Hi, I have been diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism. I'm not currently receiving any medication. The doc tested my antibodies (only the anti thyroid peroxidase; he said that was the only one they did) and I finally got my results back.
I have a staggering 3.5 out of a range of 0-50. It's so pitiful it's embarrassing. I know I should be pleased - hey, no autoimmune condition! - but all I feel is deflated and fed up. I was absolutely sure this was an autoimmune issue - or to be precise, a sign of a bigger autoimmune problem. However, now I have a whole new problem: no evidence for an autoimmune problem, plus what IS killing my thyroid if not that? Why is it failing?
I don't believe in a genetic answer, not that I don't think genetics is part of it, I know it is, but I don't think that causes it, merely gives you a propensity for problems. There has to be an environmental factor to trigger the condition - if it's not autoimmune in my case, what is it?
I know I read recently, but unfortunately have been reading so much I've lost sight of where, that your thyroid can be so demolished that thyroid antibodies drop away to nothing. Is this a possibility? Surely if my thyroid was in this kind of state my TSH would be through the roof? (It's 'only' 5.2)
I do have some other new thyroid stats that might help. My free T3 was 4.1 (range 2.6 - 6.2) and total T3 was 1.2 (range 0.9 - 2.4). They also look horribly normal. Yep, I'm horribly normal, with an abnormal thyroid. How is that working?
If anyone could throw any light on this, and whether autoimmune might still be an issue here, I'd be most grateful. I don't want to hang onto the autoimmune theory if it is BS, so please don't pander to me - just tell it like it is!