Re: Please Help!! Extremely high levels of thyroid anitbiodies.. what are treatments?
Selenium supplementation at 100-200 mcgs per day has been shown in studies to reduce TPO antibodies by up to 40%. Nothing I know of will reduce Tg antibodies.
It's better to focus on getting thyroid levels to optimums rather than to focus on antibodies. Your thyroid is failing, and it will continue to fail no matter what you do to try and stop it.
Here are some general things to consider:
Make sure your doctor knows that it's the thyroid hormone levels that count most - the free T4 and free T3. TSH is a pituitary hormone and is only an indirect indicator of what it thinks your thyroid needs are. Your TSH can appear for all the world "normal", but if your FTs are not at least mid-range or higher, you won't feel well.
Make sure he/she is open to T3 supplementation if needed. The majority of MDs deny that supplemental T3 is ever needed. They're wrong. If you need it, but aren't getting it, I urge you to find a doctor who'll prescribe it for you. You won't feel completely well until then.
Thyroid treatment is definitely not as 'cut and dried' as most MDs make it out to be. Laboratory tests have their place in modern treatment, but they definitely aren't the be-all, end-all they've been made out to be. In many ways, they've been the thyroid patient's downfall. If a doctor only treats according to the lab sheet, particularly only the TSH result, without considering your individual needs and symptoms, he's doing you a disservice.