Is there a way to create an artificial Thyroid?
A friend has a malfunctioning Thyroid and she is constantly have to go for treatments and medicine adjustments. She remains nauseated and weak most of the time, and feels life is not worth living any more. Surgery will not repair the thyroid, and removing it will cause her to have to get shots on a regular basis, ruining her work and family time. Is there a way to create an artificial thyroid, some device that can be implanted, that monitors her hormone levels, and adjusts the dose as they change?
- 2blest2BstrestLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
First, make sure she knows that life IS worth living... God gave it to her for a reason. Many of us w/ thyroid disorder, have felt this same way.
What is she diagnosed ... hypOthyroidism, most likely from Hashimoto's disease?
She should be taking thyroid hormone replacement everyday ... the meds are VERY slow-acting (results of what you take today will not be seen for 6 wks). If she is having CONSTANT adjustments, she may just need a new doctor!
Also, treatment requires a gradual increase in dose until YOUR correct dose is found. That 1st yr is usually the worst.
Here is info & good links:
You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).
You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.
WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.
ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.
God bless youSource(s): Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroiditis sufferer
- Harley DriveLv 78 years ago
pretty much wrong , removing the thyroid or treating it with radioactive iodine is usually quick and easy and you just take two tablets a day for life even then they are only 10c