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A 34-year-old female asked:

Is it possible for hypothyroidism from hashimoto's to correct itself? i have had normal tsh levels for several months. my doctor says it's possible.

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 30 years experience
Likely, yes at first: This is an autoimmune issue and can coexist iwth other autiimmune diseases, like sjorgen's syndrome, and pernicious anemia. If it is controlled, the hypothyroidism and TSH can be controlled. Tsh can even rise, but ultimately, if it is not controlled, or if it goes on long enough, the thyroid fails, and levothyroxine is needed.
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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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33 years experience
No: Hi. No, Hashimoto's doesn't correct itself. However, if you had a subacute thyroiditis and are thyroid autoantibody positive, that can correct itself and go back to normal...for a time at least. I'd recommend ongoing periodic following of thyroid labs and checking anytime symptoms recur. Good luck!
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Last updated Jul 20, 2014


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