Hi there. If you have antibodies, you almost certainly have Hashimoto's.
Gosh, if your TSH was THAT high you must have been feeling positively awful!
Bear in mind that it is common for Hashimoto's to sometimes cause people to be hypothyroid then swing to being hyperthyroid. Either way it's no picnic.
It's very common to have digestive problems (80% of our immune system is in the gut) and as a result of that absorption of many vitamins and minerals can be compromised.
Many people are low in iron (your mention of dark circles under the eyes makes me wonder - but that can also be due to food and other sorts of allergies)
Being low in iron will cause fatigue.
You could also be low in magnesium, definitely vitamin D, B12.
It's a good idea to be getting all those things checked.
Basically you have to be as healthy as you possibly can be and really focus on diet. Gluten free is almost the standard advice with Hashimoto's. At the very least try and reduce gluten from your diet as much as possible as it can cause inflammation.
Eating regularly is a must....you have to stabilise your blood sugar levels as this too can affect thyroid function. Don't skip meals and try not to binge on sugary foods.
Eat foods rich in selenium as this helps thyroid function (found in brazil nuts) Much research is being done on the benefits of selenium.
Don't eat copious amounts of goitrogenic foods such as cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower - these if eaten raw can hinder thyroid function -cooking these foods makes them safer to eat for those with Hashimoto's.
Medication is tricky and for a while you can feel better, but then your OWN hormones can start working and affect the balance - these hormones are so complex and work together with many other hormones (female hormones would be worth having checked too) and in conjunction with a whole lot of other systems in the body.
From what I've read, and understand, it can be quite tricky getting them all into some kind of balance.
Good luck....find a doctor who doesn't just treat your thyroid, but actually recognises it as an auto immune disease. It's not as simple as just treating the thyroid.
Post Edited (Desertrose7) : 10/24/2013 8:35:58 AM (GMT-6)