Results opinions / suggestions please

Hi

Friend collapsed and thyroid tested late morning. Lab results TSH 7.9 (0.3 - 4.5); T4 14.6 (11 - 22).

Repeat bloods done early morning 2 weeks later - TSH 2.68 (0.34 - 5.6); and T4 11.4 (8 - 18); TPO 0.6 (0 - 9 ).

Symptoms: Dry skin, loss of body hair, sleeping 11 hours a night; recently nodding off in afternoon; and slow, irregular heart rate of 59 bpm.

GP says it's not a thyroid problem, but has agreed to repeat bloods in 3 months time. However, has referred to heart team.

I wondered what the wise ones on this forum would say?

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  • Greenwall,

    TPOab being negative for autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's) isn't conclusive. Some people are negative for TPOab but positive for thyroglobulin antibodies which NHS doesn't often test. The fluctuation in your friend's TSH levels is indicative of an autoimmune flare up.

    A virus can elevate TSH which is why protocols suggest retesting up to 3 months after the first abnormal TSH. TSH 2.68 indicates the thyroid gland is beginning to struggle but NHS won't usually diagnose hypothyroidism until TSH is >5.6 or FT4 <8.0.

  • Thanks Clutter. The GP did say that they couldn't do the other anti-body test.

    So I guess friend just has to wait and see with repeat bloods in 3 months time?

  • Greenwall,

    Your friend can order the thyroglobulin antibody test privately via thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

  • Thanks for reminding me about that. Much appreciated.

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