Re: Help!!!! Throperoxidase at 6930!!
There aren't many symptoms caused by the antibodies themselves, but gland irritation and pain is definitely one of them. The others you mentioned are caused by the low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism) that is the result of thyroid gland destruction by antibodies.
The thing is... Proper thyroid replacement would help reduce the antibody titer, which in turn would reduce the irritation and stop gland growth. You haven't been getting proper thyroid replacement, or else your TSH wouldn't be as high as it is.
A daily selenium dose might help reduce the antibodies, too. Start with 200 mcgs per day for one month, then reduce to 100 mcgs per day for maintenance. If you take a multivitamin, check the ingredients to be sure there isn't selenium in it. If there is, adjust the extra dose you take so you don't exceed 200 mcgs per day.
Start reading everything you can to prepare for the endo visit so you'll understand the basics of your condition. Thyroid for Dummies is an excellent source. So is our "Thyroid Information" sticky thread.
Good luck with the new MD!
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