoud be, 22.3 and 58 respectively. They should be around 10 and 20. So the thyroid is not switching off its production (the throttle is jammed) and the dosage of the medication I was on was not controlling it. When we discovered this he doubled my medication, Carbimazole, to 30mg a day. This is supposed to inhibit the thyroid's production of thyroxin.

The blood tests from the beginning of November show that the T3 & T4 counts have come back down to 11 and 21 respectively. Almost normal again. However my medication will stay increased until the next test at the beginning of December where he will look at reducing it to 20mg a day. I suspect he will once again strongly urge me to get the thyroid irradiated.