This is my first post ever to any Thyroid forum and thought I'd introduce myself.
This last Feb I was diagnosed with Hashi's, however all my labs have been the normal ranges so I have not started any kind of medication treatment. I had a FNA on 2 nodules and the biopsy results came out benign. I was told that it can time for the disease to progress so I am supposed to have labs and ultrasounds done every 6 months until there are findings that warrant treatment, I guess. I am a fighter and have always maintained a positive attitude throughout all my illnesses (Type 2 Diabetes and Heart disease), but I am getting pretty worn down lately. I feel extremely weak at times, with a "sinking" feeling in my stomach/chest. I also get bad muscle cramps every night from the knees down to my toes that wake me up. I have bad joint pain/stiffness in 2 particular fingers (one in each hand) that had gone away for a bit but has started up again the last few weeks - its always worse in the morning. I have recently started getting hives every day unless I take allergy medication. My throat feels swollen sometimes and makes me nauseous. Thyroid issues do run in my family too. I could go on for a bit
but I thought I'd also post my thyroid ultrasounds and lab results so I'll stop there before I make it too long. If anyone has any comments or advice, I would appreciate it - thank you for allowing me to share my story with everyone!
I have another appointment coming up soon to check my labs again, since I've been feeling worse. It's kind of funny to hope that the labs are abnormal, so that I can start treatment and feel better! I'm sure I'm not the only one.
FINDINGS: The right thyroid lobe measures 5.8 cm in length, 1.8
cm AP and 1.7 cm transverse and shows heterogeneous echotexture
with solid hypoechoic nodule posterior to the midportion
measuring 1.3 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm. This was less apparent on prior
exam, however, on retrospect appears to be essentially unchanged.
Isthmus is thickened at 5 mm.
Left thyroid lobe 5 cm in length, 1.9 cm AP and 2 cm transverse
and shows small hypoechoic solid nodule anteriorly at the margin
of the isthmus measuring 0.8 x 0.5 x 0.7 cm. This lesion was not
apparent on prior exam.
1. Enlarged heterogeneous gland.
2. Nodules are present bilaterally as described above. Left
lobe nodule is apparently new from prior exam. Continued
followup is recommended as neoplasm cannot be excluded.
3. Right lobe nodule was less apparent on prior exam but may
have been present. Stability is difficult to assess. Continued
3. Decrease in isthmic thickness seen since the prior exam.
FINDINGS: Thyroid ultrasound demonstrates mild thyromegaly. The
right lobe measures 6.2 x 2 x 2 cm and the left lobe measures 5.5
x 2 x 2.1 cm in size. The thyroid gland is enlarged and somewhat
heterogeneous without evidence of discrete nodules. Correlate
Thyromegaly with heterogeneity. No definite discrete nodules.
Correlate clinically and follow up.
THYROID LAB TESTS:
2/4/11 Free T4: 1.25 Range: 0.8 - 1.80 ng/dL
2/4/11 TSH: 1.49 Range: 0.34 - 4.82 uIU/mL
10/5/10 Free T3: 3.21 Range: 2.3-4.2 pg/mL
10/5/10 Free T4: 0.77 Range: 0.6-1.61 ng/dL
10/5/10 TSH: 2.08 Range: 0.40-4.50 mIU/L
10/5/10 Thyroglobulin AutoAb <20 Range: <20 IU/mL
10/5/10 Thyroid Perox AutoAb: 28 Range: <35 IU/mL
7/9/10 TSH: 1.36 Range: 0.34 - 4.82 uIU/mL
7/9/10 Free T3: 3.19 Range: 2.3 - 4.2 pg/mL
5/26/10 Antithyroid Peroxidase Antibody: 27 Range: LESS THAN 35 Unit: IU/mL
11/16/09 TSH: 1.67 Range: 0.34 - 4.82 uIU/mL
1/6/09: TSH: 3.53 Range: 0.34 - 4.82 uIU/mL
1/6/09: Free T4: 1.26 Range: 0.6 - 1.61 ng/dL