March 12, 2009

So, today, I took one of these in preparation for doing one of these.  Because I have one of these.

I have hypothyroidism.  I’ve had hypothyroidism for years, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in high school.  (Here’s a page about it – but if you don’t feel like any more links, the general deal is that it screws up my metabolism because my thyroid doesn’t produce enough of the right hormone.)

I also have a goiter.  It’s a little one, not usually visible, but when I had a baseline ultrasound for it about six weeks ago they discovered that it was multinodular — and that there was at least one suspicious nodule within the group.  So, further tests!  Which is what I did today.  I had to go off of my medication (which SUCKS, because it took forever to find the right dosage) and do all of the above.

The technician man, Dave, who was very nice, was talking to me about all the reasons for these tests, what they tend to diagnose, about goiters, blah blah blah, usually for hyperthyroidism.  I mentioned, offhandedly, that I had hyPOthyroidism.  So then he did the test.

And then he told me that I had hyPERthyroidism. (See here.)

Now, how does that make sense?  My neck underproduces hormones for years and then I stop taking the medicine and it jumpstarts into high gear?


Dave the Nuclear Medicine Man suggested that maybe they’d put me on the hormone stuff to suppress the goiter.  (No.)  Or that I made a mistake. (No. I just checked my online medical record stuff, and very clearly: hypo.) The internet is giving me no help.  So!  I wait.

I have thyroid uptake exam part 2, tomorrow.  And then I’ll get to talk to my doctor, and be all, “Hey what?”

Until then, I have a radioactive neck.  Watch out.


4 Responses to “Pendulum.”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Hi. You may have Hashimotos disease, which is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid and causes you to swing between being hypo and hyper. And you don’t need radiation for that! You just need to be on the right medication which will stop the attack! I have Hashi’s and here’s a page from a thyroid patient website that made a huge difference for me: Check out the rest of the website too.


  2. Nedel'ko Says:

    If you have autoimmune thyroiditis and resulting hypothyroidism, the uptake scan’s results may not properly reflect the thyroid function.

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  4. Emily Hadley Says:

    I just came across your blog while researching some weird hypothyroid symptoms I have had. I’ve been hypo since elementary school and had mine explained to me like this–my thyroid gland itself is fully functional, but my hypothalamus is not. The doctor said this is like having a furnace that works but has a broken thermostat, so it doesn’t turn on and off when it is supposed to. Sometimes having the supplemented dose in my blood is enough to keep it in line, but every once in a while my body changes how much it adds into the supplemented supply. I have to get mine checked every few months–so frustrating and expensive, but I guess am really thankful that it was hereditary and my mom had me tested so young. Hope all is well with you!

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