• How often do you get your thyroid levels checked?

    Asked by bigjan on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    How often do you get your thyroid levels checked?

    They were checking mine each visit, now my visits are less frequent and sometimes they don't check when I go. Should I ask for it to be checked? I don't feel any different or any strange side effects.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I just had my thyroid removed in Nov, 2012. I was put on a short-term med til I had rai. After that, I started on generic synthroid. My first follow-up was scheduled for 2 months, but I had to cancel it because my mother went into hospice and passed away. So, for me it ended up being about 3.5 months before my follow-up. The doctor had to adjust my dosage, and I went back in 6-8 weeks to have it rechecked. Again, they adjusted my meds. Now, I won't see a doctor til Nov, but I still don't think my dosage is right. But, it seems to take about 8 weeks for the blood to adjust to a new dosage. Once you find your optimal dosage, I think you only need follow-up once a year, unless something drastic changes in your life.

      8 months ago
    • spunky's Avatar
      spunky

      I think once they get you to the level they want, there is no need to check frequently. My level had just gotten to where the drs. wanted before I went off them to repeat the I-131 test. So it will take 6 to 8 weeks to get back to my correct level. By the way, My results for the test were negative. No further signs of thyroid cancer!

      8 months ago
    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      Hi,
      At first they check your thyroid frequently until they get your levels stable. Then they go to about every 3 months, then every 6-8 months. I get mine checked once a year unless I feel like something is wrong. My main symptoms that something is off is excessive sweating and twitching nerve = too high. Exhaustion, lack of smell and clumsy = too low. When I go without thyroid for even a day I burn things I am cooking and I bump into things like I have been drinking. Tracy

      8 months ago
    • emsavard's Avatar
      emsavard

      Once your levels have been regulated every 6 months is ok. I know when my levels are out of whack. My energy levels are not right, may have more hair loss then normal, but everyone's symptoms may be different. Listen to your body and if you don't feel right go get them checked!

      8 months ago

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