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My homeopathic doctor told me last week my thyroid was off. Used her potion and did feel so much warmer and left pain almost nill.

Problem was it (or something else)made me feel so incredibly irritable to the point of screaming at my poor dogs.

So I thought I would get my thyroid tested through regular docs but don't know what to ask for. I know it is something about t4/t3 but vague thought in my mind about one of them being free something or other.

Hope this makes sense.

Thanks

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1999 CFS, 2002 CMV Myco pneumonia
1 year antibiotics on and off
2002 EBV, 2009 Positive Igenex Borellia and Babesia, Brain mri severe white matter disease
Monoclonal Gammopathy. On and off antibiotics since sept. March 9 started iv antibiotics

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Hello maps,
Based on what your homeopathic doctor said your thyroid is off?.

I have autoimmune thyroid condition. My doctor tested me

TSH(Thyroid Stimulating Hormone),FT3,FT4,
Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb).

Barb.

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Hmm, autoimmune thyroid, they do love to blame it all on autoimmune, do you think the lyme did this.

I am on iv rocephine (sp) and seeing some improvement so I thought I would check out anything else that lyme may have corrupted to keep the momemtom going.

I called my internal medicine docs office this morning as they did a full work up on me about three weeks ago - no they did not do thyroid, it makes me so mad when you think you have everything covered only to find out that no one has checked.

Really appreciate the testing information, would this be all blood tests?

Thanks a lot

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1999 CFS, 2002 CMV Myco pneumonia
1 year antibiotics on and off
2002 EBV, 2009 Positive Igenex Borellia and Babesia, Brain mri severe white matter disease
Monoclonal Gammopathy. On and off antibiotics since sept. March 9 started iv antibiotics

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Adrenal Saliva Test

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The tests posted above are what I'd recommend too.

You can get things like reverse T3 measured and Grave's antibodies, but to be honest they probably aren't needed... unless the above tests come back abnormal.

If you are hypo, or antibodies are high, you can request a thyroid ultrasound, so you can look for nodules, size of thyroid and if it's lumpy or not (typical with Hashimoto's).

And it's not uncommon for Lyme to cause autoimmune thyroid problems. So even if Lyme does cause it, the doctors are correct in calling it an autoimmune problem, as it sorta is.

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Lyme hides well. Body senses a threat, can't find it. Body attacks itself to deal with it. "Autoimmune" IMO is mostly lyme.
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Like Eightybarb, I have "autoimmune" thyroid.
It's called Hashimoto's.

It's important to get tested for the thyroid antibodies that she suggested because you can have Normal TSH Hashimoto's.

I still have it and my TSH was 1.21 last month.
A thyroid specialist told me that a patient's TSH -- if it were re-tested even with hours--can vary wildly anyway.

Although an off-the-charts TSH definitely indicates advanced thyroid disease, a normal TSH can never be a clean bill of thyroid health. No way.

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

My LLMD says my hashimoto's is from the lyme. Beat back the infection and the autoimmune response will gradually disappear.

Same for those where the autoimmune component attacks their joints, or whatever else it may be.

I'm seeing a LL neuro in May, if the creek don't rise and the good lord is willin', in hopes that she'll check for Autoimmune Demyelination from the continued infection since I have numbness that adversely affects the use of my hands among other things.

A doctor checked me for "genetic susceptibility" to lyme autoimmune response.

HLA-DR1 - she checks for two, 01 & 04.
I am positive for both.

She says what it means is that the shape of certain cells in my body (at the very least thyroid, maybe nerve) are very close to the shape of lyme cells. My immune system mistakes my own thyroid et al cells for the invader's (lyme).

Unfortunately, Bb has scads of generations to add to its own genetic complexity & variance whereas humans are rather slow at it. So the evolution of our immune systems can't compensate and keep up with the pace of the threats of certain more complex residents of the microscopic world. Just a thought.

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