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How can hypothyroidism be controlled?

Q: I am a 28 years old woman who has been diagnosed with postnatal subclinical hypo-thyroidism last year. I have been taking Thyronorm 25 mg since then. Initially my T4 levels were 4.5 and TSH was 8.1. After treatment for the last year I have stopped taking the hormone for a couple of months and on checking my T4 was 8.5 and my TSH levels were 5.97. Should I continue taking the hormone?

A:Your TSH is still on the higher side. I suggest you to get Anti-TPO done, this blood test will tell us the underlying cause of hypothyroidism and if strongly positive then you might have to continue. You may mail the test results at earliest, till then continue the same dose. Other thing is in case this TSH report is not current one then get a fresh TSH and mail that as well.

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