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Thyroid _______Nope_________ 23772 posts
24th Apr '13

So those with thyroid issues, help! lol



I have had many-a-tests run. I do have elevated thyroid antibodies and a raised ANA, which says I have hashimoto, However, my TSH has come back fine. Always below 2, so in a good range. Dr said this means my thyroid will likely give out eventually, but it hasn't yet.



I have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms though. Depression, pain (they say fibro), weight gain and difficulty losing weight, and now my period is 2 months late.



So, was your TSH normal? Did they check other things like T3 or T4? I'm trying to figure out what to do about this, because I'd hate to be on a ton of meds trying to fix all the "extra" issues, when really fixing my thyroid levels would solve it all. . . .

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50791 posts
24th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting she nan igans:</b>" So those with thyroid issues, help! lol I have had many-a-tests run. I do have elevated thyroid antibodies ... [snip!] ... to be on a ton of meds trying to fix all the "extra" issues, when really fixing my thyroid levels would solve it all. . . ."</blockquote>




My tsh, t3 and t4 are all messed up. I have hashimotos. I just got a redraw last Friday and something is really messed up again they won't even talk about it over the phone I have to go in. I'm pushing to get my thyroid removed.

Momlette of 3 Due December 25 (girl); 3 kids; Ohio 25505 posts
24th Apr '13

I have no idea but Im interested in what you're talking about lol I just had my blood drawn and asked them to test for my thyroid because I've had ridiculous weight gain, depression, exhaustion....she acted like I was worrying about nothing though so we shall see. I've always had a hard time with my weight and weight loss. I haven't changed my diet or anything and have gained 15lbs out of nowhere.

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, PA, United States 3820 posts
24th Apr '13

only my thyroid antibodies were low, so my doctor won't put me on medication and is making me see an endocrinologist but I really cannot afford it.



I have all the symptoms too and I've had them for going on 3 years now. :roll:

http://www.accountkiller. Minnesota 34665 posts
24th Apr '13

I have hoshimoto's as well. It means your thyroid is cyclical, essentially - you may USUALLY be either hyper or hypo thyroid, but at times your thyroid will swing the pendulum and, even if for a very short time, will be the opposite. Mine is almost always hypo-. It cycles about once a year, we've figured out through testing. So 80% of the time I'm chillin' in hypo-land. and then suddenly my thyroid will get a "burst" of

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
24th Apr '13

Ack, yeah, I read it's really a common issue for women.



I just worry. I mean, they have me on muscle relaxers, TWO anti-depressants, other stuff for when the pain is bad, and I'm still tired and I still hurt all the time.



I mean, if we could maybe fix it by taking something for my thyroid, that would see SO MUCH better.



I have to go in and see the Dr wednesday, so I guess I'll ask her about it. I have to have my TSH tested every year because it will likely fail (since I have the anti-bodies). But, I'm reading thigns that say that taking a small dosage early can not only help with symptoms, but maybe reduce how bad it ends up getting.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting ~*Icat*~:" I have hoshimoto's as well. It means your thyroid is cyclical, essentially - you may USUALLY be either ... [snip!] ... and my tsh is slightly elevated - which indicates that it will likely soon switch in to hyper-mode. if that makes sense..."


That makes sense. So, could I still be having problems from it, even with a normal TSH because it might not be showing hypo at that point?



It's so freaking confusing, haha.

http://www.accountkiller. Minnesota 34665 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting she nan igans:" Ack, yeah, I read it's really a common issue for women. I just worry. I mean, they have me on muscle ... [snip!] ... thigns that say that taking a small dosage early can not only help with symptoms, but maybe reduce how bad it ends up getting."


I'm not sure about that much. I've kind of discovered that my thyroid is in a world of its own, doing its own damn thing. lol



I'm sorry you are struggling with it!



Are you on synthroid of any dose? If you have the thyroid antibodies for hoshimotos you should be on SOME dosage

http://www.accountkiller. Minnesota 34665 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting she nan igans:" That makes sense. So, could I still be having problems from it, even with a normal TSH because it might not be showing hypo at that point? It's so freaking confusing, haha."


its super confusing. I've had this issue with it all my life. Do you know your antibody levels off hand?



yea, as far as I've always understood it, hoshimotos means we cycle between hyper- and hypo- thyroidism. So, even though your levels may be normal at THIS moment

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting ~*Icat*~:" I'm not sure about that much. I've kind of discovered that my thyroid is in a world of its own, doing ... [snip!] ... the thyroid antibodies for hoshimotos you should be on SOME dosage
http://www.accountkiller. Minnesota 34665 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting she nan igans:" I'm on nothing at all. I was told that basically my thyroid is functioning fine since me TSH is normal. ... [snip!] ... I'll need meds then. Right now I'm not on anything for my thyroid. Only anti-depressants and then the muscle relaxers."


interesting. did they even test your t3 or t4? They honestly can't have a full view of what your thyroid function is without the t3 and t4 readings.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting ~*Icat*~:" interesting. did they even test your t3 or t4? They honestly can't have a full view of what your thyroid function is without the t3 and t4 readings."


Nope. Only the TSH. And I don't recall my antibody levels. It was a few months ago and we were focused on ruling out all the other autoimmune things, given a raised ANA I had. They actually ran that antibody test as an afterthought. It was the rhumetologist who ran it "just to be sure." I really didn't think about it until I realized that all my symptoms can be explained by hypothyroidism, rather then a collection of other problems. . .

http://www.accountkiller. Minnesota 34665 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting she nan igans:" Nope. Only the TSH. And I don't recall my antibody levels. It was a few months ago and we were focused ... [snip!] ... it until I realized that all my symptoms can be explained by hypothyroidism, rather then a collection of other problems. . ."


yea, I would definitely call your GP or whoever you are working with and ask for a t3 and t4 blood test. Those numbers can tell you a lot!



Sorry you are having to deal with this :? Its really not a fun journey to partake in, is it.



If you have any other questions, I can try and help you out any time :)

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting ~*Icat*~:" yea, I would definitely call your GP or whoever you are working with and ask for a t3 and t4 blood test. ... [snip!] ... :? Its really not a fun journey to partake in, is it. If you have any other questions, I can try and help you out any time :)"


Thanks! I see her on Wednesday. My freaking period hasn't shown up in two months, haha. So I'll talk to her then.