How can I treat hypothyroidism?
Q: I am a 25 years old female and my blood test for thyroid gave the following result: T3 - 3.01 (range 2.3-4.2 pg/ml), T4 - 0.64 (range 0.89-1.76 ng/dl), TSH - 118.32 (range 0.35-5.50 ul U/ml). Please advise the medicine and daily food that I should take.
A:These reports suggest that you have severe hypothyroidism. Other tests required are: Anti-TPO, urea, creatinine, lipid profile, haemogram, ECG and X-ray chest. These tests are needed to know the cause of hypothyroidism and its effects on your body systems. Just remember that all these effects on body are reversible. Treatment should be as follows: 1. Start with Thyroxine (Eltroxin or Thyronorm 50 ugm) daily in fasting state and increase it to 100 ugm daily after 15 days. 2. Next is to repeat TSH after six weeks, if normal then keep the same dose but if still high then increase the dose to 125 per day. 3. No need for any diet modifications.