TSH results come back as normal?
Here’s a little background on my struggle. My daughter tested positive for thyroid antibodies over the summer. She’s been having a super rough time physically, and exhibits a lot of hypothyroid symptoms. She even had a large nodule on her thyroid that they had to biopsy last month (it was thankfully benign). But they are telling us she doesn’t have Hashimoto’s. Or rather, that it isn’t active (which is very confusing, does she have it or not? It’s never a clear answer). She has been seeing a pediatric endocrinologist, but nobody ever seems to be able to help her. Both her doctor’s office and her endo consider her a “strange” case, and it seems as though quite a few people within both offices have been reading up on her case. Yet, we see no results. So, I started researching on my own. I was the one that asked her regular doctor to test for the thyroid antibodies in the first place, after which they shuffled us along to the endo.
I figured if they can’t help us with her health, then perhaps I needed to take a look at my own. My thought was, if I can discover something about my own health, perhaps it can help shed some light on her issues. Turns out, my mother had been treated as a child for an issue with her thyroid. Apparently, her mother had been treated around the same time as well. I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, the symptoms of which can mimic some of the symptoms seen in Hashimoto’s. I decided to get my blood tested at the end of November.
I just got my results back. I have high numbers of thyroglobulin antibodies (184), and thyroperoxidase antibodies (84). However, my TSH falls within the normal range, at 2.20. Therefore, my doctor doesn’t see a correlation to my symptoms (a few of which are: fatigue, memory fog, increased sensitivity to cold, dry skin, chronic headaches, and a gradual increase in the intensity of my periods, including terrible migraines to kick it off with every month).
So I guess my question for all of you is, can you have Hashimoto’s, even if your TSH results come back as normal? Does the presence of the antibodies mean that you for sure have the condition? Should I be seeking a referral to an endocrinologist for myself? At the last visit with my daughter’s endocrinologist, it was suggested that we look into Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic. I’m a tad overwhelmed at the moment.