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Old 02-10-2005, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question Need help understanding lab results. PLEASE?!

Lab results: ----------Aug'04-----Oct'04----Jan'05 -----Range

TSH (high sensitivity)--29.598----8.163-----0.231 ----- .350-5.50

Anti-Thyroidglobulin-----510------498-------265-------- 0-40

Microsomal TPO ABS----1550-----2925------2363 ------ 0-34

Well the TSH has reduced significantly from 29.598 down to 0.231, the Anti-Thy is slowing going down, but the TPO started lower, went way higher, and now down a little.

I was put on Synthroid 50 mcg in Aug '04, increased to 100 mcg in Oct '04. I had a sonagram last week and was told I have a goiter and my thyroid has scar tissue. Dr. showed me the picture and pointed out scar tissue spots and said "it is like a mouse has been in there just taking little bites" Huh? Why do I have scar tissue?

I try to ask him questions but the answers I get really do not make much sense. He says I have autoimmune problems. I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac & Dermatitis Herpetiformis (I can not eat gluten), he thought I had Lupus but further testing was negative. Now he is saying I have mixed connective tissue disease, whatever that means and Fibromyalgia.

He is supposed to be one of the best Endos in this area but I don't feel like I know what is really going on and what is the prognosis of all this stuff going on with my thyroid?

I am new here and very frustrated. I would appreciate any input or insight.


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Re: Need help understanding lab results

Welcome to the board.
The TPO antibodies are attacking your thyroid tissue, causing the goiter and scar tissue. This is an autoimmune process named Hashimoto's thyroiditis. There is no cure for it, and it's the reason your thyroid is failing.

Studies have shown that you may be able to reduce the number of TPO antibodies by taking a selenium supplement. Taking 200 mcgs of selenium per day for about a month will replenish any shortage of the mineral you might now have; then the dose should be reduced to 100 mcgs/day for maintenance.
The anti-thyroglobulin antibodies you have are attacking the protein that circulates thyroid hormone throughout the body. There is no known method to reduce those.

Having one autoimmune disease, like Hashimoto's, predisposes you to others, like celiac disease and others.

If you have more questions, just ask.

Old 02-11-2005, 06:10 AM   #3
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Re: Need help understanding lab results those antibodies continue to attack and create more and more scar tissue your thyroid will eventually atrophy (shrink) and become useless. That is usually the last few processes of Hashi's before you are completely Hypo....there's not much you can do other than take your meds for the rest of your life. Im in the process of having my thyroid die off as well with Hashi's but I still have enough of mine left to come back to life once in a while.

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