I have had hypothyroid symptoms for years. I have been tested several times and the results are always in the normal range. Some of my symptoms include low body temperature, always cold, extreme fatigue, lethargy, brain fog, weight gain regardless of diet and exercise, heavy periods, high cholesterol (which I never had prior to these symptoms), sore muscles. I don't know if it is related, but I always feel like something is stuck in my throat. I have been getting treated for tickborne illnesses and some of these symptoms may overlap. I wonder if these other illnesses have overwhelmed my immune system to the point of being hypothyroid? Is that possible?
I have heard that thyroid tests are not completely reliable. My doctor has tested me several times. This time, she included the antibody test which I have heard is more accurate. Is this true?
My results are as follows:
TSH 2.884 (0.350-5.500 normal)
T4 9.4 (1.5-12.0 normal)
T3 Uptake 30 (24-39 normal)
Free T 2.8 (1.2-4.9 normal)
Thyroid Antiobodies: Positve at 52 (0-34 normal)
Should the antibody test result alone merit treatment? Is 52 considered high? My doctor has ordered a sonogram. What do you guys think about this situation? I am hopeful because the antibody test is positive, and I believe many of my symptoms can be helped with treatment.
I appreciate any advice you can share.