Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
141 Doctors are Online

Done thyroid test. Diagnosed as Hashimoto's disease and Graves disease. Which diagnosis is correct?

User rating for this question
Answered by

Practicing since : 2001
Answered : 1663 Questions
I recently recently received from very confusing lad results. Minutes before my appointment I found out the clinic I was going was not covered by my insurance as they had at previous appointments claimed. So I could only afford a 10 minute appointment with the CNP to receive my test results. They showed as followed:
T4 Total 17.3 H refrence range 4.5-12.0, T3 Free 5.9 H ref range 2.3-4.2, TSH 0.01 ref range 0.40-4.50, Thyroid Peroxidase AB 547 ref range <35. The CNP told me I have Hashimotos and said I needed Armor thyroid right away then sent me to a hormones clinic for a free consult with an RPH since my hormones test were showing otherimbalances. The RPH read my results and said I did not have Hashimotos but that my results showed Graves Disease. Here is the confusing part I am extremely overweight and have huge difficulties losing even though I eat a good diet. I have also been having absense and simple complex seizures over the last year. I have been dealing with a unilateral ptosis in my left eye along with numbness on my upper cheek for about 3 to 4 yrs now. Some of the research that I have done shows that these all may be signs of Atypical Graves Disease. Please what is your opinion.
Posted Tue, 4 Sep 2012 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 4 hours later
The lab results are suggestive of an overactive thyroid called hyperthyroidism. Graves disease is a common cause of hyperthyroidism. it is quite likely you have this condition. Doing another test called 'Radioactive Iodine 123 uptake and scan' can provide definitive diagnosis. This involves going to the Nuclear medicine department of a hospital or radiology center, and swallowing an iodine pill following whchi you are called 4-6 hours later and then again 24 hours later to scan the neck. Sometimes, a blood test called TSI (Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins) is performed to aid in the diagnosis. However it is absolutely vital that you see an endocrinologist with special interest and expertise in thyroid disease in order to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. There are potentially accompanying signs and symptoms relating to eye disease that are associated with Graves disease. It is important that an endocrinologist examines you to ascertain this, because it has bearing on the treatment options. Also the positive thyroid peroxidase test will mislead the non-expert into believing you have hashimoto's. it canbe complex so the approach is best left to an endocrinologist. It is possible you may only have temporary bruising of your thyroid gland called 'thyroiditis' and sometimes peroxidase antibodies can be positive in such circumstances. treatment for all these different situations is quite different and will require follow up to determine which direction your thyroid is heading in. For now, I can advise you to not take armor thyroid at all.
For more information, please review WWW.WWWW.WW or WWW.WWWW.WW WWW.WWWW.WW
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Done thyroid test. Diagnosed as Hashimoto's disease and Graves disease. Which diagnosis is correct? 13 hours later
Thank you very much for your response. I am not taking the Armor. I knew her diagnosis could not be right. I will seek out a endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid in my area. Again thank you.
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 32 hours later
Thanks for writing back.
If you have any more questions, please do let me know. Else, please close this discussion.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Endocrinologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor