raised antibodies,mildly underactive thyroid

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hi

i've recently been diagnosed with mildly underactive thyroid and raised antibodies, im now on 25mg eltroxin.

what are raised antibodies?i know what underactive thyroid is but never heard of raised antibodies.

also my dad has underactive thyroid but was out on 100mg eltroxin. is 25mg going to have any effect on me?

im really confused.id really appreciate any help-thanks

laura

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    Laura, how do you feel? How long have you been on meds? 
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      hi sorry for delay-

      im absolutely wrecked-weak-depressed because of how lifeless i feel, cant get enjoyment from things as so tired-work leaves me exhausted. I've askd doctor to raise my eltroxin to 50mg but she said no that i need to see how 25mg works. been on 25mg for4-5 weeks but absolutely no improvementsmile

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    Hi Laura. Thyroxine is almost always started on a low level of 25mg and gradually raised as needed. Testing for the presence of antibodies is used to determine the possiblity of potential autoimmune disease eg. hashimoto"s thyroiditis. It is said to occur in approximately 90% of those diagnosed hypothyroid. 
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      hi jennifer-thanks for reply- so does this mean that if my antibodies are raised im more likely to develop hashimotos?and what is that?thanks
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      Hi Laura. Hashimoto"s thyroiditis is a autoimmune disorder where your body attacks your thyroid thinking it is a foreign entity to be rid of. You may have it but get no symptoms for quite some time, or the presence of antibodies could go away. GP's on the whole have little understanding of autoimmunity and can do little more than provide levothyroxine as therapy. Dietary changes and supplements can help a lot. There is lots of information online. Best wishes...

      Jen

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