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Hypo or not? Not sure anymore

Hello all,

In June 2017 I was in the hospital for some tests, and they said my TSH was a little high (3.8) I did a retest in August for antibodies and then my TSH was 2.6 and no antibodies. In December I had to go to the hospital but somebody very near me died and I couldn't go to the appointment. I did some bloodwork a few days ago and just called for the result. They said everything is fine, but when I asked for my TSH it was 4. Still no antibodies. I do not have a lot of symptoms, although I feel foggy in my head and sometimes nauseous. Should I do something with these results or are my symptoms from stress and mourning. I'm not sure anymore. Thank you for your help!

Regards

Inge

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Welcome to the forum, Inge89.

Your TSH is rising which indicates your thyroid gland is failing. NHS won't usually diagnosed hypothyroidism until TSH is over range. You'll have to ask your GP practice or hospital what the range is but it will usually be >5.0 before they consider a patient to be hypothyroid.

If antibodies were tested in August and were negative it means you were negative for autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's). NHS doesn't usually repeat thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies. Unfortunately, one negative TPO doesn't conclusively rule out autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's). Quite a lot of members have negative TPO but have positive thyroglobulin (Tg) antibodies which confirm Hashimoto's. You can order a private thyroid test to check your antibodies via thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin... Medichecks offer #ThyroidThursday discounts and you can get a 15% discount using MED15 code.

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Hello Clutter,

Thank you for your answer. i live in Belgium so no NHS here. My TSH is rising but has also gone from 3.8 to 2.6 last year. Can this rising of my THS have anything to do with the amount of stress I have lately? I'm not looking forward to using medicines and if I don't have to I'd rather not use them.

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Inge89,

Were the thyroid tests done at the same time each day? TSH fluctuates throughout the day and is highest early in the morning.

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Yes, they were done both sober at 08.00

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Inge89,

Hashimoto's is the likeliest cause of fluctuating thyroid levels then. You could contact BlueHorizon or Medichecks and see whether they'll send postal kits to Belgium.

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