| | Can thyroid antibody levels fluctuate?
Ok, now I am very confused. In July 2002, I had thyroid antibodies of 400 compared to a normal range < 100. I was finally re-tested last week and my antibody levels have dropped to <40, even though I still have many of the symptoms of Hashimotos. The endo has not been able to attribute the decrease to anything.
I also had my TSH checked and it was 1.16 and both my T3 and T4 levels were within the normal range. The only thing I can attribute the decrease in my antibody levels to is the fact that I have significantly decreased the amount of gluten/wheat/white flour and sugar that I am consuming, after reading that white flour and sugar can result in the production of thyroid antibodies and interfere in the level of thyroxine produced. I also asked my immunologist about the link between gluten insensitivity and thryroid antibodies and he confirmed that there is a weak link.
Is this temporary remission? I remember reading on this board that someone went in and out of remission over a number of years with Hashi's??
The lumpy feeling in my throat subsidied for a few days, however after i increased my intake of sugar slightly, the lumpy feeling returned again. The endo does not think I have hasi's based on my symptoms, but I think I do. Does any one have an explanation for the decrease in my thyroid antibodies???
[This message has been edited by ronaldo1 (edited 04-13-2003).]