So, looks like I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an auto-immune disease.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by a variety of cell- and antibody-mediated immune processes. It was the first disease to be recognized as an autoimmune disease. It was first described by the Japanese specialist Hakaru Hashimoto in a paper published in Germany in 1912.
Wish I’d have bothered with the full tests years ago when an elevated TSH showed up. Oh, well, water under the bridge and I like a challenge. Here’s the panel:
- TSH: 9.86 (0.10 – 5.50 uIU/mL)
- T3, Total: 112 (50 – 170 ng/dL)
- Free T4: 1.0 (0.8 – 1.7 ng/dL)
- TPO Antibody: 216 (<=35 IU/mL)
- Thyroglobulin: 7.6 (0.0 – 55.0 ng/mL)
- Thyroglobulin Antibody: <20.0 (<=20.0 IU/mL)
So, the smoking gun is the TPO (thyroid peroxidase) antibody. It’s an enzyme in the thyroid gland important in the production of thyroid hormones. So, I’ve got an auto-immune condition where that enzyme gets attacked by my own immune system, causing my TSH (thyrotropin) to be elevated to overcome the effect of the antibody.
The one thing that has me intrigued is with everything else so stellar in my blood work (best ever in my blood-test life), I’m interested to see what I might do about this without meds, shits & giggles like. Here’s the other reason, my previous TSH tests.
The 2009 – 20011 tests were when I was taking 90mg Armour most days. Then I just stopped. I had no apparent symptoms (cold hands/feet, primarily), plus I wanted to see where it would be. Problem is, I wish I had a reference point for when I began with adding starches, supplementing resistant starch, and also adding the soil-based probiotics. That it’s 10 now, instead of 16 back in 2008, indicates something has improved. Was it 16 (or worse) before I started feeding my gut bugs in 2013?
I think I want to take a few more steps for 90 days, retest, and see where I am before going back on meds.
All suggestions welcome and appreciated.