Posted 11/28/2013 4:52 AM (GMT -6)
Over the past few years I have gone to 2 dieticians and twice to my GP
about excessive weight gain. They've always tested the normal blood sugar
levels, cholesterol, vit D and so on, but (to my knowledge) never my thyroid
function or thyroid antibodies and then, when the diets don’t work, just told
me that I am not exercising hard enough.
Last week I went to the doctor for a standard sore throat when he felt a
lump on my thyroid. He immediately sent me for a sonar which showed that there
was indeed a lump, but it's not malignant. Thereafter he did blood tests for
Thyroid Function and Thyroid Antibodies.
The blood tests came back showing that my Antithyroglobulin (Thyroid
Antibodies) level is 4000 IU/ml (normal is 116 IU/ml), Antithyroid Peroxidase
is 70 IU/ml (normal is 10 IU/ml). TSH is normal. Free T4 is normal.
The doctor said this confirmed that I definitely have Hashimoto
Thyroiditis, but because the thyroid antibody level is so high, I need to wait until
my thyroid "burns out" completely before I can start with any
medication. In the mean time I just need to go back for blood tests in 6
months. I sent these results to another doctor just to make sure, and sadly he
said the same.
My question: Is it normal to just sit and wait for my thyroid to become
completely inactive before taking any action. This means that it might still
take a very long time before I can do anything about my weight and from what
I've read many other complications can come from a "burnt out"
Should I just follow the doctors advice and wait while my body keeps
attacking itself or does anybody know if anything I can do?
Any help will be appreciated :)