I have recently been diagnosed with Hashimotos with a TP antibodies reading of 413 (range normal is <49 according to doctor). Free T4 11.1; TSH 7.28 (I haven't had any other tests done for T3 or vitamin levels)
My doctor said the only treatment is Levothyroxine (which I began last week and seems to be making me feel worse so far) but I understand this only replaces the thryoid hormone - does it also address the antibody level. I don't have a sense if 413 is a high reading or not, it seems it to me but I might just be imagining it due to feeling so rubbish at the moment.
I wondered if anyone had any experience or knew of resources about reducing the level of antibodies. It just can't be a good thing having the immune system attacking the thyroid even if you can relieve the symptoms surely its still doing damage and must be contributing to the general feeling of unwellness. Does it even help with symptoms to reduce the antibodies?
I did find some american stuff about selenium reducing antibodies (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20883174 ; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/176... and do try an eat an extra brazil nut or too but does anyone have any more scientific or personal knowledge/experience they could share?
I know its early days in my treatment and am not expecting levothyroxine (or brazil nuts!) to be a miracle cure (though secretly hoping but any extra ideas on sorting out the source of the problem as well as the symptoms would be great.
Thank you so much, this site and all you generous people has already been a great help in even getting this far. My GP didn't give me any information and it took a year and a serious deterioration in health before I had the antibodies test - surely it should be standard in any thyroid-related investigation?