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Hello everyone.  Just wondering, when the doc gives someone the hypothyroid diagnosis, do they then look for the cause and if so, how do they test for the cause?  Scanning?
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The most common cause for hypothyroidism is the autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, but some doctors don't really care about the cause -- including my former pcp.  He never tested anything beyond TSH and FT4.  If it had not been for my ENT, I would never have been tested for antibodies, nor had an ultra sound to find that I have nodules and a goiter.  

To test for Hashimoto's you should have antibody testing (thyroid peroxidase antibodies, TPOab and Thyroglobulin antibodies, TGab).  You should also have an ultra sound to check for goiter (enlargement) and nodules.  
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Do you think my to-be-doctor (internal medicine) would do an ultrasound my first appointment or would wait for hypo/hyper numbers?
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