... It's almost certain you had TPO antibodies when you were diagnosed at 25, because autoimmune thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in industrialized countries. ... (4 replies)
... Looking at the TPO and other levels in my opinion it looks like hashimotos. I wouldn't think about going to an endo until these doctors suggest it or they seem incompetent. ... (4 replies)
... Some autoimmune diseases pop up soon after childbirth, Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid problems) and lupus in particular. You have an impressive family history as well. Certainly checking the thyroid is warranted, and both antibodies to thyroid (anti-TPO and anti-TG) are needed in addition to hormone levels. You can have lupus with JUST a + ANA plus 3 other "criteria" on the... (3 replies)
... My TSH level was at 2.3 (3 replies)
... d, at minimum, a free T4 test to go with that TSH. Free T4 below lab median is too low for the majority of the population, even if it is technically "normal". TPO and Tg antibody tests might also prove useful. ... (3 replies)
... Ok, so you're already somewhat familiar with this. Your levels sure don't look ideal. Your TSH isn't horribly bad but your FT4 would be too low for most. I think you should be given a trial period of meds at least. ... (4 replies)
... d try anything that might boost my energy, and the thyroid is a good place to start, as well as getting started on treatment for the lupus, and getting your iron levels up to prevent anemia. Lupus treatment can make a big difference in how you feel, so I would discuss that with your rheum. ... (1 replies)
... I just got my doc to send me ALL my labs and would like it someone could help me decipher them.
It looks like my doc did test Thyroid paroxidase AB (TPO) ? The result was:
18 (<=34.99) does that mean under 34 is good?
Also I finally can see what my FreeT3 was when they tested it last year:
Free T3: 4.2 (2.6-5.70)
Free T4 15 (12-22) (0 replies)
... I knew my thyroid was hypoactive, but my T3 and T4 levels were normal so they told me it was in my head. ... (0 replies)
... If your primary care physician wont treat TSH levels until they get above 9, then I STRONGLY suggest finding yourself a new primary care physician. ... (4 replies)
... Hi, thanks for your comment. :)
My eyebrows are thinning at the ends now and I'm not due to see my endo again until 3 months' time.
Symptoms I typically get on a day-to-day basis:
Loss of appetite (10 replies)
... puffiness, hair issues and headaches spreading to the back of my eyes symptoms have gone away, but! my tummy issues have settled right down, my energy levels have gone up, my mood is improving, my skin is less dry and less itchy. I haven't had a cramp or pins and needles for ages. ... (10 replies)
... on't have something AI going on with your thyroid as well. Autoimmunity is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in industrialized countries. The weakly positive TPO antibody result suggests this may be the case. ... (4 replies)
... or if my levels had changed enough to finally warrant a plan other than wait and see. ... (5 replies)
... Endocrinologists are the very worst at diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism. They are arbitrary TSH watchers who disregard T4 and T3 levels and who don't bother to learn more about thyroid disease beyond their Endocrinology 101 course. ... (6 replies)
... Since your levels are high, it says it can mean you have Hashimoto's, thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, or myxedema amoung other problems. ... (25 replies)
... Yes, you likely do have hypothyroidism. The TSH test is considered the gold standard of thyroid tests, but it really has little to do with it. The free levels of T4 and T3 are the best indicators. They are actual thyroid hormones. ... (2 replies)
... Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone can give me a clue about some test results my husband got back from his doc. Generally, he's been feeling tired, weak. For quite some time. His TPO levels came back at 23,753 - that's right, 23 thousand, not hundred! His TSH level was elevated also at 7.77 (5.0 being high range of normal).
Anybody know what causes a level this... (1 replies)
... Also what is your doctor proposing to help lower your TPO levels? ... (4 replies)
... elevated levels such as his indicate Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that causes hypothyroidism. ... (1 replies)