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Thyroid Disorders board

Your doctor is sort of correct. There is not much they will do if you have antibodies. I've had them at insane levels for almost 3 years now that I am aware of and still nothing being done. Its just something most of us have to live with unfortunately.

The antibodies, Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO Ab) and Thyroglobulin (TG Ab), are like little solidiers trained to attack only your thyroid gland. Over time, those flare up of troops attack and kill off your thyroid slowly. During that time you might have some hyper feelings and some hypo feelings but over the long haul, you will eventually become hypothyroid because your gland will become scarred and useless from all those antibody attacks over the years and finally, you will need to be put on thyroid meds.

Some doctors try to intervene by putting a patient on Synthroid a little earlier to help prolong the inevitable death of the gland, but its almost always useless. Once you have antibodies, there is no way to get rid of them. If it gets really bad, they remove the gland so the antibodies have nothing left to attack and at that point, you must take pills every day for the rest of your life to get the proper hormones you need.