Re: Thyroid producing antibodies and causing hives
If you have TPO and Tg antibodies [which you do] and symptoms [like urticaria], it's strong evidence you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid which causes eventual total failure of the gland. It's incurable, but treatment is simple... Replace the missing thyroid hormones with a T4 (or T4/T3) supplement. A malfunctioning thyroid gland affects every bodily organ system, and causes a myriad of symptoms. I'll bet you have more than hives that you didn't even think might be connected to your thyroid.
You should have more thyroid testing. The best ones to do are TSH, free T4, free T3, and thyroid antibodies. Since you already know you have the antibodies, that wouldn't have to be repeated. (Don't let the allergist do the other tests; I wouldn't trust her advice about thyroid.)
Last edited by midwest1; 06-12-2004 at 09:04 AM.