What happens to the antibodies?

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Does anyone know what happens to the antibodies once the thyroid finally burns out?

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Michelle 3 years 15 Answers 261 views 0

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  1. Antibodies aren’t pathogenic and they don’t attack your thyroid. Macrophages and lymphocytes do. The antibodies are the “clean up crew”. They are the left over evidence that shows that an attack did happen. So even if your thyroid is gone, or no longer working you can still have the antibodies.

  2. You usually get another then when your thyroid is gone.

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  4. I had my thyroid removed (hypo/hashi) and my last check, my TPO antibodies were 181. They dropped DRASTICALLY, but they are still there.

    I’m also gluten free and all that “thyroid jazz.” I did it to help my thyroid, that was a joke, but it made me feel SO much better, I’ll never go back to gluten, EVER. NEVER EVER!!! It helped my gut tremendously. I can’t even explain how much better I feel. I’ve only been GF for 2 years, but I’ve even had medications changed due to cross contamination. I went full force and didn’t look back. It’s hard at first, but worth it.

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  5. If antibodies are still present when the thyroid is removed then they will find another organ to attack. That is part of why were more subseptable to other auto immune diseases if we have 1. Antibodies are part of a defense mechanism. When a foreign invader (cold, flu, virus, bacteria, ect) enters our body, the body reacts by making antibodies that attack them. They are part b of our bodies defense mechanism that keeps us healthy. In the case of auto immune disease, our bodies mistake good tissue (in hashimotos the good tissue is the thyroid), for foreign invaders and attack them. Removing the thyroid doesn’t not remove the antibodies. They then go find other organs, or good tissue to attack. You have to get rid of the antibodies.

  6. To put the disease in remission

  7. Eliminating gluten can help do that? Would I have to see a different doctor for this? My doctor just treats my levels never tried to lessen my antibodies.

  8. The statement that the antibodies only affect the thyroid is false. The antibodies can also stimulate cells in the orbit, the space around the eye, to cause them to grow and divide. While Graves disease is the most common thyroid condition associated with eye changes, other diseases such as Hashimotos’s thyroiditis and toxic nodular goiter may affect the eye as well.

  9. My thyroid was surgically removed completely. My antibodies are 0.

  10. I have no thyroid function left and my TPO antibodies are always over 1300. Neither I nor my thyroid specialist worry about them at all. They’re just a serum disease marker.

  11. My thyroid was removed in 2010. Still have antibodies, low, in the 20s. Went gluten free to try and drop that, 6 months later they were higher. \nBefore thyroid removal they were over 400. So it helped, but it doesn’t stop it.

  12. Attacks other organs.

  13. How do you know if antibodies are present.. Do they show up in blood tests? If so, what should I request to have drawn.. My thyroid removed around ’08/’09 (brain fog..) – thyroid cancer and hashi in biopsy write up..

  14. I guess the big question is not so much are there antibodies but what are those antibodies doing? If they are just “hanging out,” no issues. If they somehow decide to attack something else, issue. It’s a good question, and I don’t have the answer — but I’m definitely reading all the comments and now exploring it more deeply!

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