My antibody levels were very high and my TSH was in-range when I began treatment. I was also taking extremely good care of myself when I became ill: vegetarian diet w/ health supporting herbs, lots of water, jogging 45+ miles per week and getting to bed before 10pm. I had just had my 5th baby and was extremely happy with my life...positive attitude and all
Wish I could say that "pill a day" was sufficient but for many people it isn't. Hashi's is not a big deal for some yet for others like myself it's a nightmare. I have friends with lupus, RA and MS who have told me that I have worse symptoms than they do. I don't think there's a better or worse trade-off when it comes to chronic disease
The antibodies can be extremely high and a person may not have any symptoms; with someone else their antibodies may only be slightly elevated yet they're extremely ill. With Hashi's the levels don't make a difference...it's very individual.
I have Hashi's with elevated TPO and Tg antibodies. I take selenium but have not noticed a difference in my symptoms yet my Tg antibodies are the ones that are very high...my TPOabs are only slightly elevated.
I don't know if the antibodies remain once the thyroid is no longer functioning. Most drs do not run the antibody test more than once after a dx is made; so it's hard to say. Not sure if there's any studies on it either.
Rockylucy, TPO and Tg antibodies aren't specific to Graves but they can occur. TSI antibodies are the Graves antibodies. TPO and Tg are primarily found in Hashi's. If a person has all three antibodies they have an uncommon condition called Hashitoxicosis (which is not recognized by very many drs and may actually be more common than assumed).
You very well might be hypoT. I fluctuate quite a bit between the two; I even have a few days of "normalcy" sometimes
The type of meds and dosage will depend on your dr most likely. I started out on Synthroid but switched to Armour. When I went to my endo she took me off the Armour and put me on Levoxyl. I'm on 50mcg. Usually they'll start you out at 25-50mcg and move up gradually from there (they usually test every 6 weeks until your labs are in range...regardless of how you feel; unless of course you have a fantastic dr who treats based on symptoms).
Personally I would prefer to go back on Armour but my endo is not in favor of it and therefore I don't believe I would receive adequate care (not that I am now
I'm so sorry you're feeling so rotten! My heart goes out to you...my labs are always in range and regardless of how I feel my endo will not do anything about it. Then again I fluctuate so much in my symptoms between hyper and hypo I'd like to be able to regulate my own meds (I could take a little more when I'm feeling hypo and a little less when I get hyper...I think it would help).
Anyway, I hope you feel better soon!
Love and Prayers, Kelly