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How to determine whether

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I am not sure if I have an autoimmune disease. There is so much conflicting information out there so I'm confused, to say the least. I have low TSH, low T3, High RT3, low Ferritin and low Testosterone. I also have all the classic hypothyroid symptoms. I am currently tolerating (digestion wise) most paleo/primal foods and eating iron-rich foods and avoiding offending foods.

I am a male, 23 year old and a starving college student. How should I know whether I have an autoimmune disease/hashimoto's?

Any recommendations?

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My T4(F) is 1.39 from ng/dL .82-1.77. My doctor seems to just care about TSH, which is typical. We are going to test a total iron blood panel and take it from there next week.

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on July 26, 2012
at 12:32 AM

There is a specific test for Hashimoto's antibodies. As far as I know, that's the only way to diagnose it.

Hypothyroid doesn't have to be caused by Hashi's, but if it is, you'll have the antibodies.

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on June 27, 2012
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If your doc can't tell you, we surely aren't qualified. Please go see another doc.

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on June 27, 2012
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There could be any number of things working here--when you had these blood tests, what was the diagnosis that your doctor discussed with you? It doesn't necessarily have to be an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. Did you have T4 measured?

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at 05:19 AM

My T4(F) is 1.39 from ng/dL .82-1.77. My doctor seems to just care about TSH, which is typical. We are going to test a total iron blood panel and take it from there next week.

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