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If I can bring my thyroid antibodies down to almost 0, does

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If I can bring my thyroid antibodies down to almost 0, does that mean I'm in "remission" of hashimotos?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
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what is your TSH?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
TSH is normal...2.4. Used to be 4.7 but it dropped. starting eating gluten, dairy and soy free and also take thyroid supplements. Just wondering about my hashimotos. My antibodies we're at 167 but now dropped to 137.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry but very very unlikely that they ever go to zero. The 167 to 137 could just be a natural fluctuation.

This usually results in needing thyroid meds as the end game.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I thought thyroid meds are for the thyroid? They didn't want to put me on anything because my thyroid is fine now. How will the thyroid meds help hashimotos?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.

Hashimotos is a disease where your own immune system destroys the thyroid gland. Over time, it will do that and you will need medicine to replace the lost function