Increased anti-bodies in blood for more than a year? Watch
Blood tests Thyroid - Normal
Antibody count - Positive
Other tests - Normal
What does the anti-body mean? I have a rare virus or what? The symtpoms have been going on for too long, i'm worried it might be something else.
Thyroid doctor has increased my dose of thyroxine to 50, he says my thyroid is in the low range of normal and said increased anti-bodies in people are normal, but i definately don't feel normal.
What has your doctor said about those things?
Antibodies are the cool little soldiers that kill the bad guys in your body. So usually a high antibody count would mean your body is fighting something. I think I read something about the count staying high for a bit after the body has dealt with the problem too... But it's not abnormal or anything. Just take the medication your doctor gave you for a while and see what happens.
Secondly, some classes of antibodies are only found at high levels during an active infection, while others are designed to stay elevated for years after exposure to an infection or immunisation (eg sometimes they test for particular antibody levels to check that immunisations are still working). So depending on what class of antibodies is elevated, this may or may not indicate an active inflammatory process going on.