Re: Elevated thyroid antibody, what does this mean
A positive antibody test indicates one of two auto immune thyroid disorders: Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Graves Disease. I am betting Hashimoto's. i have it and it is the more common of the two. Hashi's can come on as a result of any hormonal change: puberty, pregnancy, meno.. or be triggered by a virus.. or be genetically predisposed. You should get your own antibodies run. The Rheummy issues can be hashi's those antibodies will attack the joints and muscles too. I had visual loss and developed a stigmatism as a result of my Hashi's. Make sure she is going to a neuro-opthomologist. Have them check her for thyroid eye disease symptoms and signs. He/She would know them better than the Endo.
If it is hashi's at her age she needs an MD willing to prophalactically(sp) treat her. Treatment early on with just a small dose of Armour or synthroid has been shown to hold off or halt the onset of Hashi's in children of your daughters age group. I am betting the normal is not actually normal for your daughter. Untreated hypoT in any form: secondary, subclinical, overt can have serious repercussions. Get a copy of her labs and post the results and ranges here. Also get a double check on them with the following more accurate tests: TSH (3rd Gen), free T3, free T4. Make sure the blood work is drawn first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Have they been checking her blood chem levels with vit D, B12, and Ferritin added? Low results in these can amplify any hypoT symptoms. Good luck. I watch my son (5 years old) daily wondering if he will have to go through the same misery as me in the future and what of his children. Well we can only love them and know that they will make it and they will be stronger because of it. As to misery when you are treated, you can live a normal and happy life. Problem is most make you suffer needlessly.
If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.
Last edited by mkgbrook; 01-30-2008 at 10:07 AM.