Lots of people have anti-thyroid antibodies in their blood, yet do not have Hashimoto's so the presence of antibodies alone isn't diagnostic. To definitively dx Hashi's, your doc needs to do a Fine Needle Aspiration of your thyroid gland or any nodule you might have. If that comes back consistent with Hashi's, then you can safely assume you have it.
Let's hope you don't! And don't let a few antibodies scare you. I have Hashi's, and my antibody titre is >25,600 (that's as high as the lab can measure). And, my FNA was consistent with Hashi's. Until the FNA was done, no one wanted to say I had Hashi's for certain, even with the high Ab's.
Thank you so much for your replies! I am on synthroid right now. This test was taken after 1 week on synthroid. (long story--one doctor did a partial test, which showed hypothyroidism--put me on synthroid and then another doctor did a full work up after I had been on it for 1 week.) The problem is that the second doctor can't see me for another 3 weeks to talk to me about my results. I guess I keep taking the synthroid and get retested later. How will I know if they want to do a test to determine if I have Hashis?
TPO antibodies are they ones that are thought and just about absolutely proven to cause hashi's or the destruction of the thyroid. The anti thyroglobulins are antibodies that are beleived to be made to stop the production of hormone because to much is be let out into the system.......thyroglobulin and iodine is what thyroid hormone is made out of. IMO I see antithyroglobulin antibodies at higher levels then the TPO when the patient has temporary thyroiditis usually brought on by pregnacy or illness that will cause the thyroid to have to increase its production, ie.......flu, long standing colds, throat infections. A history of your symptoms will possible help us out about what might be going on with you. A ultrasound might be given to see if there is any destruction that has taken place to the thyroid.
Again--Thanks to all of you for your caring support!
Here is my story. I'm a 33 year old female and I believe that I've been very hypothyroid for about 12 years. Unfortunately, due to my own ignorance and poor health care system, I did not find out until recently.
I am 5 feet 3 inches tall and my weight has fluctuated to the point that people comment on it all the time. In my 20's, I would balloon up (go from 137 to 160 in a couple of months.) This would happen all of the time. I would get really depressed and then try to discipline myself (assuming it was my fault--although I really wasn't eating all that much!) Eight years ago, I was in a terrible car accident and as a result was in the hospital for quite a while. I still have quite a lot of metal in my body...and later attributed mysterious symptoms to that. (muscle aches, brain fog, severe dry and itchy rashes) Six years ago, I woke up to find a huge bald spot on the crown of my head. I was treated with steroid shots to my scalp and was diagonosed with alopecia areata. Four years ago I was feeling extremely fatigued, depressed, had muscle aches and decided to try and research my condition. In doing so, I thought I had a condition called Candidiasis and went on a strict diet eliminating sugars, carbs, any fermented products and began taking a lot of vitamins. I lost 30 pounds (133) and actually felt a little better. Then, 2 years ago I had my gall bladder removed, began gaining weight rapidly and here I am...30 pounds heavier... (166) cholesterol 293!!! Dry, brittle nails, Very sensitive to cold! Always tired! Depressed. I never want to go out and be with friends. My boyfriend and I broke up (we were living to gether for 2 years and just broke up 2 weeks ago---ironically just at the same time as all this was discovered. I'm on 100MCG of Synthroid and wondering if I should be taking something else along with it. I go in to have more tests done in 3 weeks. I'm scared to exercize because of my cholesterol reading and because my heart seems to be beating faster than normal. (could be stress--or the fact that my body isn't used to the hormone.) Anyway-- that's my story in a nut shell. I'm still trying to remain positive-- but I'm scared and more than a little frustrated that this has been going on for what seems like a very long time.