Hello – We’re fellow patients here, not docs, so we can’t give specific medical advice, but here are a few general comments…
I’m guessing you are in Europe or Australia, since Carbimazole is the more commonly prescribed anti-thryoid drug in those location, and the block-replace regimen is not as commonly used in the U.S.. If you are interested in reading the latest U.S.-based guidelines, though, you can check out the “Treatment Options” thread in the announcements section of this forum. Those guidelines recommend the titration (ATD only) approach over the block and replace method, and recommend labs every 4-8 weeks until the patient is euthyroid, then every 2-3 months.
Antibody testing is generally recommended in the U.S. in order to help make the initial diagnosis and to determine when a patient is ready to come off of anti-thyroid drugs. Some eye doctors will also use antibody testing to determine when TED patients have reached the “cold” phase, but not all docs agree that there is a correlation. So I don’t know that the antibody test would be useful to you at this particular point, but if you want it just for your own information – and can pay for the testing, which is expensive – it’s a simple blood test that can be done in conjunction with your other regular labs.
Hope this helps!
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Edited Kimberly (Oct. 6, 2012 11:43:56)