My doctor keeps testing for graves disease, she has done this for years and it ALWAYS comes back normal, why?
Can grave's appear out of no where? She seems to be convinced that I have it but test after test I'm not even borderline - just right in the middle of NORMAL. I don't know much about Grave's Disease but has anyone had it happen where they had normal after normal and all of a sudden it was abnormal?
- 2blest2BstrestLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Well maybe she has a vested interest in the lab she sends you to? Actually she may not be going by the right range. Do you have several of the possible symptoms ... mainly unexplained weight loss?
Here is some info:
You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2, like maybe ONE) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).
You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.
WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.
ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.
God bless youSource(s): Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroiditis sufferer
- JonahLv 78 years ago
Yes, but it's still a waste of money to test for because Grave's is not subtle- it has major symptoms, and usually comes on suddenly. You should save your money and refuse to be tested unless you have at least one new symptom in the previous few months (such as major weight loss, panic attacks, hair loss, or a tremor).
- 8 years ago
it can happen one of my friends had the same problem..her doc kept telling her she was pretty sure she had graves but it kept coming back normal..a few years ago she came back positive for graves disease,,i wish u the best of luck n hope u don't have it..she is going through all kinds of problems from it now
- 8 years ago
I had it just mak sure she eats alot of healthy food and excersice so maybe it will help prevent it i wish i did.Source(s): My life