Hi everyone - I'm new here but suspect I'm not so new to having Hashimoto's. My GP is not very generous when it comes to imparting information - just handed me two referrals - one for a Thyroid surgeon and one for a neurologist. I like trying to improve my own health as much as I can so started googling and reading and have decided to try the Auto Immune Protocol diet as promoted by Sarah Ballantyne and Izabella Wentz. I've only been on it for ten days and already have significant relief from some of my more worrying symptoms - burning feet and hands and dizziness. Fingers crossed I can tear up the neurologist referral. But that brings me to my question - I have no understanding of how advanced my Hashimoto's is - if anyone would care to comment on my bloodwork as follows I'd be very appreciative:
31/08/2004 - TSH - 0.54
01/08/2011 - TSH - 0.67
31/08/2012 - TSH - 0.73
09/03/2016 - TSH - 0.73
09/05/2017 - TSH - 0.88, FT4 - 14.9, FT3 - 5.6, TgAb - 353 H, TPOAb - 19
Comments - Normal TSH and free T4 results are consistent with an euthyroid state.
I should also mention that I have a multi-nodular goiter and had a biopsy of the largest nodule approximately 12 months ago and it was all good. I thought that was the only thing I had to worry about and am annoyed my thyroid wasn't tested for anything other than the TSH levels by either my GP or the ridiculously expensive Endocrine surgeon I saw at the time.
Apologies if I'm not very articulate but I'm a bit stressed by the diagnosis in that I'm concerned about the possibility of developing other auto immune related conditions over time. My aunt's life was destroyed by Rheumatoid Arthritis and given the aches and pains I've been experiencing over the past eighteen months I'd hate to go down that path. Therefore I'd love to hear if anyone else has had any success in improving their thyroid hormone levels with the AIP diet and I'd also love to hear your thoughts as to how advanced I might be if possible. I have no idea as to the significance of my TgAb or TPOAb levels - are they just high or ridiculously high? How do these numbers interact?
I live in Melbourne, Australia so if it's permitted, if anyone can recommend a good GP or specialist I'd be very grateful.
All the best everyone, and thanks for reading - HollyRae