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Is thyroid disease an autoimmune disease or not?

Is thyroid disease an autoimmune disease or not?

Yes: The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is graves' disease. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is hashimoto's thyroid disease. Both of these are autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

Autoimmune thyroid: Autoimmune thyroid disease will not be detected in a basic thyroid screen which refers to T4 and a TSH and not thyroid antibodies. Autoimmune thyroid disease is detected by specific antibodies. Tpoab ( peroxidase antibodies) , tgab ( thyroglobulin antibodies) and trab ( thyroid stimulating receptor ab). Autoimmune thyroiditis is diagnosed by careful exam in conjunction with thyroid ab. ...Read more

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Autoimmune thyroid disease is what?

Immune attack: An autoimmune disease is when the body's immune system mistakenly makes antibodies which are directed towards one's own healthy tissues. In terms of thyroid, antibodies are targeted against the thyroid - very similar in principle to rejecting one's own thryoid. That is, the body is rejecting it's own tissue. ...Read more

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What's best treatment for autoimmune thyroid disease and how is the treatment different than typical hypothyroidism?

Most often none: Most often the autoimmune process is not treated. We treat hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism as those are the important consequences of the process. Treating the process itself with immune suppression is theoretically possible, but not done as such treatments can have serious consequences and in thyroid disease do not offer advantages. The only exception is graves' disease with ocular complication. ...Read more

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Does multinodular goiter with slightly elevated thyroid antibodies possibly mean an autoimmune thyroid disease?

Possibly: Thyroiditis (which can be immune based) is the most common cause of a multinodular goiter. Have you doctor test for tpo antibodies if you're concerned. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of thyroid disease?

What are common symptoms of thyroid disease?

More than 2 types: There can be problem with thyroid function were it is either overactive or underactive. The thyroid can be enlarged and cause symptoms like trouble swallowing or breathing due to compression or thyroid function can be normal but pt may have nodule in the thyroid which can sometimes be cancerous and different medicines can affect the size or function of the thyroid. ...Read more

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I have showed some signs of thyroid disease like being always tired, and I've showed some symptoms that come and go ?

I have showed some signs of thyroid disease like being always tired, and I've showed some symptoms that come and go ?

Get tested: A lot of things besides thyroid disease can cause sleepiness and fatigue. If you are worried about your thyroid, however, it is a simple blood test to check it out. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms are persistent, to see if he agrees the testing is necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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When did testing for thyroid diseases begin? Mom had symptoms but the doctors couldn't figure what was wrong.

When did testing for thyroid diseases begin? Mom had symptoms  but the doctors couldn't figure what was wrong.

Almost a century: The old "protein bound iodine" assay dates to the early 1900's. I've seen both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism missed for years even when they were obvious. Patients typically got sent to the psychologist or social worker who mistakenly thought they'd been properly screened. Hopefully today's physicians are getting smarter. I trust your mom was finally diagnosed appropriately. ...Read more

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I show the classic symptoms of thyroid disease but my levels are normal. What else could it be?

I show the classic symptoms of thyroid disease but my levels are normal. What else could it be?

Thyroid Disease: If your lab work is all fine relax and this could be anxiety. Your doctor will not risk treating you for a thyroid disorder since the treatments are to prevent more dangerous problems if left untreated, Have confidence in your doctor is the most important decision for your well being and if you feel there is not chemistry between the two of you look for someone that you feel confortable with ...Read more

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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, ...Read more