| | Need help with test results - High thyroid antibodies
I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroid, but I've been having symptoms for at least the past year (fatigue, muscle cramps, weight gain, constipation, headaches, numbness in hands, shortness of breath, etc.). My doctor said my thyroid hormone is only slightly elevated, but she gave me a prescription for Levothyroxine due to my symptoms and said it is up to me if I want to start taking it, or if I want to wait and get re-tested in 6 months. My cholesterol is also slightly high now and it has always good before this.
My husband and I were going to start trying to get pregnant in a few months and I know that thyroid issues can affect fertility. I'm worried that the high antibodies will make it hard for us to get pregnant. My doctor didn't seem to be too concerned about them, but she is just a general practitioner, not an endocrinologist.
My grandma, dad, mom and sister all have hypothyroidism. My sister has been diagnosed with Hashimoto's, but I don't know if that's what the rest of my family has as well.
Here are my test results the nurse gave me over the phone:
TSH: 6.56 (normal range 0.45 - 4.5)
Free T4: 0.98 (0.70 - 1.50)
Antibodies: 5,724 (0-60)
I can't find anything online about what an antibody level this high means or indicates, other than if the antibodies are high and thyroid is underactive, it can mean Hashimoto's. Is it bad/normal to be THIS high? Has anyone had similar results? Did medication help?
Any help anyone can provide is GREATLY appreciated!