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Re: Low Thyroid and lithium

Posted by Ritch on January 17, 2003, at 9:46:36

In reply to Re: Low Thyroid and lithium, posted by Noa on January 17, 2003, at 5:38:58

> Ritch, you have been through a lot. Kind of scary, I would think. Is your thyroid functioning more or less stabel now, with the meds?
> Barb, re cytomel--my endo had me split the dose in 2 because he said it is short acting, so dosing only once a day could cause spiking which could cause palpitations. I never had the problem, but I do follow his advice--beside the spiking, there is the problem, of course, of not having enough of the T3 during the second 12 hours of the day. I hope you are able to find a great doctor.
> Good luck, both of you!

Thanks Barb and Noa, I see an endocrinologist once a year since all that happened and my TSH level (the last two yearly visits) has been around 1.4. I'm supposed to get a scan done later this year (the deal where you take the iodine pill, etc.). The endo I have seen throughout all of this is real conservative and doesn't like thyroid supps. in the absence of clear hypothyroid symptoms and "normal" TSH. My pdoc doesn't want to rock the boat with my endo and write for thyroid augmentation, and I can understand that. My pdoc has electrolyte levels run every so often and everything has been pretty even, except I had a normal-high potassium last time. The hypercalcemia was weird, because one test it was qauite high, and then the next it was just a high-normal, then another was normal. It was bouncing around. It makes me wonder if my TSH and electrolytes are jumping about all of the time. When I had standard EEG done, it was normal except for a small "flat-spot" (left frontal lobe) that was probably a head injury when I was a kid. Sometime in the near future I would like to do a 24-hr. sleep-deprived EEG (which was encouraged-but I couldn't afford it at the time), and a polysomnogram (since my Mom had nocturnal seizures). Thanks for the responses!




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