Top
30
Doctor insights on: Healing Hashimotos

Share
1

1
What is hashimoto's disease? Symptoms? Treatment?

What is hashimoto's disease? Symptoms? Treatment?

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

2

2
Anyone familiar w/ hashimoto thyroiditis treatment?

Anyone familiar w/ hashimoto thyroiditis treatment?

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

3

3
Anyone know of a treatment for hashimoto thyroiditis?

Anyone know of a treatment for hashimoto thyroiditis?

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

4

4
Can symptoms of hashimoto thyroiditis return even after treatment?

Can symptoms of hashimoto thyroiditis return even after treatment?

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

5

5
Can you please explain hashimotos and graves diease. And the symptoms and treatment. How are they diagnosed..

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

6

6
Other than a virus what causes low lymphocytes? Low for 8 months. Have hashimotos still feel unwell despite treatment.

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

7

7
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

8

8
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?

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

9

9
Any success stories when adding T3 (liothyronine) to Levothyroxine treatment for Hashimotos?

Any success stories when adding T3 (liothyronine) to Levothyroxine treatment for Hashimotos?

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

10

10
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?

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?

Many issues: 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

11

11
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

12

12
What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism, particularly for autoimmune thyroiditis unresponsive to drug therapy?

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

13

13
I have hypothyroidism and don't feel like my treatment is working. At what point might a doctor suspect Hashimoto's disease?

I have hypothyroidism and don't feel like my treatment is working. At what point might a doctor suspect Hashimoto's disease?

Hypothyroid: 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

14

14
I was diagnosed with biliary dyskinesia and also have hashimoto's thyroiditis. Is there any connection and what are my treatment options.?

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

15

15
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

16

16
Can whole body itching (without a rash) be caused by hashimoto's/adrenal insufficiency? And would this indicate under-treatment?

Can whole body itching (without a rash) be caused by hashimoto's/adrenal insufficiency? And would this indicate under-treatment?

Depends: 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

17

17
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?

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

18

18
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?

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?

Yes and yes.: Hypothyroidism can interfere with getting pregnant. The treatment is with the same hormone that hypothyroid people don't make enough of, and simply brings them back to where they should have been in the first place. ...Read more

19

19
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.

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.

Probably not: Your node swelling may be from a new viral reaction or remotely even an adverse reaction to the antibiotic itself. If they fail to improve after 2 weeks, contact your doctor. ...Read more

21

21
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?

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

22

22
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

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

Rheumatologist: Sounds like it is time for a visit to a rheumatologist. Many times a course of steroids can help but long term treatment is needed. ...Read more

23

23
What is hashimotos disease?

What is hashimotos disease?

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

24

24
What is hashimotos disease and how is it treated?

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

25

25
Common comorbidities ssociated with hashimotos?

Common comorbidities ssociated with hashimotos?

Many: Hasimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. It can cause both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms. Feeling hot or cold, weight gain, anxiety, depression, or mania, high or low heart rates, constipation, hai loss, and many others. ...Read more

26

26
How can I lose weight if I have hashimotos disease?

How can I lose weight if I have hashimotos disease?

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

27

27
Could endocrinologits have been known to miss hashimotos?

Could endocrinologits have been known to miss hashimotos?

EndoKknowAndDontMISS: Endocrinologists know about Hashimoto Diseasea and will know how to diagnose and will not miss Hashimoto Disease ...Read more

28

28
Is melatonin safe to take? Anything that could cause it to be unsafe? (I have Hashimotos)

Is melatonin safe to take? Anything that could cause it to be unsafe? (I have Hashimotos)

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

29

29
I was just diagnosed with hashimotos, but I'm also wondering if I might have adrenal insuffeciency. How to find out?

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

30

30
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