Originally Posted by annemv
Most recent (two weeks ago)
T3 uptake 32.5 (25-35)
T4 5.4 (5-13)
FTI 1.76 (1.25-4.55)
Anti Thyr AB below 2 (0-2)
Anti TPO Antibody below 2 (0-2)
Both of the antobody tests are in the high area of test columns ?
Test results (April)
TSH 1.6 (.40-5.50)
Free T4 1.1 (0.8-1.8)
Test results (one year ago)
TSH 1.5 (0.40-5.50)
T3 uptake 31.5 (25-35)
Free T4 1.2 (.8-1.8)
You haven't had the most useful tests done. The latest panel, for example, is considered outdated and not very revealing. It's better to directly measure the hormone levels by using the free T4 and free T3 tests. But since you had the less precise FTI, I can tell you the result is very low, as is the T4. (The T3 uptake is meaningless; its only use is to calculate the FTI... which is only an estimate of free T4 itself.) The low FTI and T4 counts indicate a reasonable likelihood that you are hypothyroid... and it doesn't matter that your TSH is well within the normal range.
I do not understand the whole antibodies thing. Does everyone have them or only some? Do they only cause damage to thyroid when they are high? I can not seem to find much info on this subject.
Antibodies are present in the systems of 80-90% of Hashimoto's disease patients. Hashi's is the leading cause of hypoT, but not its only cause. Environmental, hormonal, and mental stresses can cause it, too. Even a moderately severe case of whiplash or other neck injury is a known cause. Radiation treatments are another known and relatively common cause in people who took them for acne or other disorders before it was known to be so risky.
It probably takes a high titer of antibodies to damage the gland. And it's known that some people have low titers without having any thyroid disease at all.
I have been to 16 doctors.
The doctors who pay the most attention to symptoms even when test results don't look too "off" are holistic type practitioners. Osteopathic doctors (DOs) are the most "mainstream" of this type of doctor, and they are typically pretty well-versed in thyroid matters. Most insurances don't have a problem reimbursing for this kind of consultation.
What kind of specialities have you been seeing?
It helps to pre-interview before setting up a potentially futile appointment. Ask if the doctor ever treats people whose tests come back in the "normal" range. Thyroid testing is notoriously subjective, but bad doctors never know that. Ask if he ever prescribes Armour thyroid... This indicates an open-minded view and a wise interpretation of symptoms and labs.
FYI, you might feel less alone in knowing that one woman came by here a while ago and told us that she had seen 36
doctors before finally finding one who agreed to treat her. She wanted to encourage all those having such trouble to keep pursuing what you know to be the right answer for you.