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I had an ultrasound on my thyroid today as I have had a tight, painful feeling for months. They couldn't see any lumps so my cancer fears are alleviated.

They said the thyroid was small and mottled which suggests an infection at some point but I don't really know what that means.

I am wondering about Hashimotos but they tested my antibodies around Christmas and they said it was ok.

What should I ask my GP or should I give up and accept it is what it is?

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hrp98 Never accept 'OK' 'Normal' or 'Fine' from a doctor. Always get a print out of your results.

Assuming your antibodies were within the acceptable range, then one negative doesn't completely rule out Hashimoto's. Antibodies​ fluctuate so it could have been negative the day yours were tested, but it's possible that if they were tested another time they could be positive.

Also, there are two types of antibodies, Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO), and Thyroglobulin (TG). The NHS only test TPO. It's possible that if TG antibodies are tested they could be positive. You can get them tested privately or an endo might be able to order the test.

Have you had TSH, FT4 and FT3 tested as well as antibodies?


always insist on actual copies of test results inc ref ranges

you simply cannot rely on doctors and " normal "


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