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Posted by Eileen
on October 16, 2000 at 11:03:34:
In Reply to: hashimoto's posted by jrut333 on October 13, 2000 at 13:07:36:
There are a couple of websites that explain your diagnosis quite thoroughly:
are two of my favorites.
From what I understand, Hashimoto's or anti-immune thyroiditis mean that your antibodies are attacking the thyroid itself, instead of the appropriate antigen. Initially, you may not have abnormal thyroid blood levels (T3, T4, et al) EXCEPT for high antibodies, but the condition may lead to hypothyroid or nodules after a while. There are a variety of approaches for treatment.
Symptoms can include migraine-type headaches, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, mood swings, frequent colds and flus that just don't go away, PMS symptoms -- you know, those things that they like to tell us are "all in our head."
Sounds like your Endocrinologist is on the right track if they've done a TPO AB test. I would suggest loading up on information from the internet and then approaching your doctor with a list of questions. And don't be afraid to seek a second or third opinion if he or she is not giving you all the information you need.
Best of luck to you.