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Hashimoto's ds…: Is an auto-immune disorder that affects the thyroid gland, causing inflammation, that usually leads to underactivity of the gland. Sx develop slowly as thyroid fnx drops: fatigue, constipation, high cholesterol, weight gain, muscle aches/weakness, depression, etc. If thyroid hormone level is low, your doc will give medicine to restore normal fnx. See link in comment for more info —>. ...Read more
Most PCPs and endo: Most internists and endocrinologists are familiar with the disorder. It is an autoimmune disorder that often leads to an under active thyroid. It is the most common cause of low thyroid hormone levels. There is no treatment for hashimotos per se, but the thyroid hormone levels can be kept normal with medication. ...Read more
Meds.: It depends on the actual function of the thyroid gland. If you are euthyroid than no treatment is needed, if you are hypothyroid than you will be treated with thyroid hormones and if you are hyperthyroid than you will be treated with anti-thyroid drugs. ...Read more
Not really: The most common symptoms of hashimotos are hypothyroid symptoms. These are fatigue, cold intolerance, weight gain, hair loss, constipation, depression, puffy skin...As long as you are on the right thyroid replacement dose (levothyroxine or synthroid) and you don't forget your pills then the symptoms should not be an issue. ...Read more
Can you please explain hashimotos and graves diease. And the symptoms and treatment. How are they diagnosed..
Complex question: Do an internet search as each are complex topics but in brief::Hashimoto's thyroiditis occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid and often causes it to be underactive (fatigue is a common symptom if it is severe), Treatment is taking thyroid hormone. Graves' disease occurs when the immune system stimulates the thyroid to overproduce thyroid hormone causing many symptoms and Rx is complex ...Read more
Other than a virus what causes low lymphocytes? Low for 8 months. Have hashimotos still feel unwell despite treatment.
See below: Other conditions include toxins, metabolic disorders, cancers, metastatic cancers. These need to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
I have hashimoto's disease and can't lose weight, even with treatment. Is there anything that I can try to help with weight loss?
Weight loss: Increasing your dose of thyroid medication can have very serious consequences. The easiest approach if you are already exercising is to seek advice and guidance from a dietitian. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis 3 weeks ago, not treated yet blood test again in 2weeks, and determine treatment. Is this the norm?
Immune throiditis: Autoimmune thyroiditis initially may not require treatment. Only once normal thyroid function is affected is thyroid replacement medication appropriate. ...Read more
Some yes, some no: Hi. Good question. A lot of subjective influence and personal preference. We all know it's not necessary, but some people swear they feel better, and that's part of my goal in treating patients. Of paramount importance: don't CAUSE hyperthyroidism in the process. If I add T3 (liothyronine) to l-thyroxine, I add 5 mcg in the morning. It can be adjusted, of course, depending on response and thyroid labs. Cheers! ...Read more
Can P.O.T.S. Be a 'side effect' of Thyroid issues such as hashimoto? Would treatment be the same? Modified lifestyle and meds? Of diff cause diff fix?
You offer so many unrelated issues (not your fault) but your doctor (s) don't seem to care. Ask around your friends who might have better doctors to look after you.
Please keep me posted. ...Read more
Is it possible for thyroid nodules, associated with Hashimoto's, to completely disappear without any treatment?
Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which your bodies immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid usually shrinks over time in this disease. I would be surprised if thyroid nodules also disappear with this disease. If they grow they should be evaluated at some point. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism, particularly for autoimmune thyroiditis unresponsive to drug therapy?
Furhter eval: Hashi and most autoimmune illnesses stem from undiagnosed food allergens or environmental toxins stored in the body. Go to a4m.Com and use doctor locator function to find a local functional medicine doc to help you order specialized testing for gut like genova cdsa as well as metametrix igg food allergen testing to discover real cause. If not "fixed" other autoimmune illnesses will be in upcoming! ...Read more
I have hypothyroidism and don't feel like my treatment is working. At what point might a doctor suspect Hashimoto's disease?
You MUST tell your doctor that you are concerned about thyroid hormone, particularly because it does not seem strong enough.
The doctor will order thyroid hormones in the lab and make decisions after the results are in.
More than likely you will need more thyroid medicine.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with biliary dyskinesia and also have hashimoto's thyroiditis. Is there any connection and what are my treatment options.?
I know of: No correlation between gallbladder dysfunction and hashimoto's thyroiditis. If your gallbladder is dysfunctional (and believed to be causing symptoms) the treatment is cholecystectomy. ...Read more
Detected with hashimotos hypothyroidism, TSH4.67.Doc see small nodules. Is Levothyroxine treatment enough? Or need further evaluation/therapy? Any Risks
Evaluate nodules: I recommend that the "nodules" be evaluated by real-time ultrasonography performed by a thyroid specialist skilled in risk-stratification of nodules based on current American Thyroid Association guidelines. A fine-needle aspiration biopsy is recommended for any that would be regarded as suspicious. ...Read more
Can whole body itching (without a rash) be caused by hashimoto's/adrenal insufficiency? And would this indicate under-treatment?
When you thyroid is underactive, your metabolism is operating at an abnormally slow rate. Your skin is unable to grow and replace itself as it should. Additionally, your sweat and oil-producing glands are unable to function as efficiently as they could otherwise.
Dry itchy skin is most often associated with hypothyroidism, but your lab values are better indicators of disease control. ...Read more
Symptomatic hashimoto's. No treatment yet. Tsh was 3.8. Eight weeks later TSH 1.8 and free T4 is 1.0. Treat or not?
Normal TFTs: The thyroid blood levels are normal. The hashi will eventually burn out the thyroid, but the thyroid is still working at this point. ...Read more
I am 39 & looking to get pregnant for the first time. My mother has hashimoto's & I suspect I might be hypothyroid. Should I be tested for this & get treated before conception? Is treatment safe?
Could swollen/painful lymph nodes be a Hashimoto's flare after antibiotic treatment? Swelling developed along different parts of body 3 days before end of treatment, probiotics were not being taken.
Why no doc doesn't want to give me treatment for hashimoto if my TSH is normal? And will hashimoto 100% develop into hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?
Hashimoto: Thyroiditis is usually self limited if the TSH is normal it just is monitored. It could develop into hypothyroid and you should be checked routinely ...Read more
My TSH levels are 4.67.I am on 25mcg levothyroxin. Doc said its hashimoto's.Should I ask to check my thyroid antibodies too? Or the treatment is same?
Same treatment: If you are/were hypothyroid and are doing well on replacement medication, knowing the status of your auto-antibodies is not going to change the course of treatment. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for hashimotos? Symptoms: abdominal pain, joint pain, difficulty walking in morning, lump on my Achilles tendon. Tt 07/6/12
Hashimoto's disease: Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune condition in which your body makes antibiodies against your thyroid gland. This often produces inflammation, sometimes tenderness, and an overactive gland initially, but eventually the chronic inflammation leads to thyroid failure and the need to take thyroid hormone. ...Read more
Thyroid: I will try to be non-technical. Hashimotos is a type of thyroid condtition where the thryoid builds up anti-bodies and sort of attacks itself. Usually it starts out with the thyroid being very overactive. Tests are usually done to prove or disprove this and tumor. If this is the case, a thyroid blocker is used to reduce the production of thyroid hormone. Low thyroid usually follows later..... ...Read more
There is no magic:
If you are on an appropriate dose then you have the same problem all of us have.
Increasing the thyroid dose to above normal will only result in muscle mass loss. ...Read more
EndoKknowAndDontMISS: Endocrinologists know about Hashimoto Diseasea and will know how to diagnose and will not miss Hashimoto Disease ...Read more
Very safe: In my opinion, probably far safer that standard prescription sleeping pills, and does not cause sleep walking. But before starting it, please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with hashimotos, but I'm also wondering if I might have adrenal insuffeciency. How to find out?
See endocrinologist: If you have hashi, the risk of adrenal insufficiency is higher. But it is still quite low. There are a variety of useful tests, from simple electrolytes to a more definitive acth stimulation test. But how often do you test? Most important would be to see an endocrinologist who can help guide you in this. ...Read more
I have hashimotos. I heard that once you develop one autoimmune, your chances greatly increase to develop more. Is this true and what is the chance?
True: Autoimmune diseases tend to run in packs, so where patients or family members have conditions such as hashimoto's, vitiligo, type 1 diabetes, arthritis, or lupus, other autoimmune conditions are more likely to occur. The risk is not extremely high, but there is an association with other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more