Thanks. To confuse matters, I also asked to be tested for pernicious anemia (symptoms are similar to hypo thyroid), but she only put B12 and CBC to check for that... Although from what I understand you have to look for antibodies (PA is another autoimmune condition). We'll see what comes back. The bloodwork I had done a year ago showed my B12 at 167 (normal range 198-615), and she failed to even mention it. That could also explain my crazy fatigue, heart palpitations, etc. I just want answers so I can start feeling well! I'm sure you all can relate. I'm a single mom to 3 small children and I don't feel like I am giving them my best because I am so darned tired and foggy.
So I had my bloodwork done today. Not sure how long it takes to get results back but I would like to be prepared when they do come back. What if she tells me I do indeed have antibodies but my TSH is "normal" so I don't require treatment?
Also, I requested Free t3 and free t4 but what she wrote down was t3 and t4. Is this the same thing? I also asked for TSI (for Graves) but she didn't put that. I do suspect my symptoms are hypo rather than hyper but I seem to have symptoms of both.
I realize this is an old thread, but this is EXACTLY what my arms look like! If I knew how to upload pics, I would. The funny thing is, my rash never appeared until AFTER I was dx'd with Celiac and had been gluten-free for many months! It is just now starting to calm down after 4 months of flare-up.
Thank you Gemini. I have read lots of anecdotal stories about people going gluten-free and their thyroid antibodies plummeting. I just want to be sure that if the tests come back negative that it means I do not have Hashimoto's. Not that I have just stopped producing antibodies because going gluten-free has calmed my immune system. Some people are saying this can happen in as little as 3-6 months of being gluten free.
The more I read, the more I realize I have many symptoms of both hypo and hyper (or Graves??) - including Mitral Valve Prolapse, which I was diagnosed with last year. I've read some studies that say as many as 40-50% of those with autoimmune thyroid disease have this! I have written down all of my symptoms and rush factors, along with what tests I should ask for, to show my GP. Any advice or suggestions would be welcome.
I just had to do my thyroid panels today because they are thinking I have Hypothyroidism, along with the Prolactinoma (pituitary tumor) and low cortisol, and I have been gluten free for almost a year now.
Interesting... Would you mind posting your results here when you get them?