Can someone help me?

I was told about eight weeks ago that I have hypothyroidism. I got a copy of my blood test and I do not understand it. Can anyone tell me if I can stop taking levotyroxin and manage it by diet.

Thyroid peroxide. ABs = thyroid peroxide antibody level >2000.0U/ml normal range <6.0

Thyroid receptor ABs = tsh 'receptor antibody level <3U/L normal range 0 - 15

Can anyone ease tell me what that all means?

Many thanks

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  • Hi BBeangel,

    Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (TPOab) >2,000 means you have autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's).

    Thyroid Receptor antibodies (TRab) <3 means you do not have autoimmune hyperthyroid Graves disease.

    If you want comment on your other thyroid blood results post them with the lab ref ranges.

    Hashimoto's will attack your thyroid gland until it is destroyed. Taking Levothyroxine will delay that day by reducing your TSH and replacing FT4 and FT3 hormone which your thyroid will be unable to supply. Hypothyroidism is a lifelong condition requiring daily Levothyroxine.

    Many Hashimoto's sufferers find they benefit from adopting a gluten-free diet and after a few months the TPOab decline although they remain as long as there is a thyroid gland to attack.

  • Hi Clutter, that is all the blood tests I have had until today. Today's test results I won't get until next week. Thank you for your help. I will post those results as soon as I get them. Thanks again

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