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I am new here, and have a bit of a long story, so apologies in advance for the essay to follow! I am totally confused with my disease, the treatment I have received and my situation, I'm really hoping someone here can help.
I am a 27 y/o female. I was diagnosed in November 2014 (6 months postpartum). I was overactive with symptoms -
TSH: <0.01 (0.3-6)
FT4: 39.1 (9-24)
FT3: 12 (3.5 - 6.5)
Anti-TPO: 483.8 (<6)
Thyroid Receptor: 3/L (0-15)
I was immediately placed on Carbimazole with a diagnosis of Hashimoto's. I then went on to start a block and replace regimen and after several tumultuous months I felt well. Just in time for my Endo to tell me to cease all medicine at the 18 month mark.
I am now 4 days without any medicine.
The question that keeps cropping up is why did I receive more of a Graves-type treatment if I don't have Graves? It is apparent that I have Hashimoto's probably triggered by pregnancy/childbirth, but nothing to suggest Graves. I had no ophthalmology or goitre.
Having been without medicine I started to worry about what would happen if I was to relapse, i.e. What way I would go. I asked my Endo and he said 'hyper in the short term'. I then asked why if I had Hashimoto's? And he said 'Antibodies'.
Now I am really confused. I am terrified I could have a thyroid storm and it will be fatal.
I am trying to make sense of this but every turn throws me another curveball.
Any advice at all appreciated!
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