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    Blood test results...here goes...

    TSH = 0.02
    T3 = 285
    Free T4 = 3.4
    Anti-thyroid globulins = 143

    Don't really know what this means...

    Seeing a naturopath now. Going back in 2 weeks for results of new blood tests and her opinions as to treatment. Have 2 endocrinologist appointments lined up in July. Just been waiting for those and trying to do my own research in the meantime.

    Any opinions/feedback would be greatly appreciated. My ideal goal is to find a natural medicine to regulate my thyroid to avoid RAI or surgery and so that I can start trying to get pregnant sooner rather than later.

    But, from the numbers, it seems my case is pretty severe? I'm no expert. Plus, the anti-thyroid globulins scare me...

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    Re: Blood test results...here goes...

    Nothing to be scared of mina19. That's good that you have got your test results but what are the ranges as rangers may slightly vary from lab to lab so you have to post the actual range of the test.

    Antithyroglobulin Antibodies were always gonna be high that's how most of the hyperthyroidism cases start...inflammation of the thyroid gland is due to these antibodies. attacking the gland. Why it happens, nobody knows! Could be stress or could be anything else.

    http://www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/adam/data/003557.html

    Depending on the number of antibodies, you may feel very well or unwell at times or there is a chance that you may swing b/w hyper and hypo sometimes. I dont think there is any way of controlling anitbodies in the body as it's a natural defense system of your body which will go up and down when it senses sometimes is not right.

    The more antibodies you produce, the more hyper you would become but nobody knows if that's gonna happen or you will remain at current situation.

    Your T3 number is no good if it's TT3. You have to check for FT3 which will give u slightly better picture if your active hormone is very high. Mine was double the range while my TSH was less than 0.05.

    The only trouble with any thyroid case or medication is that it will not happen in just a week or two, it will take its time before you could feel any results. Sorry that's how the body works

    If you panic too much, your body will take that as stress and where there is stress, there will be more trouble so be clam and relax. Slight numbers up and down dont mean that you are not healthy. If I was you, I would still be debating that if I should pay my doctor a visit or not as you said yourself that you don't have any symptoms but then I could be wrong.

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    Re: Blood test results...here goes...

    Ok, here are the results from my most recent bloodwork with the ranges...

    Thyroglobulin antibodies: ME - 117 RANGE - <20 IU/mL
    Thyroid Peroxidas antibodies: ME - 923 RANGE - <35 IU/mL
    T3, Total: ME - 230 RANGE - 97-219 ng/dL
    T4, Free: ME - 1.9 RANGE - 0.8-1.8 ng/dL
    TSH: ME - 0.01 RANGE - 0.40-4.5 mIU/L

    This is after 2 weeks on PTU. The naturopath says my thyroid is overproductive, but seemed even more concerned about the antibody level. So, I'm on a strict regimen of supplements and diet for the next month to see how my body reacts. In the meantime, I have 2 endocrinologist appointments lined up in July. Just doing my research, but I'm going to exhaust every non-invasive possibility before turning to RAI or surgery.

    SiD, if I wasn't worried about getting pregnant, carrying to full term and having a healthy baby, I wouldn't think twice about waiting 6 months, 1 year, whatever and taking my precious time since I don't have any of the symptoms of hyper. But, I would feel irresponsible knowing this, then having a child with developmental problems or having a miscarriage. So...onward and upward...each day I learn something new...

    Any feedback to the numbers I posted from my blood tests would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

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    Re: Blood test results...here goes...

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    Your doctor is good one as she ordered both anitbodies test which is good. I guess you may have Hashimoto's which is obvious from both of your antibodies being so high: anti-TPO and TgAb.

    The first antibody, anti-TPO, attacks an enzyme normally found in your thyroid gland, called the Thyroid Peroxidase, which is important in the production of thyroid hormones. The second antibody, TgAb, attacks the key protein in the thyroid gland, the thyroglobulin, which is essential in the production of the T4 and T3 thyroid hormones.

    Hashimoto's?

    Hashimotoís Thyroiditis is an autoimmune thyroid disease in which your thyroid is being attacked by your own immune system via antibodies, attempting to destroy your gland as if itís some vile enemy. The attack causes an inflammation and gradual destruction of your thyroid gland and can go on for years. It may be the most common thyroid disease, especially with women.

    This is quite common thing in hyperthyroidism and that's how it starts. There are always antibodies attacking thyroid gland thus thyroid senses this and increases its production. What happens sometimes is antibodies level drop for whatever reason and your thyroid reduces the production.

    I am a bit worried you starting on all those medicines because that's exactly what happened in my case. I was hyper but I was happy and good. I had small palpitation but not something like I couldnít live with. Once I was on Carbimazol (Similar to PTU), the whole system got messed up and none of the hormones came in range. Previously even if they were out of range, but they were all consistent all the time. I had hair falling out, itchy skin, anger and all those sort of things.

    Even this medicine PTU...be careful of it. Everyone says there are no side affects but trust me, all medicines have side effects and usually when pick those up, we think, bugger it must be me, the unlucky one!

    Propylthiouracil (PTU) is generally well-tolerated with side effects occurring in 1 of every 100 patients. The most common side effects are related to the skin and include rash, itching, hives, abnormal hair loss, and skin pigmentation.Other common side effects are swelling, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, loss of taste, joint or muscle aches, numbness and headache, allergic reactions, and hair whitening.
    REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylthiouracil

    I am not a doctor and certainly donít know much about female hormones but I've read that Anti-TPO can cause miscarriage so your doctor may be well right there to carry on your treatment.

    One thing I've said earlier and would repeat again and again. Once thyroid is out of your body, there is no turning back and you'll never ever feel the same. Trust me on this.....I'll say it again and again. You are feeling bad on it but you'll be even worse being hypo.

    There is no way, which I know of, to reduce the antibody levels. This is your own immune system which is attacking your gland so you can't stop it.

    Three things which are the tripod to your body are Brain, Thyroid and Immune System, one of these is compromised, you are in serious trouble. You would think getting rid of thyroid gland and replacing with a synthetic hormone would fix that problem? In theory only!!

    I was stunned when one specialist told me that they have done absolutely nothing to me but have taken thyroid out and have replaced it with exactly same amount by thyroxine and that's it. So anything different I am feeling is not because of thyroid but because of some other reason. Specialist, my a***.

    Your T4 which is actually FT4 is in range which is a good sign. I wouldnít worry too much about TSH, let it be high or low, it doesnít really matter. You still havenít got your FT3 which I would expect to be slightly higher and that would be the reason to so low TSH. Some people are very sensitive to these medicines so once you are on them, you may switch to being hypo very quickly and your TSH will start fluctuating from high to low depending how much PTU you take.

    Please take some time to read and absorb these things as once you understand them, youíll understand your body and itís responses to different medicines. Anything in doubt, not sure of or you think different, please say or ask. I am not an expert so on a few things my knowledge could be limited.

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    Re: Blood test results...here goes...

    Hi hon
    Sorry you have this.
    Did you have thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) taken too, you should with your manifestations as some people have Hashis and Graves disease.
    You will lose thyroid function over time with TPOs attacking the gland so you shouldn't need any invasive treatment.
    Much of mine has been 'eaten' away now, or destroyed.
    With Hashis you swing often from hyper to hypo, that is one of the nasty things about it, and it causes many people mental symptoms because of the antibody actions to the cells.
    You are supposed to be able to calm the TPOs with Selenium
    Hope you feel better soon

    Read this page to see how a good Dr works http://www.empowher.com/news/herarti...hypothyroidism Not saying yours isn't but he gives some insight into how diagnosis is made by him.

    lotsa luv
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