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I had hyperthyroid 20 years ago, and now having it again.
My FREE T3 20.8 pg/mL (normal range is 2.0 - 4.4 pg/mL)
My Free T4 >7.77 ng/dL(normal range 0.82 - 1.77 ng/dL)
My TSH <0.006 uIU/mL
So i started Methimazole. it wast working, my symptoms actually got worse the first couple days on it. So I increased my dosage to 60mg-80mg a day.
My symptoms got controlled, and my free T4 is now 1.6 (normal range 0.82 - 1.77), my TSH did NOT change.
However, after about 3 weeks on methimazole, I am having serious side effects. It started with severe hives. My hives would occur all over my body. Antihistamine does not help.
Now I am having really bad joint pains. i feel my fingers swallow, pain. my right shoulder is in severe pain. I can NOT move my right arm at all.
i have decreased my methimizole dosage to about 40mg, i feel slight dizziness, which i think 40mg of methimazole is a bit too low for me. I still have hives, although not as severe. But my joints are still in serious pain, and i cannot move my right arm.
I emailed my endo about my side effects, and she wants me to stop methimazole completely, and recommended me to talk to my ENT doctor about thyroid removal (I have couple nodules in my thyroid, which i will have biopsy later on this week).
Has anyone faced similar experience? should i push my endo to change my medication to PTU? my endo says in her email that i am most likely would have the same side effects of PTU.
I really do not want to remove my thyroid and be on medication for the rest of my life!
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