I have not been able fo find an answer to this question. If thyroid antibodies completely destroy the thyroid gland, what happens to them. Do they die? Or move on to something else? If they die, does that mean I can start eating gluten again, because there is no 'molecular mimicry'? Have I still got an auto-immune disease, if I do not have a thyroid gland left? I have been trying to get my GP to get my thyroid scanned, but 'no go'. How do I go about getting it scanned privately? I have probably not got much left, given that I was diagnosed in 2002 and not given hormone replacement till 2010, when the TSH was 47.