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Autoimmune thyroiditis and covid-19

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good morning . I am not sure whether you will be able to help me but I hope you can direct me to someone who is able to advise. my daughter has a diagnosis of automimmune thyroiditis, her last test showed overv 2,5 k antibodies , however her thyroid function was not affected. I am just wandering during current covid pandemic what would be the best option for us as we live together and I am a frontline nurse in a care home with confirmed covid cases. thank you in advance

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Lora7again profile image

I have very high antibodies and I am continuing to shop for food but I am following government guidelines. The NHS doesn't seem to test for antibodies so I did my own private blood test and mine are 4000 and have been that high for a couple of years now. If you are worried you could self isolate and get a friend or neighbour to do your food shopping. My Dad has COPD and has now been self isolating for 6 weeks and I have been doing all his shopping.

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Tanyakors in reply to Lora7again

Thank you they still test my daughter for antibodies and t3 , t4 function. I am just worried working with covid patients bring it home potentially to my daughter.

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Lora7again in reply to Tanyakors

You are lucky my surgery just tests the TSH and if it is range the lab refuses to test the T4 and T3. Even when I had my thyroid storm last year and was admitted to hospital they still only tested the TSH. My TSH is low at 0.38 but they have put N/A by the result because it is within NHS guidelines.

RedApple profile image

Tanyakors, Welcome to the forum. Your concern is very understandable. It would be wrong for any of us to offer a definitive answer. Thyroid UK (the charity that are responsible for this forum), put out a statement about Covid19 and thyroid disease. Here is the link

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Tanyakors in reply to RedApple

Thank you

SlowDragon profile image

Does your daughter get her vitamin D, folate, B12 and ferritin levels tested regularly?

These are frequently low with Hashimoto’s and often need supplementing to maintain optimal levels

Ask GP to test levels or test privately

Private tests are available as NHS currently rarely tests Ft3 or thyroid antibodies or all relevant vitamins

List of private testing options

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin

Medichecks often have special offers, if order on Thursdays

Thriva Thyroid plus vitamins

Blue Horizon Thyroid Premium Gold includes vitamins

Just vitamin D

Low vitamin D and respiratory disease

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Tanyakors in reply to SlowDragon

Thank you . Novsge does not get tested for anything else

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SlowDragonAdministrator in reply to Tanyakors

All hashimoto's patients should have vitamin levels tested at least annually, preferably twice year

Plus Ft4 and Ft3

maggi999 profile image

The brief research I have conducted into covid-19 and autoimmune conditions directs medical practitioners to previously published reports on MERS and SARS and their effects re autoimmune. It indicates that the rheumatic autoimmune conditions may put a patient at risk of a 'cytokine storm' response, making the patient more ill initially, but the strong immune response aids recovery. There is not much information out there yet as Covid-19 is so new.

This is a very brief account of brief report. I do not have access to the reports on SARS and MERS and I am not a medical practitioner. Please do not critique this post as I will not respond. It is aimed at hopefully reassuring Tanyakors re her daughter's Hashimoto thyroiditis and her antibody status.

The report I read and it's scant findings however, do echo my personal experience of having a rheumatic autoimmune condition, contracting Covid-19, being seriously ill enough to go on a ventilator and my relatively quick recovery from the critical phase.

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Tanyakors in reply to maggi999

Thank you

In as few words as possible:

Take the greatest care, take no chances whatever ANYBODY says, both your lives are at serious risk.

ancientdeity profile image

If you are a nurse and follow the guidelines including using and replacing high quality masks as often as needed you shouldn't get infected. But in case you get infected you might also infect her. I got infected by a friend that came to visit with other friends. I suffer from Hashimoto's and I got very ill from Covid-19.

I take lots of supplements for immunity and other purposes, but I feel like missing T3 is making a big difference.

Angel20 profile image

A sensible approach will be for you to ensure you keep distance between yourself and your daughter as she more at risk from you than her autoimmune thyroiditis

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