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OK, I thought I had Lyme (still not sure if I do) but I had some bloodwork, and my thyroid tests came back super high!

Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies were 349
Thyroglobulin Antibodies were 376.

TSH was normal (1.81)

I also had slightly lower than normal white blood cells and platelets.

I have had achy joints and muscle weakness for a few months now, and I have lost 12 pounds since having my son (after I already returned to my normal weight).

I am definitely irritable and have a LOT of anxiety, although I always have had that.

No issues with my thyroid itself, haven't noticed any swelling or pain or anything weird with my face.

Could this be postpartum thyroiditis or something else? Going to the doc tomorrow...

ETA: Around the same time my daughter was nearing her first birthday I ALSO thought I had Lyme, and had the same achy joints and weight loss...

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I really, really don't know for sure, but antibodies mean autoimmune thyroiditis which isn't the same as pp thyroiditis. BUT pregnancy often is a trigger for autoimmune diseases. Since your TSH is within normal range, I don't know if you would have Grave's or Hashi's? There is a huge thyroid thread around here with more info.

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Thanks...anyone else?

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Selenium is big for immune function in general, and there's at least one study that shows that thyroid antibody levels reduce with selenium supplementation, they used 200mcg of a less-than-great form of selenium, l-selenomethionine is a better form, and brazil nuts are quite high in selenium, about 100mcg per nut.

Did they test your vitD as well? Some folks find that related to achiness, and it seems to go low for a lot of people with health issues.

Other things tend to cluster with autoimmune issues, problems with gluten (celiac or just intolerances), type 1 diabetes, like that. Those are things to keep in mind, and if you consume gluten, cutting it out may help reduce overall stress on your body.
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Thanks. I don't have any other issues that I know. My vitamin D level was 28, so I guess that isn't really ideal. I am going to the doc today so hopefully he will have some answers.

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On the vitamin D thing-you are low. I was diagnosed with a Vit D deficiency and my levels were at 24. My doc said optimal levels were at 40.
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OK, I thought I had Lyme (still not sure if I do) but I had some bloodwork, and my thyroid tests came back super high!

Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies were 349
Thyroglobulin Antibodies were 376.

TSH was normal (1.81)

I also had slightly lower than normal white blood cells and platelets.

I have had achy joints and muscle weakness for a few months now, and I have lost 12 pounds since having my son (after I already returned to my normal weight).

I am definitely irritable and have a LOT of anxiety, although I always have had that.

No issues with my thyroid itself, haven't noticed any swelling or pain or anything weird with my face.

Could this be postpartum thyroiditis or something else? Going to the doc tomorrow...

ETA: Around the same time my daughter was nearing her first birthday I ALSO thought I had Lyme, and had the same achy joints and weight loss...
Did you get your T3 and T4 checked? Your TSH can be normal but have Low/high T3 and T4 which could indicate a hypo/hyper state. I had elevated antibodies when DD was 4 months old. I was diagnosed with Hashis I would surely cut out gluten. It's very problematic for a lot of people ecspecially those with HIgh antibodies.
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I agree with Tanya and mom61508 (rechecks that number ).
With antibodies showing up, regardless of your other blood counts, you are considered to have an autoimmune thyroid disease- either Graves or Hashi's- and I would strongly suggest starting on selenium ASAP.

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UPDATE

I saw my family doctor and he basically took a wait and see approach and wants me to get my levels checked in 3 months. He said I could consult with an endocrinologist if I want, but I won't get in for 2-3 months anyway. He put me on a Vitamin D supplement. He said my thyroid is not at all enlarged or anything and feels very normal. I think he thinks its probably post partum, but that I may need to have more testing in the future once I am done nursing.

He said the lyme only came back with 2 bads so he doesn't think its active, but said to finish the abx just in case. Also, he wasn't concerned about the low platelets and the low wbc because they were only just slightly less than normal.

Thoughts?

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Please don't wait and see about your thyroid! Please read this website.

stopthethyroidmedness.com

 

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