Best Test For Hypothyroidism

A thyroid disorder called hypothyroidism means you have an underactive thyroid gland. If you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do, it could be because you are hypothyroid. There are almost 30 million Americans with thyroid disease and women are 7 times more likely than men to have it. Hypothyroid is the most common thyroid disorder and often misdiagnosed by doctors.

Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland located directly below the Adams apple. This gland swells up accompanied by an inflammatory sensation, when not working properly. This can be seen as a small bulge in the area. Doctors might feel the size of the gland by keeping hand around your neck and making you swallow.

Because thyroid disorder causes so many other degenerative diseases, a thyroid that functions properly can restore health in so many other areas of your body. When you neutralize the acids in your body and eliminate acid-forming substances from your diet, you give your thyroid a chance to heal. Improved thyroid function will, in turn, help your other body organs function properly.

To neutralize acids and restore your bodys pH balance, you need to reduce or eliminate consumption of acidic foods and other acidic substances. Adding more alkaline foods and minerals to your diet can help restore thyroid disorder. As your acid level falls, you’ll find that your thyroid function will increase.
The thyroid takes in iodine and combines it with tyrosine, an amino acid that then converts it into the hormones T3 and T4. If your thyroid is normal, 80% will be T4 and 20% T3. Both of these hormones travel through the bloodstream, converting calories and oxygen into energy. If this process doesnt work properly, then the calories and oxygen cannot convert the energy properly and you have weight gain or inability to lose weight.

Diagnosis may be carried out through a series of blood tests but since many doctors remain unaware of thyroid problems or recent changes in medical definitions of normal range, many women still struggle to be taken seriously. If you are not satisfied with your doctors diagnosis, always remember that you have the right to a second opinion. Online research can also help you locate doctors in your area who specialize in thyroid disease. Ask for a thyroid antibody test, as well as the other selection of thyroid function tests usually offered. Once a doctor has diagnosed a thyroid problem, you can begin appropriate treatment.

The thyroid, typically enlarged, pale yellow, and lumpy on the surface, shows dense lymphocytic infiltration, and the remaining thyroid tissue frequently contains small empty follicles. The goiter (gradual painless enlargement of the thyroid gland) is usually asymptomatic (no symptoms), but sometimes patients complain of dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) and a feeling of local pressure.

Thryroiditis is the general term used to describe three different disorders in which the thyroid becomes inflamed. Most commonly, the inflammation takes the form of a chronic, progressive disease known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s disease. This condition may be so mild that it may go unnoticed for many years, but eventually it may destroy so much thyroid tissue that hypothroidism develops.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how long should i wait to test?
    Hello Readers!! Okay so me and my husband are trying to conceive, we have been together 5 years and been trying for a while now. I was diagnosed with HYPOthyroidism, i took meds called levothyroxine to help regulate it because my metabolism was extremely low almost non existent, the thyroid blood work still shows it is low. I am also slightly overweight due to the metabolism. Well i have had VERY VERY irregular menstrual cycles for a long time. i lost a few pounds and got my period on november 18th or 19th. and it completely was gone on november 25th which is basically a normal length for a period to last. well we had intercourse everyday except november 28th, and have been having intercourse since then. i heard that most fertile days are day 12 and 13 after the first day of ur period. well i noticed on day 13 and 14 i had clearish mucous looking discharge so my question is when is the best day to test for pregnancy. how long should i wait. i took a test on my bday dec 5th which i know was to early but i got excited and it was negative. so please any answers are helpful and greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Hello fellow thyroid TTC friend! ;) I have hashimoto thyroiditis which is hypo-thyroidism, but mine is auto immune and I’m taking Levoxyl. =) I still have irregular cycles while being on my medication which is poo, but oh well.

      What, I’ve learned is to take the periods you have especially if they are somewhat regular. I have cycles where I’ll have a period every month for three months and then I’ll miss a month and have another period that following month and sometimes I miss a couple of months, but when I do have a period in a somewhat regular way it’s always been 30 days. So, when I know I’ve ovulated I just calculate my cycle on a 30 day cycle and start testing from that point onward once I’ve officially missed according to my 30 day cycle.

      I definitely hope you get your positive test! That would make me so happy for you!!! Especially for people like you and I that have to REALLY guess as to when we are ovulating or are even going to start! Haha. Best of luck to you and your husband! <3

  2. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism?
    What are the ways that you can be tested for this condition? I have a lot of the common symptoms that are listed on various websites, but don’t want to jump to any conclusions. Is it best to go to my regular doctor or do I need to find a specialist?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatments for Thyroid Disorders, (Thyrotoxicosis:- The state produced by excessive quantities of endogenous or exogenous thyroid hormone, and for, Hypothyroidism :- Thyroid gland synthesize, store and secrete two hormones – Thyroxine and tri-iodo thyroxine; iodine is an essential constituent of these hormones. The decreased function of thyroid gland is called Hypothyroidism. The main symptoms are Oedema, weight gain and thickening of skin and mental derangements, it is more common in ladies during the age of 30 to 50 years.

      Thyrotoxicosis :-

      Though eats well but losses weight Iodium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Eats well but losses weight; worse after a shock or grief Natrum Mur 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, 4 hourly.
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      Hypothyroidism :-

      Lack of self confidence; absent minded; easily offended; loss of memmory; feels better after eating Anacardium Or 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Shy; childish behaviour; aversion to strangers; chilly patient Baryta Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      History of abortions; weight gain; oedema of extremities and face Pyrogenium 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      In chronic cases; as an intercurrent remedy Tuberculinum Koch 1M, once fortnightly (3 Doses)

      In unmarried persons; forced to celibacy; old bachelors and maids Conium Mac 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Melancholy, irritabilty and restlessness; desires sweets, cannot stand opposition Thyroidin 3X or 30, 4 hourly

      With restlessness; eats well yet emaciates Iodium 30, 4 hourly

      Fear of darkness and thunderstroms; delicate, anaemic patients, craves for cold and salt preparations Phosphorus 200, once weekly (3 Doses) .

      For hot patients; sweats easily; worse in warm damp weather. Better from any motion, exercise and at sea Bromium 30, once weekly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  3. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of hypothyroidism in young adult?
    I don’t know if I have it, but I will explain why I’m questioning I might. I seriously spent my whole life up until the age of 18 being very overweight. I ate nothing but junk food, and my parents constantly took me out to fast food places everyday. At 18 I weighed 265 lbs. I basically woke up one day and was like “I’m gonna change my life around” I started exercising daily and eating right. I lost almost all of the weight, I’m 168 now at 20 years old, but I still have some fat left, gut and arms basically. I try my best to eat right, I haven’t had pop in years, rarely ever eat fast food, and exercise everyday. (I try to run 3 miles day plus lift weights a few times a week) I drink nothing but water, have milk occasionally, eat meat, some carbs from crackers every once in a while, and eat most fruits, and the common fresh veggies. I have recently sorta hit a wall. I can’t seem to loose anymore weight no matter how hard I push myself, and I’m constantly hungry, and always feeling very depressed. I have been seeing a might have symptoms of hypothyroidism, but I could be crazy. Does it sound like I have it possibly because of living an unhealthy life up until the age of 18, or what do you guys think it is? I don’t want to ask a doctor because I’m only 20, and I have no money, and my parents don’t have money to do a test on me for hypothyroidism. What do you think the issue is?

    • ANSWER:
      First, congratulations on all the weight loss. That’s amazing.

      Hypothyroidism isn’t a lifestyle disease caused by being overweight or a poor diet. Rather, weight gain and the inability to lose weight are more symptoms of the condition. I can’t say whether you have hypothyroidism, but based on your rapid and impressive weight loss, I doubt hypothyroidism is the cause of your weight loss wall now.

      Anyone who’s ever been on a diet can tell you that a wall is inevitable. I lost 75 pounds and then the weight loss stopped for a year and a half. Only for the past couple months have I been losing weight again. Also, as you approach your goal weight, the weight loss will slow down simply because each pound is a greater proportion of your total weight than before when you were heavier.

      You’re doing nothing wrong. Just keep exercising as you were and maintain the diet. The weight will come off, but it may take some time.

      Also, you can test your TSH levels (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) at home for about – a lot cheaper than a doctor’s appointment and blood work in most cases. I’ll provide you the link.

      Good luck to you!

  4. QUESTION:
    Want to concieve but problem with tubes. please suggest shud I go for laprosopy or IVF?
    I am 30,trying for conception for last 3.5 years. Got HSG done, seems problem with tubes. My cycle is of 30 days. I also had hypothyroidism but is controlled by pills. My husband’s test are normal. Want to have child desperately. Shud I go for laproscopy or IVF? Please suggest. What is the best way out?

    • ANSWER:
      You should do laproscopy… but you know, IVF is a pretty much guarantee that you will be pregnant. Three and a half years is long enough. I would go with IVF.

  5. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism at 16 – help or tips please?
    I’ve just turned 16, however I have been experiencing symptoms of Hypothyroidism for over 3 years. I’ve never been to the doctors about it as my Mum is constantly working and I don’t wanna go on my own because I’m terrified of needles.
    Here is a list of my symptoms -
    Weight Gain – I’ve actually put on about 6 stone in the past 2 years
    Irregular Periods – I have one every like, 6 months if I’m lucky. I know they’re a nuisance but it really does make you feel immature, like you’re stripped of your Womanhood like you’re infertile.
    Dry hair & Skin – I’ve tried deep conditioners, the best skincare products, but nothing seems to be working. I always used to have thick, soft hair and soft, glowing skin with no blemishes.
    Permanent rings under my eyes/’bags’.
    Lack of concentration. I get frequent blocks in exams where I can’t write a single thing.
    Tiredness – I feel tired during the day but I don’t sleep in-between. I have real difficulty getting up for School, and on the weekends I could sleep right through until mid-afternoon, still feeling like I haven’t had enough sleep.
    It’s really annoying because my weight and self-consciousness is getting in the way of me socialising and so on. I think I’m depressed too. In School, I just get called ‘lazy’ for struggling with work, or not writing to the best of my ability in exams. My eyes are also losing sight, it’s still clear but I used to have perfect vision, and all of a sudden I got these pains in the back of my eyes, like I was straining them, and now it feels like I’m squinting when I look at things, though I know I’m not. It’s annoying, knowing that they used to be stronger. I used to be a Straight A student, but now I’m acheiving B’s and stuff :(
    I made an appointment but I need to change it because my Mum’s gonna be in meetings all day. Do any of you have any useful tips or anything on what to say to the Doctor, I hear these tests should be taken in the Morning only, and that they might try and go for the basic test option? All help is much appreciated, Thank You :)
    I’ve tried everything to lose weight. No diets work, or I lose weight one week, do nothing different the next week and put it back on again. Please don’t comment advertising such products. Thanks.

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  6. QUESTION:
    How to help a keeshond with hypothyroidism lose weight? (10 points to the most resionable answer)?
    My Keeshond is 7 years old and he has hypothyroidism, arthritis, and hip dysplasia. He weighs close to 70 pounds. He has some kind of allergy im pretty sure its to corn and some shampoos. He has sores all over him and after their gone the fur doesn’t grow back right. we have been feeding him Taste of the Wild food. how much should i feed him for him to lose weight. He doesnt really like the food so how do i get him to eat it all at once so the food isnt left out all day? we dont have a pool so how can he get exersize without hurting his hips? I would also like to train to not be so agressive how can i do that? please answer at least some of my questions.
    How can i weigh him also because he tries to bite if you try to hold him? i cant take him to the vet every time i need him weighed cause the vet is like an hour away.

    o ya i forgot to metion that im 14 and I know more then our vet does… my mom will not change vets and that is the best vet in our area. we live in a very small town. He is on medicine for his hypothroidism and the vet didnt give him anything for his hips and i asked the vet how i can help him lode weight and he just said take him on a walk everyday but that hurts his hips. the vet wont test him for allergys either.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest that you consider switching to Natural Balance fish and sweet potato for one thing.

      Testing for allergies is highly expensive. It’s easier to switch food.

      Don’t disrespect your vet. It’s highly unlikely you know more than a vet who went to university for years, and it’s a pretty arrogant assumption.

      I have a Golden who’s 6 years old. She has food and environmental allergies as well as hypothyroidism. Here’s what we do:

      We weigh her at the vet. The vet has a scale that she steps onto so it’s no big deal. If your dog bites you, you have an issue that is likely pain-based if he has hip dysplasia and you’re picking him up. The more overweight he is, the more likely it is that he’s in pain from the weight adding excess pressure on his joints.

      We switched her food to fish and sweet potato. We did a VERY slow crossover, starting with just 3 or 4 kibbles and I took weeks to increase her up to a full serving. That way she didn’t really notice. We feed our dog according to the instructions on the bag, for the weight she SHOULD be.

      We add Omega 3 fatty acid to our dog’s food. We get it from our vet. It helps immensely with the quality of her fur which had become very dull and almost greasy feeling from the hypothyroidism. They really like the taste of the oil and she eats her meals right up. It also means I can simply put her pill into her food and she eats it. Then the cats come along and scour her bowl clean because there’s usually a bit of oil left over. Their coats have improved as well.

      I also add Dr. Goodpet’s Scratch Relief to our dog’s food (I get it at WalMart, I think you can get it at Pet Smart). It helps to curb the scratching.

      We do not bathe our dog. Ever. Soap strips the essential oils she secrets from her skin and coat. That oil is critical to protecting her skin and helping to weatherproof her fur. She swims in our local river. If she was a small dog then I’ll simply let her swim in the tub or get a kiddy pool for her for outside. Even our own vet never bathes her dogs.

      Ask your vet (a phone call is free) if you can offer your dog chondroitin/glucosamine supplements for your dog’s hips. If the vet says yes, find out how much and how often.

      Because our dogs allergies are so severe, she also takes an allergy pill (good for environmental allergies but not food allergies). She gets half with each meal.

      Walking is critical to slimming them down and getting them fresh air. For you because your dog is overweight, you need to start out slowly. Maybe to the corner and back. Build up your dog’s strength and stamina. As the muscles strengthen and your dog loses weight, it will lessen the burden on his hips and therefore the pain.

      Our dog lost 6 pounds in the first month after going on a diet and starting the hypothyroid pills. It’s made a world of difference in her. She wants to play again and run around. She’s excited to do things again.

      Make sure you take your dog in for follow up blood work to measure his thyroid levels. You’ll need to do this about 4 weeks after the pills are started. Again later if the level is not where it needs to be.

      As for your dog’s weight, you should be able to tell if he’s losing weight and approaching a better weight. You should be able to see and feel a difference when you run your fingers over his ribs.

  7. QUESTION:
    My best friend hates me…? [Reposted, I hope you don't mind]?
    Okay, so when I moved to this new state [PA], I had no friends, because I lived in OH for most of my life. My best friend, James, was my first friend and now my very best. We hug, hold hands sometimes, lots of great memories.

    This year, I transferred schools. I accidentally (ACCIDENTALLY, CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH!) gave one of my friend’s named Josephine James’s AIM. He barely goes on.

    Then, one day, while he WAS on, Josephine wanted to talk to him even though I said, “**** NO!” And she did anyway.

    She told James lots of **** that she “claimed” I said (she let me see the conversation) and he said:

    “…It was a joke. She’s not really my girlfriend.”
    “She’s annoying. I hate her.”

    **** like that. I never even SAID we were dating or ****.

    I’ve been crying for the last four months. I’m depressed, I have hypothyroidism, and my hormone levels are low from not eating the right dose of synthroid (just took a blood test a couple weeks ago).

    Then, I called my friend Paige (James’s next-door neighbor and other best friend). He told her that he said he hated me.

    Last year he told me he loved me. That he cared for me and everything. And he proved it.

    But now. It’s my fault that I started it. If I hadn’t given Josephine his IM then everything would be fine.

    I’m such a retard. He hates me and won’t even talk to me.

    What should I do? My parents say I need to move on.

    Easier said than done. He was my first and only one of my two best friends.

    I want him back…

    Additional Details:
    He barely picks up his phone. =/

    I don’t know what Josephine did that was so horrible to me. Or me to her. All she ever asked me to do was check her Math Homework (she’s in Remediation) and circle the problems that were wrong.

    James told me that he loved me. He hugs me, holds hands with me, and sometimes kisses me on the cheek. I’m not an out-going person, and it’s hard for me to make new friends.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear about losing your friendship I know how hard that is and it happens to us all at some point. It is not your fault that this girl said all those nasty things to him. I hope you don’t talk to her anymore because she is not a true friend to you. As far as James if he won’t even give you a chance to say your side and all he tells people is he hates you then hun I am sorry you have to move on.

      If he is still ignoring you months later then there is nothing you can do. Maybe you can email him or mail him a letter stating your side and how much you care for him and that you hope at some point he will contact you and then leave it at that.

      You can’t force a friendship on him so it is time to move on. I know it is hard but be strong!

  8. QUESTION:
    My best friend hates me…?
    Okay, so when I moved to this new state [PA], I had no friends, because I lived in OH for most of my life. My best friend, James, was my first friend and now my very best. We hug, hold hands sometimes, lots of great memories.

    This year, I transferred schools. I accidentally (ACCIDENTALLY, CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH!) gave one of my friend’s named Josephine James’s AIM. He barely goes on.

    Then, one day, while he WAS on, Josephine wanted to talk to him even though I said, “FUCK NO!” And she did anyway.

    She told James lots of shit that she “claimed” I said (she let me see the conversation) and he said:

    “…It was a joke. She’s not really my girlfriend.”
    “She’s annoying. I hate her.”

    Shit like that. I never even SAID we were dating or shit.

    I’ve been crying for the last four months. I’m depressed, I have hypothyroidism, and my hormone levels are low from not eating the right dose of synthroid (just took a blood test a couple weeks ago).

    Then, I called my friend Paige (James’s next-door neighbor and other best friend). He told her that he said he hated me.

    Last year he told me he loved me. That he cared for me and everything. And he proved it.

    But now. It’s my fault that I started it. If I hadn’t given Josephine his IM then everything would be fine.

    I’m such a retard. He hates me and won’t even talk to me.

    What should I do? My parents say I need to move on.

    Easier said than done. He was my first and only one of my two best friends.

    I want him back…
    He barely picks up his phone. =/
    I don’t know what Josephine did that was so horrible to me. Or me to her. All she ever asked me to do was check her Math Homework (she’s in Remediation) and circle the problems that were wrong.

    James told me that he loved me. He hugs me, holds hands with me, and sometimes kisses me on the cheek. I’m not an out-going person, and it’s hard for me to make new friends.

    • ANSWER:
      I know the feeling of how hard it is, but you’re going to have to move on. Unfortunately, being depressed isn’t actually going to help the situation. Harsh, but true.
      Try talking to him directly. Getting information from second and third parties is inaccurate. Call him once. Talk to him once about what you’ve heard and what you did and didn’t say. You need to know how he feels from him, and he should know how you feel too. Make it clear if you feel romantically or not about him, but let him do most of the talking. Don’t bring Josephine or Paige into this. It has to be solely about you and James.
      If you discover that he really doesn’t like you anymore, than I agree with your parents, you have to move on. Get involved in lots of different activities in PA and meet new people. Make new friends. Don’t block out the memories and the sadness, but accept it and move on. Living in the past will not bring it back, it will only stop you from moving on. I know how hard it is, I’ve been through something similar, but you need to for your health.

  9. QUESTION:
    What would it take to convince Backyard Breeders to properly health test and show their dogs?
    I just came across a lady on Craigslist offering her Giant Schnauzer male up for stud for 0.

    She says he has Champion Lines and a nice build, and indeed he did as she included a photograph. I located her email through Google and sent her a friendly little letter explaining that she should think twice about breeding her male if he hasn’t been tested for the plethora of diseases prone to the GS, including hypothyroidism, AIHA, SLO, hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, various cancers and STDs, and that if she was advertising his services through Craigslist, it couldn’t mean that he was properly shown and titled b/c otherwise prospective b****es would be contacting her through the breed club.

    I further explained that my concern came from experience and the fact that considering all the abuse that dogs suffer – abusive homes, sitting in shelters, being killed for lack of a home – the least we can do, as their caretakers, is to breed healthy dogs so that they don’t live in pain because of our ignorance.

    What do you think, everyone? What would be the best approach to encouraging backyard breeders to either stop breeding or to step it up and be fully responsible for the lives they are creating?
    EDIT: Okay – so nix the people who truly don’t give a damn – what about those who simply don’t understand the harm of breeding random dogs? Do you think there is anything that can be said that will spark them to change their ways? I know that when I first heard about titles and CERF and OFA I thought, ‘What the heck do dogs need this for? Maybe SHOW dogs need it.’ What about misguided people like that?
    DJL, that is SO sad. Poor dachshund . . .

    Sighthounds!!!!!! I understand where you’re coming from, but it is MY understanding that showing your dog is to have it proven that your dog is indeed a as-close-to-perfect speciman of the breed as possible. Right? Isn’t that kind of the school of thought behind American-styled labs, like the type from ‘Marley and Me’? Labradors that are not stocky and blocky but instead lanky and almost snipe-nosed? I thought showing was to judge your dog’s conformation against other dogs to promote the written breed standard. But I DO agree that a show dog with zero natural talent or instinctual skill of its original purpose is as useful as headache.

    • ANSWER:
      To get them to show? Nothing. They have no interest in that.

      For health tests – In all honesty – legislation. Legislation that requires the BYB’s to pay for the puppies’ vet bills that stem from genetics. Expand the Puppy Lemon Laws that already exist to cover dogs for 2-8 years.

      In addition, the AKC needs to step up and stop registering BYB and puppy mill litters that don’t at least do health testing. That won’t stop everyone as they’ll turn to the ConKC instead, but it will at least slow things down. Again, publicize it well.

      On the flip side, getting the word out to the buying public. Whether that’s through mandatory ‘licensing’ before buying a dog, through mandatory legal contracts and breeder statements, or whatever. Something to wake the buyers up.

      I also think that every dog should be tattooed or microchipped. When a breeder’s dog ends up in the shelter, if the breeder doesn’t have a ‘takeback’ clause, the breeder is sent the bill + a 00 fine.

      And businesses need to step up. Newspapers should not print classified ads selling dogs or cats. Malls should no longer allow pet shops. Wal-Marts should not allow people selling dogs in their parking lot.

      Added: The people who don’t understand still usually don’t care. They think that everyone deserves a dog and that not everyone can afford a good quality dog. That’s if they even recognize that the dog isn’t good quality – 9 times out of 10 they say “The vet says she’s ok to breed. My dog is healthy and doesn’t have any problems.”

  10. QUESTION:
    10 weeks pregnant. Has this happened to anyone else? (I GIVE HIGH POINTS FOR BEST ANSWER!)?
    Ok. So…I’m 10 weeks preggo and starting to show (well, i can tell) and all that lovely stuff. :)

    I decided that I’d get a HPT, pee on it, and show it to my man as the way I let him know. I think I’d lose my voice trying to tell him. *grin* Anyways! It came out negative!!

    Well, that was two weeks ago. Everything is all good. The doc did a urine test and a US a week ago. Baby is ok (growing and breathing and heart beating) but the urine came back negative too.

    Has anyone had something like this? How far along were you before you got consistent positives??

    I know I can’t possibly be that strange. In the first 3 weeks after my missed period.. I probably took 7 HPTs and finally got a positive. The doctor confirmed with a positive urine (though he’d yet to do a blood test because I was having a TSH done that day to check for hypothyroidism). But yeah, so a week ago is when I went back and had my first US and the other urine test.

    Seriously… anyone else???

    • ANSWER:
      the HPT responds to hormones, maybe you aren’t sending enough into your urine to track. they tell you to take one first thing in the morning so they are more accurate. and the only other thing i can think of is were any of them expired??? But keep in mind the good news is the doctor says everything is ok and you have seen your baby!!

      personal note: mine was positive when i was six weeks along but i have had friends who didn’t know til 11 or 12 weeks. your body is different then everyone else, i agree its weird, but nothing to worry about. you should keep taking them throughout your pregnancy and see how long it comes up negative.

  11. QUESTION:
    Hair problems due to hypothyroidism?
    I was finally diagnosed with a hypoactive thryroid. (I say finally b/c I had exhibited symptoms for awhile, yet, my blood tests always came back fine. But, my last one finally showed the levels to be diagnosed. Also, both my mom & grandmother have it & I had all the same symptoms as them)

    How long after starting to take Levothyroxine will I see my symptoms of hair loss/coarse hair improve?

    I hate that my hair is wicked coarse (where-as it used to be nice & smooth/silky) & seems to fall out more than it used to.

    Please do not suggest changing meds. b/c I asked my dr. & he said that this is the best one for me (&, it’s also the same one’s my other family members are on too, so I know it

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to get the morning TSH around 1.0. If after having the TSH around 1.0 for 6 months to a year and you don’t see any improvement it is most likely either you need T3 or the med is causing the hairloss. Yes, with a few people Synthroid causes more hairloss. I didn’t see any improvement with my hairloss until I took both T4 and T3.

      By the way, just because the doctor says the med you are on is the best for you, doesn’t make it so, especialy if he/she has never done a free t3 test on you. If he/she hasn’t done a free t3, how would they know if you don’t need it. Sometimes we have to become our own health care advocte and not give up until we feel good again. This should be a partnership with the doctor. He/she cannot have sole contol over your health. You must work with the doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    has anyone else treated hypothyroidism with supplements?
    I have been researching hypothyroidism and believe I have it. like most people, i have tested negative but still have almost every symptom: chronic fatigue, depression, dry skin and hair, edema, weight gain and trouble losing weight, almost every symptom, i have it. I also tend to not like artificial drugs, so I have been looking at taking supplements and treating this holistically. I have had a little success in taking a super b complex and flax seed oil. however, I have done some more research and found out about iodine, vitamins a, d, and e, as well as amino acids and antioxidants.

    so I guess my question would be–has anyone else treated their hypothyroidism holistically? what did you use, and how which brands/kinds worked best for you?

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  13. QUESTION:
    Could I have hypothyroidism?
    I just came back from the doctor who informed me that everything was normal. My TSH was 3.47 in a reference range of 0.40-4.50 (although I’ve read that studies show most feel best around 1 and my level is too high), my free T3 is 320 pg/dL, and my free t4 is 1.2 ng/dL. Since January I’ve had almost no energy, shown signs of depression, fatigue, and my family has a history of hypothyroidism. So, I am pretty clueless about this – are my tests all really normal or should I try to find a specialist? I really don’t want to spend any more money for a doctor who isn’t going to listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      actually sounds more like you have hyperthyroidism.
      your free t3 is supposed to be about 181 and yours is 320.
      i have hyperthyroidism. and last time i got checked which was like 2 months ago my t3 was 236 and they told me its supposed to be around 181. so yeah i think you should go see an endocrinologist.

      cuz when i first had symptoms of hyperthyroidism my regular doctor was a jack *ss. and told me you’ll be fine util you get into the specialist. well i got to the specialist a week later and that doctor said they didn’t give you any meds?! they could’ve killed you!
      so don’t trust anyone that doesn’t specialize in the field.

  14. QUESTION:
    Endocrinologists or people with hypothyroidism please: What do you think of my TSH levels?
    I’m 27 and have been sluggish for probably my whole life. I NEED to nap for an hour or hour-and-a-half every day or I’m completely shot. I’ve also had moderate weight gain despite healthy eating and exercise. I’m also losing a lot of hair in the shower. I just got my thyroid tested and the lab report says my TSH is at 2.59. I’ve been doing a lot of research and it’s believed that the “lab range” of 4.5 is very high and people can be hypothyroid from even 2-3. What is your expert opinion? Would you treat someone with 2.59 and the constant symptoms that I have? Are more and more doctors accepting this lower range?
    Those of you with hypothyroidism: What is your experience with the different ranges? When do you feel best?

    Also, I am seeing my doctor to go over the results, I just want to know what to expect.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow you sound exactly like me. Actually, I was getting on Y!A right now to look up questions like these.

      I agree – the guidelines to treat are much too high. My TSH is 3.4 (it increases each time I get it checked though) and I have so many symptoms, but each doctor has refused to treat or look into it further. I guess you need to jump around and try new doctors to try to find one that will help more than the other ones, since treating below those levels is not common.

      Have you looked into Hashimoto’s? Or Cushings? Those are similar to hypothyroidism and require different tests I believe. In the meantime, you might want to get tested for those as well.

      Good luck! I know how frustrating it is. Here’s to us getting treatment soon and feeling better!

      Also, try requesting a T3 and T4 test! They can show if you have other problems, like subclinical hypothyroidism. And make sure you get your TSH tested first thing in the morning, since its the highest when we sleep!

  15. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism UK T3 and T4?
    My TSH level is 1.62

    A few months after my first child was born in 2007 I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid and was told I would need to be on medication for life, this was distressing for me but I felt much better after taking a small daily dose of levothyroxine and regular check up’s with my endocrinologist.

    I became pregnant with my second child, the symptoms vanished and the bloods went back to normal so I was unusually taken off my medication and postpartum hypothyroidism was blamed. Shortly after my daughter was born in january 2009 I started to feel ILL again really really ILL like DYING ILL. I knew it was my thyroid as I had suffered with the same symptom’s in 2007-2008 for which I was successfully treated with levothyroxine.

    I also moved to a different area and only recently discovered that there are different lab results meanings for different area’s, this has been distressing for me as I know if I still lived in my previous area I would most likely be treated, however because I live here I will not get treated. I tick almost every symptom of hypothyroidism yet my blood work for THIS AREA is within the normal range.

    The doctor only tested my TSH levels??? Why wouldn’t he check my T3 and T4??? Yes my TSH levels are within the normal range, I understand this, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding the illness and many people are going undiagnosed for 20 or 30 years, suffering for years whilst waiting for there TSH levels to rise enough to be treated..

    My TSH level is 1.62 very normal in most people’s eyes but I feel terribly ill and they wont do anything for me. I would rather DIE than suffer like this for the next 20 years, it could take years for my TSH levels to rise, yet I have RAGINGsymptom’ss.

    My doctor has said if the results come back as normal then there is nothing they can do other than rule an illness out and try to find out what the real problem is.

    There is NO other problem, I know what is wrong with me and I know what I need to feel better.. I need levothyroxine. But you know DOCTORS KNOW BEST… What am I supposed to do? I am at a loss with myself, I want to live a normal happy productive life and have been held back for 3 years, I have missed 3 years of my life. we only live once and I cant suffer like this any longer.. Can anyone help me please?? What should I do?? Who should I see?? Should I self medicate. I was considering buying levothyroxin from the internet and taking them to prove to my doctor that taking them WILL make me better.

    I am thankful for any responses which I get.

    Sorry this has taken so long to read and thank you for your time. :- (

    • ANSWER:
      Number one. Doctors do not always know best.
      Two. Do not self medicate.
      You need to go back to the doctor and say what you have said on here, that you need T3 and T4 checked.
      They will do it if you ask for it.
      ]For any one, Doctors see so many patients in a day, that your case is not unique. Make sure you say something to him/her while still in the surgery if you think something is not right. There is no use stewing on it at home. It is your body. Ask questions and discuss things. Only you know all your symptoms and lifestyle.
      Good luck.
      Please do not self medicate. especially if breast feeding

  16. QUESTION:
    I have an allergy to iodine and I’m about to take a kelp (iodine rich) pill. Is it safe?
    I was diagnosed with severe allergy to idonine many years ago. I’m about to take a kelp pill which is loaded with iodine and I want to know if it’s safe. I’m not trying to kill myself, quite the opposite read on:

    BACKGROUND INFO: I am not allergic to shellfish (I can eat lobster, crab, sushi etc without problems). To the best of my recollection I never had an allergy to iodine (iodide?) ointment on the skin as a kid.

    I was diagnosed with allergy to iodine following severe reaction after x-rays with contrast (iodine [iodide?] solution they made me drink)

    At this point I bought kelp because I believe I have severe hypothyroidism due to my symptoms (even been in a coma recently) Doctors are no help because my tests for hypothyroidism come back normal. However if you google this seriously you’ll read that many people are critically ill with hypothyroidism but tests return false negative and then they die of a heart attack. (I found that over and over, different patient’s accounts, google it)

    I believe that kelp might save me but I’m also kind of afraid. Your input appreciated if you’re an herbalist, N.D, decent doctor or a patient with the same predicaments as above. Please let me know from what experience you speak of.

    PS: If I try it and don’t croak I’ll come back to post how it went, if anyone is interested that is
    Ok. Y’all don’t have to be rude. They say that iodine is as essential to life as iron. BASICALLY: my guess is that the xray iodine must have been synthetic or chemically altered (hence the allergy) and no one can be allergic to pure element iodine just like you can’t be allergic to oxygen. Just a guess though, I might cut it in 8th and take a bit and see how it goes?

    • ANSWER:
      Seems to me you are allergic to what the doctors put in your body .
      they call it Iodine , but either a synthetic compound or something more than Iodine.
      There is natural iodine in all sea weed so if you can eat Sushi , you should be able to eat the stronger type called kelp . You can just buy the seaweed without the Sushi in all supermarkets , and especially Chinese or Japanese stores. Look for a type that is not roasted and spiced.
      Kelp is fairly strong tasting stuff so I would guess you don’t need very much. I would go for the fresh natural product rather than a processed bottled variety.
      A QUESTION : why you using yourself as a guinea pig. ?
      If I was you I would do some more research before you donate your body to science.
      You might have an Iodine absorption problem. Could be caused by the large dose of Iodine the doctors gave you , setting off a defense reaction .
      I would check out all the Holistic Health sites. Be open to a complete view of health taking in all considerations like diet, environment ,stress factors , degree of happiness etc. It all comes together to heal or upset the balance of the
      total . . .
      Google : Holistic Health hyperthyroidism
      Also research the iodine product they use for the x-rays . I think it is a radio active isotope , not the type found in seaweed. You might find you are not alone in your reaction to this Isotope , if my suspicions are correct. I well check it out myself too at a later date. Stay in the Alternative health sites if you want to get unbiased info.

  17. QUESTION:
    Breathing problems while playing my french horn?
    I’ve been playing French horn for 2 1/2 years and I played trumpet for 2 years before that but I’ve just recently [year or so] started having really heavy breathing problems. I can’t seem to play ANY note longer than 5 or so seconds without coughing, becoming dizzy or turning a extremely bright red. I was in a private lesson and after some breath attack excercises, my teacher asked me if I was about to cry because I was so red. And after explain some of the things that I was experiencing she told me I should get tested for Hypothyroidism, something which my mom has. I really don’t think I have asthma but I do also have random heart mummers [about 5-8 a day] I breath normal and I don’t normally have to think about it but I can never seem to get the right breath, even when not playing my horn.
    Things I’ve been previously tested for [negative]
    -asthma
    -anxiety
    -major heart problems accompanied with minor breathing

    I also take A.D.D. medication [Vyvance, 50 mgs.] and I know that brings up heart rate, but not any more than a normal non-A.D.D. person’s.
    Any ideas because I’m really getting annoyed with being unable to play my horn to the best of my abilities??
    I also have allegies to pollen and ragweed and take Astilen for that. I haven’t been to an allergist in like 2 years so I’ll keep that open.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be an acid reflux problem. acid can reflux into your esophagus and then aspirate into your lungs and cause breathing problems. of course it could just as easily be something else but consider it. if you get a lot of heartburn that is a good sign. But otherwise sounds a lot like asthma. maybe there is something in the air causing an allergy… that is all i can think of. i mention the acid reflux problem because i have it and have done a lot of research on it but i’m no doctor. go see one.

  18. QUESTION:
    Trying to conceive, long cycles and confused about BBT?
    My husband and I have been trying to conceive. I have long cycles (50 day) so I have been on progesterone cream to try and regulate things. First month I used was 40 days, second was 22 days and now – after my husband and I did our best to conceive this month, I haven’t seen a sign of a period, I feel preg but preg test is neg and I have a low BBT (not that it reached anywhere over 34.4 this month. Could I still be pregnant? Is the low BBT temp because I only take the cream on days 12-26, and could this be affecting my chances at falling? Also, does anyone know if the low BBT is connected to hypothyroidism? My Naturopath previously gave me stuff for my thyroid to help with hormone production? Can anyone help or give advice. It has been 6 months (I know its not too bad) but I really want a child so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothryoidism is definitely linked to infertility, so if you have low thyroid, you should start treatment. It may be time to see a fertility specialist. They will look at your long cycles, and run tests to see about your long cycles. They can test your ovaries to see how well they’re working, and they can also test the fallopian tubes to make sure they’re clear. They’ll also test your husband’s sperm to make sure it’s ok. Even if everything is fine, a fertility specialist can help track you and your cycles more carefully, so you will have a greated chance of getting pregnant with each cycle. Email me w/questions if you like.

  19. QUESTION:
    I feel sooooo fatigued and need some advice! (Wondering about Iodine deficiency?)?
    I need some intelligent help and advice!

    Three years ago I was diagnosed with having hypothyroidism (low thyroid). Started taking Levoxyl from my MD to regulate it. Kept upping the dosage til it reached 100 mcg. My thyroid then tested normal, but I still didn’t “feel” normal. Disreguarded how I felt and just tried to make the best of it. After a year I decided to go off of my meds because I was hoping my body had somehow regulated itself normal. I started taking a natural supplement for thyroid support. At first I felt a lot better, then I tapered off the natural support and after a year I was in the same situation with feeling fatigued, depressed, hungry because I’m tired etc.
    I’ve been back on the Levoxyl for over 2 months and again my thyroid test is normal at 1.5 something. BUT I STILL DON’T FEEL GOOD. Physically I have really push myself to do things or drink caffeine, which I don’t like doing. Or I result to taking Adderall because I know that will give me some energy to do things. (Just so you know I didn’t start taking adderall until 2 years ago when I thought that maybe I have ADD because I can’t seem to get things done.)
    I am 26 years old, I eat extremely healthy- egg whites, oatmeal, veggies, lean protein, I rarely eat sugar etc. I’m very frustrated because I can’t seem to feel like my old self. I even had a test done a couple years ago to see if I had parasites, that came back negative. I just think I am too young to have this kind of a problem. Something in my body feels outta whack. I’ve been doing some research and I’m starting to wonder if I am IODINE deficient?
    Even though I am taking a thyroid medicine (Levoxyl) is it possible that my body isn’t registering it or absorbing it, but yet it shows up in my bloodwork as normal??

    Any input will help !!! Thank you for reading!

    • ANSWER:
      Since you have had thyroid issues have you been tested for celiac disease or anemia or vitamin deficiencies (which can also be a symptom of celiac)? I had thyroid issues off and on for years and then tested normal as well, then felt horrid again. After more years of testing and misdiagnoses I finally was diagnosed with celiac disease. (my other symptoms were in general: fatigue, brain fog, migraines, restless leg, and lactose intolerance).
      Hope this helps!

  20. QUESTION:
    MY DOCTOR SAID I HAVE BOTH HYPO AND HYPER THYROIDISM.?
    Hello. I am 18 years old.
    It’s been about a year that I’ve been feeling extremely weak, anxiety, depression.etc…
    So, I went to a local family hospital about 4 months ago and said according to my blood test I have a HYPERTHYROIDISM.. so I had to go to the Glandular Disease hospital to get treated and prescribed on medications…
    So far I understand cleary until..
    I was suppose to go to the hospital every 4 weeks for blood check and they said
    both of my antibodies are very high, my hormone level would one time would skyrocket and one time it’ll be extremely low which leads to HYPOTHYROIDISM….
    Doctor said she’s hoping that this is a very rare case that maybe going between hypo and hyper can make me remission and can be expected that I don’t have to take medication any more than 6 years. (She said she’s HOPING… )

    Anyways,
    So I was getting really nervous and wierd because lately I’ve been having great amount of pain of:
    High Blood Pressure
    Heart Palpitation (about 110~120 heartbat)
    Anxiety
    And the most scariest is…I almost felt like I would have heart attacks because even little things I’ll get really surprised scared and shocked (which I don’t usually get scared or anything..it just happened recently) ..;(
    Depression
    Fatigue
    Constipation
    Dry Skin
    Lack of Concentration
    One period of time i’ll lose weight and several days later i’ll gain weight…
    and the most hardest moments are when I’m having muscle pain/cramps. especially over my shoulds, biceps, around my neck (behind and front) ..It’s usually around neck I’m having extreme muscle pain…
    Having trouble sleeping…Everytime I attempt to sleep.. I’ll hear my heart making sounds thump thump….. in offbeat… which is little bit hard for me to calculate my pulse.
    And when someone tries to wake me up.. I’ll wake up terrified out of nowhere… I really hate that…

    The doctor said I’ll be much better and I’ll be able to get rid most of those side effects after I’m on medication and it’s been 4 months I’ve been taking medicatins (propanol and methamyzol) and didn’t do dramatic changes. Now my doctor caustiously asked me..maybe I should consider more than medication…
    WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO? I’m scared… she wouldn’t tell me any information or reccomendations and kept insisting that I should talk to my parents what I want to do..but what is best for me? She wouldn’t say anything else….
    i’m scared….all she said was there’s always radioactive pills and surgery……
    I don’t have hypo and hyperthyroidism at the SAME time.. but i would have hypothyroidism this week and next blood test would be hyperthyroidism and it really goes on and on… very frustrated…

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there,

      Yes, you can be both Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid.

      Some patients actually have both Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease antibodies, which puts the thyroid into a push-pull situation, where it cycles up and down through hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. This is not a very common situation, but hypothyroidism patients who frequently have hyperthyroidism symptoms should ask their doctors for full antibody profiles to detect the presence of both Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease.

      What to do is go back to the doctor and get referred to an Endocrinologist immediately. If you already have one who is not making any decision or telling you all of your medical information then see another.

      Have you tried the medication Tapazole?
      See this answer from 2 years ago:

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100325194849AAtTWzZ

      http://www.suite101.com/lesson.cfm/19330/2902/3

      Choices would be medication first, then surgery if medications are not working and radioactive materials last.

      The other problems you are having, racing heart, not sleeping, anxiety +, all of that needs to be treated with medications as soon as possible until you can get the thyroid treated and under control.

      Ask your doctors if you can take Vitamin D and the mineral Magnesium, as they will help with you being able to cope better with pain, cramping, not sleeping well, racing heart, depression. Later your calcium levels will need to be monitored too.

      You are an adult at 18, and all the information should have been given to you. Yes, talk with your parents, and other family, as well as your friends.

      I am leaving a number of links below for you to review.

      Good luck to you and I hope this helps,

      Barbara

  21. QUESTION:
    Help!!!!! worried about Seroquel side effects!!!?
    Doctor put me 50 mg seroquel xr twice daily for bipolar with psychotic features and I’m worried about the side effects.
    Even though Seroquel XR is not classified as an antidepressant, the FDA has required Seroquel XR to carry the special antidepressant and suicide warning, since Seroquel XR is used to treat depression and bipolar depression. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults (see Depression and Suicide for more information). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, hostility, agitation, panic, restlessness, hallucinations, extreme hyperactivity, and suicidal thinking or behavior.

    Seroquel XR can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop signs of diabetes while taking Seroquel XR. Possible signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, urination, or hunger. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be monitored carefully and regularly during treatment with Seroquel XR to make sure your diabetes is not becoming more severe (see Seroquel and Diabetes).

    Seroquel XR can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:

    A high fever
    Stiff muscles
    Confusion
    An irregular pulse or blood pressure
    A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
    Sweating
    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
    Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you might have NMS.
    Seroquel XR can cause low white blood cells, which can be dangerous. If you already have low white blood cells (or have experienced a white blood cell drop due to a medication in the past), your healthcare provider should check your white blood cell count during the first few months you take Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause a drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting or lying position to standing (known medically as orthostatic hypotension). This can cause a person to faint or to have lightheadedness or dizziness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms when standing. Orthostatic hypotension can be especially dangerous in people with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).

    Seroquel XR can cause tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or facial movements. The condition can become permanent (even if Seroquel XR is stopped). The best way to prevent it from becoming permanent is to tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal movements (including abnormal movements of the tongue) while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause cataracts (an eye condition). It is recommended that all people taking Seroquel XR have their eyes checked for cataracts every six months.

    Seroquel XR may increase the risk of seizures. Before starting Seroquel XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.

    Seroquel XR can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides. It is probably a good idea to have your thyroid, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and cholesterol checked (using a blood test) regularly while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause high levels of the hormone prolactin. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of high prolactin, such as breast enlargement or breast discharge.

    Very rarely, Seroquel XR can cause priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away). Because this is a medical emergency, seek medical care immediately in order to prevent permanent damage to the penis.

    Seroquel XR can cause difficultly swallowing, which can lead to inhalation of food (which can cause pneumonia). Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any problems swallowing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find a way to feel better sans the drug… you’re way ahead of the game. Start here!

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

      It’s never a good idea to rely on meds to aid us in feeling less anxious or depressed.
      Depression plaques all of us at one time or another. Arm yourself with positive thinking and really concentrate on thinking more positive and with more confidence. Granted 50 mg is a small dosage… it can still have many unfavorable side effects. It’s OK to feel down, it’s OK to feel overwhelmed… feel the feeling and let it go!
      Try keeping a journal and see if you can pinpoint the source of your depression. And then find a way to turn it around.
      I believe in you… won’t you believe in you? (^_^)

  22. QUESTION:
    there are a LOT of things going on with me, whats causing them?
    First off—-I have hyperthyroidism that shortly went into hypothyroidism, then back to hyper, and now is being regulated with a changed meds dose. However, my thyroid issues were always minor, and my doctor usually called them borderline
    Im 14

    So, I’ve been feeling allll messed up lately. My physciatrist said its probably my thyroid causing everything, because thyroid problems can sometimes make you feel crazy. But I cant believe that all this is just my minor thyroid issues.

    –feeling like everything is a dream; fake; not real
    –had to leave math class to take it online slower, because i was getting 80s on my tests after studying about 10 hours (math is my best subject! everyone else thinks the class is SO easy?!); the class was making really anxious, I dreaded going)
    –feeling depressed sometimes, suicidal thoughts; sometimes I scare myself because im thinking so seriously about it, and i just end up sobbing louder and scaring myself even more
    –Ive only had this twice, but sometimes I feel as if I could just forget what happened, and make myself believe something else. Like make myself believe I was taking a shower after doing hw, not after getting back from a swim meet. I cant explain it….I can only understand it when Im having it. Its like I can just lie to myself and never believe I really am lying…
    –Also I dont know if this is normal—I frequently have conversations in my head with someone I know in real life. I find myself talking to them (IN MY HEAD) like they are there and commented on something. and then i end up explaining in my head and have a whole convo! It can be my friends, family, anyone!

    Ive only seen a physciatrist once, but she says its all my thyroid, and after the thyroid is maintained at a normal level, the only thing we might have to think about meds for is anxiety. But this cant ALL be my thyroid. Im not very far off the normal values.

    What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hon, you do realize that this is pure speculation on my part – and as such it seems to be worry & some racing thoughts. Maybe you should watch how much coffee or cola you drink as that can make these symptoms worse. It seems as though you are feeling overwhelmed sometimes by your schedule or perhaps by all the things you feel you “must do”. If you have a lot on your plate & you do not want to let anyone down by not making all A’s or close to it, you are putting too many demands on yourself. Then you are competing at swimming, which is another test you are putting yourself through. When you are able to slow your pace down some, maybe then you will be able to focus – without seeing things as if they are in a dream. I’ve experienced what you have – it is because everything is moving too fast for your pace in life at this time. And it is not just you, it is all around us in this society. So, I hope you feel not so all alone. The world is full of people trying to cope. You are smart enough to know that it is time to deal with it in a healthy way. Prayer, yoga, mediation or tai chi might be able to help you relax & get your mind under control & calm.

  23. QUESTION:
    I know this is long, but please read?
    First off—-I have hyperthyroidism that shortly went into hypothyroidism, then back to hyper, and now is being regulated with a changed meds dose. However, my thyroid issues were always minor, and my doctor usually called them borderline
    Im 14

    So, I’ve been feeling allll messed up lately. My physciatrist said its probably my thyroid causing everything, because thyroid problems can sometimes make you feel crazy. But I cant believe that all this is just my minor thyroid issues.

    –feeling like everything is a dream; fake; not real
    –had to leave math class to take it online slower, because i was getting 80s on my tests after studying about 10 hours (math is my best subject! everyone else thinks the class is SO easy?!); the class was making really anxious, I dreaded going)
    –feeling depressed sometimes, suicidal thoughts; sometimes I scare myself because im thinking so seriously about it, and i just end up sobbing louder and scaring myself even more
    –Ive only had this twice, but sometimes I feel as if I could just forget what happened, and make myself believe something else. Like make myself believe I was taking a shower after doing hw, not after getting back from a swim meet. I cant explain it….I can only understand it when Im having it. Its like I can just lie to myself and never believe I really am lying…
    –Also I dont know if this is normal—I frequently have conversations in my head with someone I know in real life. I find myself talking to them (IN MY HEAD) like they are there and commented on something. and then i end up explaining in my head and have a whole convo! It can be my friends, family, anyone!

    Ive only seen a physciatrist once, but she says its all my thyroid, and after the thyroid is maintained at a normal level, the only thing we might have to think about meds for is anxiety. But this cant ALL be my thyroid. Im not very far off the normal values.

    What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Your endocrinoligst shoud,periodically,check your T3 and T4.to see if the treatment is working.Also he should check your pituitary gland function.From there,they could figuire if you need new treatment modalities.Your symptoms and signs are those of endocrine problem.

  24. QUESTION:
    Westminster Dog Show and PETA?
    so I was talking to a good friend about this last night because we end up on the PETA subject while talking about Penn and Teller. Like I normally do I go to the PETA site to see what they are up to and to figure out if they are going to be in my area anytime soon.

    So like they have become so fond of they were protesting outside of the dog show with their AKC/KKK BS. As an owner of purebreds, the daughter of a responsible breeder and just a rational human in general i’m seriously ticked off and disturbed by their train of thought.

    This is DIRECT from their site and blog http://blog.peta.org/archives/kkk_akc_leaflets.pdf

    “In the pursuit of “purity,” some breeders kill dogs who are not the “right” color.” I have yet to meet ANY reputable breeder since my mother got involved when I was younger who has EVER culled a pup for off coloring.

    “Meanwhile, a growing overpopulation crisis is forcing pounds and animal shelters to destroy an increasing number of mutts” Yeah because there are NO purebreds in the shelters right?

    “-it shouldn’t be surprising that as many as one in four purebred dogs is plagued with a serious genetic health problem. For example, beagles such as Uno, last year’s winner of the AKC’s Best in Show category, have a much higher risk of hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.” – Last time i checked there were TESTS for these problems and reputable breeders were working to eliminate these and other problems from the gene pool

    “The AKC’s fetish for body image causes dogs health problems that mutts don’t usually have,” says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “The AKC is directly responsible for the promotion of purebreds, which means money for breeders but creates sick dogs and vet bills for their guardians–and leaves pound pups homeless.”

    Bull and shyte

    whats worse they were dressed as Klan members. I can honestly say I probably would have gotten in trouble had I been in attendance and saw this, actually I KNOW I would have gotten in trouble.

    Seriously what does PETA think they stand to gain from this? Don’t they realize that its stuff like this. the sea kittens and EVERYTHING else they do that makes people tune out everything they have to say?

    Anyone else agree that dog owners; mutt and purebred need to stand up to these idiots and tell them to shut up?
    P M – I think we should put them ALL on the same boat and sink it.

    It like every year they get more and more extreme. They should all go work for Bill O’riley they way thy spin the truth
    Rotten – that why you wear SAP gloves when you do it. And yeah the majority have had way too much of the AR Kool-aid.

    Anyone else notice they have at lest stopped lying about whether they recruit kids or not?
    Rescue – Personally I think PETA, BYBs and puppymills are all a problem. PETA isn’t helping anyone or anything, just themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      Most so called PETA nuts that I have honestly tried to have a conversation with came across as card carrying nuts that act like they didn’t make it all the way back from that “last trip”. I have no idea why they result is this completely asinine tactic that would be so offensive to the average rational person.

      LOL those gloves do come in handy, the lack of National Guard didn’t hurt either, however they removed several of them.

      I encountered them last year at Westminster. I encountered them when I worked Katrina, they honestly said the animals would be better off dead. That’s not what you tell volunteers working 24/7 in stinking water. Several of them, all of a sudden had broken noses but the other rescuers or I have no idea how it happened. As bad as it was down there they choose to ***** instead of help, they wouldn’t even help the people.
      Consider the source, and as hard as it is try to ignore the stupidity. Its better than having bruised knuckles.

  25. QUESTION:
    I think I am really sick. Should I go to the hospital or doctor?
    Ok so I don’t have the best health history and I dont want to go into long detail about my past so i will try to stick to the current problem. I am 23 years old 5’5 and 195lbs (but quite muscular and active) I am overweight and have been struggling with this for years. I have a large thyroid nodule that has been growing larger over the past 2 years. about a year and a half ago I had it biopsied and it came back a benign. Well increasingly over the past year or so I have been becoming more and more exhuausted. I am having a lot of trouble keeping myself going. My work demands a lot out of me and I never had a problem with it, I enjoy working hard, it helps time fly. Well lately (over the past year) I have begun to have problems keeping up with the work load. More alarmingly over the past two weeks I have hit rock bottom. I have trouble lifting even the lighter boxes to the point that I have to strain to do the simplest tasks. My joints are constantly screaming at me as if they can’t support any weight or straining. Every muscle in my body hurts and when I come home from work I fall asleep and dont wake up until time to go to work again, feeling worse than the day before. Some days I will sleep for 12 hours.. one day I even slept for 24 hours and I am constantly tired. The other day I counted 22 bruises all over my body, on my arms and legs. I have always bruised easily but never to this extent. I am constantly nautious and have trouble eating anything. I am always hungry and thirsty but don’t feel like eating anything for fear of getting sick. I also have a large lump growing on the back right side of my neck, same side as the thyroid nodule. It is slightly sore to the touch. When i am actually awake I feel like I am in a brain fog and that I could fall over at any moment… its as if my entire body is just giving up on anything other than sleeping. My boyfriend says that when I sleep he tries to wake me up but i never remember talking to him, its like im in a coma. I have also been losing weight slowly but nothing too alarming. I get short of breath for no reason (which could be due to smoking). My problem is I do not have a way to get to my doctor for an appointment andI already have a lot of doctors bills from the past. I live very close to the hospital and could just walk there, but im afraid that they wont take me seriously because it isnt a “life threatening emergency” I also cant afford to get the blood tests I need to get because my insurance only covers a percentage and I still have others i need to pay back. I don’t know if I should just go to the hospital and say that I am having fatigue, lethargy, and weakness and see what they can find out.. or if I should go through the long drawn out process of setting up an appointment (that I probably will miss) and then driving around to get blood tests and waiting for the results and then setting up another biopsy etc.. I think it will take too long and I need help NOW. My performance at work is failing and I am a shift manager.. I am also miserable every single day without any relief. I have done research online and I think it could be one of a few things. Hypothyroidism, leukemia or lymphoma, or possible liver/kidney disease. My last blood tests showed that I had a lowered liver count and kidney count. I am assuming that the liver is from my past with drinking and the kidney from a terrible kidney infection I had about 4 years back. I am also afraid that it could be nothing and I am just over reacting and I really dont want to waste my money for nothing… Please help… I need to figure out what to do right now…

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Do you think my teacher will allow me to do extra credit?
    Hello. Here is a little bit of back ground information. So I am taking an AP economics course at my high school; I am a straight A student, and I have taken many AP courses, so I understand the meaning of a challenging work load, I am also (I feel) a diligent student (I pay attention, take notes, etc…). This semester I have missed a lot of school (about 5 weeks) due to some health issues (hypothyroidism, acid reflux and a stomach ulcer) which caused a lot of pain. Most of my teachers were very relaxed about the make up work policy…all but one, my econ teacher, who had me make up the work right away despite the fact that I wasn’t very prepared or taught any of the material from the past month or so. Currently, I am doing poorly in her class, and I need to raise my grade about 2 percent in the class to get the grade I want. I missed the majority of the tests, since I was gone (sick day, doctors visits and medical procedures), and I scored very poorly on these tests when I got back. While I didn’t understand the material then, I do understand it now (since it took me awhile to teach myself the things I missed), but I don’t know what to ask my teacher/ how to explain this to her. I know I am better than the grade I am getting, and while it is no excuse, I still am very sick, and I feel that I am stuck in a bad situation that isn’t entirely fair. I plan on going in and asking my teacher for extra credit or another grade raising option, such as a research project or essay on current economic issues and relating it to what we covered this year in class… or something else (I thought it was a good idea). I have really enjoyed the class, but I am so upset about my grade, and would like to end the year on a high note despite my health issues. Any advice? Am I on the right path?
    (By the way- please don’t respond study hard and do your homework- I already do and that is not working currently. Also I understand that there are probably many people out there in similar situations- but I am trying my best to balance school and my health)
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was teaching I was not a big fan of “extra credit”. It seemed that there were only two kinds of students that asked for extra credit work – those that didn’t need it and those that wouldn’t do it. You sound like an exception to my “rule”.
      Your best bet is exactly the course you have outlined – talk to your teacher about what your options are.
      Some points to think about – in the above question, when you are talking about your health issues, you come across (to me) as a bit whiny. Don’t dwell on this when talking to her. Point out your previous scholastic excellence, mention that health prevented you from doing your best in her class, and express your desire to improve your performance. Then ask her what would be possible. If she turns it around on you, then come up with the essay, research project, oral presentation, etc. (As a teacher, I loved when kids did oral presentations – they ran the classroom instead of me!)

  27. QUESTION:
    Can giving dogs glucosamine w/ chondroitin supplements make things worse before they get better?
    Before everyone jumps on me, I’m taking my dog to the Vet in four days to get her checked out, but I would like to have as much information as possible so I can make an informed decision about her health.

    I have a four year old american Bulldog, who suffers from hypothyroidism, which she’s being treated for. She is unable to digest poultry, and is sensitive to many of the additives in most dog foods, which cause everything from joint pain to digestive issues. Because of this she only has been eating the very best kibble for the last three years. But because high-end dog food companies continue to be bought out by conglomerates, who in turn try to make the products more profitable by cutting on expensive and wholesome ingredients I’ve had to switch her food no less than four times. Two months ago I found out that there was an issue with her latest dog food, which I suspected due to her lack of energy despite a good thyroid level as confirmed by her vet.

    I decided in order to save my sanity, myself some time, and to insure that my dog really was getting the very best nutrition, to put her on a raw diet of human grade meats and vegetables. After about a month on this diet her energy level went way up. She once again had the energy of a working dog. Unfortunately, a couple hours after some good exercise she was showing signs of joint paint. I put her on glucosamine w/ chondroitin about three weeks ago and about two weeks in, it seemed to have made things worse. So I’ve taken her off of it.

    I realize that her diet now contains a good amount of naturally occurring glucosamine, but I’ve found no evidence on the web that suggests that too much will cause joint pain, only digestive issues which she does not have.

    I can think of four likely causes, which in combination might account for the joint pain and the increase of pain with the supplement:
    The first possibility (which might not be very likely) is that switching her to a raw diet has “cured” her thyroid condition and consequently the medicine she’s taking is causing artificial hyperthyroidism, which I know can be the cause of joint and muscle pain. Once the vet does her tests I can rule this out. (I would love for this to be the problem.)
    The second possibility is that the glucosamine w/ chondroitin does make things get worse before they get better.
    The third possibility is that too much glucosamine w/ chondroitin can cause joint pain.
    The fourth possibility is that there is something in the supplement besides the “active ingredients” which is causing the problem.

    I would like to know:
    if anyone has found their dogs react badly to one brand of glucosamine w/ chondroitin but are fine with others.
    If giving the supplement on top of a balanced raw diet can cause joint pain.
    Or if people have noticed that things get better before they get worse.

    I don’t want to have a debate about raw vs. kibble. I’m well informed about the issue. I’ve had my dog on raw food after problem kibbles and the only problem we’ve ever had was the pain in my wallet. Everything in life is a matter of risk vs. return and these days the higher risk is with kibble and the higher reward is going raw.

    • ANSWER:
      We have been giving our Saints Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements for years, and have never had any ill reactions to it, EVER! Our 7 year old female came to us at 10 weeks from the breeder w/ a broken foot, after surgery we were warned that she would have severe arthritis as she got older, and she does, she also has Hypothyroidism, and is on medication for it. Her Glucosamine supplements have never caused a problem, nor has it in any of our other dogs. Also, Glucosamine does nothing for pain, MSM is a miracle supplement and works WONDERS for arthritis pain, I take it myself and I swear by it, works better then ANY pain pills that I have tried in the past!!! Hope this helps, and I wish you lots of luck w/ your dog, and hope things improve for her!

  28. QUESTION:
    Am I going insane, what could this be?
    My entire life I have put on weight very easily. When I started high school I developed an eating disorder (to deal with some issues; this wasn’t my best move, but I dealt as best I could at the time), and I lost a lot of weight then and one day I started gaining it back, even though I was still Anorexic, and it didn’t stop coming on until over a year later- I was so saddened by this.

    A couple of months ago I began feeling very faint and nauseous all the time (also, my ED has been gone for going on 2 years now). My mom made me get it checked and it turns out I have Hyperthyroidism. I figured it’d be okay, but the doctor said it was important to get it fixed because it was making me really sick. Then I had to get tested again and the doctor said it was reversing now (though I still feel just as sick). I eat really healthily and exercise a ton, but I seriously gain weight all the time. I don’t want it to reverse to Hypothyroidism. I have been feeling as if I’m starving for so long and for the first time I was able to eat when I felt that way and not gain weight (I know about snacks, but even with them I get very sick anywhere form 20 minutes to an hour later). They weighed me at the doctor’s office and I didn’t look at the scale, but my mom did and she pointed out how much I weighed (I’d lost quite a bit). I try not to weigh myself because it makes me really paranoid, since with my ED I used to weigh myself multiple times a day.

    I’m really worried, because when I used to starve myself I would black out but I wouldn’t faint, and now if I don’t eat for even just those 20 minutes in-between time I’ll actually faint and need to get sick.

    Am I going insane? I don’t understand what’s causing this, when I starved on purpose I wasn’t even this hungry (and when I first started was I super hungry, so I’m positive that it’s not just in my mind or me mis-remembering).

    I hope this makes sense.

    Thank you very much!

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  29. QUESTION:
    Do you think my teacher will give me extra credit options?
    Hello. Here is a little bit of back ground information. So I am taking an honors economics course at my high school; I am a straight A student, and I have taken many AP courses, so I understand the meaning of a heavy work load, I am also (I feel) a diligent student (I pay attention, take notes, etc…). This semester I have missed a lot of school (about 5 weeks) due to some health issues (hypothyroidism, acid reflux and a stomach ulcer) which caused a lot of pain. Most of my teachers were very relaxed about the make up work policy…all but one, my econ teacher, who had me make up the work right away despite the fact that I wasn’t very prepared or taught any of the material from the past month or so. Currently, I am doing poorly in her class, and I need to raise my grade about 2 percent in the class to get the grade I want. I missed the majority of the tests, since I was gone (sick day, doctors visits and medical procedures), and I scored very poorly on these tests when I got back. While I didn’t understand the material then, I do understand it now (since it took me awhile to teach myself the things I missed), but I don’t know what to ask my teacher/ how to explain this to her. I know I am better than the grade I am getting, and while it is no excuse, I still am very sick, and I feel that I am stuck in a bad situation that isn’t entirely fair. I plan on going in and asking my teacher for extra credit or another grade raising option, such as a research project or essay on current economic issues and relating it to what we covered this year in class… or something else (I thought it was a good idea). I have really enjoyed the class, but I am so upset about my grade, and would like to end the year on a high note despite my health issues. Any advice? Am I on the right path?
    (By the way- please don’t respond study hard and do your homework- I already do and that is not working currently. Also I understand that there are probably many people out there in similar situations- but I am trying my best to balance school and my health)
    Thanks!
    What is best: emailing my teacher or taking to her in person?

    • ANSWER:
      You should try writing a letter or an email to your teacher. Explain the situation and how you better understand the material now although you didn’t at the time of the test.
      Don’t grovel at their feet, but ask politely. Don’t make it seem as if you’re expecting their kindness.

      As long as you handle it in a mature manner, I don’t see why they wouldn’t let you retest. A good teacher would want to see your success if you really deserve it.

  30. QUESTION:
    i just need to vent a little. Answer if you want?
    It hurts my feelings when someone lies to me, because they only lie about something really serious.
    People have lied to me before, and I don’t trust people now.
    They lied to me, saying that someone who is like a grandma to me was doing fine when she was actually in the hospital for three days and died three hours later.
    They betrayed my trust in them when I thought they were my friends at school. I thought they would be there for me when I needed help, because I would help them out whenever they asked, but they just left me there to fall.
    People have lied to me, saying I am doing fine and that there is nothing to worry about, and yet they drag me to hospitals for blood tests and don’t tell me what they are looking for. I once heard of something that they wanted to prevent (Hypothyroidism), and so I decided to look it up because it was the only piece of information that I had that I could make out from the doctor who had a really thick accent and would speak really soft (I am hard of hearing).
    My mother walked into the room, and yelled at me for looking it up because she wanted them to confrim it first before we look up anything.
    How the hell am I supposed to just sit here and wait when no one ever tells me anything?
    I’m a high school girl who has gone through a lot, and yet they assume that I’m a naive 5 year old who doesn’t even understand the concept of death.
    I’ve had a lot of people close to me die, and I wasn’t told until the day of the funeral. I have a genetic disease that could potentially shorten my life, and yet I don’t know anything about it other than the name of it and that it caused my hearing problems.
    I got several blood works done the day before a really important swim meet, and I didn’t do well in it due to the fact that they decided not to tell me that it takes a long time for my body to get its energy back and the lost blood replaced.
    I’m sick of all this, and I’m ready to run away. the only thing that calms me down are my best friends at school, but I only see them in one class, and they live really far away. They have no clue what is going on in my body, or that I’m going through a lot right now.
    I can’t go to my parents because my dad won’t understand and my mom is taking the burden of everything and I don’t want to hurt her feelings. My sister is a brat who calls me lazy, even though she refuses to go outside. I’M the one who gets all A’s in school, participates in sports year round, and I could basically sleep through all of my classes for a month and still have enough brains and common sense to score at least a B on the tests.
    So why is everyone ignoring me and assuming that I’ll just let this go and move on?
    I am so confused and I feel like no one will understand me.
    we are not a rich family, and anything I do is covered by scholorships. I understand the costs issue and the fact that my mom is taking time off to take me to the hospital, but I hate it when she doesn’t tell me why. She just says that it’s none of my concern. It’s my body, and I want to know why she is letting strangers do so many things to me. I just really want to know what the heck is going on. I don’t talk badly about people, I volunteer to help, and I never ask for expensive things from my family. Yet when I DO want to know something, they refuse to tell me.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that you hit the nail on the head when you said that your mother is taking the burden of everything on her shoulders. It sounds like the doctors don’t really know what you have yet, and so your mother is not wanting to scare or worry you until they have something more concrete to tell you. She doesn’t want to tell you something and then have no answers for the questions that she knows you will have. As far as your father goes, men just aren’t good with handling emotional issues, or thinking about their precious child being sick. That’s a mothers burden to bear alone. If I were you, I would get my mother alone, and be very adult when you ask her what is wrong with you. Let her know that you would much rather know the truth as she knows it, then to be driving yourself crazy worrying about the endless possibilities. You definitely need to be kept in the loop, so that you will be better informed for your school activities and what to do about them. Reassure her that you will be alright with the news even if it’s bad, but you deserve to know the truth about your own health. Let her know that you love her for trying to protect you, but you NEED to know the truth.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to start Birth Control even after missed periods?
    I have not had a period since April 1st..but have taken 2 home pregnancy tests, and 2 different ones at my OBGYN office both blood and urine and they were ALL negative. I also have hypothyroidism, which causes irregular periods, and they ave been VERY irregular since the diagnosis. BOth my doctor and myself thought it would be best to go back onto the pill to help regulate my periods which I did. But I was surprised that she said it was ok for me to start the pill on a sunday (which is nomral) but even after not having a period for more than 2 months….She said she could give me something to make me have my period before starting back on the pill, but didn’t think it was necessary…I don’t know, I’m just kind of nervous that this could cause some problems since starting the pills should be the first sunday after your last period.

    • ANSWER:
      She’s right, you can start at any time. Being on BC with irregular periods is a great way to get regular again.

      I’m really bad at remembering my BC, so I’ve had to start over on all days of the week by now. The truth is you can start on any day. They just say Sunday because it’s “easiest” to remember – plus you’ll always expect your period on Monday.

  32. QUESTION:
    Eye Floaters? Underlying Cause?
    It seems I have always have had floaters in my eye since I was young and from what I read it seems normal. I am 28 and male and it seems they have increased a little since I was young. But I read that there might be an underlying cause. In October of 2007 I was admitted in the hospital for Pericardial Effusion, the doctors did a bunch of tests and nothing came back bad except my thyroid level was off a little and they said that the Paricardial Effusion was probably viral. They diagnosed me as having Hypothyroidism so they put me on Levothyroxin. I was wondering could my floaters be there because of my thyroid disorder or could it be something else? Oh and I am 5′ 11″ 160lbs, I am not fat which is wierd to be diagnosed Hypothyroid. I don’t have high blood pressure It has always been excellent. My cholestrol is also excellent, some of the best the doctor has seen in awhile.

    • ANSWER:
      Unlikely.

      Generally ‘floaters’ are remnants of tissue from embryonic development of the eyes.

      Sometimes, it can be pieces of detached retina. You need to consult an eye doctor or opthalmologist regarding your problem.

      Here is a good site for ‘floater’ and ‘flasher’ information.

      http://www.djo.harvard.edu/site.php?url=/patients/pi/414


Autoimmune Thyroid Disease Test

Your thyroid gland controls many body processes, such as the rate of metabolism. This butterfly-shaped endocrine gland manufactures and secretes thyroxin (T4) in response to the release of TSH from the pituitary gland. The thyroid responds by producing and secreting the needed amount of thyroid hormone into the blood stream.

If there is not enough T4 in the system, it is classified as hypothyroidism. On the other hand, if there is too much thyroid hormone it is called hyperthyroidism. Both conditions are autoimmune diseases denoting thyroid hormone imbalance that can show outward signs of it’s existence, such as thyroid eye disease.

What Is Thyroid Eye Disease?

Thyroid eye disease, or TED, is characterized by the protrusion of the eyeballs. It is most prevalent in Graves disease, caused by an overproduction of thyroid hormone or hyperthyroidism, also known as overactive thyroid. This condition also presents itself when thyroid hormone levels are normal (euthyroid), as well as when there is inefficient thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) present in the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Will a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid Graves Disease?
    I had a blood test a few years ago to detect for autoimmune diseases. Could I have developed Graves since then?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Help with Blood test results?
    So 2 weeks ago I went into the doctor and was tested for lupus, autoimmune thyroid disease and was also asked to get an HIV test just to rule it out. I was told by the nurse in the lab that the results should come back in 2-3 day and that they would call me. The office is a private office and they run all blood work in the same building. It is going on 2 weeks and nobody has called. I have tried calling and leaving messages and no one returns my phone call. I called the lab today and was told my result have been there and they could mall me my results but could not tell me because she’s not the doctor. I have had blood taken in the past and I always get my results within 3 days tops. Do you think if I had anything serious like HIV they would have called asap. I mean it’s their job to tell me these things. Or have the local health department tell me. Any input would be great thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    What blood test must be do to find if alopecia is androgenic or autoimmune?
    I am the only person in my family with this disease and the hormons tests are o.k but I have many simptoms for thyroid disease.
    Have you any advice?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I am aware Alopecia is not autoimmune. I have known people who have had the condition for five years and then suddenly it has vanished. Some Docs say it is stress, others bacterial the list is endless but your hair will eventually grow back, when I cannot say.

  4. QUESTION:
    Questions about Thyroid tests?
    Okay, so my psychiatrist ordered a Thyroid test last week and I just got the results today. My TSH is pretty high, (7. something), and I have to make an appointment with a doctor to find out what it means. But, hospitals terrify me, and I’m a pretty big hypochondriac, so I was hoping someone could clear up a few things for me before I do that.

    I’ve been researching thyroid disorders/diseases, but all it’s done is make me paranoid that I have cancer/an autoimmune disease. So:

    What kind of tests do they run to find out this kind of thing? I’ve already had a blood test, but will they do anything more extreme, like a biopsy or something?
    Also, how bad is a TSH level that’s over seven?

    By the way, I’m sixteen and a girl if it’s relevant.
    Thanks.
    Thanks so much. They tested my T3 and T4 but I don’t have the sheet and forgot the levels… one of them was high though. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. You usually only need blood work done to diagnose a Thyroid problem. They need to run a TSH, FT3, FT4, and a Antibodies test. But with a TSH at 7, you probably have a Thyroid problem. Mine was 4.5 when i was diagnosed, and i was pretty sick. If they examine your Thyroid, and feel any lumps, then there is a possibility you could need a biopsy. Don’t get ahead of yourself, first find out if that’s really what you have, then continue from there. You will have to go on medication ( most likely for the rest of your life ) if you are diagnosed with Thyroid disease. Make sure you have a good doctor that listens to you, and is easy to work with. That’s very important when you have this disease. Good luck, and Take care :-)

  5. QUESTION:
    thyroid test results?
    I was having some symptoms (heart palps and very hot at times) and the test results are :
    total t4 is 14.2 H
    TSH 3rd Generation .02

    I know that a low tsh means the thyroid is saying stop…no more and indicative of a hyperT. I have another autoimmune disease (ITP) an am wondering with these numbers will they require treatment or can it just be monitored. What exactly is the range where it needs to be treated or is that based on the extreme of symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      There are three common reasons for hyperthyroidism:
      Grave’s disease; check for elevated TSI antibodies, diffuse goiter and elevated RAI uptake;
      The hyper-stage of thyroiditis:elevated TPO antibodies can be present, reduced RAI uptake; patchy distribution of RAI tracer in thyroid, firm goiter
      Multinodular toxic goiter; patchy RAI uptake, with hot and cold nodules, thyroid nodules are present, no antibodies.
      Therefore RAI uptake test with image and antibodies testing can be the next step.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have some weird thyroid test results…?
    I’ve been having headaches since I was like 13. They are terrible migraines, all over (not concentrated on one side.) They do not seem to be related with my period at all. When I get them I’m sensitive to light and sound, and see little circles of color in my vision for a split second. I don’t have any medication for them because I’ve “failed” Imitrex, Emerge, and Amitriptyline. I took Topamax and it worked, but I grew used to it and they upped my dosage. Then I experienced the side effects: tingling in arms and legs, extreme loss of appetite, and craziness.

    Now I take some aspirin if it’s really really bad, but I guess I’m getting used to living with pain. In a bad week I make have a headache 5 out of 7 days. At best, maybe only a headache once a week.

    So I just went to the doctor 2 days ago because my hair had been falling out– a lot. It’s happened to me before, about a year ago. It wasn’t from just one spot, it was from all over. Doctors chalked it up to stress and moved on. After awhile it stopped, and since then it’s been growing back really well. This time, my thyroid test came back with extremely abnormally high numbers, and I also had a low platelet count. Before, I’ve had tests with “weird” numbers that would indicate an autoimmune disease, and some other weird ones about inflammation. No one ever really followed up on any of this.

    I don’t really have any of the symptoms that would go with most hyper-thyroid things. I tested negative for lupus (but they thought maybe I could have had it when I was younger??) I’ve never really gotten any clear answer, and I feel like there’s something there that is a greater over-arching problem… and we just need to connect the dots. Of course I could be wrong/ a hypochondriac, but I really feel sick and I just want to feel better.

    No diagnoses, but any ideas you can offer would be a lot of help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t see any mysteries or anything “weird” here. You have Hashimoto’s. Everything you wrote adds up to Hashimoto’s. Get tested for it and get into treatment. Do not stand for any further lack of follow up. I would actually fire any doctor who failed to follow up on any out of range test results that you have had, and get a new doctor.

  7. QUESTION:
    Should an antibody thyroid test be run more than once if found negative?
    HI,
    My Endrochronologist will not run a antibody thyroid test because she said she ran one two years ago and it was normal.
    Can the results change since then . . especially since I am hyporthyroid and also have other autoimmune diseases like Pernicious anemia and Sjrogens?

    Thank you,
    Sue

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely it can change…mine tested negative 6 months before my positive result. Plus, I’ve heard that once you get one autoimmune disease you will get others. See a new endo.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you have two autoimmune disease?
    Okay…..So I have Crohn’s Disease! Today I went to the doctors because I was running a fever of 103.4, sore throat, ears were bothering me….Like a common cold but at are college you can’t go to class if you have higher then a 99.9 fever! So I needed a doctors note! So when I get to the doctors the doctor does Strep test and Mono both come back negative! But he said that my Thyroid was swollen…So they did an ultrasound on my neck it came back that I have cyst on the thyroid and it was swollen! With swollen thyroid would be autoimmune? and Crohn’s is said to be an autoimmune? Has anyone hear of someone having both?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    (10 points if you help)(Auto immune diseases)Can you give me any advice?
    I have 3 or 4 Autoimmune disease. Fibromialgia, Hashimotoe(thyroid diseases), Candida, and now my doc thinks I have Lupus. The blood test came back positive, but they can sometimes be wrong( thats what my doc said) Any advice from other people???? How to cope? Things that helps the diseases? Anything?
    I eat very healthy. Little Gluten, no white flour or refined sugar. No artifal stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Hashimoto as well. What I found to help more than all the medicine they will give you is to stop eating chemicals in your food. MSG (mono sodium glutamate) can mean trouble for you, I know it does for me. MSG has many name and a little research will give you answers. It stays in your system for a week. The turning point in my illness is when I stayed three weeks at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego.

  10. QUESTION:
    Equine thyroid problems?
    Ok the balding donkey saga #1083034843

    So far 2 steriod shots aren’t working, over a month time frame. The shots were given 2wks apart. We should of seen hair growing by now or at least reducing the speed at which he’s losing it. Annnnndddd hes still losing it at the same rate.

    My vet refuses to test thyroid, he said that its rare in equines and thats not his problem. Plus it fluctuates so much that one minute he could be hypo/hyper and the next normal.

    I am thinking that I might haul him to another vet, request the thyroid and not sure if there is a blood test to decipher exactly what autoimmune disease it is… but anyone have experience with thyroid ridden problem animals?

    I am calling the 2nd vet next week, this main vet is the main equine vet here in our city and great, and I don’t doubt his expertise, but i just need this donkey to grow hair so I don’t have to buy some donkey toupee for him soon.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have thyroid issues and have since 1976. I am hypo.
      I then had a total thyroidectomy done.
      Whenever I go get my thyroid checked they have a cow. It’s low..off the charts low. I can take my pills correctly for months straight and I will always test off the charts low. (thats me though)

      When I was diagnosed, they did a Thyroid panel. It showed low.
      They tested me again in a month. Still low.
      Tested again a week later. Yup, you guessed it. Low.
      I was sent to get a Scan with an Iodine uptake. This was back in 1976. I had Hashimotis ( a goiter ).

      You cannot fluctuate from Hypo to Hyper in a stroke of a pen.
      If you are Hypo…your thyroid is not producing enough of the hormones..or none at all. It works hard to try and just can’t. If it works too hard the thyroid swells and then you are considered Hashimotis.
      If you are Hyper..your thyroid is nuts and produces way too much. More than your body can use.
      You will NEVER test too low if you are HYPER.
      You will NEVER test too high if you are HYPO.
      At least since 1976 I have never and neither have my mother or siblings ever tested the opposite of what they are.
      Neither have any of the hundreds of patients I have dealt with in the hospital that were thyroid positive.

      What I am saying is…I can walk into any Dr. office, have a test done now and it will show that I have a thyroid issue. My mother will show up on the first time too.
      Now..My two sisters are very slight border thyroid issues so they will run a few tests to be sure.

      See what I mean? If your mule is severe hypo it will show. His thyroid is not producing and no matter when you take it, it should show up low. If he had just slight symptoms, then maybe the test would show borderline and the vet would want to re-run.

      Causes of Alopecia:
      fungal (obvious)
      Selenium poisoning
      radiation
      congenital defect
      hormone imbalance
      burns
      chemical exposure

      Hair loss is permanent if the hair follicle is damaged and scar tissue forms around it.

      SO..what would I do in your shoes? Tell my vet “I insist on a thyroid test. Please run one” if you feel uncomfy demanding for one..get a new vet. :)
      Run it..it will make you feel better and quit wasting money on this current vets revisits. (He’s making $ off you)

      edit: I do have to add that once the test shows he is hypo/hyper thyroid they will have to keep testing a few times to figure out a dosage to keep him in balance. That is why there are so many tests. Not to find it, but to figure out the dosage.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do I have an autoimmune disease?
    I AM 29 YEARS OLD WITH A FAMILY HISTORY OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.(SARCOIDOSIS, REYNOLDS,CHRONES,RA ETC.) I FOUND OUT RECENTLY THAT I HAVE A THYROID PROBLEM. THE DOCTOR OVER MEDICATED ME CAUSING MY FT4 TO ELEVATE. DURING THAT TIME I HAD BODY ACHES (FELT LIKE THE FLU WITH OUT THE FEVER AND SNEEZING). I NOTICE I KEPT DROPPING EVERYTHING. I DECIDED TO DO A ANA TEST. IT TURNED UP POSITIVE NUCLEOLAR PATTER 1:320 WITH SOME CYTOPLASMIC STAINING. MY THYROID IS LOWERED WITH THE SAME SYMPTOMS. I HAVE A ESR OF 105. I WANT TO GO TO THE DOCTOR BUT FEAR THAT I WILL BE WASTING MY TIME. ON THE OTHER HAND I WONDER IF I MAY HAVE A AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

    • ANSWER:
      With a family history of autoimmune diseases, it is best to be checked out by a medical specialist. If you are leery about returning to your doctor, than find another physician that specializes in Endocrinology (the study of the chemicals/hormones in the body.) With test results as you specified, make sure you take your records when you schedule a consultation with the specialist.

  12. QUESTION:
    autoimmune disease help. ?
    was diagnosed at age 31 with Graves Disease. The symptoms came on suddenly and severely. I was put on the medications used for Graves Disease and also the symptoms the Graves Disease was causing such as high blood pressure. Then I started getting severe hives to the point of having to be rushed to the ER because they were in my throat.

    Three endocrinologists later it was determined by the majority that I was allergic to the Graves Disease medication and I should get radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid. I was told that my increased heart rate, increased blood pressure etc. was life-threatening so I consented to the RAI.

    I am now 35 years old and the journy to finding out exactly what is wrong with me continues. My thyroid eventually bottomed out after receiving the RAI, so I had all of those symptoms. I am currently on Synthroid 175 MCG. Then I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Then I developed insulin resistance. I am now on Janumet to control the insulin resistance. Last year I developed severe chronic anemia and had to get 9 rounds of IV iron infusions. For the last two years I have been going to my endocrinologist every three months because something always goes wrong. I had a bout of severe intestinal distress and kept nothing down for three weeks and celiac disease was ruled out by and colonoscopy. Between April and today I have lost 40 pounds. My latest round of blood work shows that I have diabetes insepidus (sp) which is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland. I also have a chronic UTI infection for the last four months, increased white blood count in my urine, chronic fatigue, horrible moods, achy joints and bones, and a general feeling of being confused and aggitated.

    Anyone have any clues as to what I should do next? the endocrinologist ran some kind of blood work panel – -I believe called and ADH panel and I will get it back next week and then he wants to send me for an MRI. It was also shown that my thyroid is now overactive again even though technically I am not supposed to have a thyroid.

    What are other options or other tests I should ask for. The doctors seem so confused with what is going on with me because with regard to the autoimmune diseases it is confusing. The third endocrinologist I have been seeing came highly recommended because he is used as an expert witness related to autoimmune disorderes in court cases.

    Thanks for any help or guidance.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry for your condition, and I have seen miracles.

      There is no way I can know what you are going through, but I looked a few things up .

      http://www.doctorzebra.com/prez/g41.htm

      this site is about the health of former president Bush Sr.

      He developed Graves and so did his wife
      the odds of this, dr. Zebra, ar four million to one.

      I remember a long time ago reading about the microwave bombardment of the Blair house and how people who lived there were sick with graves. can’t find a source, though, the Bushes lived there.

      also I found a discussion about graves and radiation:

      http://www.askwaltstollmd.com/archives/graves.html

      there are many different points of view here- a lot of personal insights
      Maybe , if you read through them there may be something else you can try.

  13. QUESTION:
    I sometimes pass out and have convulsions,sometimes have slightly low blood pressure and my sodium level is?
    borderline low.2 epilepsy tests,mri,cat scan,thyroid and ACTH test were ALL normal.Just the ANA(autoimmune disease)test was “high” or positive.Mom has Lupus.Any ideas on what I might have.I’ve been seeing docs for years and continue to go to a neurologist,heart doc and an endo.Just looking for thoughts or opinions.Anyone with simmilar symptoms?What did they end up figuring out?Docs have no idea whats wrong with me
    Tired all the time,since I was 5 years old!So exhausted with no energy all the time!!Dizzy and lightheaded all the time.Nautious almost everyday.Vomit sometimes for no reason.Diahreah a few times a week,sometimes up to 3 times a day.Been hospitalized for severe coldness and shaking.Severe back pain from nowhere

    • ANSWER:
      I would check with a neurologist again. It sounds like a problem with your vagus nerve.

  14. QUESTION:
    CAN YOUR WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT NOT SHOW SIGNS OF INFECTION?
    AND can herpes on your face look like acne, and not be near your mouth?
    im breaking out so bad! and im back on my acne medication which usually clears it up to like 90%!! i have mountain types of red painfull bumps(that dont pop like mine usually do) in all areas on my dermatologist says normal! and a few blisters types.
    BUT my dr’s and i have been doing all kinds of blood, urine and stool tests to figure out whats wrong w/ me because i have been quite sick W/ a ridiculous amount of symptoms……. my symptoms include(but not limited to): extreme weight loss(20%) over the past 7 months w/ no known reason, memory loss,fatigue,confusion, trouble finding words, constipation,blood clots in stool, extreme amount of mucus in stool, malabsorbtion,constant feeling of needing to move bowels, itchy scalp,dry hair and skin, dry mouth, large amounts of yeast in mouth, swollen tender glands throughout entire body(HARD IMMOBILE SLOW GROWING LYMPH NODES IN GROIN ABOUT 1MONTH NOW -now about 1cm-1in big), circulation changes(pigmentation in skin either very pale or red, varicoses veins pronounced in legs when im doing anything physically demanding,broken blood vessels appearing easily; eyes and nose)cold feet and hands, hot flashes(im 29YRS OLD!), pain(inside of knees, lower back, stiff neck, headaches), hands wrists ankles and feet swelling(bilaterally) w/ tingling sensation and numbness, muscle cramping and spams, few BLISTER TYPE canker sores, hair loss, dry eyes, abdominal swelling, appetite up and down but always feeling full quickly, excessive gas, ocd symptoms, behavior changes, THROAT feels full, itchy wet ears(get clogged alot), cuts on fingers and hands slow to heal, allergy type symptoms out of no-where, skin tag inside anus almost at edge, slight vaginal discharge(not strong odor) and swelling(looks as if the walls of vagina are closing in! swollen and low), bump on cervix(that has been there years but now growing fast and a new one just inside opening-purplish in color. i can see it bc cervix is so low and maybe swollen(2gynecologists examined me and said look normal!)
    IM ON SYNTHROID FOR LOW THYROID,CO LACE FOR CONSTIPATION AND ZANTAC FOR GAS
    I HAVE HASHIMOTO DISEASE(autoimmune low thyroid) I HAD A VERY LARGE TUMOR REMOVED FROM CHEST 15 YRS AGO(attached to my trachea,aorta,heart,esophagus and windpipe. but seems to not have grown back according to x rays
    im thinking i have a number of different problems and that’s whats confusing the dr’s-
    i had clear x chest x rays and only one abnormal ekg out of 3(Dr’s say no concern and no found heart probs) clear ultrasound of liver,heart,gall bladder, etc, all basic blood urine and stool tests plus extra thyroid tests, rheumatoid arthritis,lyme disease, celiac, HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydiae, and parasite tests and more.—— all normal so far! (w/ the exception of a slightly low sugar)
    *** im concerned my white blood cell counts are not showing up on tests accurately bc i must have SOME type of infection! LYMPHOMA, CANCER, HIV(that is not showing on test) BRAIN TUMOR! I DONT KNOW-SYPMTOMS ARE SO ALL OVER THE MAP!
    im stressed from all this worrying prb making my sypmtoms more severe and multiply, but i know something is wrong! SOMEONE ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME im seeing dr tom so hopefully some news(GOOD OR BAD AT THIS POINT IS GOOD TO ME!)

    • ANSWER:
      many of those symptoms lead to HIV, and it is not uncommon to have a negative test result when you are actually HIV positive. get retested.. but overall sounds like you just named everything you could think of.

      -vaginal discharge: normal
      -skin tags: normal
      -sores: possible STD
      - bump on cervix: might actually be the cervix, if you gyno can’t see it, im sure it’s fine
      - etc..

      start thinking about what’s changed recently versus worrying so much about the little things. that’s what confuses doctors, when you talk about 100 different things when really the worst symptom is the cause of everything else

      your thyroid problem is most likely causing your lymph nodes to be swollen, as well as most of the symptoms above

      as for the acne.. it is stress induced.. and you seem to be very stressed.

      i suggest stop taking so much medications, consult more doctors until you’re satisfied, they know what your blood work reveals, not us

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it my thyroid, colitis, or just anxiety?
    In 2006, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. After nearly 2 years on the meds, the Doc took me off, since I’m supposively supposed to be in remission. However, since my medicine has been reduced, I have been having a whole host of issues. My legs have been hurting, a general achyness from my knees to my ankles. I am extremely nauseous (no, I can’t be pregnant,) with diarrhea daily, sometimes up to 4 times a day. My tailbone is killing me and my abdomen is tender under my belly button. The constant nausea increases my anxiety. I’ve been to the Doctor several times over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been given ‘Prontonix,” an acid reducer, put on Celebrex, and had my BuSpar (anti-anxiety meds) increased. The Chriopractor says my coccyx is out of alignment and the Orthopedic thinks my legs hurt due to over usuage. I am on a few different tennis leagues, and I play about 3-4xs a week. He has scheduled me for an MRI to check for cysts and tumors on the coccyx, but thinks the likelyhood of finding any are slim. Primary care Doctor ordered a battery of blood test, all which came back normal, except for that my ANA (test for autoimmune disease) came back positive, but my Sed Rate was normal but on the high side of normal (12 with 0-15 being normal.) My TSH was back up from 2.5 in Aug to 0.67 last week, but my T-4 was normal. They are going to do more lab work to do an ANA reflex titer test which will break down the auto immune test to find out what it is that I have, but it could just be the thyroid showing up. Yesterday, I had an ultrasound on my abdomen, but haven’t received the results yet. I just feel as if I’m falling apart, and I’m only 30 years old! I’m wondering if this is possibly my hyperthyroidism rearing its ugly head again, some type of colitis, or perhaps after 6 years of being on the same antianxiety meds, they just aren’t doing the job anymore. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I too have Graves Disease. The best way to find out if it is that again is to go for a blood test. Talk to your doctor about it. Stress is also a likely factor. Symptoms of stress are widely varied and affect different people in different ways. But please have your thyroid checked. Good Luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    Could i have an autoimmune disease?
    I was diagnosed as suffering from hypothyroidism (extremely underactive thyroid) in march and im still going through the process of getting my medication balance right, i believe its just about at the right level now but blood tests later this month will confirm hopefully. The docs think it was triggered as a result of my pregnancy (had my baby Nov 09) as the times tally up for symptoms etc. Lately though ive been catching many infections, especially in the last week ive had a urine infection, severe conjuctivitis and now i really think ive got a throat infection too, as well as a cold, my eyesight has deteriorated too which has led to me needing glasses as i have an astigmatism in one eye (which i know may not be connected) im just getting worried that there may be some underlying reason for all this, i know that an autoimmune disorder/disease can cause hypothyroidism, and the doctors told me my thyroid levels were at rock bottom, can anyone in medical career tell me if this could be the case please??

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroid patients show up with vitamin B12, iron and vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential as this steroid hormone activates the immune system. Child­birth can be a hor­mo­nal trig­ger for Hashimoto’s Disease and autoimmune pernicious anaemia is linked to this condition..unable to absorb vitamin B12 in the digestive tract. Vitamin B12 is essential to protect the myelin sheath (covering around the nerves) from damage. Blindness, double vision and blurred vision is a few of the many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

      I personally have autoimmune pernicious anaemia and i take under the tongue B12 spray daily. You haven’t mentioned any other symptoms so it may not be from this but it cannot hurt to check. Autoimmune pernicious anaemia is confirmed with a positive instrinsic factor and/or parietal cell antibody test. The first link is the recommended blood tests for anyone suffering hypothyroidism and what results to look for.

      Lab work:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      T4 meds don’t work:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

      Hasimoto’s disease:

      http://autoimmune.pathology.jhmi.edu/diseases.cfm?systemID=3&diseaseID=22

      Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms:

      http://b12d.net/book/export/html/29

  17. QUESTION:
    My 8 year old son has high Cholesterol (240), high LDL, but normal tryglicerides.?
    Doc has refered us to an Endocrinologist. I am not finding a whole lot of helpful info online about this. Everything I’m finding says “High Cholesterol, high LDL, and High Tryglicerides lead to…yada, yada, yada, and then it goes on to say that basically the child should lose weight!! My child is 8 years old, and 69 pounds!! The only thing I’ve found that kept popping up is Adrenal Gland growths and other problems w/the adrenal glands. We putt him on fish oil when we got the diagnosis and 2 months after we had his Cholesterol retested and it was HIGHER! Now it’s even higher and he DOES NOT eat fried foods. He excersises and eats right, I don’t understand!! It is really scarring me now and I don’t know what to do. The doctors are always quick to say “It may be this, or it may be nothing” and then we have to WAIT forever it seems.

    He tested negative for diabetes and Thyroid disease. I have autoimmune Thyroid disease (Fun Fun!) and my family has a history of Gland problems.

    Just so you know a little of his symptoms, 2 years ago he went from a “Normal” child to I knew something was wrong but doc’s won’t test based on “My child just isn’t acting right, I know something’s wrong”. He started getting migranes (Had a CT or 2 not tumors), Moody as all get out, ADHD got worse (WAY worse), started getting into fights at school, went from an honor roll student to failing in two classes, 3 times on routine physicals they have found protein in his urine but after the 24 hour urine they say it’s fine, rashes/hives come and go, nervousness, he can go from hyper to tired/sleepy in no time at all, he sleeps well most nights but others not at all, hearing difficulties (but his hearing test is fine), blurred vision, and I’m sure I’m forgetting something but it’s been a rollercoaster.

    Someone please give me some lead to go on here, I’ve researched the adrenal glands and he doesn’t have those symptoms so I don’t understand?? Someone please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Have they done a pituitary MRI (with and without contrast)? CTs don’t always pick up the pituitary very well. What are his cortisol test results? Those would be off too if he has adrenal problems. They may have ruled out pituitary problems based on the normal thyroid result but be aware that if he too has an autoimmune thyroid problem, if the pituitary is making it go down and autoimmune up (or is it the other way, cant remember) it may look normal. This happened to me…I have Hashimotos and a severe pituitary disorder and my thyroid results showed normal. The Drs ruled out pituitary disorder and delayed treatment until I found a good endo who figured it out. Some of his symptoms sound pituitary…brain fog, fatigue, etc. But rash doesn’t fit. Maybe some other autoimmune disorder.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my thyroid hormone results?
    After losing quite a lot of hair for 8 months I finally pushed for some blood tests suspecting a thyroid problem and discovered that my TSH was 4.2 U/mL (0.3 – 3.0 U/mL) and my T4 level was 12 pmol/L (10 – 23 pmol/L). My doctor didn’t seem very sure as to what course of action to follow as he described it as only slightly under active and decided that I should come back for a second blood test.

    I returned today for blood test number two and my doctor prescribed me 25 micrograms of Eltroxin and depending on the results of the blood test, I will have to take it.

    I was hoping to possibly get a second opinion from someone who might know a little more about it than me.

    I’ll be 19 next month and I’m moving away to University next week so I’m wondering how it might have an effect on my day to day life.
    I’m a healthy weight, but I have found it slightly easier to gain a pound or two in recent months and a lot more difficult to lose it, I find myself being exhausted during the day for a few hours and then completely fine a while after (without having consumed food) and I’ve noticed my memory and concentration has gotten a little worse too (simple words for day to day items seem to just vanish from my mind sometimes). However I don’t have any signs of goitre.

    I was also wondering if anyone else had experienced a lot of hairloss at the same level of under activity I have?

    I’ve considered that I may have Hashimoto’s but apparently here in Europe people are more likely to have Ord’s Thyroiditis, which is similiar to Hashimoto’s but instead of an enlarged thyroid, the thyroid shrinks. There isn’t very much information online about it though.
    (I want to get a thyroid antibody test to find out if I do have an autoimmune disease but I’m moving in a few days and I won’t be able to see my doctor for another blood test until late October.)
    I live in Ireland :)
    With that measurement for T4 I believe I’m 0.9
    My hair loss shows no signs of stopping and has gotten more severe in recent months, I’m afraid that If I postpone getting treatment, I’ll end up with very little hair, It’s already extremely thin.

    • ANSWER:
      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      With Hashi's (main cause of hypOthyroidsim) the thyroid often is NOT enlarged...It is that the body is attacking the thyroid.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have a bacterial infection? Whats wrong with me?
    Im 19 and here are My symptoms; severe stomach pain mostly in my lower abdomen, nausea, feeling really full, bloating, weight loss, fatigue, loss of apetite,sometimes a weird burning feeling in my tummy that could be acid but idk and i ALWAYS belch 24/7 all day every day. I think I may have gastritis cause by a bacterial infection called H pylori. I have the symptoms but im not really sure. I have been back and forward to the doctor over 4 years and had many test done including IBS test, Celiac disease test, thyroid diesase test, a colonoscopy and biopsy and several blood test that have all came back negitive despitean abnormality in my autoimmune blood test and I am anemic. So do you think I have gastritis? What are some test that can confirm and what is the treatment? Serious answers only please. I am so tired of feeling sick and not knowing why or what to do about it. I just want my normal life back. Thanks :-)

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    For those with Crohn’s disease?
    In order to have Crohn’s must you have blood in your stool? I was on a site yesterday that said that you can also have red burning eyes during an attack and arthritis in joints which I get along with horrible abdominal and intestinal pain. I do not deal with D, nor have I ever experienced blood (I was diagnosed with IBS but they did no tests or colonoscopy…nothing). Is that one of the trademarks of the disease, or can you have that without experiencing it. If so I’ll go for more thorough testing. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis which is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid and I also know that having an autoimmune disease raises your risk for developing another autoimmune disease.

    I also wonder if blood work would show the possibility of having it.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no single blood test that shows you have Crohn’s disease. But there are many markers that indicate a possibility of having Crohn’s with other signs and symptoms. Having Hashimoto’s disease would probably increases the chances of having other autoimmune diseases but it not necessarily Crohn’s disease.

      Also, you don’t have to have blood in stool with Crohn’s. Blood in stool is common with Crohn’s but more common in ulcerative colitis.

      I am a pharmacist and Crohn’s patient in full remission. If you need to ask more questions, go to this Crohn’s forum:

      http://www.journey-with-crohns-disease.com/health-questions.html

      All the best to you

  21. QUESTION:
    What autoimmune disease could I have?
    I recently went to the doctor and they ran many tests. However, these tests wont be in for another week and I really would like to look online about some of the diseases or disorders I may/may not have. I told my doctor my symptoms, which included:

    -Back Pain
    -Dry Mouth
    -Skin rash on hips, face, stomach, butt.
    -Weight loss
    -Fever
    -Cold/Hot when other people are fine.
    -More prone to infections
    -Constipation
    -Trouble falling asleep/staying asleep
    -Difficulty fighting infections

    I also have cysts on various organs as well as an underactive thyroid.
    Any idea?
    I also bruise more easily than before.
    And forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, etc.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Does Insulin Resistance or too much insulin in the bloodstream make you fat?
    I’m going to be doing some blood tests to see why I’m thirsty and peeing all the time. In the meantime, the doctor told me to read up on Diabetes Insipidus, Diabetes Mellitus and even Psychogenic Polydipsia.

    I’m 46 and have always been very active. I lift weights and run about 25 – 30 miles per week. I’ve been experiencing CRAZY thirst since July and I’ve also noticed that I’ve been getting fat around the middle. My diet hasn’t changed (if anything, sometimes I don’t think I eat enough). No one in my family has diabetes, although I have an autoimmune thyroid disease.

    I suppose that the belly fat can also be attributed to middle-age spread, but I’m not overweight. I don’t know yet if I have some type of diabetes, but I’m wondering if the belly fat, in addition to the increased thirst and the frequent peeing points to a diabetes diagnosis?

    PS It didn’t occur to me to mention the belly fat to my new doctor when I saw him a week ago. I guess I’ll mention it when I see him for the blood test results. I’d sure appreaciate some comments from anyone who’s experienced something similar.

    Thanks!!
    I should also add that I’ve been having leg pain/muscle cramps which I also didn’t mention to the doctor because I just assumed they were musculoskeletal related (maybe running related).

    Sorry to be so long-winded.

    • ANSWER:
      For info on Diabetes go to Blood Sugar 101. http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

      Insulin resistance causes weight gain.Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight – for most people, excess weight is from high fat storage; the fat in IR is generally stored in and around abdominal organs in both males and females. It is currently suspected that hormone production in that fat are a precipitating cause of insulin resistance

      Primary polydipsia or psychogenic polydipsia is a special form of polydipsia. It is usually associated with a patient’s increasing fluid intake due to the sensation of having a dry mouth.

      When the term “psychogenic polydipsia” is used, it implies that the condition is caused by mental disorders. However, the dry mouth is often due to phenothiazine medications used in some mental disorders, rather than the underlying condition.Psychogenic polydipsia is a type of polydypsia described in patients with mental illnesses and/or the developmentally disabled. It is present in a subset of people with schizophrenia. These patients, most often with a long history of illness, exhibit enlarged ventricles and shrunken cortex on MRI, making the physiological mechanism difficult to isolate from the psychogenic. It is a serious disorder and often leads to institutionalization as it can be very difficult to manage outside the inpatient setting. It should be taken very seriously – it can be life threatening as serum sodium is diluted to an extent that seizures and cardiac arrest can occur. Patients have been known to seek fluids from any source possible.

      Leg muscle cramps, particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes.

      You could also buy a Glucometer at walmart for and test yourself for Diabetes.

      Diabetes Insipidus is divided into four types, each of which has a different cause and must be treated differently. The most common type of DI is caused by a lack of vasopressin, a hormone that normally acts upon the kidney to reduce urine output by increasing the concentration of the urine.

      Take care

      Tin

  23. QUESTION:
    i have a question for anyone who could answer a question about throats problems.?
    I have a goiter in the middle of my throat, so about 2 months ago I got it. I went to the doctors and they did an ultrasound got the size of it, and then made an appointment with a throat doctor. They did two tests one for thyroid disease, and the other for autoimmune disease. I didn’t have either and they basically just said we did those tests and now that’s it. So I am living with it, it is not fun it really affects my throat. I feel a lot of pressure on my throat, every time I swallow, eat, and drink it is so uncomfortable and It is starting to hurt. What I want to know is should I complain and try and find a different doctor. I just don’t see how they cant do something.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Hi just sharing my thyroid problems to see if someone had same experience and outcome.?
    I had a blood test about 6 months ago which showed slighlty elevated T4, and normal TSH, pathologist suggested repeating blood test 4 – 6 weeks later.

    Second blood test showed slightly high T4 almost insignificant 19.2 pmol/L – Range (10.0 – 19.0)
    And Low TSH: 0.16 mIU/L – Range (0.50 – 4.00). This blood test was done in April this year. (2011)

    However not many symptoms apart from not sleeping well, and shaky hands (Have had shaky hands for years though, so not sure if its because of this).
    Feeling unusually hot and moody. Doctor did not prescribe any meds, didnt think i needed them. (I didnt either, sysmptoms were not too bad). He did give me a form to get blood test done around end of may. (symptoms still the same in may, not too bad, so didnt do blood test)

    Went to see other doctor, around early August, because my symptoms were getting a little worse. (By the way both docs are not endocrinologists). I told him the story so far, and he thought I should take meds for a week and see how i felt. He prescribed Neo-Mercazole – 5mg twice daily. ( I didn’t buy them, so still taking no meds at this time) He asked me to show him my blood test request i got from the first doctor, and he added a test to check for thyroid antibodies.

    Still I thought I would wait and see if everything went back to normal, so left it till the 17th of this month (Oct – 2011) Yesterday to do third blood test. My symptoms have progressively got worsew.
    Feeling hot almost every day, trouble concentrating sometimes, sleep is crap, more moody than before, still shaky hands (not very bad though), eys sometimes feel irritated and sting a little (havnt noticed any swelling, just irritated eyes), just an overall feeling of disconfort)

    Got my results today:
    TSH normal – 0.66 Range (0.50-4.00) Previous test in april was 0.16
    Doc didnt check for T4, or T3 levels this time though???? Dnt know why??? Would ve thought he would want tpo check them again to compare.

    Antibodies:

    Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase: Little high – 88 kIU/L – Range (<60)
    Anti-Thyroidglobulin: Normal - 37 kIU/L - Range (<60)

    Pathologist said these are markers for autoimmune diseases like Hashimotos and Graves disease. However they are also detected in healthy people.

    So my symptoms are getting a little worse, tests are very inconclusive!! and no T4 or T3 levels tested this time.

    Should I start on the neo-mercazole? I bought them today before i got my results because i was sure that my hormone levels would be high, but doc only tested for TSH.

    Very long story I know, but thought that i need to put the whole story to give a better picture of what has been happening so far.

    Hoipe someone out there has had a similar thing happen to them, any suggestions stories would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      Find a doctor who can say ‘you have Hashimotos’. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between hyper & hypo at start)…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for a pregnant woman to drink infant formula?
    I would think not….

    Aluminum

    <5-45 ug/l in breast milk
    557-2,346 ug/l in soy formula
    Aluminum interferes with cellular metabolic processes and information transfer from DNA

    Silicon

    55.45ng/ml in milk of mothers with silicone implants
    51.05ng/ml in milk of mothers without implants
    746-13,811 ng/ml in 26 brands of formula tested for silicon
    The effect of large amounts of silicon on an infant is unknown

    Cadmium

    Cadmium is a highly toxic metal that can cause kidney damage in high amounts. Neurotoxic effects such
    as psychomotor disturbances, behavioral and cognitive disorders have been demonstrated in animal models
    with low-dose exposure. Cadmium levels can be 6 times higher in soy formula compared to milk- based
    formula. Cadmium is also found in cereals with the exposure of dietary cadmium from weaning diets up to
    12 times higher in children fed infant formula compared to breast milk.
    Genetically engineered corn and soy
    Detected in Alsoy (Carnation/Nestle), Similac Neocare (Ross Labs), Isomil (Ross Labs), Prosobee (Mead
    Johnson)
    Transgenic ingredients pose the risk of introducing novel toxins, new allergens, and increased antibiotic
    resistance to infants. The FDA does not require labeling of genetically engineered foods, so parents will
    remain unaware that their baby is consuming transgenic ingredients

    MSG (processed free glutamic acid and processed free aspartic acid)

    These are known neurotoxins found in a number of infant formulas. Because the blood brain barrier is not
    fully developed in infants, these neurotoxins are more accessible to the infant brain than the adult brain.
    The highest levels of these neurotoxins were found in hypoallergenic formulas. Because no studies have
    been done on the long term outcomes of infants fed on hypoallergenic formulas it is unknown if they
    will exhibit more learning disabilities at school age, and/or more endocrine disorders such as obesity, and
    reproductive disorders, later in life.

    Phytoestrogens

    Phytoestrogens are endocrine disruptors found in soy formulas. Infants fed soy formula can have circulating
    phytoestrogen concentrations that are 13,000-22,000 times higher than normal levels in early life. These
    bioactive compounds can create steroid hormone imbalance, compete with enzymes that metabolize steroids,
    drugs and xenobiotics, and can influence gonadal function. Genistein can be carcinogenic if exposure
    occurs during critical periods of differentiation. Soy formula has been linked to premature thelarche (breast
    development in infants and girls under eight years of age). Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) also act on the
    thyroid gland. They are well known inducers of goiter and anti-thyroid agents. They act against the thyroid
    by inhibition of thyroid peroxidase. Children with autoimmune thyroid disease were three times more likely
    to have been fed soy formula in infancy.
    2

    Phthalates and Bisphenol-A

    These are endocrine disrupting industrial chemicals. Phthalates are used as plasticisers and are testicular
    toxins as well as estradiol imitators.
    Bisphenol-A is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and has been found in plastic baby bottles.
    It can leach from the container and has been known to be estrogenic since 1938. Bisphenol-A resins are
    used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans. With a high affinity for fatty products, it has
    been shown to leach into the content of cans during the autoclaving process, including cans of milk based
    infant formula.
    Contaminants in water used to reconstitute concentrated and powdered formula

    Lead

    Lead in water used to reconstitute formula can cause elevations in blood lead levels if used from the hot
    water tap or boiled. Boiling concentrates lead. There is a 6 point IQ drop for every 10ug increase in blood
    lead levels.

    Nitrates

    Infants fed formula reconstituted with nitrate-contaminated water are at risk for potentially fatal methemoglobinemia.
    Nitrates are converted to nitrites by the baby resulting in hemoglobin being converted to
    methemoglobin that cannot bind molecular oxygen. This risk increases if babies under six months are also
    fed baby food with high concentrations of nitrates such as green beans and bananas.

    Atrazine

    Atrazine is a weed killer that causes mammary and uterine cancer in rats. In the cities and towns with
    the worst tap water contamination, formula-fed babies who consume reconstituted formula would receive a
    lifetime dose of this chemical in the first four months of their lives.

    Bacteria

    Significant bacterial contamination can occur during home preparation of powdered infant formula.
    Reconstituted formula stored in the refrigerator shows increasing bacterial counts over time

    • ANSWER:
      makes me glad im a breastfeeder….but then again i was formula fed….i wonder how that affects my milk now…?

  26. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Is it lupus?
    So I have been dealing with being seriously sick for over two years now. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease and celiac disease. I have been on a gluten free diet for about three months now and thyroid medication for about 1 year but nothing has changed, if anything it has gotten worse. I have a huge feeling that it is lupus but I was tested for it and it was negative. Could it be a false negative or do I have something else? These are my symptoms:
    Fever
    Extreme Fatigue (I cant even go to school anymore I’m so tired)
    Weakness
    Bad Muscle Aches
    Joint Pain
    Lack of appetite
    Depression
    Sun Sensitivity
    Heart pains when i breathe deep
    Hair loss
    Mild case of anemia
    Anxiety
    Chills
    Trouble Breathing
    Headache
    Dizziness
    Stomach pain
    Trouble focusing
    Memory problems

    What should I do? I need to figure this out soon cause i cant keep living like this.
    Its not thyroid disease because my levels are in the normal range. Also I’ve been tested for mono more than once and it has come back negative. Its also not
    MS because I was tested for that and it was negative, I also don’t have the same symptoms as MS

    • ANSWER:
      wow..
      It sounds like you have… everything.

      Ask Dr.House.

  27. QUESTION:
    autoimmune diseases?
    was diagnosed at age 31 with Graves Disease. The symptoms came on suddenly and severely. I was put on the medications used for Graves Disease and also the symptoms the Graves Disease was causing such as high blood pressure. Then I started getting severe hives to the point of having to be rushed to the ER because they were in my throat.

    Three endocrinologists later it was determined by the majority that I was allergic to the Graves Disease medication and I should get radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid. I was told that my increased heart rate, increased blood pressure etc. was life-threatening so I consented to the RAI.

    I am now 35 years old and the journy to finding out exactly what is wrong with me continues. My thyroid eventually bottomed out after receiving the RAI, so I had all of those symptoms. I am currently on Synthroid 175 MCG. Then I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Then I developed insulin resistance. I am now on Janumet to control the insulin resistance. Last year I developed severe chronic anemia and had to get 9 rounds of IV iron infusions. For the last two years I have been going to my endocrinologist every three months because something always goes wrong. I had a bout of severe intestinal distress and kept nothing down for three weeks and celiac disease was ruled out by and colonoscopy. Between April and today I have lost 40 pounds. My latest round of blood work shows that I have diabetes insepidus (sp) which is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland. I also have a chronic UTI infection for the last four months, increased white blood count in my urine, chronic fatigue, horrible moods, achy joints and bones, and a general feeling of being confused and aggitated.

    Anyone have any clues as to what I should do next? the endocrinologist ran some kind of blood work panel – -I believe called and ADH panel and I will get it back next week and then he wants to send me for an MRI. It was also shown that my thyroid is now overactive again even though technically I am not supposed to have a thyroid.

    What are other options or other tests I should ask for. The doctors seem so confused with what is going on with me because with regard to the autoimmune diseases it is confusing. The third endocrinologist I have been seeing came highly recommended because he is used as an expert witness related to autoimmune disorderes in court cases.

    Thanks for any help or guidance.

    • ANSWER:
      I urge you to go to the nearest University Hospital (generally near a Medical School) for help. You now have several systems involved & you will go broke in bod & in dollars before long.

      You’ll get the latest, best treatment for all your difficult problems there. They’ll help you find ways to meet the costs. You can also consider treatment overseas (India is very good, while reasonable in cost [even including food, flights, lodging + they speak English)! Be prepared to spend a lot of time & have a lot of patience; you already must be doing that anyhow… Honestly, just do it! Good luck! :)

  28. QUESTION:
    How to find the right thyroid doctor for Hashimotos?
    I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis via bloodtests and my symptoms that have appeared (both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid symptoms). I am currently on hormone replacement, which doesn’t make sense to me since I have an autoimmune disease. Just because I am on hormone replacement doesn’t mean my immune system isn’t attacking my thyroid, does it? I have a ton of questions that my endocrinologist (who I see only 8 months) is not answering very well. I am only 16 and my mom isn’t giving me much help on this. I want to see a new endocrinologist because I am on 75 MCG Synthroid and when I am on the medicine I feel horrible, it gives me severe headaches and I feel nauseated and too hot. I last visited her in March 2011, complained of my headaches, nausea, hotness, motion sickness, etc and she switched my medicine to Synthroid (I was on Levothyroxine before). I also had another blood test and my results came back normal. I am tired of being sick and tired. I am tired of calling the hospital and they are too busy. I am not getting my questions answered. I feel horrible on this medicine. I don’t care if my levels are “normal”. I want them to find out what the real problem is!
    Yeah.. like eating the right FOODS is going to help my immune system from killing my thyroid… no thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hashimoto’s IS the REAL PROBLEM! There is no cure & you HAVE TO stay on the thyroid replacement hormones meds for life. The sooner you realize this, the better. You may have had your disease found before the many terrible symptoms had ever started … good for you! Those symptoms are from the disease rather than the treatment. (Most people do better on the brand name Synthroid). Results coming back ‘normal’ indicates that the treatment is working… DO NOT stop it. It may go ‘abnormal’ again before getting ‘normal’ and staying there. It takes time to get better.

      I totally understand ‘tired of being sick and tired’…you are not alone. This has become like an epidemic in this country & MANY people are not fortunate enough to have found a real doctor & gotten diagnosed & started on treatment.

      Here is some good info to help you understand your disease better:
      TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless you. I pray that you will soon feel better.

  29. QUESTION:
    Looking for A Diagnosis … Does anyone have similar symptoms?
    Here is a list of symptoms I have. All symptoms have become present within the last 3 years, except for asthma. I have had asthma my whole life. I am looking for answers because any research I have done and doctors I have seen have not been able to diagnosis me with the underlying cause.

    -asthma
    -MRSA (several outbreaks, last one was 1 1/2 years ago)
    -Severe skin rash on hands and feet (dermatologist refers to as
    dermatitis)
    -eczema
    -Alopecia
    -Hives
    -Urinary Tract Infections
    -tingling in hands and feet
    -moody

    I just got a call from my doctor, informing me that the tests I took most recently all came back negative. These tests included thyroid, autoimmune, anemia, and celiac disease.

    All symptoms started to appear about 3 years ago when I had pneumonia. At the same time, I had my first outbreak of MRSA (which appeared in 3 separate places at once) and this is when my hair started to fall out (Alopecia).

    I am becoming more and more upset about my health problems because I cannot find any answers. I do not know what is the cause for all these issues. I am lost with where to turn next, so I am asking this to the public to see if anyone else is in a similar situation or knows what I have.

    I absolutely appreciate any answers or stories.

    Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Your Answer:
      Possibly adrenal insufficiency, iodine deficiency, and maybe thyroid.
      Take your temperature several times a day and if it varies quite a bit, that’s a sign of adrenal issues. Also, shine a light across your eyes in a dark room. If the pupils do not stay constricted, pulse, and/or ‘wobble’, that is another sign of adrenal issues. Please see:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adr…

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ald…

      If your normal body temperature is below 98.2 degrees F, you may also have a thyroid issue. Tests for thyroid “should be” the
      Free T3 and Free T4, and they should be near the tops of their ranges with the Free T3 slightly higher thn the Free T4. If you only had a TSH run, it should ideally be “almost zero” or below 1. Please see:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      Also: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/fer…

      Iodine info:

      http://www.iodine4health.com

      http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/iodin…

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/iod… <---this group has a ton of info in the files section.

      I certainly hope this information helps somewhat.

  30. QUESTION:
    Sinus or gland right below bottom gums?
    I’m sick and my teeth hurt really bad. The glands on my throat and chin are swollen. My top teeth hurt, so I found some pics of sinuses and found that my maxillary sinuses are swollen and creating pressure on my gums. Are their any sinuses or glands directly below my botton teeth. My bottom teeth mostly hurt on the right side, and my glands on my chin on the right side are not nearly as swollen but hurt real bad when you touch it. On the left side on my chin, the gland is swollen, but before it was larger for like 2-4 weeks.
    Do I have a gland beneath my bottom teeth. If it helps, I went to the doctor the day before yesterday and was negative for strep throat (My throat hurts like hell, the doc said it was disgusting and I has “puss pockets” and inflammation) I was tested for mono and came back negative too. So I either have a flu or another virus. Please answer my question please, if you could help me with what I have or if I have glands there it would help. ps: Me and my sister may have a thyroid autoimmune disease, or lupus.

    • ANSWER:
      hmm well you do have multiple salivary glands in your mouth, including one located under your tongue – is that where you feel the pain?
      i recently learnt in one of my classes that there is a virus, the mumps virus which targets the parotid and salivary glands however you were likely immunized against that as a child.
      it could possibly just be the flu

  31. QUESTION:
    If it’s not hashimoto’s, what is it?
    For two years I have suffered with hypothyroid symptoms and eighteen months ago I developed a lump on my thyroid.

    Hashimoto’s thyroiditis runs in my family, my Mum was diagnosed at 32 and both my aunt and my Nana have it. I have TPO antibodies but my thyroid function tests have always been within reference range, therefore my GP says I don’t have hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an underactive thyroid or an autoimmune disease and I don’t need to be treated with thyroxine.

    My symptoms include; extreme tiredness, always very cold, dry skin, weight gain, hair loss, swollen ankles, puffy face, breathlessness, achey muscles, joint pain, tingly/numbness in fingers and toes, heavy periods, irritability, forgetfulness and weak/breaking nails.

    If it isn’t hashimoto’s, what could be wrong with me? I feel like I’m about seventy but I’m 33. I used to be very fit and active, now I struggle to climb the stairs.

    • ANSWER:
      What you just described is hypothyroidism. Here are some of the symptoms:
      Less stamina than others
      Less energy than others
      Long recovery period after any activity
      Inability to hold children for very long
      Arms feeling like dead weights after activity
      Chronic Low Grade Depression
      Suicidal Thoughts
      Often feeling cold
      Cold hands and feet
      High cholesterol
      Bizarre and Debilitating reaction to exercise
      Hard stools
      Constipation
      No eyebrows or thinning outer eyebrows
      Dry Hair
      Hair Loss
      Dry cracking skin
      Nodding off easily
      Requires naps in the afternoon
      Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time
      Forgetfulness
      Foggy thinking
      Inability to lose weight
      Always gaining weight
      Inability to function in a relationship with anyone
      NO sex drive
      Moody periods
      PMS
      Excruciating pain during period
      Nausea
      Swelling/edema/puffiness
      Aching bones/muscles
      Osteoporosis
      Bumps on legs
      Acne on face and in hair
      Breakout on chest and arms
      Hives
      Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional
      Inability to work full-time
      Inability to stand on feet for long periods
      Complete lack of motivation
      Slowing to a snail’s pace when walking up slight grade
      Extremely crabby, irritable, intolerant of others
      Handwriting nearly illegible
      Internal itching of ears
      Broken/peeling fingernails
      Dry skin or snake skin
      Major anxiety/worry
      Ringing in ears
      Lactose Intolerance
      Inability to eat in the mornings
      No hair growth, breaks faster than it grows
      Joint pain
      Carpal tunnel symptoms
      No Appetite
      Fluid retention to the point of Congestive Heart Failure
      Swollen legs that prevented walking
      Blood Pressure problems
      Varicose Veins
      Dizziness from fluid on the inner ear
      Low body temperature
      Raised temperature
      Tightness in throat; sore throat
      Swollen lymph glands
      Allergies (which can also be a result of low cortisol–common with hypothyroid patients)
      sore feet (plantar fascitis); painful soles of feet
      now how do I put this one politely….a cold bum, butt, derriere, fanny, gluteus maximus, haunches, hindquarters, posterior, rear, and/or cheeks. Yup, really exists.

      By the way, my own experinence is that I was also in range whenever I was tested. However, I would go from hypo to hyperthyroid. It took my surgeon to finally diagnose me with Hashimoto’s over my Endo. I ended up have a total thyroidectomy due to a multi-nodule goiter caused by Hashi’s plus an iodine deficiency. I’m going to include a great web site for you to check out on all of this.

  32. QUESTION:
    What connections are there between hypothyroidism and sinus problems?
    My son has been diagnosed with HSP and, as a result, kidney disease. It is believed that some autoimmune disorder is the cause. He takes prednisone and still suffers illness from coughing and sinus congestion. I have hypothyroidism and was wondering if this might be the cause for his problems as well. His thyroid tests came back on the low side of normal range which mine did as well. They treated me anyway. Please help.
    Please note that I do not feel that my hypothyroidism is like a virus attacking his body. I want to know if he might have hypothyroidism. I know that my condition is not contagious.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think that you having hypothyroidism is the cause for your son’s Henoch-Schloin Purpura. True, both hypothyroidism and HSP have an autoimmune cause, but I don’t think that your hypothyroidism is causing your son’s sinus problems directly. You can ask your doctor to provide you with more literature and maybe do some searches yourself. Hope this helps.

  33. QUESTION:
    autoimmune questions (regarding my health)?
    I was diagnosed at age 31 with Graves Disease. The symptoms came on suddenly and severely. I was put on the medications used for Graves Disease and also the symptoms the Graves Disease was causing such as high blood pressure. Then I started getting severe hives to the point of having to be rushed to the ER because they were in my throat.

    Three endocrinologists later it was determined by the majority that I was allergic to the Graves Disease medication and I should get radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid. I was told that my increased heart rate, increased blood pressure etc. was life-threatening so I consented to the RAI.

    I am now 35 years old and the journy to finding out exactly what is wrong with me continues. My thyroid eventually bottomed out after receiving the RAI, so I had all of those symptoms. I am currently on Synthroid 175 MCG. Then I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Then I developed insulin resistance. I am now on Janumet to control the insulin resistance. Last year I developed severe chronic anemia and had to get 9 rounds of IV iron infusions. For the last two years I have been going to my endocrinologist every three months because something always goes wrong. I had a bout of severe intestinal distress and kept nothing down for three weeks and celiac disease was ruled out by and colonoscopy. Between April and today I have lost 40 pounds. My latest round of blood work shows that I have diabetes insepidus (sp) which is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland. I also have a chronic UTI infection for the last four months, increased white blood count in my urine, chronic fatigue, horrible moods, achy joints and bones, and a general feeling of being confused and aggitated.

    Anyone have any clues as to what I should do next? the endocrinologist ran some kind of blood work panel – -I believe called and ADH panel and I will get it back next week and then he wants to send me for an MRI. It was also shown that my thyroid is now overactive again even though technically I am not supposed to have a thyroid.

    What are other options or other tests I should ask for. The doctors seem so confused with what is going on with me because with regard to the autoimmune diseases it is confusing. The third endocrinologist I have been seeing came highly recommended because he is used as an expert witness related to autoimmune disorderes in court cases.

    Thanks for any help or guidance.

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds like a case study that I had in gross anatomy. I am not a doctor but I have several med school classes and several classes associated with immunology. In the case that I had the 40 year old woman had a small tumor on her pituitary gland and she was being treated for graves disease, thyroid problems, and was having issues associated with diabetes. I would recommend that you seek the advice of an oncologist or rhumitologist (dont know if this is the correct spelling). If by chance it turns out to be a tumor on your pituitary gland the surgery to remove it is a fairly simple and effective surgery. I wish I could be of more help, but maybe this will give you something to check in to. I wish you the best and hope they can get it figured out.

  34. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism question for experts.?
    Why would my ANA ( antinuclear antibodies, an autoimmune disease) be negative, yet my thyroid peridoxase antibody test be so high, 221 with normal range being less than 35? This 221 shows I possibly have hoshimoto’s, but then why wouldn’t my ANA be positive if I have antibodies supposedly attacking my thyroid. Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Take a look at this study…there’s a small percentage like you

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&list_uids=17519851&cmd=Retrieve&indexed=google

      Do you have lupus by any chance? What is your TSH level? Free T4?
      This can explain your high TPOAb levels: http://www.medicinenet.com/thyroid_peroxidase_test/article.htm

      I’ll try to come up with more…I have to check my notes that are stored on my other computer from school a few yrs. ago.

      Feel better!

      P.S. Are you currently on any meds? Receiving any treatment or just newly diagnosed?

  35. QUESTION:
    Why do some people with autoimmune diseases have a problem with supplements that strengthen the immune system.?
    My husband has Grave’s disease. He was put on methimazole (tapazole) to combat the hyperthyroidism. He’s been on it for over a year now, starting at 30 mg., then 20, then 10, then 5, back to 10 and then off the medication. The medication controlled his symptoms but the thyroid stimulating hormone level was virtually zero for a long time. Then on the last two blood tests, while taking 10 mg. the hormone level was in the normal range for both the T3 and T4. This gave us hope. Then the doctor told my husband to go off the medication and come back in one month. In just one month the levels changed drastically – zero, and high (showing hyperthyroidism again). When trying to figure out why going off a low dose of the medication would have such a drastic effect, we remembered that we tried a new supplement that is supposed to greatly inhance the immune system. Grave’s disease is an autoimmune disease. I heard that the medication (tapazole) actually suppresses the immune system. We are now thinking that the new supplement that my husband was taking messed up my husband’s thyroid levels. Why is this so? And is there any other natural treatment for this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Autoimmune disorders are caused by the immune system being hyperactive in a way – instead of attacking germs, they attack the body. Taking something to INCREASE the immune system is the last thing that someone with an autoimmune disorder would typically want to do….especially anything that increases macrophagic*** activity…

      So yes, suppressing the immune response – would be what you want to do…

      Stop taking anything that would increase immunity for 3 months and then follow your doctors suggestion for the hormone titration.

      *** macrophages are part of the immune system that stimulate interleukin-1, it sounds the trumpet for the immune system to be on high alert – and in the case of those with autoimmune disorders, that means a sharp increase in symptom aggravation.

      In case you want to learn more…

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrophage

      Herbs that would do that include Astragulus, echinecea, guggul, nettle, (and gobs of others), and vitamins A, C and Zinc, and the amino acid arginine – those are just off the top of my head. Sorry about the spelling – its way past my bed time.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is going on? ( will choose best answer!)?
    For the past 6 or so months, I have had extreme fatigue, very easy bruising, also I had very low sodium at one point, but the last time they checked it went back up due to a medication I took for a short period of time (Florinef, for Addisons Disease.) Although, when I took it , my Aldestrone was lowered ( it was high before) but my Renin went up , so I was take off of it. My sodium however went back to normal. I was tested because I had dizziness when standing/laying down. I also had an absent menstrual cycle for almost two years, and am now on a birth control and finally have periods.

    What could be wrong? I am convinced it is an autoimmune disease. I have researched everything- I have an appointment with a new Endo, but it is not till Sept 15th. I intend on asking him to test me for everything possible.

    So here is a short list of the symptoms I had in the past 6months/or longer:
    SEVERE fatigue
    No menstrual cycle without birth control
    LOW sodium
    Easy bruising
    Also, I have recently had a boil that is very painful on my thigh.

    Thyroid diseases, and most adrenal diseases were ruled out, also pituitary diseases. So anything else would be helpful.

    Thanks.
    no im not, it is healthy to loose 70 pounds when you were 70 pounds overweight :) , and I am 18.

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis can do that to you.
      Check your pancreas, Kidney, Spleen, and most of all Liver.

      I have hepatitis and am in almost the same condition. I happen that I found on regular check up that I had hepatitis B. I believe that I contracted that working in fishing boats in Alaska.

      Too bad, life… the point is Doctors are also driving me crazy. They say everything is fine but in reality all my tests come out with some problems and yet they say everything is normal..

      So, my best suggestion: keep checking and asking questions…

  37. QUESTION:
    What could it be? ( will choose best answer.)?
    For the past 6 or so months, I have had extreme fatigue, very easy bruising, also I had very low sodium at one point, but the last time they checked it went back up due to a medication I took for a short period of time (Florinef, for Addisons Disease.) Although, when I took it , my Aldestrone was lowered ( it was high before) but my Renin went up , so I was take off of it. My sodium however went back to normal. I was tested because I had dizziness when standing/laying down. I also had an absent menstrual cycle for almost two years, and am now on a birth control and finally have periods.

    What could be wrong? I am convinced it is an autoimmune disease. I have researched everything- I have an appointment with a new Endo, but it is not till Sept 15th. I intend on asking him to test me for everything possible.

    So here is a short list of the symptoms I had in the past 6months/or longer:
    SEVERE fatigue
    No menstrual cycle without birth control
    LOW sodium
    Easy bruising
    Also, I have recently had a boil that is very painful on my thigh.

    Thyroid diseases, and most adrenal diseases were ruled out, also pituitary diseases. So anything else would be helpful.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      could be any number of things, HIV, Lupus…you need complete blood work and various tests. It is good that you are going to a new Dr.

  38. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and Your Thyroid?
    We all know that diabetes and thyroid disorders are both endocrine diseases and frequently autoimmune. Is it common for type 1s to also develop thyroid problems? I saw my endo yesterday and while everything was just fine (office blood sugar was 114 and I use a pump), my doctor took notice of my enlarged thyroid (something I never noticed). He asked me if I had gained some weight and I told him I had gained about 7 pounds in the last 6 weeks and my doctor also saw that my skin was really dry.

    Now, I have a appointment for a whole lot of blood work (mostly thyroid and vitamin levels, along with the usual metabolic panels, blood count and A1C). I was tested for thyroid problems about 12-13 years ago and while my levels were slightly out of range, they were nothing to be concerned about.

    So…hmmmm. I guess I’ll wait fot the bloodwork to come back and see if I need to be adding Synthroid to my daily medications. Oh well.

    EMT

    • ANSWER:
      There is a higher prevalence of hypothyroidism in diabetics.

      My daughter’s thyroid is checked annually.

  39. QUESTION:
    could i have a thyroid problem?
    I’m wondering why I’m not losing weight. You might be thinking (um, let’s see. Let me guess, you don’t exercise and you eat like crap), really that’s not the case. I play tennis, and I run 2 miles about two-three times a week. My average day consists of 2 eggs for breakfast, an apple, almonds, and veggies for lunch, banana and a few almonds for snack, an extremely light dinner of protein and veggies, and every now and then low fat frozen yogurt. Really, that’s it. I’m active. I play sports. I exercsie. Why can’t I lose weight?

    I researched a little about thyroid problems. My family has Celiac Disease, and i have the gene, so that’s an autoimmune disesase. Most of the other symptoms don’t seem to affect me. I mean, I get really cold when it’s hot and hot when it’s cold. Thyroid disease does not run in my family but I do gain weight inappropriatley. I often have joint pain in my ankle, but it’s not really anything crazy. My menstrual cycles are the most irregular ones I know, and i’ve had it for over three years. I’m really forgetful, shortness of breath, and I think I have very moderate tinnitus (especially when I’m tired or when I’m in a load room). I mean, most of those symptoms can be just coincedential, but what do you think? Should I get tested for hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Have your thyroid levels run… TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and thyroid antibodies.

      Having one autoimmune disorder leaves you with a higher risk of developing others.

      I’m also seeing that you might be undereating.. if you don’t eat enough food you can drop your metabolic rate to the point of causing your body to conserve calories, causing a weight gain. This is especially evident in folks that are dealing with low metabolic rates due to hypothyroidism… and can actually trigger poor thyroid gland function due to insufficient calorie intake OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME to affect thyroid hormone conversion.

      In folks with normal thyroid gland function, undereating causes weight loss to plateau… where weight loss stops.

      Getting the tests run will let you see where things are.. if it turns out your thyroid gland is truly fine, with proper TSH level and proper thyroid hormone levels, and no antibody… .then you can explore other possibilities from there.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have fibromyalgia without tender points?
    I have so many symptoms of it, it really started about 2 months later after having a flu like illness. I’ve had a CBC done, my sed rate checked, urine samples, stool samples, mri’s, ct scans, an HIV test (negative), electrolytes, thyroid, and a panel for celiac disease. Everything has come back normal. Onetime my WBC count was a little elevated (10.9), I had a fatty tissue in my head, but it had disappeared later and my celaic AGA levels were a little high, not too much. But I heard AGA tests aren’t even that reliable because they’re wrong a lot of the time. I had the HIV test done 7 months after getting cut at a manicurist’s and 3 months after one of my friend’s drank out of my soda can’s. I’m very paranoid about catching stuff. I even had an ANA screen done (antinuclear antibodies) to check for any presence of autoimmune diseases. I did get diagnosed with ehlers danlos syndrome (classical type) and I heard people with EDS can also develop FMS. So, is it possible to have fibromyalgia
    without any tender points? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is possible to have FMS without the doc finding TENDERPOINTS (not trigger points)

      this may be because the doc was a half inch off—I have not found a doc that is accurate at finding tehright spot–they will press-I’ll be fine–but if tehy move over a half inch-it’ll hurt..

      you need to address your mental helath issues before you even consider a fms diagnosis–HIV isn’t spread by sharign a soda can….

      i looked up ehlers danlos syndrome —it’s the symdrome itslef that is probably causing your symptoms—not another condition

      FMS is highly overdiagnosed by doctors who use it as a general label for pain..

      one thing you didn’t mention was a complete work up for MOno

      I had it for 3 months before a doc did a blood test–you need teh full mono panel (past infection, current, recovering) not teh simple positive negative test)

  41. QUESTION:
    Why am I always lightheaded and why do stores make it worse? HELP?
    I am re-posting this to a different section so that hopefully I can get more answers.

    Okay I am 20 years old (female), I am average weight (average BMI), I eat good, drink plenty of fluids including water, and sometimes when I am up to it I also exercise.

    I understand that this should be something to take up with a doctor but I’ve been without health insurance for quiet some time now and the last doctor I saw couldn’t diagnose it. I am just now hopefully going to be getting insurance again and wonder where I should start in terms of what to narrow down.

    What happens is I am lightheaded pretty much 24/7 to some degree…but it gets worse when I am up and about like making dinner or doing something else. When I go outside it gets worse…or when I go to stores or any other public place it gets so bad that I start to see black and feel very faint…I never have fainted but it feels like I really am going to! It all started in a grocery store 2 years ago out of NOWHERE I started to see black off and on and felt like I was going to pass out. Ever since then I have not been able to go into stores or other public places. I feel best when laying down.

    Is it the lighting? The people? I noticed that in areas of stores where there is a ton of stuff to look at on the shelves is when it is the WORST. Could it be my eyes?

    I am trying to narrow it down…and so far the only three things that make sense are Anxiety, Blood Pressure, or my eyes.

    I have Graves’ Disease which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid and causes hyperthyroidism. It is currently being treated and taken care of.

    I am on anti-anxiety for it but it doesn’t help at all…
    The only thing that helps (before my eyesight got bad) I wore sunglasses which helped me to not focus as much on things.

    I have had so many tests done, MRI of the brain, tilt table test, 24hour holtior monitor of my heart, tested for vertigo, tested for seizures, tested for diabetes, eyes have been checked (I have astigmatism) and tons of other blood work.

    I still want a couple more tests done (stress test, ferriten, and to see if I am anemic.)

    What the heck could this be?!?!

    I want nothing more than to be able to just go somewhere and eat or go shopping…the simple things again. It’s been too long that I have had this and doctors scratch their heads.

    The anxiety doesn’t make sense since I also get it when I am home alone with nothing to stimulate anxiety…and I feel calm and happy. However, when given Vicodin for pain one time it helped me a little bit which would make sense since it calms you;

    Thanks for your time!

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you suffer from an under active thyroid without gaining weight?
    I haven’t been officially diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, but I have a lot of the symptoms (fatigue, sluggishness, low immunity to illness, swollen throat and carpal tunnel syndrome), however I have never really had a problem with my weight! It can fluctuate but only slightly, is it possible to suffer from Hypothryroidism without weight gain?

    I am a student and I had a load of blood tests at the end of last term, one of which said that I had something wrong with my thryoid, but I thought I would wait until I go back in September to see the doctor again rather than re-register in my hometown. Does anyone know whether it’s dangerous to go without treatment? Because I have been feeling rapidly worse in the last week or so, I’ve barely got out of bed the past two days! It was only a few months ago I developed carpal tunnel sydrome and today I woke up with a puffy face! :-(

    Oh one more thing, my sister suffers from Systemic lupus erythematosus (which is an autoimmune disease) -is that relevant?

    Any help would be really appreciated! Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible. Weight gain is just one of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid, different people experience different symptoms. It may be that your metabolism is still going at a steady rate because of your young age. Do you have cold intolerance at all??

      It is relevant that your sister has SLE because different types of autoimmune disease can run in families. Certain forms of hypothyroidism can be from an autoimmune cause.

      If I were you I would go to your doctors at home. You shouldnt need to re-register, you can just sign in as a tempory patient. It doesnt sound fun being stuck in bed, and the right treatment can help you and make you feel 100% better.

      If I were you I would want to know what the thyroid results were and see that it is undereactive. It might be worth calling up the place where you had blood taken and see if they can give you any info over the phone. You GPs at home should be able to start you on thyroxine if that is what you need, and then your GPs at uni can take over the treatment. Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    High bilirubin and high AST on blood test…?
    I don’t remember the exact numbers but for bilirubin, the maximum reference range was 23 whereas I got 59. Not sure about AST but it was similarly as high compared to its reference range, maybe double or triple, can’t exactly remember.

    My symptoms include jaundice, thinning hair and possible low weight. This is probably Gilbert’s disease but the AST increase and the symptoms don’t match.

    I’m currently getting an ultrasound done, but does anyone know what it can be? I’ve searched the internet and it said that it might be autoimmune hepatitis. I’ve had a lot of blood tests done, including thyroid, rbc, hepatitis, iron, and all came out fine.

    Thanks.
    Hep A, B -> immune
    Hep C -> negative

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like some symptoms of hepatitis… maybe you should be re-tested.

  44. QUESTION:
    I tested positive for scleroderma 4 times!?
    I went to the doctor over a year ago complaining of aches & pains throughout my body, & joint pain,some other symptoms I had were- dizziness,muscle weakness, headaches,fatigue, swelling in feet,ankles,hands,& fingers, numbness & tingling in hands & feet,dry eyes, hands turn colors with cold or stress,hair loss, really bad heartburn, bouts of diarrhea then constipation & maybe some others but thats all I can think of right now. So anyways she did an ANA test on me & the only thing that came up positive was anti SCL-70 which she said it means I could have scleroderma.She wanted to make sure it wasn’t just a false positive, so she took it again a couple weeks later, still positive.So she sent me to a rheumatologist. He did no other testing just poked me with his fingers a bit in certain areas then said I have fibromyalgia. I was confused why I tested positive for scleroderma then he says its just fibromyalgia. My doctor didn’t agree either, so she sent me to a different rheumatologist, he talked to me for a little bit & also poked me in places to see if it hurt, but then he said he thinks it is just fibromyalgia. He explained that if you have another autoimmune dieases you can test positive for a different one, therefore it can be a false positive. He said since I have thyroid disease thats why it might have came up positive for scl-70. They also said they didn’t see any physical symptoms. Hmmm so I’m really confused now.So I asked my doctor to take one more test to make sure it was still positive & of course it was. But I trusted them. So I went on with my life. Months later I just kept feeling more sick, so I went back to my doctor she did another test for ANA & it came up positive again for SCL-70. But there are no other rheumatologists in my town that take my health ins. so I’ kinda at a dead end. I’m confused, My anti scl-70 was 203..I don’t know if that’s a high or low positve. Anyone with answers please help! Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Bobbie,
      Systemic sclerosis – SSc -can be difficult to diagnose as it can develop gradually and can take different forms. About 60% to 90% of those with scleroderma – systemic sclerosis – have a positive Antinuclear Antibody test – ANA – finding. In people who may have this condition, ANA subset tests can help distinguished two forms of the disease, ‘limited’ versus ‘diffuse.’ The diffuse form is more severe. Limited disease is most closely associated with the anticentromere pattern of ANA staining (and the anticentromere test), while the diffuse form is associated with autoantibodies to the anti–Scl-70. This appears, from your comments, to be related to your test results. Anti-Scl-70 positivity is useful in predicting those at higher risk for diffuse cutaneous involvement and interstitial fibrosis/restrictive lung disease, (although the latter has not been universally observed). In some cases, because Scleroderma causes hard areas of skin, your doctor may order a skin biopsy to aid in or help confirm a diagnosis. However, skin biopsies have their limitations, for example, a biopsy cannot distinguish between localized and systemic disease. As mentioned above, the systemic sclerosis type of scleroderma can also affect internal organs as well as the skin. There are many possible symptoms and problems that may develop with systemic sclerosis because the extent and severity of the disease can vary greatly from person to person. People with systemic sclerosis should have regular monitoring of blood pressure, blood and urine tests, and lung function, and should report any unexplained symptoms promptly to a doctor. Systemic sclerosis cannot be cured, but there are various treatments which can help. Newer treatments have improved the outlook for this condition. You would be advised to research a doctor who specialises in this subject and, if it is not your specialist/doctor, endeavour to obtain a consultation. I wish you well.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. – MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  45. QUESTION:
    Why can’t I stop feeling this way? Am I depressed?
    Lately, I’ve been very depressed. I’m normally very optimistic and over all enjoy life, see the silver lining. But i just can’t seem to be happy without faking it these days.

    It started about three weeks ago. I was very ill and went to doctors, expecting that i was over-reacting. But the doctor seemed very concerned about my symptoms and ordered tests for some very scary diseases, (including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, hepititus, cancer, thyroid problems, syphilus, STDs etc and worst of all, HIV). Looking up the symptoms online, its seems possible I could have any of those diseases, especally HIV which fits my symptoms perfectly. (the only reason why i’m not completely convinced yet is because I ALWAYS use protection, but sometimes condoms fail i guess…). Not only am i very concerned, but also very embarrassed. I feel so dirty and disgusted with myself. I wont be getting the results for another two weeks.

    Also, school has not been going very well. I lost my passion for my major, I always feel too tired or distracted to go to class, and ive started getting panic attacks in class (I have an anxiety disorder).

    Also, in august, my intense romance with a guy who i knew had a girlfriend, came to a terrible end when everything went wrong and he felt guilty cheating on her. I was so in love with this guy, and i know the feelings were mutual but he lives in another country (I met him here, then went to visit him there), we knew it couldnt work anyway living so far apart, but we decided to stay friends, because who knows what could happen in the future. But three weeks ago he stopped emailing me, just like that. I am so heartbroken, ive never loved anyone so much before.

    My friends are always busy with their boyfriends, school or work, I feel like I annoy them when i ask them to hang out, and i feel like they only see me out of pity.

    I haven’t had sex in over two months (guy above was the last). I feel so unattractive these days, stress has caused me to break out, and I have no interest in guys who hit on me, only those who i cant have. Ive never felt so ugly, incompetent, dirty, and undesirable.

    Yet, i just book a trip to Peru, my dream destination. I would have killed for this chance, and now… im barely excited. Whats wrong with me? What can i do????

    • ANSWER:
      Having helped a lot of friends get through Collage stress, it seems that is probably what you have. With the intense requirements for post-secondary education, a lot of people have great difficulty dealing with everything else going on in their life and the stress boils over.

      My best advice is to understand that this is likely what is going on, and that all those bad things you think about yourself aren’t true, you just haven’t had time to fully deal with other situations recently. Focus on your degree for now, and know that once you have it, you will have plenty of time to work with the other factors AND a good education to use as a foundation for your future.

      When you compare yourself to others, realize that you are likely focusing on some of their best traits. You’re probably overlooking many of the things they have sacrificed in order to obtain those things.
      Instead of focusing on what others are good at, you should think about what YOU are good at (if you’re in post-secondary and able to travel to Peru, you’ve obviously got something going *very* right).

      As for the medical issue, don’t sweat it. Doctors often test for a wide variety of possible problems, even if the chance is remote. As for thinking the symptoms are similar to HIV, there is one other thing I’ve seen with similar symptoms: College Stress. =p

      Edit: Your school likely has a special service for helping students deal with stress, you should give them a call.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is it depression, avoidant personality, anxiety, or…?
    Lately, I’ve been very blue. I’m normally very optimistic and overall enjoy life. But i just can’t seem to be happy without faking it these days. I feel like avoiding everything, and i am experiencing generalized anxiety and panic disorder (which i was diagnosed with), and starting to get agoraphobia as well. Not to mention health anxiety…

    It started about three weeks ago. I was very ill and went to the doctors, expecting that i was over-reacting. But the doctor seemed very concerned about my symptoms and ordered tests for some very scary diseases, (including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, hepatitis, cancer, thyroid problems, syphilis, STDs, miscarriage and worst of all, HIV). Looking up the symptoms online, its seems possible I could have any of those diseases, especally HIV which fits my symptoms perfectly (except i always use protection). Not only am i very scared, but also very embarrassed. I feel so dirty and disgusted with myself. I wont be getting the results for another two weeks.

    Also, school has not been going very well. I lost my passion for my major, I always feel too tired or stressed to go to class, and ive started getting panic attacks in class. I feel like dropping all my classes and locking myself in my room and never coming out.

    Also, in august, my intense romance with a guy who i knew had a girlfriend, came to a terrible dramatic end when everything went wrong and he felt guilty cheating on her. I was so in love with this guy, and i know the feelings were mutual but he lives in another country (I met him here, then went to visit him there), we knew it couldnt work anyway living so far apart, but we decided to stay friends, because who knows what could happen in the future. But three weeks ago he stopped emailing me, just like that. I am so heartbroken, ive never loved anyone so much before, and i feel like i must have done something so wrong if he lost interest in me, and i cant stop obsessing over it. What was it that i did wrong?

    My friends are always busy with their boyfriends, school or work, I feel like I annoy them when i ask them to hang out, and i feel like they only see me out of pity. I feel so lonely.

    I haven’t had sex in over two months (guy above was the last). I feel so unattractive these days, stress has caused me to break out, and I have no interest in guys who hit on me, only those who i cant have. Ive never felt so ugly, incompetent, dirty, sleazy and undesirable.

    Yet, i just booked a trip to Peru, my dream destination. I would have killed for this chance in the past, and now… im barely excited. Almost apathetic. Whats wrong with me? What can i do????

    • ANSWER:
      Aww… :(
      I almost cried reading this – you’re not having a good couple of months are you? With the first part – it does sound like depression. And because you were sick before all this started it’s more than likely “Post-viral depression”. Best thing to do is see a psychologist. They will be able to diagnose you.
      With the panic attacks – please, please try and slow down your breathing. I suffer from anxiety and the best thing to do is when you start to feel the sensation of a panic attack – slow your breathing down. Deep breaths in and out. Try and concentrate on having 5-6 breaths a minute. This will help.
      You should see a psychologist – because it will help you with your stresses anyway. Try and be more social, and maybe exercise – even though you feel like doing nothing. It’s best to break your thought pattern of wanting to be alone. Because it doesn’t help.
      With the guy thing – I’m sorry. I can’t imagine going through that. But if he didn’t want to choose you, then honestly, you deserve better. You deserve someone who will choose you over everyone and everything. And you will find that person one day. Best revenge is to keep on living and living well. Broken hearts do mend. Just try to think of the good things that came out of the experience, and how much you learned. But I know it will be shit for a while.. :(
      And with the breaking out thing – try “Clindatech” it really, really, really helps. I don’t even get pimples anymore because of it.

      I don’t know what to say that will make you feel better, but I do think you could have depression. It’s common, but serious and treatable. See a doctor or a psychologist, because it’s best to know what you’re up against. I’m sorry for everything that’s happened to you lately. Peru might be just what you need. Time off in a different place. (:

      Best of luck x

  47. QUESTION:
    Need advice desperateley?
    Hello..I’m female and 30 yrs old..I fell ill at 21 and was diagnosed 2yrs later as having a borderline lyme test and systemic disease..major neurological symptoms..brain fog..raynaueds..horrible headaches like never before..new onset siezure activity and a brain spect scan consistent with severe neuro lyme or severe cns lupus..up til now my lupus tests negative…been seeing a reumatologist internist who is a lyme speciast..recently have develped alopecia..severe joint bone pain my sed rate has been up for months now which is new and elevated platelets for yrs..have been told protein was found in urine on 2 occasions haven’t done a urinalysis lateley..my dr said based on my recent elevated sed rate and high platelets and supposidly some abnormality on autoimmune panel was pos..the nurse that called and told me was sweet but when I asked her if she knew what autoimmine disease it was she wasn’t really givin me a straight answer..dr called in methltrexate which scares me…very potent drug…reumatiod arthritis neg, thyroid neg, seems all the peices are adding up to lupus???any1 have any thoughts..I see her again in 2 weeks..wish I knew now being sick 9 yrs without a dr lookin me in the face with a straight up answer is hell on earth…any input..with my abnormal brainscans and abnormal bloodwork as well as clinical findings and symptoms…do you think she’s barking up the wrong tree still treating the lyme when most likely infection is gone and per her suggestion has triggered an autoimmune disease most fitting…lupus???

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  48. QUESTION:
    How accurate are HIV tests after 7 months?
    Back in may of 07, I got cut at a manicurists. So in december of that same year, I had an HIV test. I got my results on january 17th, it was negative. I’m asking this because, for about a year now, I’ve been experiencing abdominal pains, diarrhea/constipation, sometimes when I go to the bathroom, all that will come out is this fatty mucus stuff, not even stool. I also have been getting chronic fatigue, body aches, muscle cramps, tingling in my extremities, the scale says I haven’t lost anything, but my clothes are noticeably looser, depression, anxiety, joint pain, ataxia (loss of balance), and a whole bunch of other things. My celiac levels were slightly elevated, as was my WBC count. My blood pressure was a little low. Someone also mentioned the possibility of candida overgrowth. I do have a lot of the symtoms for that. What causes candida overgrowth? I heard that the overuse of antibiotics can cause it sometimes. I took some antibiotics in march last year for an ear infection.

    * 33 minutes ago
    * – 3 days left to answer.

    Additional Details

    29 minutes ago
    If it’s candida, could that have caused it? Do people only with HIV/AIDS get candida? I’ve also been extremely stressed, mainly becuase I haven’t been feeling good. I’ve always gotten dizzy spells and vomiting episodes ever since I was little. Maybe it was an autoimmune disease that’s just starting to get worse? Anyway, do you think my test results were accurate or false? I WAS after 7 months that I had the test done. What tests do they do to check for candida? I’ve already had a stool sample done and a urinalysis because I keepy feeling like I’m getting infections down there and stuff. My appetite isn’t like it used to be. My allergies are worse as well. Thanks for any help you can give me!

    28 minutes ago
    I also get gurgling in my throat, heartburn, and gurgling in my rectum when I’m about to get that mucus stuff.

    10 minutes ago
    I haven’t had a fever (knock on wood), I have have about 3 or 4 cbc’s done, my throid levels checked. I had a CT scan and an MRI scan of my head in june of last year. Everything was fine, until last december when I had that last blood count and my WBC count was a little high. Then in late february, when I had my thyroid and celiac levels checked, that’s when they found that my celiac levels were a little elevated.
    My stool sample showed absolutely nothing. I’m still waiting for the test results of my urinalysis/urine culture. The doctor said that they would call over the weekend if anything looked abnormal (but they didn’t call), he also said they would call on monday, abnormal or not. But nobody ever called.
    I’ve been to the gastroenterologist, and he was the one who thought of testing my celiac levels. He wanted to do an endoscopy and a colonoscopy, But I’m paranoid about how they sterilize tools. I’m seeing a doctor to get more blood drawn on the 3rd.

    • ANSWER:
      Your celiac is acting up or you have developed another intolerance or sensitivity. Have you dropped lactose or soy from your diet? You may have an independent sensitivity that you have not addressed. Stop trying to figure it out yourself and get ye to the gastroenterologist!!!
      I just re-read this, YOU HAVE CELIAC or at least gluten sensitivity. Get yourself to a gastro and/or allergist!!! NOW!
      and at 7 months post minimal potential exposure, you are prob. negative. Give it a rest and re-test at a year. Are you eating gluten free? have you had an endoscopy? What are your ttg, iga and igg numbers?
      Yahoo is no place for this, you need to see a gastro asap!
      Are you out of your mind? Do the endo at the very least. This all sounds like celiac to me. You should NOT be eating gluten, lactose,or soy at this time. How can you go to an GI doc and then continue to suffer when the answer to it all is one minor procedure away. You are doing nothing but delaying your recovery! Candida overgrowth or leaky gut is one of those grey areas, besides, you need to have another condition to even consider that as an issue.
      Go on a gluten and lactose free diet, go back to the GI, find out if it is IBS, colitis or Chron’s. You are doing yourself no favors by using the sterlization techniques as an excuse for not getting diagnosis.
      After that, get some help for your paranoia, although I am sure you are loving the attention you are getting for all of this.

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have dermatitis herpetiformis, and what is it like?
    I have been tested for Celiac Disease and lab work and biopsy/endoscopy results were “normal.” However, the doctors agreed that befored I ate gluten free I had the classic symptoms of Celiac Disease. However, sometimes worse than the constipation and bloating, when I ate gluten (or if i accidentally consume it), my hands and elbows start blistering or turning REALLY raw red. If it becomes more widespread my buttocks and scalp will do the same. Sometimes my knees would itch as well. This is not the type of itching that could be soothed with some sensitive skin lotion, but it would feel like a BAD sunburn or like I sat in acid! Sometimes my scalp and hands would bleed. There would also be some mini- chickenpock like bumps that I could easily scratch off. I am 18, and this began around the age of 16. My grandfather had been type ONE diabetic, and I have a strange thyroid problem. There is a possibility that I have some other kind of autoimmune disease (RA, Lupus, ?). So… do any of you have Dermatits Herpetitformis, how were you diagnosed, and what does it look/feel like?

    • ANSWER:
      The locations, elbows and buttocks are suggestive of dermatitis herpetiformis. It is the rash, very itchy, that occurs when you have an allergy to gluten and accidentally ingest some. Even with negative tests on endoscopy you can confirm the diagnosis with a skin biopsy. See the dermatologist. Avoid gluten. There is a medication available to help with the rash until the gluten clears your system.

  50. QUESTION:
    What kind of specialist should I see for the following symptoms:?
    I’ve had the following symptoms for a while now. My general practitioner isn’t cutting it, and I’ve been negative so far for thyroid (hyper and hypo) problems, lupus, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. I’m at the end of my rope. If there is ANYONE out there who has similar symptoms and got help, can you please point me in the right direction?

    Severe Eczema (Since Birth, better with age, worse in winter)
    Severe allergies (Since Birth) (to food like fruits, veggies, and seafood. Meds like penicillin and sulfa, lots of different trees and plants, latex, and pet dander)
    Stunted height (grew very slowly, only 5’2″)
    Rapid weight gain, inability to lose weight with proper diet and exercise (since my teens)
    Depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (Since my teens, worsens as I age. GAD was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for a long time)
    Migraines (intermittent, started in my teens)
    Fatigue (10+ hours of sleep per night)
    Gastrointestinal (I’ve always had constant gas. I get diarrhea very easily. Stomach aches give me severe headaches and will make me vomit)
    Insulin resistance (recently diagnosed)

    For a while, my thinking was that the depression and anxiety was causing an inability to deal with stress, which in turn caused the weight gain, and fatigue, and made my allergies/eczema worse. Then I couldn’t lose weight for the life of me, and since my family has a history of autoimmune disorders, that led to the thyroid testing. Now I’m getting this insulin problem, and my doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or risk becoming diabetic. But I still can’t lose weight. See the conundrum? The most recent suggestion is that I might have celiac disease, but I looked it up and it seems to mainly have gastrointestinal symptoms, which I have very little of (just the persistent gas, really)

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

    I’ve had my thyroid checked. Also seen a rheumatologist (had joint pain for a while, but it was chalked up to the rapid weight gain). I also see my allergist and dermatologist regularly, they’ve been the same doctors since birth.

    I thought the allergies and eczema were just hereditary conditions unrelated to anything else until it was recently suggested that I include them in my list of symptoms to see if it narrows down my search, because apparently allergies and eczema can often indicate other disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      An Immunologist would test you to find out exactly what foods and other factors you are allergic to and therefore do not eat or avoid.

      An Endocrinologist would check your thyroid out really well and also advise you about the insulin problem.

      A specialist in Bariatric Medicine is the type of doctor who treats obesity. They use dietary/lifestyle changes and exercises and sometimes medicine in their treatment options.

      However before you contact any of them why don’t you read this book extract in Google Books :

      ” The Inflammation Cure”, by William Joel Meggs, an Immunologist in America. Chapter 9 is the chapter that deals with dietary factors.

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

      *to NOT eat wheat (found in breads, packet cereals, prepared sauces etc, cakes and biscuits). Doing this alone will stop the wind problem and start you losing weight. Alternatives to wheat are rye crackers, rye bread, spelt bread etc; oats for breakfast cereal.

      * DO NOT have dairy products except maybe pot set natural yoghurt which has beneficial bacteria for easy digestion. Alternatives to cows milk – goat milk, water or soy milk.

      * Lean red meat – beef as it is the best source of protein and iron. Once a week.

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

      * Approved fruits and vegetables that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant too.

      *Nuts and seeds that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant to.

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck


Ana Blood Test

There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis. Most of them involve inflammation. When a patient goes to a rheumatologist to get a diagnosis, there is a process of elimination in order to arrive at the proper diagnosis. This process of elimination is called “differential diagnosis.”

Differential diagnosis can be a difficult undertaking because so many forms of arthritis, particularly inflammatory forms of arthritis look alike. The following is a list of types of inflammatory arthritis that can be seen and must be considered when evaluating a patient with inflammatory symptoms of arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

RA is an chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory disease, that may affect any joint in the body but preferentially attacks the peripheral joints (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. It can also affect non-joint organ systems such as the lung, eye, skin, and cardiovascular system. The onset of RA may be insidious-slow- with nonspecific symptoms, including fatigue, malaise, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, weight loss, and vague aches and pains, or it may have an abrupt onset with inflammation involving multiple joints. The joint symptoms usually occur bilaterally and are symmetric. Damage to joints- called “erosions” can be seen with magnetic resonance imaging early on or by x-ray later in the course of disease. Approximately 80% of patients with RA will have elevated levels of rheumatoid factor (RF) or anti-CCP antibodies.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

JRA describes a group of arthritic conditions that occur in children under the age of 16. Three forms of JRA exist, including oligoarticular (1-4 joints), polyarticular (> 4 joints), and systemic-onset or Still’s disease. The latter is associated with significant internal organ involvement and may also present with fever and rash in addition to joint disease. Polyarticular JRA is considered to be the type that is most similar to adult RA, and is responsible for approximately 30% of cases of JRA. Most children with polyarticular JRA are negative for RF and their prognosis is usually good. Roughly, 20% of polyarticular JRA patients will have elevated RF, and these patients appear to be at more risk for chronic, progressive joint destruction and damage. Uveitis- an inflammatory condition of the eye- is a common finding in oligoarticular JRA, especially in patients who are antinuclear antibody (ANA) positive. The dangerous feature of uveitis is that it can cause relatively few symptoms so careful screening is recommended in order to avoid blindness.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

SLE is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that can involve the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and blood vessel walls. At least 4 of the following symptoms which have been formulated by the American College of Rheumatology are generally present for a diagnosis to be made:

• Red, butterfly-shaped rash on the face, affecting the cheeks;

• Typical skin rash on other parts of the body;

• Sensitivity to sunlight;

• Mouth sores;

• Joint inflammation (arthritis);

• Fluid around the lungs, heart, or other organs;

• Kidney dysfunction;

• Low white blood cell count, low red blood cell count due to hemolytic anemia, or low platelet count;

• Nerve or brain dysfunction;

• Positive results of a blood test for ANA; and

• Positive results of a blood test for antibodies to double-stranded DNA or other antibodies including anti-Smith antibodies or antiphospholipid antibodies.

Patients with lupus can have significant inflammatory arthritis. That is why lupus can be difficult to distinguish from RA, especially if other signs and symptoms of lupus are minimal.

Inflammatory Muscle Disease

Polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM) are types of inflammatory muscle disease. These conditions typically present with bilateral (both sides) large muscle weakness. In the case of DM, rash can be a presenting sign. Diagnosis consists of four major features, including elevation of creatine kinase (CPK), signs and symptoms such as muscle weakness, elevated muscle enzymes (creatine kinase, aldolase), electromyograph (EMG) abnormalities, and a positive muscle biopsy. Often, laboratory test abnormalities can be seen including the presence of autoantibodies such antinuclear antibody (ANA), and the myositis-associated antibodies.

In both PM and DM, inflammatory arthritis can be present and can look like RA — including lung involvement. In RA, however, unless an overlap syndrome – ie., a patient having both RA as well as muscle disease) is present, muscle function should be normal. Also, in PM and DM, erosive joint disease is unlikely. RF and anti-CCP antibodies are typically elevated in RA and not PM or DM.

Spondyloarthropathies (SA)

A group of arthritic conditions called the spondyloarthropathies which include psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and enteropathic arthritis are a category of disease that cause inflammation throughout the entire body, particularly in parts of the spine and at other joints where tendons attach to bones. They also can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, upper and lower back, tendonitis, bursitis, heel pain, and fatigue. They are often called seronegative arthritis. The term ‘seronegative’ means that tests for lab markers such as rheumatoid factor are negative. Symptoms of adult SA include:

• Back and/or joint pain;
• Morning stiffness;
• Tenderness near bones;
• Sores on the skin;
• Inflammation of the joints on both sides of the body;
• Skin or mouth ulcers;
• Rash on the bottom of the feet; and
• Eye inflammation.

In some cases of SA, peripheral arthritis resembling RA can be present. Careful history and physical examination can usually distinguish between these syndromes, especially if an obvious disease that is aggravating inflammation is present (psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease). In addition, since RA rarely affects the end joints of the fingers (DIP joints), if these joints are involved from inflammatory arthritis, the diagnosis of an SA is favored. Usually, RF and anti-CCP antibodies are negative in SA, although in some cases of psoriatic arthritis there may be elevations of RF and anti-CCP antibodies.

Crystal Associated Arthritis

Monosodium Urate Disease (Gout)

Gout is due to deposition of monosodium urate crystals in a joint. Gouty arthritis is typically sudden in onset, very painful, with signs of significant inflammation on exam (red, warm, swollen joints). Gout can affect almost any joint in the body, but typically affects “cooler” regions including the toes, feet, ankles, knees, and hands. Diagnosis is made by withdrawing fluid from a joint and examining the fluid under a polarizing microscope. Patients may also have elevated serum levels of uric acid.

In most cases, gout is an acute disease that affects one joint and is easily distinguished from RA. However, in rare cases, chronic erosive inflammation can develop and affect multiple joints. And, in cases where tophi (deposits of uric acid under the skin) are present, it can be difficult to distinguish from erosive RA. However, crystal analysis of joints or tophi and blood tests should be helpful in distinguishing gout from RA.

Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD; Pseudogout)

CPPD disease is caused by deposits of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate crystals in a joint. The body’s reaction to these crystals, leads to significant inflammation. Diagnosis includes:

• Detailed medical history and physical exam;
• Withdrawing fluid from a joint using a needle;
• Joint x-rays to show crystals deposited on the cartilage (chondrocalcinosis);
• Blood tests to rule out other diseases (e.g., RA or osteoarthritis).

In most cases, CPPD arthritis presents with acute arthritis affecting one or more joints. However, in some cases, CPPD disease can present with chronic symmetric multiple joint erosive arthritis similar to RA. RA and CPPD disease can usually be distinguished by joint fluid examination demonstrating calcium pyrophosphate crystals, and by blood tests, including RF and anti-CCP antibodies, which should be negative in CCPD arthritis.

Sarcoid Arthritis

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory type of arthritis. The majority of patients with this disease have lung disease, with eye and skin disease being the next most frequent signs of disease. In most cases, the diagnosis of sarcoidosis can be made on clinical and x-ray presentation alone. Patients will have acute arthritis, painful nodules under the skin on the shins (erythema nodosum), and a chest x-ray showing enlargement of lymph niodes. In some cases, the demonstration of a specific type of inflammation change, called a noncaseating granuloma on tissue biopsy, is necessary for definitive diagnosis.

Arthritis can be present in approximately 15% of patients with sarcoidosis, and in rare cases can be the only sign of disease. In acute sarcoid arthritis, joint disease is usually rapid in onset, symmetric, involving the ankle joints. The knees, wrists, and small joints of the hands can be involved. In most cases of acute disease, lung and skin disease are also present. Chronic sarcoid arthritis typically involves one or maybe a few joints and due to its often erosive nature can be difficult to distinguish from RA.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) / Temporal Arthritis

PMR is a form of arthritis that leads to inflammation of tendons, muscles, ligaments, and tissues around the joints. It is characterized by large muscle (shoulders, hips, thighs, neck) pain, aching, morning stiffness, fatigue, and in some cases, fever. It can be associated with temporal arthritis/giant-cell arthritis (TA/GCA) which is a related but more serious condition in which inflammation of large blood vessels can lead to complications such as blindness, aneurysms and cramping pain in the arms or legs (limb claudication) due to inflammation and narrowing of the large blood vessels in the chest and extremities. PMR is diagnosed when the clinical picture is accompanied by elevated markers of inflammation (ESR and/or CRP). If temporal arthritis is suspected (headache, vision changes, limb claudication), biopsy of a temporal artery may be necessary to make the diagnosis.

PMR and TA/GCA can present with symmetric inflammatory arthritis similar to RA. These diseases can usually be distinguished by blood tests. In addition, headaches, acute vision changes, and large muscle pain are uncommon in RA, and if these are present, PMR and/or TA/GCA should be considered.

Infectious Arthritis

Many infections can present with arthritis either due to direct joint infection or due to autoimmune joint inflammation. In most cases, infections lead to acute single joint arthritis; however, in some cases, chronic arthritis affecting a few or many joints can be present. Because missed infections can lead to significant complications, it is crucial to have a high index of suspicion for infection in any patient presenting with acute or chronic arthritis.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is an infection due to a type of bacteria called a spirochete. The disease is manifested by a skin rash, swollen joints and flu-like symptoms, caused from the bite of an infected tick. Symptoms may include:

• A skin rash, often resembling a bulls-eye (target lesion);
• Fever;
• Headache;
• Muscle pain;
• Stiff neck; and
• Swelling of knees and other large joints.

The diagnosis of Lyme disease is typically made by blood testing. If, however, chronic single joint arthritis develops, joint fluid analysis or joint tissue biopsy may be necessary for diagnosis. Lyme arthritis can usually be distinguished from RA by clinical presentation and blood tests.

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF)

Acute rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that may develop after an infection with the Streptococcus bacteria (strep throat or scarlet fever). The disease can affect the heart, joints, skin, and brain. Symptoms include:

• Fever;
• Joint pain;
• Arthritis (mainly in the knees, elbows, ankles, and wrists);
• Joint swelling; redness or warmth;
• Abdominal pain;
• Skin rash
• Skin nodules;
• A peculiar movement disorder (Sydenham’s chorea)
• Nosebleeds;
• Heart problems, which can be asymptomatic.

The diagnosis of ARF is made by clinical assessment and blood testing for antibodies against streptococcal proteins. ARF and RA can have similar clinical features including arthritis and nodules. However, ARF can usually be distinguished from RA by clinical presentation. Rash and migratory arthritis are unusual in RA. The use of blood tests is also helpful.

Viral arthritis (hepatitis B and C, parvovirus, EBV, HIV)

Arthritis may be a symptom of many viral illnesses. This makes viral infections a great masquerader. The duration is usually short, and it usually disappears on its own without any lasting effects. Clinical features in adults:

• Joint symptoms occur in up to 60%. These can be symmetric and affect the small joints of the hands, wrists, and ankles as well as the knees. Morning stiffness is also present.

• Parvovirus B19 is a very common viral infection that looks like RA.

• Diagnosis of viral arthritis is made by serologic testing. A high percentage of patients with hepatitis C may have elevated titers of RF. Therefore, RF testing is not helpful in distinguishing between hepatitis C infection and RA. However, in these situations, testing for anti-CCP can be helpful as anti-CCP antibodies have not been shown to be significantly elevated in isolated hepatitis C infections.

So as you can see… “it ain’t easy…”

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what does a positive ANA blood test result mean?
    I got a blood test tuesday & my doctor called me today saying i had a positive ANA blood test and to make an appt. with a rhumatologist… i did but i have to wait until september for my appt.

    does anyone know what the ANA positive means? and what could be wrong with me?

    thanks for feedback

    • ANSWER:
      If your ANA is positive, you could have an autoimmune disease. It is not a very specific test, more of a general screening lab test for your immune system. A rheumatologist specializes in autoimmune diseases or patients with immune system problems, so he or she will be able to order additional lab tests to determine why your ANA is positive. The below link has some info as well. Also, your ANA could be positive but you could have NO problems (called a “false positive” test), but the rheumatologist will be the one to tell you either way after they run more tests and talk with you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?
    Can they test positive for discoid, SLE and other forms of lupus or do only certain ones show up on blood tests?

    • ANSWER:
      A double strand ANA test can help with a Lupus diagnosis but cannot be used solely to make it. Lupus is diagnosed by blood work and symptomatically through patient history and complaints. A positive ANA test doesn’t necessarily mean you have Lupus, there are many reasons that a person has a positive ANA…it is just one of the diagnostic tools that a doctor uses to base his diagnosis.

      And “NO” an ANA test won’t specify which type of Lupus because it doesn’t even specify that you have Lupus…Just that you have a positive ANA.

  3. QUESTION:
    I just had an ANA blood test and the results I got were <1/80 and was wondering what this means?

    This test was done by my rheumatologist along with a bunch of other blood tests to rule everything else out before making a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      A one off 1:80 without any symptoms is nothing worth worrying about. Why was it tested?

      EDIT- Ask your rheumatologist what they think. If it’s the only think that came back positive, it’s not a concern, but you might like to ask to have in retested in 12 months time.

      ….

  4. QUESTION:
    My girlfriend just had an ANA blood test positive for Lupus..what do I do?
    I’m feeling really paranoid and afraid now.. my girlfriend is 30 years old, she has hypothyroidism and as a result she has her blood tested every 6 weeks, 3 months ago she had Shingles which is odd for someone at 30. She also reported being tired all the time and having joint pain to her doctor so they did an ANA test on the blood and it was positive for Lupus.. they said she would see a Rheumatologist but that isn’t for another month and a half, should we be demanding to see someone sooner now so we can get a diagnosis and know what to do and perhaps get medication?

    I feel betrayed by the American health care system.. my girlfriend in all likelihood has this disease and may have had it for years now which lead to other conditions, we’re not surewhat to do now, its very saddening and depressing.

    What advice do you have for her? Any vitamins/natural supplements that could help with the condition? She is afraid of taking prescription steroids because shes already overweight and doesnt want to gain a ton more, and her mom died as a result of becoming bedridden after being put on steroids, she doesn’t want the same fate..

    • ANSWER:
      I understand how the two of you are feeling. I was just told by a neurologist I most likely have lupus and I’m waiting on my blood results to come back. As for demanding to see someone sooner….I personally don’t think that’s necessary. If she’s had it for years a few weeks aren’t going to make or break the disease. I’m not sure on the advice for treating the disease, but I can tell you as far as being her partner the support you give her is priceless. Number one thing I can recommend is listening to her. Turn off the TV and talk about it. Once all the thoughts and feelings are out in the open everything feels better.

  5. QUESTION:
    positive Ana blood test and RF factor?
    I have seen a few doctors and got the and blood test and RF factor and ANA both came back postive. I went to a ryemetolgist and he said that it could be lupus but he is not sure. I have joint pain. muscle weakness, tirdness, raynauds syndrome, asthma and acid reflux. I get rashes sometimes across my cheeks. The pain is the worst in my feet they crack and are stiff and are very painful. I also have nerve damage as well not sure why. the pain comes and goes. I was told I defiently don’t have ryhemetoid arthritis. My pain is worse in the colder weather and some of that is beacause of the raynauds. I have spent allot of money going to different doctors they all say maybe lupus but they tell me it can take several years to diagnose. I have other people tell me if it is lupus than the sun would bother me I feel better in the sun. I’m tired of all these doctors with no real answers. Does anybody know what could be really wrong?
    I got a copy of my notes from the doctors report and postive ANA 1:40 speckled pattern anti ro anti body positive crp was 0.2 sed rate 5 and RF factor positive as well.

    I have not had any hair loss and am not sensetive to the sun at all I feel better in the sun. I have one sore in the upper part of my mouth that doctors say can be a sign of lupus. if anybody knows anthing about these lab tests please let me know I have had a bone scan it came back fine I had a xray of the feet and was told by another doctor it looks like the starting of arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      With positive titers and symptoms, why are the doctors not starting treatment? Have they said?

      It’s not always easy to diagnose autoimmune disorders such as lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis. At times the disease simmers, and gradually shows more and more symptoms and signs which makes diagnosing a specific type easier.

      I went down that path for 2 yrs before being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis, and over lap into other autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s, and even lupus. BUT my testing was coming back negative, and this delayed the treatment.
      (It was thought early on I had lupus-but the rash on my face cleared up in the sun too.)
      The rash on my face and scalp never fully fit the eczema or rosacea type, but were being treated as such.
      So clearing up in the sun fit more psoriatic arthritis.
      BUT the rash on my feet worsened in the sun.

      Have you had a biopsy of the rash on your face to find out if that’s discoid lupus?

      Have you had baseline x-rays done to check for joint destruction or damage in your hands/fingers/ wrist, and feet and toes?

      With autoimmune diseases it seems there is one that is the main one, but signs from others (which early on can make diagnosing a particular one difficult.)
      It’s so frustrating to know there is something going on, and not being treating for it.

      Included is a source on inflammation from Cleveland Clinic, hope it helps some.
      Ms Scoots

  6. QUESTION:
    Can certain foods cause a blood ana test to be positive?

    • ANSWER:
      Positive for what?

  7. QUESTION:
    My ANA Blood Test? Unable to Assay?
    I ordered some blood work as I am trying to find out what is wrong with me. I recently lost my insurance so I have continued to get tests done without my doctor. I had a ANA Blood test done and the results came back Unable to Assay – Interfering substance present. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      An interfering substance can easily give falsely elevated results.
      Before you take a blood test you need to stop eating or drinking anything after midnight, (water is OK), but say you drink a cup of coffee in the morning, and you put milk or cream in it, this creates an interfering substance in that the milk will elevate some of the test levels. or if you usually get up in the morning and take a prescription pill of some kind, and you forget the morning of the test, that too will create an interfering substance. Now, just because you have no insurance, does not mean you cannot have a doctor test you. the 1988 Universal Heal Care law, requires Hospital or Health Clinics to give low cost or free health care to under insured or non insured persons. Look in the yellow pages and find a Health Clinic in your area. And look up the Universal Health care Law of 1988 and print it out and take it with you if you can. This is even true in the case of citizenship or immigrant status.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ana blood test of 1/60?
    I’m 20 yrs old and my doctor gave a me an ana blood test. It came back 1/60 they thought I had lupus . They sent me to a rheumatoid dr. She asked me if I had joint pain or anything .. I said no she told me I was fine . I didn’t think anything else about it now about 6 months later my joints are sometimes stiff, my muscles twitch, and apparently have a bakers cyst . I’m so scared that they missed something and that I have some sort of disease or condition … Because of my blood test !!! Please help !!!

    • ANSWER:
      10 million Americans have a positive ANA. Only 1.5 million of them have lupus. The older you get the more likely you are to have a postive ANA (antinuclear antibodies). The ANA is a titer not a count of antibodies. The number means how many times they had to dilute your blood to find a sample that had no antinuclear antibodies. Your number is relatively low. What matters more than a positive ANA is the pattern that shows under immunofluoresence. Lupus ANA is typically speckled. So, the results will say “speckled titer.”

      Lupus is tricky to diagnose, especially if it is a mild case. A diagnosis is based on symptoms, history, a variety of tests, and after ruling out everything else. Many patients take 3-5 years to come to a diagnosis. Lupus can mimic the symptoms of other conditions, adding to the difficulty of diagnosing it.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can having iron deficiency cause a positive 1:640 on an ANA blood test?
    I’ve been so sick and went to the doctor earlier this month. I had a whole bunch of blood tests done, one of them being the anti nuclear antibodies. The test came back positive (1:640 with speckled and homogeno pattern). My doctor then ordered more tests which she said were specific to lupus. She said the tests came back negative and that the iron deficiency anemia is whats causing my ANA to come back positive….this doesn’t seem possible to me. I’ve never felt so sick in my life. Ive had iron deficiency on and off all of my adult life and I’ve never felt like this before. Anyone know if she’s right?
    My doctor is an internal medicine doctor and has referred me to a hematologist instead of a rheumetologist which really makes me angry!

    • ANSWER:
      No, your doctor is wrong. An ANA is a non specific test for an auto immune disease…maybe he thinks you have hemolitic anemia…hopefully not as this would be terrible. However, an ANA would not be associated with an iron deficiency, not in the least.

      Your Lupus panel came back negative but that really doesn’t mean too much. Really the Lupus panel is used to rule Lupus IN, not OUT. Only 30% of people with Lupus actually test positive for the Lupus panel. This is why they say that there is no specific test for Lupus. You should see the hemotologist and then ask to also be referred to a rheumatologist. If your primary care doctor balks at this suggestion, let her know that if anything occurs as a result of his lack of attention then you’re attorney will be calling her (this always gets the referral, by the way). After you do this you’ll have to put in a request with your insurance company to change primary care doctors, but who cares, she sounds like an idiot anyway.

      Get copies of all your lab work. Ask the doctor for them (before you threaten her with a lawsuit). Have them make a copy so you can actually view the results. Approximately 5% of the population test positive for ANA even without an auto immune disease, however this is a small percentage, so odds are you have some type of auto immune disease.

  10. QUESTION:
    I had a blood ANA screen test done that came back negative, but it was noted that cytoplasmic antibodies were?
    found. I feel as if I have SLE (lupus). How can this test be negative if these antibodies are found? Shouldn’t the result (titered) be a number and not just positive/negative?

    • ANSWER:
      Cytoplasmic antibodies are not associated with SLE. And detection of these antibodies in an ANA test is not specific for any disorder.

      ANA test is for anti-nuclear antibodies only. That’s what the abbreviation ‘ANA’ stands for.

      When ANA test is negative. Then this means that no antibodies against the nucleus of the cell have been detected. A note about the cytoplasmic antibodies may be added to the report. Because cytoplasmic antibodies may interfere with the reading of the ANA test. This note should suggest to the doctor that a weak positive ANA result might have been obscured by the cytoplasmic antibodies.

      A weak positive ANA result usually is not clinically significant. And even if you had such a result, it wouldn’t be something to worry about. Many healthy people have weak positve ANA results.

      I suggest that you trust your doctor and let him or her interpret your test results. Test results interpretation is not as simple as it seems. You really do need a qualified professional to interpret laboratory test results well.

  11. QUESTION:
    Blood work showed a Positive ANA Test ?
    I have several health problems, so my doctor was running the monthly blood work she has to do, and I had a Positive ANA test with a 1:160 Titer, and a homogenous pattern. What are all the conditions I could possibly have because of this, and the differences between them all?

    • ANSWER:
      The anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) test is used to screen for autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, and numerous other conditions. The homogeneous pattern is often associated with SLE. However, a positive ANA does not necessarily imply that you have one of these conditions. The test and any other investigations (ESR, CRP, etc.) have to be interpreted alongside the symptoms you’ve been experiencing before arriving at a diagnosis. I hope this helps.

      All the best.

  12. QUESTION:
    I had a blood test for my ana and it came back positive meaning?
    That I have an autoimmune disorder. I have chronic fatigue and pain, can’t eat much, can’t lose weight. They did thyroid testing all came back fine. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but it supposedly can’t be tested with blood so shouldn’t my Ra do more testing ? I will be saying something to her when I go back but wanted to see if someone had some answers for now. Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Blood test showed a positive ANA result?
    A few months ago my doctor had a blood test performed and when it came back it showed a positive ANA, which I was just told is a nucleotide, and it was cause for concern because my maternal aunt has lupus along with a cousin. He had another blood test done and the blood test came back negative for the ANA. Which is good, but I’m just wondering why would it come back a positive at all then? Does that mean I could develop lupus or was it just a false positive?

    • ANSWER:
      Your ANA can fluctuate over time. 10 million Americans have a positive ANA. Only 1.5 million Americans have lupus. What matters more is the pattern. A speckled pattern is found in lupus patients. There is no false positive.

      Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) are antibodies against the nuclear material of your cells. Most often they attack debris left over from when cells naturally die. This is not a normal reaction. It causes inflammation which causes pain. However, many people have a positive ANA and no disease symptoms at all. The older you are the more likely it is that you will have a positive ANA.

      If you are going to develop lupus, there is really not much you can do to prevent it. Worrying about it simply robs you of hours, minutes, or days of your life that you think about it and don’t engage in life. If you get symptoms, go to the doctor. If not, live your life.

  14. QUESTION:
    Pain and ANA blood test?
    I went to a walkin clinic last week because I have backpain and I’ve had it for years. They did an ANA bloodtest and it came back abnormal. When I called them to find out where to go from there, she said that it was positive, but my RF factor was negative. I’ve ben trying to read up on this, but I don’t really understand it. i go to the doctor in the morning, but I want a sort of heads up as to what I might hear. Rheumatoid arthritis has been present in every female in every generation on my maternal side.

    • ANSWER:
      With a negative RF you are unlikely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis, however there are “seronegative” forms of Rheumatoid Arthritis … similar to RA but with a negative RF test.

      The positive ANA (anti nuclear antibody) means that you have SOME form of auto-immune disease. It might take a bit of detective work to track down what it actually is.

  15. QUESTION:
    ana blood test negative any diseases?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    How long do ANA test results generally take?
    I had a series of blood tests, including ANA and sed rate, a few days ago and I’m curious as to how long I should expect to wait for the results to come back.

    • ANSWER:
      The sed rate is performed immediately upon collection of the specimen and can be read from 30 to 60 minutes, depending upon the methodology used. The ANA is often sent out to a reference laboratory, but, generally, if collected M-Th, the results can be available within 24 hours after collection.

      I’m quite positive the results have been sent to your doctor by now. If you’ve called and they’ve told you the results aren’t back, the truth may be that the results haven’t yet been entered by the office staff into the patient’s medical record/chart.

  17. QUESTION:
    CBC blood test is normal, ra test is in normal range, neg. ana test, but sed rate is high ,?
    knee enfussion, 50 cc drained, no relief from cortisone, clean xray of knees, mri shows only obvious swelling. Ran blood tests. Cbc is all good, with a negitive ana test, normal range for ra but sed rate is high . I am worried. what does this mean. Knee is still got fluid,and swelling but have regained some range of motion. Still feels like there is something in the middle of my knee. Do I have to be worried about an autoimmune disease or is the high sed rate just due to knee swelling ?
    knee enfussion, 50 cc drained, no relief from cortisone, clean xray of knees, mri shows only obvious swelling. Ran blood tests. Cbc is all good, with a negitive ana test, normal range for ra but sed rate is high . I am worried. what does this mean. Knee is still got fluid,and swelling but have regained some range of motion. Still feels like there is something in the middle of my knee. Do I have to be worried about an autoimmune disease or is the high sed rate just due to knee swelling. Also wanted to note that doc felt that physical exam indicated cartilage damage @ first and follow up apt. The knee feels like there is something in the middle of it causing the pain. Standing is ok, bending past 90 hurts, and the knee continues to click or pop, and feels like it will give out when bumped. Thanks for your help. I am a bit relieved till monday when I see the doc.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s always a concern of course, but an ANA will typically be elevated in autoimmune disorders. A high sed rate indicates inflammation, which may be transient or associated with an arthritic process or injury. Sed rates are pretty non-specific diagnostically, if that is the only test out of range.

  18. QUESTION:
    blood test on friday for ana and several others dr called today wants to see me tomorrow?

    • ANSWER:
      wheres the question?

  19. QUESTION:
    what does a positive ANA blood result mean?
    does a positive ANA (anti nuclear antibodie) blood test result always mean you are unwell?

    • ANSWER:
      In general, it means that your immune system is making antibodies to its own cell’s nuclei.
      It should only be making antibodies to cells that it doesn’t recognize as itself (foreign germs called antigens).
      Conditions such as arthritis and lupus cause positive ANA results.
      These are called autoimmune diseases. There are others.

  20. QUESTION:
    My ANA test and ESR test (blood work) came back normal. Does that rule out connective tissue disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      No, ANA is Anti-Nucleotide Antibody that usually increases in SLE( Systemic Lupus Erythematous). ESR is a very common test done on many patients but it has a very low value. It does not specify any special problem or disease. However, there are different types of connective tissue diseases that have different signs and symptoms and different lab results. By only having a negative test result on ANA and ESR, no body can claim that the patient does not have a connective tissue disease.

  21. QUESTION:
    I did some blood work and my ANA blood levels came postiive?
    I did a blood test few days ago and my primary care called and said my ANA blood came abnormal or positive….She left a message for me but I didnt get a chance to talk to her yet….Should I be worried about this….Also white blood cells were a little little high…..Please help….

    Should I redo blood test just to see what it comes!!!..

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      well…can be lupus or other diseases in that family of auto-immune
      disorders…need a whole panel now to see which one is causing problems….may be false positive from certain drugs…………did ya have symptoms like joint pains or rash….presuming ya did since the doc did the tests……………go see a rheumatologist after the dust settles………..

  22. QUESTION:
    My blood test shows ANA Screen – Positive, ANA titer – 1:40 and?
    AND Pattern – Speckled – can anyone explain this to me?
    Thanks – skd

    • ANSWER:
      Thats an extremely low positive. Approximately 20% of the population have a positive ANA with those results, me included. I would say those results are insignificant.

  23. QUESTION:
    I am having persistent chapped and bleeding lips. During my blood test result, positive ANA result was found.?
    What is the co-relation between the persistent chapped and bleeding lips and positive ANA result of 1.39
    No I am not having dry eyes or dry mouth. But I am having persistent itching around my gentitals.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you also have dry eyes and a dry mouth?
      If so, check out “Sjogren’s Syndrome.”
      It is an autoimmune disease, rarely fatal.
      You would have a positive ANA titer and an elevated c-reactive protein.
      See a rheumatologist to be sure.

  24. QUESTION:
    i had my ANA screening test,it showed positive/negative in result.what does this means?
    i was having a sudden swelling in my legs,so doctor recommeded me to undergo few test,which includes blood test,urine test and ana screening.please help coz i am afraid that may be that i have any kidney related problem.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if you tested positive on a blood test for ANA?

    • ANSWER:
      ANAs are found in patients who have various autoimmune diseases, but not only autoimmune diseases. ANAs can be found also in patients with infections, cancer, lung diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, hormonal diseases, blood diseases, skin diseases, and in elderly people or people with a family history of rheumatic disease. ANAs are actually found in about 5% of the normal population.

      The ANA results are just one factor in diagnosing, and must be considered together with the patient’s clinical symptoms and other diagnostic tests. Medical history also plays a role because some prescription drugs can cause “drug-induced ANAs”.

      Subsets of the ANA (antinuclear antibody) test are sometimes used to determine the specific autoimmune disease. For this purpose, a doctor may order anti-dsDNA, anti-Sm, Sjogren’s sydrome antigens(SSA, SSB), Scl-70 antibodies, anti-centromere, anti-histone, and anti-RN.

      The ANA (antinuclear anibody) test is complex, but the results (positive or negative, titer, pattern) and possible subset test results can give physicians valuable diagnostic information.

      Hope this helps, good luck to you.

  26. QUESTION:
    ANA blood tests & autoimmune disease?
    I’m currently seeing a rheumatologist for swollen/sore/red/hot joints (knees and fingers and in the past 2 weeks my shoulders). I’ve also had some other symptoms that are apparently found in an autoimmune disease. My GP said Lupus, Sjogren’s or Rheumatoid Arthritis were possible, but the rheumatologist is saying very little.

    For the past few months my ANA has been elevated (my doctor said ‘low positive’) and I’ve had an elevated Sed Rate one one occasion. My CRP, rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP were normal. I’m waiting on more specific blood tests from my rheumatologist.

    I’ve been on a course of Prednisone which my GP said would impact some of the results like CRP and Sed Rate

    But my ANA has now come back negative!

    Could the Prednisone have made it negative? Why am I having all these symptoms of something autoimmune but no blood tests to back it up?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is an immunosuppressant, so I would say that most of the tests for autoimmune disease are going to come back negative. I’d be a little surprised if your rheumatologist doesn’t understand this. It seems to me that testing you would be fruitless unless you are off immunosuppressive drugs for a while.

  27. QUESTION:
    What does a “low ANA” on a blood test mean? what can it lead to??

    what does “ANA” mean anyway?? what is it?

    • ANSWER:
      The ANA test ( anti-nuclean antibody) is to discover if the individual has Lupus erythematosis….LE . But a positive test is not conclusive of the person having Lupus. In fact there is no singular test for that.

  28. QUESTION:
    Change in blood test?
    Hello, I am not sure if anyone has had a ANA blood test before. It’s a test they do to see if you have an antibody present in your blood that could mean you have an autoimmune disease. This is a test often done for conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis Anyway..I had this test done last year and it came out positive. My doctor said it meant nothing, no big deal. I put it off and then kept having more joint pain, headaches, fatigue among others problems not typical of my young age. So I asked to have them redo the test this year and they did, and it was negative! I am wondering if I should see a rheumatologst? Or is it a waste of time. I don’t want to come across as neurotic or a hyperchondriac. But I also feel I have too many aches and pains for someone my age(32). I am significantly overweight and though this causes joint pain naturally..what I go through is much more than that. I pop advil and tylenol like it’s candy just to cope. Help..anyone have an ideas? why the change?

    • ANSWER:
      A positive ANA test can suggest that someone has an autoimmune disease however, this test alone cannot rule it in or out positively. The ANA test can be positive once and then negative. Lupus is diagnosed with blood tests like ANA and by symptoms the four of ten rule. You must exhibit four of the ten Lupus criteria before a diagnosis can be made. There is no definitive test for Lupus yet.

      There would be absolutely no harm in seeing a rheumatologist and discussing your case. In any event, most doctors are trained to not ‘go looking for zebras’. In other words the most obvious answer is usually the correct one for most people. This means that your weight problem is going to be the first thing on every doctor’s mind when you discuss joint pain. They are going to suggest that you lose weight and see if this doesn’t resolve your pain, especially if no other issues can be found.

      If you do have an autoimmune disease, it is that much more important that you get into better shape. People with diseases like Lupus fare much better when they eat properly and maintain a healthy weight. So in each case it would be best for you to seriously consider taking off the pounds.

      As far as saying that you go through much more pain than is caused by being overweight…how can you quantify this. It is impossible for you to be positive that all of your joint pain isn’t caused by your weight unless you lose the weight and it’s still there.

      Good luck to you.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why are these blood test used?
    What are ESR ANA and LDH blood test used for?
    And why would a Doctor order them on a 3 year old boy?

    • ANSWER:
      ANA is anti-bodies, This is an important test on a 3 year old because it shows how well his or her immune system is developing.

      The ESR is an easy, inexpensive, nonspecific test that has been used for many years to help diagnose conditions associated with acute and chronic inflammation, including infections, cancers, and autoimmune diseases. ESR is said to be nonspecific because increases do not tell the doctor exactly where the inflammation is in your body or what is causing it, and also because it can be affected by other conditions besides inflammation. For this reason, ESR is typically used in conjunction with other tests.

      ESR is helpful in diagnosing two specific inflammatory diseases, temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica. A high ESR is one of the main test results used to support the diagnosis. It is also used to monitor disease activity and response to therapy in both of these diseases.

      Currently, the main use for LDH is as a general indicator of the existence and severity of acute or chronic tissue damage and, sometimes, as a monitor of progressive conditions. LDH isoenzymes may also be used in differential diagnosis to help determine which organs are likely to be involved.

      Hope that helps. = ]

  30. QUESTION:
    Can a positive ANA test be MS?
    My neuro was thinking MS. One of my blood tests have come back positive. The ANA one. I have this electric shock feeling that goes all the way down my spine into my feet. Plus my hands have been tingling and a lot of frequent headaches and fatigue. IS there anything else that this could be? I am still awaiting the results of my MRI’s from last week.
    MS is an autoimmune disease. Also, the doctor has been able to rule out Lupus, carpal tunnel, and pinched nerve. As far as auto immune diseases that deal with the nervous system, there isn’t that many. My symptoms have been getting worse along my spine….I have been dealing with this for 6 weeks now and it is starting to get a little frustrating. I was just looking for some other possibilities as what it could be.

    • ANSWER:
      No a positive ANA test is not an indicator of MS by its self. Thank goodness, but it needs to be investigated by your doctor.

      There about 80 autoimmune disease. Unfortunately most overlap in symptoms, making it hard for doctor diagnose a particular disease.

      I have had rising ANA’s for years, one test being positive 200 titer and speckled, which saw me being sent of to a Rheumatologist. Have been diagnosed as having both CFS and Fibromyalgia, CFS 10 plus years and Fibromyalgia about 4 years. My GP and I believes we eventually get a correct diagnosis.

      Good luck, and take care resting when you can.

  31. QUESTION:
    My ANA test result came back as positive, 1:40 speckled. Should I be concerned?
    I have been having joint point for a couple months now in flares, and am nervous I may have lupus. I went in for a check up and all my other blood tests came back as negative. I did show low vitamin D and then low ana titer at 1:40.. should I be worried, or am I most likely fine?

    • ANSWER:
      You should not be worried. Worry makes any disease worse. If you have it, you have it. Then you take steps to control it. A speckled ANA titer with joint pain could indicate lupus. You should go see a rheumatologist for evaluation. Regular doctors are not trained to make this difficult diagnosis. Find a rheumatologist at www.rheumatology.org.

  32. QUESTION:
    My Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) test came back positive. What could this mean?
    I know Lupus is the big thing that comes to mind, but what else could it mean?

    Test says:

    ANA SCREEN = Positive
    ANA TITER = 1:160 (normal is <1:40)

    I took an additional blood test to see if it is Lupus.

    What else could it be? I'd like to explore my options

    By the way, I have no and never had symptoms of lupus. No rashes or pain at all. I do, however, urinate frequently.

    • ANSWER:
      The ANA is a nonspecific test for any of the autoimmune
      diseases; lupus just being one.
      Some of the others include:
      * Rheumatoid arthritis.
      * Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
      * Polymyositis.
      * Scleroderma.
      * Sjögren’s syndrome.
      Other include: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, juvenile diabetes mellitus, Addison disease, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, glomerulonephritis, and pulmonary fibrosis.
      However, it is nonspecific which means it can be a false positive (you have nothing–about 5% of the population just have positive ones for no good reason) or it can indicate a non-immune disease:ANAs can be produced in patients with infections (virus or bacteria), lung diseases (primary pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension), gastrointestinal diseases (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease), hormonal diseases (Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, Grave’s disease), blood diseases (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic anemia), cancers (melanoma, breast, lung, kidney, ovarian and others), skin diseases (psoriasis, pemphigus), as well as in the elderly and those persons with a family history of rheumatic diseases.
      A few drugs can also give a positive ANA.
      So you will need much more specific testing to determine what’s going on (sounds like that has started). They usually do anti-RNA and anti-DNA testing among others.
      Good luck & hopefully you will just a false positive!!

  33. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Question- Rheumatology!?
    I went to a new GP and I told her my symptoms (knee and finger pain and swelling, fatigue, dry mouth and eyes, rashes, ulcers) and she ran some blood tests. On the form she specified “Complete Blood Count, ANA, C-Reactor Protein, Rheumatoid Factor (anti RNP etc)”. I read up that there were specific anti-bodies for different conditions, and she said they’d be tested because she put “anti-RNP etc”.

    I got my results back.
    CBC- normal.
    CRP- < 3 (0-7)
    Rheumatoid Factor IgM- 9 (0-15)

    No mention of ANA or any specific anti-bodies.

    I've had my ANA tested before and it's been positive. In the past the results have specifically stated what my is ANA.
    But this time there's no ANA result or for any other specific anti-bodies.

    Is this all included in the 'Rheumatoid Factor IgM' or were they just not tested at all??

    Thanks.
    But does the Rheumatoid Factor blood test include the specific anti-bodies for Sjorgens or Lupus etc?

    • ANSWER:
      What is with the etc? Lab techs test what is stated (and sometimes not as i have found out and had to have retested) but to me it sounds like you have received all your test results. Positive ANA, dry mouth and dry eyes…highly indicative of Sjögren’s Syndrome.

      Common eye and mouth tests are:

      *Schirmer test (measures tears to check the lacrimal gland) Producing less than five millimeters of liquid is usually indicative of Sjögren’s syndrome.

      *Staining with vital dyes (shows how much damage dryness has done to the surface of the eye)

      * Slit lamp examination (shows how severe the dryness is and whether the outside of the eye is inflamed)

      Mouth exam (looks in the mouth for signs of dryness and to see if any salivary glands are swollen)

      *Salivary gland biopsy of the lip (this test is the best way to find out whether dry mouth is caused by Sjogren’s syndrome)

      Other tests include:

      * Routine blood tests
      * Immunological tests
      * Antithyroid antibodies TPO and TgAb
      * Immunoglobulins
      * Rheumatoid factor
      * ANA antinuclear antibodies
      * Sjogren’s antibodies (SS-A,SS-Ro,SS-B,SS-La)
      * Chest x-ray
      * Urinalysis

      http://www.medic8.com/skin-disorders/sjogrens-syndrome.htm

      http://arthritis.about.com/od/sjogrens/ss/sjogrens_6.htm

      Edit: The presence of RF indicates that you may have rheumatoid arthritis. Positive RF test results are found in the majority of cases of rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, more than 50% of patients with high levels of RF in their blood have Sjögren’s syndrome.

      Rheumatoid factor test >>>

      http://www.labtestsonline.org.au/understanding/analytes/rheumatoid/test.html

  34. QUESTION:
    ANA blood results help?
    I recently had a blood test where my ana screen came back positive but my titer was <1:40.. My doctor seems to think something is wrong and referred me too see a specialist which I am doing so tomorrow morning. Does anyone have any insight on this? I am 19years old by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      Positive ANA points to an autoimmune condition

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you have a positive Rheumatoid Factor and a high ANA but not have any illness?
    I have tested positive/high on both the RF and ANA blood tests. I am still in the process of talking to my doctor about it, but he was making it sound like I could possibly not have anything (even though I have constant joint and muscle pain). Obviously, I will talk with him more and probably get a second opinion, but I wanted to know if you could have both of those tests come back positive/high and still not have any illness.

    • ANSWER:
      I am having the same issue and the docs still haven’t figured it out. A rheumatologist would suggest ruling out other immune disorders like myositis (it’s like RA but affects the muscles, it elevates your blood levels too). It could also be celiac’s (allergy to wheat). Fibromyalgia is a possibilty too. You are hurting so keep looking for a solution. You shouldn’t have to live with chronic pain. Check with a rheumatologist and good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    ana antinuclear antibodys test?
    i had a blood test ana antinuclear antibody test and my test was negative is that good or bad. they were checking my immune system. it says it was negative so does this mean i dont have it

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Any rhuemetologist out there? Positive ANA test…?
    I am a 33 y/o white female…
    I recently had a lot of blood work done, my ANA came back positive with a 1:80 titer (mixed pattern)…. my Dr. diagnosed me with fibromyalgia, sent me home with ibuprofin, and said there was no more testing necessary.

    I am under the impression that maybe I just had some sort of virus at the time of the blood test, or maybe I just have “normal” positive ANA???

    Anyone have similar testing done with these results or are there any specialist that can help me to understand these results?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Fibromyalgia & have never heard of a +ANA being diagnostic. Did he rule out other rheumatoid illnesses?
      People don’t just have +ANA tests.

      I was 1st diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis & finally a psychiatrist diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.
      I take Cymbalta which has been FDA approved for fibromyalgia.

      It sounds like you would like to get retested & still have questions. If you don’t feel comfortable asking your MD go for a 2nd opinion.

      Good luck to you.

  38. QUESTION:
    Fatigue, muscle and joint pain, +ANA test 80h?
    I am 31 yrs old and from some months until now I have been feeling extremely tired, besides that I wake up with terrible muscle and joint pains. I went to see if my thyroid was ok and my blood and urine tests came out a bit weird but nothing alarming so they retest my blood and everything came out fine. I kept feeling tired, my right hand fingers (2 of them) started to swell and get hot from one day to another my neck started hurting a lot and my hair started to fall out. Went to see the doctor this time a new one, he sent me for a MRI and blood test for Rheumatoid factor, sedimentation rate, ANA, HIV, hormones, etc. Everything came out fine except my ANA test which came out + with and 80% speckled and my MRI showed degenerative changes in my C6-C7. He wants to give me antimalarial medicine but I don’t want to take it before I know what I have, has anybody gone throu something similar and know what it is? He says it could be arthritis, but does arthritis give you all this symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I would definitely get to a Rheumatologist as soon as possible and bring your blood tests. Antimalarials are usually given to help with symptoms of Systemic Lupus, but Lupus can be hard to diagnose. A Rheumatologist specializes in that disease, plus you do not want to be a very strong drug like that unless you absolutely know that you have Lupus. It took a few months for a final diagnosis of Lupus for myself. They diagnose using a set of criteria of symptoms and you would need to meet a certain number of the symptoms….these can include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, rashes, certain types of anemia, and certain problems with kidneys, heart or lungs, and they also look for certain markers in your blood such as ANA’s, SED rates which measure inflammation, C3-C4 compliments, etc. A Rheumatologist can do all of this bloodwork. Arthritis will not give you all the symptoms that lupus does, and the medical treatment is different , so please go see a specialist and dont get discouraged. It may take some time to figure out exactly what it is, but then you and your doctor can plan the best treament for you. If you have any other questions or are just frustrated feel free to email me. I am 28 and have had Lupus for 4 years now. I ws a nurse, but am no longer able to work. Take care – feel better!

  39. QUESTION:
    Could the flu cause a high ANA test result?
    Looking for: Myasthenia Gravis.

    My Neuro said that he was concerned about my ANA number and briefly mentioned Lupus before dismissing the idea. I had a 99.5 fever and the flu the day I went to get my blood drawn. Would this affect the ANA test any?
    I was refered to him after seeing two other eye doctor. I can’t see well because of double vision in one eye. The ANA wasn’t too high of a number but he didn’t tell me what the number was.

    • ANSWER:
      No, the flu will not affect your ANA. Why are you seeing a neurologist? Are there other issues going on? Why would a neurologist dismiss a high ANA? This is not his field of expertise. You should be seen by a rheumatologist.

      **ANA’s are reported as titers 1:40 being a low postive 1:80, 1:160, 1:320…etc. Note that the second number doubles each time. This means that they split the sample and look to see if the ANA still can be seen in the sample. The more times you split it if it can still be seen the more positive it is. There are also different types of ANA positive and the types can classify certain types of disease.

      The problem is that an ANA is a non specific test and cannot rule any disease in or out. It’s just an indicator.

      Are you overweight? Is it possible that you have pseudo tumor cerebre? This could be causing the double vision.

      Problem is that Lupus can feel like the flu with body aches and the low grade fever.

      What other symptoms are you having?

  40. QUESTION:
    Positive ANA Test means?
    For the past year I have been having issues, like joint swelling/stiffness, muscle weakness, fatigue, etc. I went to the doctor and did a blood test and found I was positive with ANA’s and thought it might be Lupus and was referred to a Rheumatologist where I did even more blood tests. The only thing found was the ANA’s and when I asked for what felt like the millionth time, what was wrong with me all I was told was that I was autoimmune and I would be on medication for the rest of my life. I know there’s many types of autoimmune diseases, but shouldn’t he have been able to pin point exactly what is wrong?? Do you think I should go somewhere else? Or am I pushin it…

    • ANSWER:
      I have a positive ANA test too and this means there is something going on with your immune system but it does not exactly tell the doctor what that problem is. I also see a Rheumatologist and they are 90% sure I have lupus.

      What are some of your symptoms? I have been seeing a doctor since November 2007 and they still won’t give me a firm diagnosis even though 8 out of 11 of my symptoms and bloodwork says lupus. They sometimes worry about lawsuits I guess, but this is my second opinion. My first advice: you are your strongest advocate. Start tracking your symptoms daily (running a fever, throwing up, times, etc.) and give them to your doctor. Do as much research you can online and don’t let them deter you from doing so. Maybe join a health forum for certain symptoms you have or go to wrongdiagnosis.com – that helped me a lot!!

      You are entitled to a 2nd opinion and I would get one if you feel this doctor is not listening to you. Rheumatology is such a tough field that things are tough to get down on paper. I have met many people that had a positive ANA, but it took around 10 years to diagnoses them with Lupus, RA, MS, etc. Feel free to IM me or email me if you have any questions – I would be happy to help!

  41. QUESTION:
    I experience most symptoms of lupus but my ANA test came back negative.?
    About a 1½ yr ago I started getting rly bad knee pain and the problems have only gotten worse since then . I get severe joint and muscle pain what seems to be 24/7. I’m always tired no matter how much I sleep. Often I’m so tired that once I lay down, I feel like I’m sinking into my bed and can’t move. In the past I’ve experienced slight hair loss when under stress. I’m always getting sick so I guess vitamins haven’t been doing much for me. For the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been getting weird muscular convulsions whenever I lay down, so bad that it makes it hard to sleep. They don’t hurt or anything but its just really annoying. And I’ve gotten these weird little rashes at the side of my elbows, and I’ve never had skin problems before. My orthopedist ran some blood tests to check for lupus and the ANA test came back negative though. I’m not sure what’s going on but I just want to live a normal life w/o everyone constantly asking me whats wrong and not having an answer. I’m only 15. HELP.

    • ANSWER:
      Occasionally someone will have lupus and not have a positive ANA. Your symptoms could come from a variety of things. Lupus is called the great imitator because it has the same symptoms as many other disorders.

      It takes the average lupus patient 3-5 years and 3-4 doctors before they are diagnosed because there is no specific test for it.

      Don’t give up in your quest to find out what is wrong. And keep reminding yourself that you are sick because you are sick, not because you are crazy. Part of the problem getting a diagnosis is that some doctors will dismiss women and girls as being depressed and not pay attention to the underlying health issues. Insist that they take you seriously.

      Keep a journal of your symptoms. This will be helpful along the way. Make notes about when you have symptoms and what they are. Here are questions you should be prepared to answer.
      1. What are your symptoms?
      2. How severe are your symptoms?
      3. How often do you have each symptom?
      4. How long does that symptom last?
      5. What makes you feel better?
      6. What makes you feel worse?

      These are clues that, along with labs and other diagnositics, can help you and your doctors solve the mystery.

      I hope you find your answer soon.

  42. QUESTION:
    What does a postive ana mean?
    I was pregnant in 10/05 and my ana blood test came back postive i was tested for lupus because my titer came back high what else could i have? Doctore doesnt seem to be too concerned. Should i be

    • ANSWER:
      An antinuclear antibody (ANA) test measures the amount and pattern of abnormal antibody that work against the body’s tissues (autoantibody). Everyone has a small amount of autoantibody, but about 5% of people have a larger amount. About half of these 5% have an autoimmune disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. An ANA test alone cannot diagnose a specific disease. It is used in combination with an evaluation of symptoms and other tests.

      The body’s immune system normally attacks and destroys foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. However, in disorders known as autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks and destroys the body’s normal tissues. When a person has an autoimmune disease, the immune system produces antibodies that attach to the body’s own cells as though they were foreign substances, often causing them to be damaged or destroyed. A thorough medical history, physical examination, and other tests besides an ANA test are needed confirm a suspected autoimmune disease.

      A test for antinuclear antibodies (ANA) is done to help diagnose conditions that include:

      Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
      Rheumatoid arthritis
      Sjögren’s syndrome.
      Scleroderma.
      Hashimoto’s thyroid disease.
      A reaction to a medication.

      High values
      A high ANA titer may indicate systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE can be present with titers from 1 to 40 and higher. Almost all people with SLE have a high ANA titer. However, most people with a high ANA titer do not have SLE. Only about one-third of people who are referred to a rheumatologist for high ANA titers are diagnosed with SLE. Other conditions may cause a high ANA titer. About 30% to 40% of people with rheumatoid arthritis have a high ANA titer.
      Many conditions may result in a high ANA titer. These conditions include autoimmune diseases, such as scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and myositis. Other conditions with a high ANA titer include Raynaud’s syndrome, viral infections, and liver disease. Although an ANA titer may help support a diagnosis for these conditions, it is not used by itself to confirm a diagnosis. A thorough medical history, physical examination, and other tests are needed to confirm a suspected autoimmune disease.
      Some apparently healthy individuals have high levels of antinuclear antibodies. For instance, some people with a family history of autoimmune disease may have a high ANA titer. The higher the titer, however, the more likely it is that the person has an autoimmune disease.
      What Affects the Test

      Factors that can interfere with your test and the accuracy of the results include:

      Medications, such as hydralazine (Apresoline), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl, Promine), and certain anticonvulsants (such as Dilantin, Mysoline). These medications can cause a form of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) called drug-induced lupus. Lupus resulting from these medications may cause a high antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer.
      Medications, such as antibiotics (isoniazid, penicillin, and tetracycline), birth control pills, lithium, and some diuretics, such as chlorthalidone (Hygroton).
      Heart or blood pressure medications, such as acebutolol (Sectral), captopril (Capoten), atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor), lovastatin (Mevacor), and quinidine.
      Aging. Some older adults (5% to 40%) may have mildly elevated levels. Older women appear to have higher ANA titers than older men.
      Steroids, which may cause a false-negative result.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have a Positive ANA test …?
    so i have a positive ana test. and for some reason, the doctor says not to eat vitamin c and to come back 3-4 months later to do the blood tests again? why would he say “don’t eat vitamin c”?isn’t scurvy the disease for vitamin c deficiency or something? help, please? thnx.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know what ‘titer’ your ANA was? A low positive ANA usually means nothing. Many people have a low positive ANA and are healthy. In higher titer and those with other positive blood tests should have further testing. My rheumatologist said anyone with an ANA below 1:640 is not considered relevant, another rheumatologist said anything below 1:160.

      I have no idea why your doctor would recommend not eating vitamin C. That’s not something I’ve never been told or heard.

      My advice, find a new doctor and get a copy of your blood test results.

      …..

  44. QUESTION:
    What do these symptoms mean? I have a high ANA test and am awaiting a referral to a rheumatologist.?
    I had pain under my arms, then what seemed like the flu (although I tested negative for influenza) and then when the “flu” passed, I began to get tingling in my forearms and now in my legs below the knees and my feet. I get pain behind my lower shoulder blades and am more tired than I have ever been in my life. In the last 6 months, I have passed 2 separate kidney stones, not sure if it’s related or not. I have had pain for several years when I take in deep breaths but was told by both my ob (when pregnant with twins 6 years ago) and my primary care that it is likely pleurisy and nothing to be too concerned about. The leg and arm tingling prompted my primary to order blood tests which revealed the high ANA results (do not know the number) and his referral of me to a rheumatologist whom I have not seen. Oh – in the last 8 months I have lost 40 pounds and am now at a healthy weight, but I was trying tolose, so am not sure it is important. Does anyone know if this sounds like GBS?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know whether you mean Guillian-Barre Syndrome or Group B Strep or something else. The elevated antinuclear antibody (ANA) is part of the diagnostic criteria for several disorders, all rather significant. Connective-tissue disease such as Lupus, Sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc., and also a condition such as mixed (‘undifferentiated’) connective-tissue disease, fibromyalgia, firbromyositis; lots of things can raise it. The rheumatologist will be a wellspring of information and help to you. Any and all will probably reveal an elevated ANA. Oh, and psoriatic arthritis as well… all of the above are treatable; you can be so much more comfortable and less fatigued when you identify what you’re really dealing with. An added thought: Is there any possibility that you were bitten by a tick months back? As in one carrying Lyme disease? Hiking, working in the yard by woods, etc., where deer or mice may have been…just a thought.
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  45. QUESTION:
    Question about a blood test that came back positive from the doctors?
    I got a called today on some blood work that was done about three weeks ago and they test for two thing: rheumatiod arthrithis and something to do with ANA. The tests came back negative for the RA but came back positive on the ANA test and they said that I have ANA vague mark of connective tissues. Now I have no idea what in the world this is. I have looked on the internet and I was hoping that someone could give me a little insight as to what this problem is. Thank you very much.

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest you are best to speak to your doctor or a nurse at the surgery, if it’s something that’s come back positive you are better getting medical advice specific to you.

      From my own personal experience, I once had a blood cell test come back saying I had a low cell count. I looked on the internet and it suggested HIV, Malaria or Lukemia. After days of being convinced I was dying, I found out that it was because I had had a sickness virus! The internet is not always the best tool, so make that appointment!

  46. QUESTION:
    How long does a Complete Blood Test take?
    I got five tubes of blood drawn for five different tests at a hospital at 8:00 AM on Tuesday. Three of them came back by noon that day and two are still out including the CBC test and an ANA test. Do these tests take longer or do they only take a long time if they are abnormal? I am freaking out, preparing myself for the worst, but am I possibly right or could they really just be taking a long time? If I shouldn’t be worried yet, when should I start worrying?

    • ANSWER:
      a cbc test, as well as an ana test can take 24-48 hours to get definitive results. As most labs are not open on weekends, it could be as long as monday afternoon before they are completed and posted to your doctor.
      I could get all technical and tell you how these tests are done,but it would be a huge post. (lol) The procedure for CBC and ANA tests is long, and sometimes have to be repeated.
      i wouldn’t worry too much yet. If you don’t hear back any results by Monday afternoon, I would give a call to the hospital and ask if there are any problems. For now, take a deep breath and relax.

  47. QUESTION:
    what causes a high immunaglobin level in blood test results? IBS?
    Hi, have developed raynauds recently, flu~y feeling about 5 or 6 times a yr, muscle & joint pain, occasional rashes, flushing to face & arms, stomach problems, indigestion, heartburn & ab pain, doc ran test and the only one to come back abnormally high was immunoglobin, so then done a RF & ANA blood tes which were normal, could it be IBS, with the rest of my symptoms, or why does your immunoglobin be high,
    yes, I have raynauds and these other symptoms also, all have began over the last 6 mths.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m confused – are you saying you have Raynauds and in addition you also have these other symptoms? And no, the symptoms you describe are nothing like irritable bowel syndrome.

  48. QUESTION:
    Marijuana blood test and pipe purchase?
    1. I am buying a glass pipe at a tobacco shop. All I do is ask for a glass pipe right? I’m sketched out about buying one because everyone knows that you only smoke weed out of a glass pipe…

    2. I’m getting a blood test done that will be testing: CBC, CNP, IGE, ANA. Since I have no idea what any of these are, and I’ve been smoking lately, will they be able to tell I’ve been smoking? And if they do will they call the cops?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      k smoke shops generally dont card anyone at all. Im 16 and i buy rolling papers, glass pipes, and mi bong from smoke shops.. they honestly dont give 2 sh*ts if ur smoking weed, everyone does. as for the blood test, im not sure if they will detect the weed in your system but i know for sure they wont call the police on you lol

  49. QUESTION:
    can anyone tell me where to find info on ANA Titer test results?
    just received blood work and ana titer has doubled, haven’t seen my physician yet but was curious if someone could direct me to a sight where i can learn about the normal values versus abnormal values and what is considered high.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    blood/ANA results 1:160 speckled…Lupus?
    Hello,

    I received a pleasant call today from my doctors office saying that they got my recent blood work back and there was an ANA and then they said something about rheumatoid arthritis(RA). They said they were calling a rheumatologist to set up an appointment for me.

    In the meantime I looked up ANA and RA. When the doc’s office called again, I asked for clarification of the test results. Apparently, RA was tested for and was not present. My numbers were 1:160. The pattern is speckled.

    I have an appointment set up for a few weeks and will find out more then. In the mean time, can you help decipher these blood results.

    The symptoms that led to the blood tests involved my legs and feet feeling dead/numb in the morning when I awake. I swing them out of bed and they don’t fall out from underneath me but they hurt a little bit and don’t feel like they have joined me yet. It doesn’t take very long for them to wake up and be normal. The doc scheduled an EMG/nerve conduction. That is an insane test and I hope I never have another one, but I digress. The EMG was fine leaving the blood work to come back as the next evaluator.

    Other symptoms are harder to gauge because I take 5mg of Oxycodone for IBS. Three times a day I take it usually. It does a great job of taking away the general aches and pains of being a not-very-active 34 year old man along with helping with my abdomen. I mention this because alot of the symptoms of lupus or arthritis may being masked by the Oxycodone. I know that I have joint pains and muscular aches. I just chalked them up to getting older and my weight rising to 245lbs. That is an all-time high weight and I thought my joints and muscles were just struggling to keep up.

    Anyway, I don’t have many of the symptoms that seem to be indicative of a Lupus diagnosis. Such as:

    fever
    anemia(that I know of; surely my blood work over the last year would show that, right?)
    pleurisy
    rash
    light-sensitivity
    hair loss
    abnormal blood clotting(that I know of)
    Raynaud’s(that I know of)
    mouth or nose ulcers

    So basically,

    My legs and feet hurt when I wake up or after a long drive or after lying down for awhile like when you are watching a great movie and don’t get off of the couch for awhile).

    My hands seem to be a tad bit weak. Sometimes I really have to stretch my fingers and shake them around to wake them up also.

    My blood numbers were 1:160 with a speckled pattern. Something about ANA(antinuclear antibody).

    Any ideas? Thoughts? Honesty is appreciated. Best answer will be awarded. Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:


Abnormal Thyroid Blood Test

In 2010 a very ground-breaking book was written by DR.Datis Karazian, one of the world’s foremost authorities and researchers on thyroid metabolism and disorders.

In this book of the same title doctor Karazian very methodically explains the physiology andinteraction of the thyroid gland and it’s influence onthe rest of the endocrine system and how this can affect overall health and function. Heorganizes thyroid metabolism problems into 7 main categories This article is the first in a series of articles that will help the chronic thyroid patient understand why they continue to have thyroid symptoms despite medical care and what can be done to correct it. Thyroidbook.com

#1 secret to overcoming chronic thyroid symptoms:

Is understanding that laboratory ranges are too Broad! As a result is that they miss find body dysfunction every day. Laboratory ranges are based on the averages of all the sick people who went to medical clinics last year, the ranges differ one lab to another and differ state to state. Does it make sense to use the date of sick people to set the standard for what health should be? No. A better range for blood testing is the functional range, is a national standard that is set by a regulatory committee based on the data of healthy people with no symptoms. let’s look at some scenarios that are common in the patients that I see highlighting the differences in the laboratory vs functional ranges.