... Not to go into too much detail, but I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's last Dec (2012). I have seen MANY docs that have no idea what they are talking about. I have finally found a good Endocrinologist who understands hypo-thyroid....but she just wants to treat with synthetic T4 meds. I have also found a Great Holistic doc, that happens to also be a certified nutritionist as... (0 replies)
... Hi Hope you guys are feeling good! :) I have been lurking a little bit in the background and i have learned so much already! Anyway I am a 52 year old woman with a history of breast cancer. Sadly the side effects of the chemo and radiation overlapped hyper symptoms. So a couple of months ago I had enough and stopped all the medications I was taking. And finally my blood test... (0 replies)
... Whoops--Double reply! My main concern is this symptom of disequilibrium or dizziness. (3 replies)
... I am on synthroid now, I was on levo last year when we went through this, and the synthroid does not give me palpitations like the levo did.
My main question is: Should a TSH value of 6 even be treated in the first place, given that I have the antibodies but feel fine? (3 replies)
... Are you seeing a specialist (Endo) or your PCP? Also, if you don't like how they generic brand of thyroid replace is making you feel has the doctor requested that you be put on the name brand instead? My PCP had me on levothyroxine 25mcg and then when I saw the Endo he upped the doage to 50mcg and requested name brand. He said there was something about the generic that he did... (3 replies)
... Interesting idea on the link between strep B and autoimmune diseases. I suffer from sore throats anytime I get sick. I know I've had strep a couple of times throughout the years and I was recently diagnosed with hashimoto's. Although, RA will most likely be an inherited autoimmune for me on top of the hashimoto's. My maternal grandmother and mother both have RA. (21 replies)
... Looking for help!
I have struggled with Hashimoto's for the past 2 years or so (I think!) I have tested positive for both antibodies, but mostly the TPO were high.
The problem is that my TSH is generally between 3 and 6. It fluctuates. I feel like myself at TSH 6, normal, a little tired, a little overweight, but I work a stressful job as a teacher, and don't really... (3 replies)
... Thank you for your help! Sad thing is...I saw a "specialist" and they said there's nothing wrong with me. That I have chronic inflammation of the thyroid and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. They didn't even call, just sent a letter stating that and said "no further treatment required." How frustrating??!!? Now i'm scheduling with my primary doctor to see what can be done. I'm... (5 replies)
... The other labs help immensely to clarify what's going on.
You have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which has caused your gland to stop making adequate hormone for your needs. This indeed can affect the menstrual cycle as well as every other organ system in the body. You most definitely are NOT hyperT, but instead are severely hypoT.
The low TSH is fooling the MDs you've seen... (5 replies)
... Thank you, Finnmaid for your reply. And thanks again to Miswest1 as well. I"m glad to hear my TSH is in normal range.So based on your feedbac, it sounds like you all are saying it's definitely Hashimoto's. Is that right? I'm sorry to be so dense. I'm a pretty smart chic but I have truly found understanding thyroid disorders to be incredibly confusing.
Plus, I have always... (5 replies)
... Thank you for the information. My doctor mentioned Celiac's disease (probably because of my persistent acid reflux), lupus and rheumatoid arthritis when she got my results for the autoimmune marker. I thought it was odd she did not mention something related to the thyroid like Hashimoto's. That kind of made me freak out but hopefully they figure it out soon! (4 replies)
... thanks so much midwest1!! your explanation made it really easy for me to understand.
this is so devastating for me as i'm sure with others. i am trying to figure out WHY i have these anti-bodies. i did some back tracking and i've always been terribly tired and lacking energy probably starting at the age of 14-15. then after my children it got abit worse...but these most... (2 replies)
... You have Hashimoto's disease, based on strongly positive anti-Tg and weakly positive TPO. (Yes, TPOs should be no more than 2-3 in an otherwise healthy person who has no thyroid symptoms.)
Your free Ts are technically within range, but they're obviously not optimal or you wouldn't be having thyroid symptoms. Your free T4 is below lab median, which will start producing... (2 replies)
i was recently diagnosed with hashimoto's. in 2011 i started having severe body pain, numbness, tremors, some hair loss. my MD said i was a wreck and put me on SSRI's...it helped a little bit. i was on it for a year, but felt that wasn't why i was having these problems. i decided to go against my MD's advice and get off the SSRI's. i diagnosed myself with... (2 replies)
... Your gland is showing physical changes (fibrosis) common to the autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which causes progressive thyroid deficiency resulting in failure.
If the MD says it's Hashimoto's, and if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism, you ought to be treated with prescription thyroid hormone for it. (5 replies)
... Thanks for sharing :-) Do you recall how long it was on gluten-free diet that the swelling went down? I'm two months in gluten-free, one month in compounded natrual thyroid treatment (T2, T3, T4 etc) and although people all around me are telling me wow you've lost heaps of weight, the facial puffiness/myxedema doesn't seem to have impoved much. Am I just being too impatient?... (4 replies)
... Most people who are diagnosed with hypothyroidism have most of their levels within range, not flagged abnormal. Symptoms are produced when your free T4 and/or free T3 are inoptimal for you. Your free T4, for example, is about 50% of its range. That's fine for some people, inoptimal for others. It might be that it needs to be 70% of its range to fill your needs, so the... (5 replies)
... I am in Canada. I was treated for hyperthyroidism April 2011 after experiencing the hyper symptoms with a high T4 of 36. Needless to say I was very sick.
I was on Tapazole for about five months and my readings stabilized.
I do not want to get radioactive iodine treatment as I had cancer 30 years ago and don't want to take any chances.
For the past few months I have... (3 replies)
... Oh, I hope he will, too!
If he fails to help, you might find a better thyroid doc by asking area pharmacists for names of MDs who send them scripts for Armour thyroid or Cytomel. That kind of MD generally thinks outside the box and is better at diagnosis and treatment. Do not limit yourself to endocrinologists; they usually are the worst at treating thyroid disease. If... (5 replies)
... Free t3 = 219. RR= 210-440
T3totAl= 99. RR= 76-181
Free t4= 1.4. RR=0.8-2.7
Thyroglobulin ab= 22. RR= <20
Thyroid peroxidase = 270. RR=<35
TSH = 0.35. RR=0.32-5 (5 replies)