Originally Posted by mcaimless
I'm more concerned that you get proper treatment for your Hashimoto's. As the posters above have said, the chances of the nodule being cancer are very small. But with positive antibodies the chance of this being Hashi's are pretty much 100 percent.
Many don't get the treatment they need for this and your "mostly normal" bloodwork indicates that your doc isn't going to do much for this either... Or are you getting treatment now? Can you post your labs here with the ranges and we can see just how hypo you are.. Given the hair loss it's pretty much a given you are hypo.
Thanks, mccaimless. All of this is so new to me. It was totally by "accident" that any of these doctor's appointments were scheduled, so I'm thankful for that. I think my nerves - no, I know my nerves are getting the best of me and I'm obsessing over this.
**UPDATE** I just got my bloodwork report and:
the "thyroglobulin antibodes" are at 175.
T4 = 10.4
TSH, 3rd generation = 1.42
I don't have a T3 number on here.
Other numbers on this report that were out of range were the MCV = 79.9 (low by 0.1) and MCH = 26.5 (low by 0.5) and my ferritin was a 10, which is exactly the bottom level of the normal range.
What do you think this means? Is this indicative of Hashimoto's? (Obviously I am seeing a doctor for confirmation...but those of you with experience, I appreciate your input to ease my mind.)
I called my mother-in-law who is an RN and she too suggested Hashimoto's. I called my doctor's office and they are pulling my report so I can go pick it up. I did not know anything about this condition but I know now that a FNA can also be used to test for this, not just cancer. Of course the word 'biopsy' scared the crap out of me - and still does - but knowing the FNA was ordered perhaps because of my blood counts in addition to the nodule is reassuring.
Of course I'd prefer to have no condition, but if it's between Hashi's & cancer I'll take the Hashi's any day.
I did look up symptoms of hypothyroidism and I have many, particularly the dry skin and difficulty losing weight. I also was completely unable to breastfeed either of my children and I know thyroid issues can cause that difficulty as well.
Thanks again for your post.