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High level of TPO at latest blood test

Just had the results of blood tests and TSH has reduced from 19+ to 11 in six weeks after being on starting dose of 25mcg levo (have now been increased to 50mcg). Antibody test result was 80 (<34) what does this mean? Also, was severely anaemic at start of treatment six weeks ago and ferritin is now within range at 61 (17-291ug/L) - does this mean that I no longer need to take full dose of iron (600mg daily at the moment). Surgery made a mistake and didn't do full panel of tests as there was also a problem with my liver at first test which hasn't be re-tested and they have only tested ferritin level not FBC panel. Any advice on these results would be gratefully received!

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That's a lovely, happy photo :)

Antibodies over range mean that you are positive for autoimmune thyroid disease aka Hashimoto's. This is where antibodies attack the thyroid and gradually destroy it. Hashi's isn't treated, it's the resulting Hypothyroidism that is.

You can help reduce the antibodies by adopting a strict gluten free diet which has helped many members enormously. Gluten contains gliadin which is a protein thought to trigger antibody attacks.

Gluten/Thyroid connection - chriskresser.com/the-gluten...

Supplementing with selenium L-selenomethionine 200mcg daily and keeping TSH suppressed also help reduce antibodies.

Hashi's Information:





Ferritin needs to be half way through it's range (154 with that range), with a minimum of 70 for thyroid hormone to work properly. You should continue with your current supplements until you reach the recommended level, then you'll need to maintain it by either taking a lower dose or eating liver regularly (I eat liver once a week, 120-140g).

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Thanks SeasideSusie! I must admit I have tried gluten free before and did feel better for it but came off the wagon because I found it limiting - think I will give it another go as there is a lot of evidence on this forum to support what you're saying.

Will also keep taking the iron tablets!


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