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  1. According to what i've read TPO is present in both graves and hashimoto's so having positive TPO does not automatically indicate hashi's. TPO levels tend to be higher is Hashi's though. It's all wonderfully confusing isn't it? A thyroid ultrasound or biopsy I believe can clarify what is going on in your thyroid. Graves has one type of tissue damage and hashi's another. If tests show both types of damage then that would indicate that you have been effected by both conditions actively. Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibodies (TPOAb) / Antithyroid Peroxidase Antibodies Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) antibodies, are also known as Antithyroid Peroxidase Antibodies. (In the past, these antibodies were referred to as Antithyroid Microsomal Antibodies or Antimicrosomal Antibodies). These antibodies work against thyroid peroxidase, an enzyme that plays a part in the T4-to-T3 conversion and synthesis process. TPO antibodies can be evidence of tissue destruction, such as Hashimoto's disease, less commonly, in other forms of thyroiditis such as post-partum thyroiditis. It
  2. CassP Here is a description I found on the T3 uptake test T3 Resin Uptake or Thyroid Uptake. (T3RU) This is a test that confuses doctors, nurses, and patients. First, this is not a thyroid test, but a test on the proteins that carry thyroid around in your blood stream. Not only that, a high test number may indicate a low level of the protein! The method of reporting varies from lab to lab. The proper use of the test is to compute the free thyroxine index Here is the source http://www.amarillomed.com/howto
  3. T3 uptake and free thyroxine index are pretty uaelss as I understand them. They are essentially mathematical equations based on total T4 that attempt to estimate free T4 and free T3. Better to just test FT4 and FT3 than try to guess them.
  4. Thank you for the information. Gives me even more to think about
  5. I posted recently about and got some advice but my situation has changed. I have been gluten free for a little over 2 months trying to resolve reflux/bloating/gas issues. I am not sure if gluten is an issue as I still have symptoms. Some have improved, but not gone away entirely. I also have hashimoto's and have read a great deal about the possible connection between gluten intolerance and hashi's. I was scheduled for an endoscopy, but it has been canceled as I just discovered that I am 5 weeks pregnant. My internist was the one that originally suggested the diet, but didn't really recommend testing because false negative rate is so high. She felt it would be better to just try to diet. I'm now seeing a gastro and she wants to run a blood panel but she knows I haven't been eating gluten (why do some dr.'s just not get that this won't work?). Supposed to go back and see her this week to discuss what we will do now that I can't have the scope. My original plan was to go 3 months gluten free and then reintroduce. Now I'm thinking I should wait until the end of the first Trimester. As I mentioned, I don't know for sure if gluten is an issue for me. I'm concerned that if it is and I have a reaction, it could cause problems with the pregnancy. Especially if a reaction to gluten could cause an increase in anti-thyroid antibody levels. I plan to discuss this with my Gastro, Internist and OB over the next few weeks. Just wanted to see if you all had any advice.
  6. Hello. I've been mostly lurking here for a few months. A couple of mints ago my internist suggested I try eliminating dairy and gluten to see if it helps my stomach issue (bloating, gas, medication resistant reflux). She mentioned that testing for gluten intolerance had I high rate of false negatives so she encouraged me to just give it a try. I've been gluten free for about 8 weeks and have been referred to a gastro because the reflex is still an issue. I just switched my thyroid med to tyrosint this week after learning that synthroid is not gluten-free Saw the gastro today and I will be having and endoscopy on friday. She also ordered a celiac blood panel. I pointed out to her that I'm not consuming gluten, but she wanta to run the test anyway. I've read a great deal about the fact that tests will not be accurate when not consuming gluten. Just curious if anyone here has had a positive blood test after going without gluten. Thanks. I've learned a great deal reading here.
  7. Wondering If those of you who react to dairy have simlar symptoms as you have to gluten or if the reaction is different. I'm on a gluten and dairy free trial trying to solve some issues I've had - mainly reflux and bloating and also thyroiditis (likely hashimotos). I'm having a hard time sorting through reactions and what causes what. Thanks
  8. Not sure about a connection ti celiac, but I believe thyroid issues can. Might want to have a thyroid blood panel done if you haven't recently
  9. I'm not positive for both, just hashi's. Just wanted to sharebwhat I've read from some other ladies on a thyroid forum I read. It seems (and again just relaying others experience) in the case it's typical to lean one way or the other meaning if your hypo the hashi's is dominant and if your hyper (not from meds but naturally hyper) the graves is dominant. It's possible it could switch so regular blood work will be very important for you. It seems, from what I know through my research, the end result will be hypothyroidism. Graves antibodies attach to recouped in the thyroid causing over production. Hashi's attacks the tissue that produces thyroid hormones. I would think that the tissue damage caused by hashi's will eventually disrupt the graves ability to stimulate over production. That's just my thinking though. Hope you do well and feel better soon
  10. I have come accross a number of people who have been diagnosed with both hashi's and graves. You can have antibodies for both conditions and i have read about people who have had confirmed biopsies/ultrasounds showing both types of tissue damage. Seems one or the other is usually dominant but they can switch off meaning you will have active grave's for a period of time then switch to active hashimoto's. Also, as someone else pointed out, hashi's most often begins with a hyper phase followed by hypo. Most people eventually end up permanently hypo. There will however be some who continue to go back and forth between Hyper and hypo with hashi's. The hyper phases are known as has$#&oxicosis. If I'm not mistaken - this is generally associated with toxic nodules.
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