I am a 24 year old female, diagnosed with Hashimoto's a little over a year ago. I diagnosed myself and begged my PCP to do a TPO antibodies because I was tired of not having any answers for why I feel terrible all the time, and I was right. My mom just found out her ANA was borderline for Lupus....Would it be a good idea for me to ask my PCP to do an ANA on me as well...I've been taking my Levoxl but still feeling like crap more often then not.
A positive ANA alone is not diagnostic for Lupus. ANA can be positive even in healthy population especially in low titers.
I have hashimotos also and knew that i had something in addition because even after two years on synthroid I still was not feeling any better. Though i do not have lupus, I did have a positive ANA and some other positive antibodies tests but it took years for some of them to turn positive. If you are not feeling well, and you feel something is wrong it is worth pursuing.
Also I suggest switching Dr.s and finding a good internist that listens to you and your symptoms and is insistent on helping you feel better and above all... someone who is patient. Because if it IS autoimmune related it could take a very long time to come to a solid diagnosis.
Another possibility is that you are not on the right dose of levo. Many Dr.s just want you in range. Most hashi suffers will tell you they feel better when their TSH is on the low side of normal (no higher then 2).
Please find someone who will treat the cause, not the symptom. Your immune system isn't liking something, and attacks it. Your thyroid, joints, the weakest link. I have met someone with juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (had suffered for 40+ years) who was cured after he found out that he was allergic to dairy and all grains. After switching to a pretty much carb-free diet his antibodies disappeared! He lost the walking stick, learned a new healing art. An amazing man, at over 60. If you read Dr. Kharrazian's book www.***********.com , he explores the link between gluten and autoimmune disease. There may be many more causes, but you'll want to find out before you live on synthroid and immune supppressants (cancer drugs basically). Also, western medicine is the only system to believe that hashi's in incurable. Both Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine have success with treating Hashimoto's. God bless!
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.