Hi I’ve been on here since September, hope you can track me down. Just seen my GP and asked for TPOab test with TFT’s (lab will only do TSH) as stupid endo wouldn’t do them. She told me that only need one test as they will never come down! I’m sure that’s not true, and I told her so, but she repeated what she has said before, that she can only follow the guidelines. I persuaded her to increase to 50 mcg as she only agreed to go from 25 to 37.5 (breaking them in half) last time, but she reiterated the same as before.......If you have heart failure it will be on my shoulders!! I tell her I know she has her hands tied and I mention Thyroid UK being recommended by NHS choices. I try not to worry about heart failure, but when it’s said, it’s hard. I started on 50 mcg in 2010 after seeing a private doctor, who said my GP could have done that. I had felt existing palpitations slightly more and mentioned it and she dropped me down to 25 then half then stopped it 2 years ago. I am having major surgery for a tumour on my spine in less than 4 weeks so obviously don’t want anything to go wrong! My TPO ab last October were 1300. Endo last month put Hashis in report, but I e never had this diagnosis. GP must have put it down years ago and not said. It’s what I suspected back then, but not told. I queried the antibodies etc and she said no treatment while TSH in range, mine was 5.5 last Feb, it’s lower now, but that’s hashis isn’t it? I have all the usual info from here and have been gluten free since November. Thanks for your help. 😊
Gp says TPO antibodies can never go down! - Thyroid UK
Antibodies fluctuate and will be higher after an autoimmune attack and then subside until the next attack and they do sometimes come down. NHS doesn't monitor TPO once a positive result has been given. If you want to monitor your response to dietary changes you will have to order your own TPO test.
TPO 1300 is confirmation of Hashimoto's.
Your GP is being very alarmist about heart failure. Heart failure can also caused by under medication.
Post your most recent thyroid results and ranges when you get them. If TSH is high surgery may be delayed.
I’ve been totally GF for just over three years and since then I have used BH Thyroid 11 several times a year and I have watched my thyroid antibodies steadily decrease - so they can come down. My CRP has reduced too in that time. I’m not willing to try eating gluten again to see if it increases them though.