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Old 10-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Can anti thyroid globulin levels show thyroid failure?

Hi.

Now I'm really nervous. One of my friends on FB told me that because my anti thyroid globulin level is at over 3000, she said I am in thyroid failure!

WHAT? If that were true, why was my doctor not more concerned?

This is scaring me to death....

Does anyone have any info regarding this that would encourage or calm me down? I'm super scared now...

Thank you.

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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Re: Can anti thyroid globulin levels show thyroid failure?

You have antibodies against your own thyroid gland. This is an autoimune problem that is quite common called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It causes inflammation and eventual destruction of the thyroid gland, but this happens gradually over years, so does not present any emergency. You need to have your thyroid hormone levels checked, the TSH, free T4 and free T3, and if you have symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, constipation, cold all of the time, dry hair and skin, skipped periods, etc, you need to be on thyroid replacement. Since this is progressive, you will need to take and monitor your dose of thyroid medication long term. It is nothing to panic over, as it is treatable and once your hormone levels are checked, your Dr can prescribe the thyroid medication.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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Re: Can anti thyroid globulin levels show thyroid failure?

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You have antibodies against your own thyroid gland. This is an autoimune problem that is quite common called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It causes inflammation and eventual destruction of the thyroid gland, but this happens gradually over years, so does not present any emergency. You need to have your thyroid hormone levels checked, the TSH, free T4 and free T3, and if you have symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, constipation, cold all of the time, dry hair and skin, skipped periods, etc, you need to be on thyroid replacement. Since this is progressive, you will need to take and monitor your dose of thyroid medication long term. It is nothing to panic over, as it is treatable and once your hormone levels are checked, your Dr can prescribe the thyroid medication.
Thank you Lady! I've had hypothyroid for years. I've had TSH levels in the past that needed adjustment. The last six months I have gone fro hypo to hyper thyroid and I'jm on levothyroxine. I have been tested every four weeks and the adjustment never works, so I asked the doc to do specific tests. The T 3/4 came back high normal (I did not receive the numbers), and the antithyroidglobulin came back over 3000.

This is what scares me. Hence, my friends comments on FB and my fear.

I'm being sent to a specialist

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

 
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