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  1. Hi there!
    I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto’s November of 2019 after having a 16-week miscarriage and a 9 week missed miscarriage this past year. I only recently had my antibodies tested and TPO is at 427 and TG at 290. Was there a magic number that they needed to be at before your doctor told you that you could try again without the threat of a miscarriage? Thanks!

    1. Hi Holly, I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles. That breaks my heart… and I know exactly how it feels. I am praying for you.

      As for my history with miscarriages, my doctor wasn’t too concerned (like at all) about thyroid antibodies, and neither was I at the time. I assume I got pregnant with my TG antibodies in the hundreds, and my TPO slightly lower but I don’t recall being tested near the time I had my first successful pregnancy, so I don’t know for sure. What I do know is that I really don’t think my thyroid antibodies played a role in my repeated miscarriages. My doctor ended up doing a few tests and we found that I had uterine polyps. She did a D&C to remove those polyps and started me on baby Aspirin and progesterone and within the first cycle of trying after my surgery, I was pregnant with my first full-term pregnancy. I should also mention that I was on Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) at the time to control my thyroid antibodies. I then got pregnant again 12 months post-partum without any issues at all – this time no aspirin, progesterone, or LDN.

      I mentioned that back then, I didn’t think thyroid antibodies played a role, but then I read the book “Is Your Body Baby Friendly?” and now see that they could possibly problems (not always of course, because I got pregnant with high thyroid antibodies and I know many other people who have too.) I highly recommend that book… it’s a great resource. I really hope you find the answers you need, Holly.

  2. Anna, just want to take the time to thank you for just reading this much about your journey with your Hashimoto’s you have given me something to go talk to my immunologist and my endocrinologist about they have never mentioned anything about my Antibodies but this is something that I will look into once again thank you very much

    1. Hi Diana, you’re welcome! I had the same experience. None of my specialists mentioned antibodies. It wasn’t until I found a functional medicine doctor who mentioned that antibodies can cause damage, that I really started to pay attention and got to work on reducing them. The lower they got, the better I felt. Good luck, Diana!

  3. Hi Anna –

    I was recently diagnosed with hashimotos in 2019. My last TPO In January 2020 was 79… three months prior to that it was 101. I’ve only had two tests – how frustrating – it wasn’t even my doctor who told me I had hashimotos!! It was my research and getting a copy of my lab results. As far as he was concerned, I was just hypothyroid.

    This was all before I started to go gluten free. I haven’t had my antibodies tested since January but still experience highs and lows.

    My other labs – t3, t4 were all normal to optimal and my tsh was 3.60 in January.

    This is all soooo confusing to me. One day I feel amazing, the next I don’t?!?

    I am curious if you are still on medication now that your levels are normal and if your thyroid has been regenerating?!?

    The fact that my levels are lowering is promising for me but When I experience a trigger – for me it seems to be stress – it seems like it takes forever to heal or feel like myself again.

    Any help or guidance is always appreciated!!

    1. Hi Tara, I can relate to all your ups and downs! But it sounds like you are making progress in decreasing your antibodies. I am no longer on any medication and feel my thyroid has completely regenerated, or at least enough to produce all the thyroid hormone my body needs.

      Your story sounds similar to mine when I first started to make diet and lifestyle changes to reduce inflammation… the smallest thing was a trigger and made me feel worse. The biggest help for me was identifying triggers (food, stress, certain toxic chemicals, etc.) and then building healthy habits around those specific things to make sure I was avoiding/managing them as best as I could. We can’t avoid everything, but we can take a proactive approach. I found that these healthy habits, followed by many months of a nourishing diet, supplementation, etc., my body became much more resilient to my triggers. In fact, at one point, I even ate a bunch of gluten-filled bread and didn’t even know because my body didn’t react like it used to.

      I encourage you to keep listening to your body and working at building a lifestyle that supports you both mentally and physically. I think, like me, you’ll see overtime that your body becomes much stronger and healthier than ever before.

  4. So, I was just told I had Hashimoto and I was going to have to be on this medicine the rest of my life. Well I’m not ok with that. So thank you ladies for giving me something to think about and I will now go see an alternative dr to help with my diet and I’ll ask my dr about the meds you were put on Anna. The meds they want to put me on can cause all these other problems which in turn will make me be on more meds. Anyways I’m so thankful I came across this ❤️

    1. Hat, you have the right attitude! I love it! I’m so happy you’ve been able to see that it is possible to reverse Hashimoto’s, despite being told otherwise. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for your story. I am a 43 male diagnosed with hashimotos 3 years ago and my life has changed so much. I am just not the same and have struggled with brain fog, fatigue and overall degradation in health. My TPO antibodies have been well over 1000. I have tried gluten free diets but they are so hard to maintain. Also this is the first I have heard of LDN to decrease antibodies. What do you suggest as a replacement if I’m not able to obtain that? Any help or suggestions would be a god send. Thanks, and god bless!

    1. Hi Todd! That is a great question, especially since it is still difficult to find a doctor to prescribe LDN. I, personally, have had great luck using systemic enzymes to decrease my thyroid antibodies, so that would be a great place to do some more research. You can read more about them in this blog post under the “systemtic enzymes” section.

      Also, speaking from personal experience with plenty of failures, we know diet changes are extremely difficult to make and stick to, but we’ve also experienced just how helpful they can be. This is why Frank is currently training to become a certified health coach – to help others make effective and sustainable lifestyle/diet habits. If you are ever interested in working with someone to help you navigate all the obstacles that come with changing your diet, then please do not hesitate to reach out to us at theteam@healthyhabitsreset.com.

  6. Hello!

    I have struggled with Hashimoto’s for years. When I was in my early teens, I was first diagnosed with hyper-thyroidism and then in my mid twenty’s, it had progressed into hypo-thyroidism. I recently had a more detailed blood panel done (my previous doctor would only request the thyroid panel with TSH) and the results were ALWAYS within normal range but I really didn’t feel any different. Recently I had my thyroid antibodies tested and my Thyroid Peroxidase was 412 and my Thyroid antiboides were 2250! Yikes. I don’t know where to start and what to do first to lower those numbers. So just starting my internet search on other people like me and their journey. Any advice would be great!

    1. Hi Amber, wow! I know of many people with a story just like yours, and I am happy you are seeking out information to help you lower your antibodies. The best place I always recommend starting is by educating yourself about the various root causes behind Hashimoto’s Disease. Dr. Izabella Wentz and her books are an awesome resource for this: https://thyroidpharmacist.com/. You can also read more about my personal journey and what worked for me by reading all the posts I’ve listed at the beginning of this one. It’s a lot of information at the beginning and might feel overwhelming, but it does eventually click and you’ll be on your way to hopefully reducing your antibodies. 🙂

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