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I recently just got a copy of my health records and had a look at my history and what i've went to seen the doctor for. i just seen I went to the doctor regarding a lump on my neck and i guess the doctor done a thyroid blood test. The test came back and it says Normal thyroid function, and raised thyroid antibodies, No thyroid SX. Guys what does raised thyroid antibodies mean, is there anything worrying about this? Mind you this was back in 2013 and its Friday here the Doctors doesn't open on weekends so will have to wait till Monday to ask and that is a long wait. Anyone can enlighten me?

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  • Hi,

    The raised thyroid antibodies and lump in your neck show Hashimotos thyroditis.

    Hashimotos Thyroditis is auto immune and very common. Lots of us have it.

    What were your other thyroid blood results? T4,T3, TSH? I suggest you get a copy of the blood results and get retested.

    You need to have tested TT4,FT4,FT3, RT3, TSH, Folate, Ferritin, Vit D and B12 as all can be low with thyroid issues.

    Do you have bloating? Gut issues? The lump in your neck?

    If so I'd recommend going gluten and casein free (cows milk) it's a big change to start but once you get your head around it and all the alternatives you can pretty much eat as normal.

    Gluten and Casein look like the thyroid to the body (molecular mimmickry) so when ingested and they get in to your bloodstream via leaky gut(intestinal permeability) the body sees an invader so sends T cells out to attack but then mistakenly also attacks the thyroid.

    In a past post I've listed all the things that I find have helped me, may be worth a look.

    Research leaky gut. Chris Kresser is good for this.

    Izabella Wentz Hashimotos Protocol book is good she also has a website.

    Dr Datis Khazzarian also has brilliant books also a website.

    Dr Susan Blum md The Auto Immune Recovery Plan is good for diet info.

    FYI B12 should be 600 plus under 500 will start to cause neurological changes.

    Vit D around 60 no less

    Folate mid range.

    Ferritin mid range but no less than 70

    Your Dr will say ok at much lower levels as they don't want to supplement people as very costly!

  • I'd say it's important to consider how you're feeling health-wise at the moment. Do you have any symptoms in this list...

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

    If you're feeling well at the moment then it's still important to get some tests done, the earlier you start treating hashimoto's the better, even if you don't need thyroid replacement hormones right away, you can still check your vitamin levels as mentioned in Katepot's post, and look into your diet. A huge amount of help's available on this forum. It's also important not to feel overwhelmed with all the info, get your test values and go from there. :)

  • If thyroid antibodies are present in your blood it means you have an Autoimmune Thyroid Disease called Hashimoto's. If the test was in 2013 ask your doctor for a Full Thyroid Function Test, TSH, T4, T3, Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid antibodies. The antibodies attack your thyroid gland until you become hypothyroid and your doctor should have prescribed levo if antibodies were present, but many doctors believe they have to wait till the TSH is 10 (in UK).

    First, make a new appointment to have your thyroid hormones tested. GPs only usually do TSH and T4 but this doesn't give enough information so ask for all of the above. He or lab may not do them but you can have a private test from a recommended lab.

    The blood test has to the earliest possible, fasting (you can drink water) and if you were already taking thyroid hormone replacements you'd allow a 24 hour gap between last dose and test.

    At the same time ask GP to check B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate.

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

    Always get a print-out of your results with the ranges.

  • Hi fiona, here it is four years later, how have you been doing? It's good you decided to get copies of your history. This is an absolute must if you want to improve your health. As you can see the doctors are in no way induced to explain, react or even diagnose after seeing your tests. As others have said you may have the beginnings of an autoimmune attack on your thyroid. This has nothing to do with your thyroid. It may actually start with a gut problem. There are many things you can do for yourself to fight this beyond taking thyroid hormones.

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