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Autoimmune Thyroid Disease Fibromyalgia Sjogrens Symptoms
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have showed some signs of thyroid disease like being always tired, and I've showed some symptoms that come and go ?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could thyroid disease be linked to infertility? I have been reading a lot about thyroid disease symptoms and think i may have a thyroid problem. I have never had insurance and don't go to doctors offices unless im almost dying. I have a lot of unexplained
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
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