I was really interested in your post because I had never heard that up to 20% of individuals
with thyroid antibodies do not have the disease so I have been checking articles on the internet.
This is one that was interesting: http://www.medicinenet.com/thyroid_peroxidase_test/article.htm
What is the thyroid peroxidase test
Thyroid peroxidase test is a test that measures the level of an antibody that is directed against thyroid peroxidase (TPO).
Autoantibodies to thyroid peroxidase (TPOAb) are produced within the body. The presence of TPOAb in the blood reflects a prior attack on the thyroid tissue by the body's immune system.
What does a positive thyroid peroxidase test mean?
- Most people with chronic thyroiditis (70%-90%) display a positive TPO test. The test is also positive in lesser numbers of people with other thyroid diseases.
- Other autoimmune disorders that may cause a positive TPOAb test include:
- about 3% of people with a positive TPOAb test show no evidence of disease.
So there are other diseases that will show a postive antibody test. But with your other symptoms
you do seem to have Hashimoto's. High cholesterol can be caused by Hashimoto's, and low iron and
vitamin D also seem to be a signature of autoimmune diseases in general. I guess it's up to you if
you want to wait another 4 to 6 weeks of feeling crappy. My original doctor told me my thyroid was
going, but we would just wait until it was gone before starting treatment. I just decided I couldn't
wait. You might see if you can get in to see an endocrinologist although that may take some time.
I have also had good luck with naturopaths because they look at the whole body and try to treat
the disease rather than just giving meds. Or go back to the rheumatologist and ask him for his
recommendation. I would definitely seek someone out who can help you with your autoimmune