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Old 09-03-2004, 01:38 PM   #1
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small amount of antibodies

Okay, since I've been kind of gun-shy about seeing more drs, and I have had a burning desire to see if I have any antibodies (and the physicians I've seen have said no), I went through healthcheck.

Here are the results:
Result Range Units
ANTI-THYROGLOBULIN AB <20 < 40 - IU/ML
ANTITHYROID PEROXIDASE 17 < 35 - IU/ML

So I do have a few - but it is in the "normal" range. If you recall, my FT4 and FT3 were in the low-"normal" area earlier this summer. Is it normal to have a few antibodies? I've read that it's not normal to have any, but since it isn't particularly high, I don't know that I have much more evidence than before to try to argue my case. I know, I need to keep calling, and try to find someone who is more concerned about symptoms - and I just need to find someone who could help me coordinate all of the medications I'm on for stuff. I've wondered if all the stuff I'm on could produce my symptoms. . .
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Old 09-03-2004, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: small amount of antibodies

I had 8 and 4 when diagnosed, so mine were low, but my current dr thinks maybe I was on the tail end of Hashi's when diagnosed meaning they were possibly higher months or years previous to diagnosis.

You do need a dr that will listen to your symptoms. If your frees are low in the range you will not feel well.

 
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Old 09-04-2004, 06:27 AM   #3
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Re: small amount of antibodies

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I had 8 and 4 when diagnosed, so mine were low, but my current dr thinks maybe I was on the tail end of Hashi's when diagnosed meaning they were possibly higher months or years previous to diagnosis.
Dea4, do the antibodies go away? I was tested about 15 years ago and they found antibodies and a high TSH, but I had zero symptoms. For the past few years by TSH has always been on the high side of 'normal' - hovering around 5.0-6.5 again, with zero symptoms. The past two years I've had my FT4 tested and it too as on edge of 'normal' (12 in a range of 9-23). Until this Spring I had zero symptoms, and now I have very single one that is typically listed with the excpetion of constipation (due I am only to the fact that I eat about 40g of fiber a day).

Autoimmune diseases run in my family and I've been thinking Hashi's; I haven't had my antibodies tested recently because my doctor says "you're normal" - I have an appointment on Tuesday with a specialist and now I"m wondering if it's possible that testing for antibodies will come back 'negative' - is this possible?

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Old 09-05-2004, 10:04 AM   #4
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Re: small amount of antibodies

I think that once the antibodies kill the thyroid then they have nothing to attack anymore so you would have none left at that point. I haven't had mine checked lately but I bet I'd be down to none by now if indeed my current dr was right about what she suspected.

 
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Re: small amount of antibodies

Thanks, Dea4 - that sounds quite reasonable. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that I at least have some left.

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