Hi I am new and I have been told by a GP I have tested positive for autoimmune thyroiditis due to below bloods?
Diagnosed hypothyroid in 2012 when I was 25 years old, I am female and taking 50mcg levothyroxine each day. Symptoms are constipation, dry skin, eyelashes falling out, hair loss, feeling cold, tiredness, muscle cramps in legs, flaky nails.
Thank you in advance for feedback on results/dose/symptoms.
TSH 5.4 (0.2 - 4.2)
FT4 13.7 (12 - 22)
FT3 3.6 (3.1 - 6.8)
TPO ANTIBODY 356.3 (<34)
TG ANTIBODY 475.5 (<115)
Welcome to the forum, Ava6.
You are undermedicated to have TSH 5.4 and low FT4 and FT3 while taking 50mcg Levothyroxine. Ask your GP to increase dose to 75mcg.
The goal of Levothyroxine is to restore the patient to euthyroid status. For most patients that will be when TSH is 0.2 - 1.0 with FT4 in the upper range. FT4 needs to be in the upper range in order that sufficient T3 is converted. Read Treatment Options in thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_... Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the Pulse article to show your GP. The Thyroid UK office opens on 3rd January.
Thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies are positive for autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's). There is no cure for Hashimoto's which causes 90% of hypothyroidism. Levothyroxine treatment is for the low thyroid levels it causes. Many people have found that 100% gluten-free diet is helpful in reducing Hashi flares, symptoms and eventually antibodies.
You should have a follow up thyroid blood test 6-8 weeks after increasing dose. Arrange the blood test early in the morning when TSH is highest and fast (water only) as TSH drops after eating and drinking. Take Levothyroxine after the blood test.