Posted 5/9/2017 7:49 PM (GMT -6)
I am an 18 year old, 5'6" 102 lb female and about 6 years ago I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. I noticed my hair falling out in unsightly patches, and went to my Dermatologist who sent me to get blood labs done and explained my treatment options. They said my labs came back normal.
Fast forward 6 years and my Dermatologist hired a new assistant who was unsatisfied with the labs run in the past. She told me that they ran one lab that only tested for a very specific type of thyroid disease, so she ordered more tests.
I finally got them back and everything seemed about normal, except my Anti- Thyroglobulin lgG read >4,794 IU/mL when the reference Range was 40-60.
My Anti-Thyroid Per-oxidase lgG was >1,542 IU/mL with a reference range of 25-35.
Should I be worried? Are these average levels in Hashimoto's or Grave's disease patients? My Rheumatologist referred me to a primary care physician who referred me to an Endocrinologist that i will not be able to see for a few weeks.
I have had fluctuating weight, and cannot discern whether my recent weight loss could be a result of my thyroid or a side effect of my ADD medication, but it continues to drop, no matter how much I try to eat. I can never stay warm, I faint frequently, and have very odd/specific muscle pains frequently in places I didn't even know I had muscles.
My real question is, could the elevated anti-bodies explain my hair loss? And is there a chance that treating my thyroid could cause my hair to grow back?