This is a nice board I wanted to say first of all. I need support and have questions about my new diagnosis.
I've been in poor health for a long time. I was finally diagnosed type II diabetes at 28. I'm 36 now. I also have GURD, depression, PTSD, Gastroparesis (complication of Diabetes, lazy stomach). I have had multiple hernias been operated on twice and I have another one now I know. I'm insulin dependant too. I'm trying to think of everything lol. I also have a constant phobia that people and doctor's will think I am a hypochondriac LOL but all of this stuff has been proven by blood tests.
I have just been diagnosed Hashimoto's by a series of blood tests my regular Doctor put me through.
I realized that something was wrong in 2000, six years ago when I was at work and I was drinking a soda. I noticed that I had a lump in my throat that was persistent and would not go away. It also dipped when I swallowed. It seemed like such a silly thing to go to my doc about, but it was really getting to be uncomfortable, and he told me that this was a sign of a goiter. I had been having my thyroid blood tests done for several years before and he always told me that I was borderline. It was always at the top but just not over the top enough to say that I was hypothyroid. But the ultrasound that they did of my thyroid confirmed a goiter with nodules And we went straight up to having a biopsy done to confirm that the adenoids were not cancerous. They weren't. And I went on Levoxyl and have been on it since.
My biggest thyroid complaint was how tired I was and how cold my feet were. I had to wear SIX pairs of socks because my feet were so cold! Much of the symptoms including the cold feet (thank God) went away and I've went on about my business for six years. All of this came about as I have gotten to the point of where I am so tired all of the time and can sleep up to 15 hours at a time. My mom told me to ask the Doc about my thyroid. I did and told him that although we had been doing the blood tests for TCH levels and they are fine that I haven't had any ultrasounds or any other testing lately. I did and the ultrasound said that my thyroid was enlarged said nothing about goiter but noted that there wasn't any nodules. Said it was "consistant with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis". So he ordered some new blood work on me. This is where I get confused. But he didn't explain the bloodwork very well just told me that my body was fighting my thyroid like it was something that wasn't supposed to be there. I'm ok with that. But I'm one of those people who is not a hypochondriac, but I OBSESS (lol to my dad who I am going to send this link to
) over my health and I want to know what this stuff means. That's where I was hoping that you guys can help me out with. I'm going to type in what all of it says.
Here's the testing information
Thyroperoxidase AB: H 4310
Reference range: 0-40
Thyroglobulin Tumor Marker, S H217 Units: IU/mL Expected Values: 0.0-2.3
Thyroblobulin Tumor Marker, S 1.3 Units: ng/mL Expected Values: 0.0-33
Can anyone explain what this means? I don't understand and he didn't do too well either. I think the first is the antibodies that are fighting my thyroid.
I see an Endocronologist on June 7th. I'm about to come out of my skin and waiting that long is going to kill me. Can you guys help? Can someone tell me the meaning of those readings? Every time I read something that has to do with Thyroglobulin I get Thyroid Cancer information. With the first being so high, does that mean that I might have Thyroid Cancer? Be honest. Don't sugar coat please.
And in return, if there is anything that I can do to help or support I will gladly.
Thank you for your help. If I left out anything that will help you tell more, let me know. I'm sure that I'll be checking back often LOL
I'm a little high strung on stuff like this lol.
Thank you for your help,