It’s that time again… lab results!
At this point, I feel like I understand my lab results, like I can determine what is going on and what my doctor will say.
But this time, I’m just… confused.
And because I’m so confused, we have charts!
Let’s being with the least exciting.
Starting with free T4, I’m currently sitting at a 1.5, which is on the higher end but still within range. As you can see, my T4 has been slightly fluctuating.
Next up, Total T3. My current level is 117, again on the higher end of the range and you can see it’s also increased since my last round of labs.
Now free T3, I’ve been slightly fluctuating but always around a similar number. Right now, I’m at a 2.8, which is well within range.
With all that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.
The troublemaker…TSH. A bit disappointed to say that my TSH went up to a 3.63. And as I’m sure you can see in the chart, my TSH has seen the biggest swings and changes. Luckily, I’m still within range, but I know this is too high for me, considering that I have Hashimoto’s.
I haven’t been tested for Thyroglobulin antibodies much, this is only me second time getting tested, but I did go up from a 2 in January to a 6 in July.
On the other hand, we have my TPO antibodies, which have been consistently going down! I’m currently at 269, which is still very high, but it’s the lowest is has been for me.
So, what does all this mean? To be honest, I have no idea.
I was under the impression that if my TPO antibodies went down, my thyroid would function better and my TSH would go down. Apparently, that’s not the case for me.
My mom brought up a good point and wondered if the COVID vaccine could be have had an effect on my lab results. If you haven’t read about my experience getting the COVID vaccine, you can check that our here! I haven’t heard anything about the vaccine affecting Hashimoto’s but it is something that I’ll bring up to my doctor. I know you know I’m a slacker, but I do have an appointment this week!
One thing that crossed my mind was whether being gluten free did actually have a positive effect. It’s hard to tell because a few things changed at the same time, but maybe it took longer for the results to register. For reference, I was gluten free from August to November 2020, my November 2020 labs had no change, so I started eating gluten again, and in January 2021, my results were much better. (You can read about my decisions to go gluten free and stop being gluten free here and here)
I’m also wondering if the TSH elevation is from my body getting used to the higher dose of Unithroid that I’m on. When I went gluten free, my dose increased to 50mcg from 25mcg. I’m thinking this could be the case because it has happened before. If you look at my chart you can see a decline in Nov/Dec 2019 and spike in July 2020.. that was my body getting used to the 25mcg. So it could be time to up my dosage again.
Overall, I have no idea what’s going on or what my doctor will say. There’s a 98% chance that she’ll ask if I tried going gluten free (because she doesn’t remember anything), she’ll also probably ask me what my dosage is even though she prescribes it (yes, I’m still on the search for a new doctor), but that’s all I’m sure about.
We’ll see, I guess.
And as always, I’ll be sure to keep you all in the loop with a follow up post!