Again we have to be careful not to give specific medical advice, but in general terms,
taking thyroid medication can fully replace what the
thyroid gland normally does. And it’s important to point
out that the thyroid gland doesn’t make active thyroid hormones. It makes a precursor, called, we just say it’s, it’s a precursor, it has
four iodine molecules on it. Active thyroid hormone has three. The thyroid makes the one with four, your liver takes away one of those iodines to make the three. So you can take the
thyroid hormone by mouth, and then the liver does the final step, and can regulate much of that process. And TSH is a useful test
because that’s a measure of what the brain perceives in terms of what the liver’s doing. And so that can be used by your physician to help judge the dose of oral thyroid medicine as prescribed. So again this is something
that has to be managed between you and your
primary care physician. We can’t give you
specific advice for that.