Originally Posted by Dark Stranger
I went to a rheumatologist last week for a possible tissue disorder, and he spoke to me about thyroid problems, which I said were not the case with me, because testing ruled out any. But then he told me there is a rather common inflammation of the thyroid that can actually bypass tests, showing negative results. This inflammation must not be too threatening, because he told me the thyroid will even function properly with this condition.
Has anyone ever heard of such a condition?
Dark Stranger - appreciates any and all advice ^-^
The problem with "normal" test results is that "normal" does not always mean that all is well. Statistically, in a group of 20 people, 4 of those will have a thyroid problem, but only one of them will be able to be diagnosed by lab results. The other three will have "normal" results, so their doctors will most likely "rule out" the thyroid as a source of the problem.
What your rheumatologist is likely referring to thyroiditis. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, the most common, causes inflammation and, eventually, the destruction of the thyroid gland. During the earlier parts of this disease process, thyroid tests tend to be "normal", while at some stages, patients are hyperthyroid and at others, patients are hypothyroid. Eventually, when enough of the gland is destroyed, hypothyroidism is inevitable. It is only at this very last stage that you are likely to be diagnosed as having a thyroid problems.
If you will post your test results and the lab ranges for them, we can give you a better picture of what is going on with your situation. To get a really clear picture, you would need to get the following tests: TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, and Thyroid Peroxydase Antibodies.