• How often do you have TSH, T4, and Tg tests after treatment is done?

    Asked by bigjan on Thursday, February 21, 2013

    How often do you have TSH, T4, and Tg tests after treatment is done?

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    10 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I don't have thyroid cancer but have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism I get a complete thyroid panel done every 3-6 months when I first went on levothyroxin I was tested every 4 weeks until my numbers hit the normal range and stabilized

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't have thyroid cancer, but I have had auto-immune thyroiditis for several years. Initially my TSH and T4 were tested frequently (about every 6 weeks) to modify my dosage of levothyroxine until it was right. After that it was usually only tested once a year along with other blood work as part of my annual physical. If a dosage change was called for, then I would have a follow up test in 2-3 months to verify that the new dosage was appropriate.

      over 4 years ago
    • mcecike56's Avatar

      I have my done ever 3 months.

      over 4 years ago
    • bigjan's Avatar

      Thanks for the help. My Dr. doesn't check except for about once every 8 or 9 months. Thought maybe needed more often.

      over 4 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      It all depends on you. At first you will have your levels checked often to get everything regulated. Once you are stabilized and at the levels your doctor wants you to be at, every 6 months will be OK. I get mine checked every 6 months now unless I have symptoms that may be related to my levels. Remember once your medication has been changed it takes sometime for the levels to adjust (up to 6 weeks). Hope that helps.

      over 4 years ago
    • kbarkley's Avatar

      After my thyroidectomy the doctor checked about every 4 - 6 weeks until my levels were where the doctor wanted them. I am now only being checked once a year.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      At first you have it done every few months, then after you are stable you have it done once a year. I watch my body carefully, if I am cold, shaky, clumsy and burn my cooking (sense of smell is off) my thyroid may be low. If I am having muscle tics and sweating excessively it may be too high. With thyroid cancer you NEED to have your thyroid level set higher than normal replacement levels to prevent it from reoccurring. Make sure your doctor understands this (I have had arguments with some). Tracy

      over 4 years ago
    • ratbpk's Avatar

      I have a rare form of Thyroid Cancer, within the Hurthle Cell documented family. I had two surgeries completed within 8 weeks of each other. First was for the tumor that was >4 cent. Removal of tumor and right lobe. Tests proved positive for malignancy which meant the left lobe had to come out which completed a complete thyroid removal. Testing on the left lobe proved no maligancy or evidence of cancer cells. I was treated on Feb 21 for my iodine radiation therapy, Because of the rare type cancer, a high dose of iodine radiation therapy was recommended which meant another hospital stay of 24 hours. It also meant that this was the first test of its kind administered in the hospital I was staying at. I was in an isolated room for 24 hours and monitored. I had no side effects or reactions from the pill that I took orally, I took anti nausea pills and a type of steriod to hold back any reaction and they worked. It was impressive that it came in a cannister vacuum sealed with dry ice and the pill was in a separate container within the cannister. Just like you would see in the movies. The staff in the nuclear med ward were great! I have a window of 6 months to have the body scan completed. It was recommened that I wait closer to the 6 months. My TSH test came back high reading at 75 which was appropriate for this type of treatment. I have been prescribled Levothyroid (syn thyroid hormon replacement drug) starting at a dose of 100mcg to be taken for 3 months at which time my Doctor will evaluate the balancing of my hormone level is appropriate. I would assume another TSH blood test at that time would be needed to see where my reading is at. I cannot comment on the T4 or Tg test as if I am reading my research right they used to diagnose staging and I would need to wait until after my body scan is completed. I wish you success with your treatment plan.

      over 4 years ago
    • Meera's Avatar

      stabilizeslizeszes every 3 to 6 mthink in the beginning going may need to have it often (even once or rejoice a month, especially if anything changes-like ztomach problems or symptoms of too high or low levels. You havs fo be your own advocate and try and request the test, from gour endo or pcp. Once it stabilizes then every 3-6 months is fine.

      over 4 years ago
    • Meera's Avatar

      I have been asking my endo and pcp to have it done every time things seemed different. So far I have had it done once or twice a month. I think it is SO important to have it checked often, so that a doctor does not change your does without proper information or not change it wehn it might be needed.

      over 4 years ago

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