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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

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What is hashimotos disease and how is it treated?

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

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What causes hashimoto's?

What causes hashimoto's?

Autoimmune: With hashimoto's, the body makes antibodies that attack the thyroid. It tends to run in families and can be triggered by anything that can weaken the immune system such as poor nutrition especially vitamin d deficiency. It is common in celiac disease and gluten has been suggested as a trigger for hashimoto's in some people. Good sleep hygiene and exercise strengthen the immune system. ...Read more

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How serious is hashimoto's?

How serious is hashimoto's?

Not serious: Hi. Hashimoto's is very easily treated, and as long as you take your thyroid hormone and the dose is right, your Hashimoto's will not cause you any problems. ...Read more

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What is hashimoto's disease?

What is hashimoto's disease?

Autoimmune thyroid: Autoimmune thyroid disease can cause hypothyroidism. The body produces antibodies to thyroid hormones. Some theorize that gluten sensitivity or heavy metal toxicity can trigger it. ...Read more

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Who has hashimotos thyroiditis?

Who has hashimotos thyroiditis?

Thyroid antibodies: This is an autoimmune disease where the body makes thyroid antibodies which may ultimately (painlessly) destroy gland function, rendering the person hypothyroid. Levothyroxine is the standard treatment for hypothyroidism. We see hashimoto's disease in most age groups. It's far less common in toddlers and younger. ...Read more

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How can hashimoto's be treated?

How can hashimoto's be treated?

Hormone replacement: If hashimoto's disease has resulted in underactivity of the thyroid, it is treated with replacement of thyroid hormone. If the thyroid function is normal, no specific treatment is required. ...Read more

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Is hashimoto a medical condition?

Is hashimoto a medical condition?

Hashimoto's: Thyroiditis is a generally painless inflammation of the thyroid that is caused by an immune predisposition. Multiple episodes can eventually cause enough damage to the thyroid that you develop hypothyroidism. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What is hashimoto's disease like?

What is hashimoto's disease like?

Thyroid antibodies: Hashimoto's disease is a condition in which antibodies are directed toward the thyroid. This often results in underactivity of the thyroid. Untreated, this can cause fatigue, modest weight gain, dry skin, constipation, and other symptoms associated with a slowing of the metabolism. These symptoms all resolve with replacement of thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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Who gets hashimoto's disease in us?

Who gets hashimoto's disease in us?

Anyone: It runs in families along with other autoimmune problems. It is more frequent as you age.
20% of women on medicare have decreased thyroid reserve or frank hypothyroidism and 85% of the time it is due to hashimoto's. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with hashimoto's disease?

Just diagnosed with hashimoto's disease?

Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid, the most common cause for low thyroid. Antibodies that diagnose it (thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase), are surrogate markers and are not resonsible for the damage that occurs in the thyroid. It is a lymphocyctic infiltrate that causes thyroid damage. You can have markers for this and not be hypothyroid now, or indefinite years. ...Read more

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Hashimotos thyroiditis, how do you treat?

Hashimotos thyroiditis, how do you treat?

If thyroid: Hormone level normal, no tretment; if overactive meds or radioactive iodine to decrease production of hormone; occasionally surgery.

If underactive, give thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto's be cured or only treated?

Can hashimoto's be cured or only treated?

Treated: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system is attacking the thyroid, causing inflammation, and ultimate destruction of thyroid tissue. There is no cure, as we do not treat the autoimmune problem, but rather treat the resulting low thyroid with thyroid hormone. Your immune system is too important in other ways to be affecting it with medications. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hashimoto's disease?

What are the tests for hashimoto's disease?

Tpo antibodies: Ask your doctor to order you a thyroid peroxidase antibodies. The other one is thyroglobulin antibody. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose hashimotos thyroiditis?

How do you diagnose hashimotos thyroiditis?

Suspicion / lab test: Hashimoto's is often suspected by history or exam & confirmed by blood tests showing toxic auto-antibodies that have formed to the thyroid tissues. ...Read more

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Hashimoto's disease: what do I do to treat?

Depends: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause for developing a low thyroid in the us. It is an autoimmune disorder directed against your thyroid. There is no treatment for the autoimmune part, but if you have hypothyroidism, this would be treated with thyroid hormone. One can also have an enlarged thyroid related to hashimoto's. You should have an ultrasound to look at your thyroid. ...Read more

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How is hashimoto's disease treated usually?

How is hashimoto's disease treated usually?

Hormone replacement: If hashimoto's disease has resulted in underactivity of the thyroid, it is treated with replacement of thyroid hormone. If the thyroid function is normal, no specific treatment is required. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hashimoto's disease?

Asymptomatic to: Thyroid failure: hashimoto disease is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid and in its early phases may be asymptotic. It can cause transient symptoms of thyroid hyper-function, e.g., rapid pulse, weight loss, heat intolerance; followed by thyroid deficiency, e.g., cold intolerance, weakness, constipation, coarse skin etc. There may also be a goiter. ...Read more

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How will hashimoto's affect my life and weight?

How will hashimoto's affect my life and weight?

LIkely need LevoTX.: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland in the form of antibodies, specifically thyroid anti-microsomal antibody. It can be present with other autoimmune disorders like sle, etc. It almost always results in hypothyroidism and lifelong repalcement with levothyroxine (synthroid). This helps keep your weight at a normal level and to lead an active life. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have hashimoto thyroditus?

How would I know if I have hashimoto thyroditus?

No home testing kit: You will need to consult your doctor on that. In the early phase, you may just have an enlarged gland at the neck and no other symptoms. Eventually you will likely end up with low thyroid function which may manifest as cold intolerance, fatigue, constipation etc. The diagnosis however must be made by a doctor ...Read more

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Can I try taking armour thryoid with hashimotos?

Can I try taking armour thryoid with hashimotos?

Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune response against your thyroid. Armour thyroid is a prescription thyroid hormone mass from the extract of pig thyroid. I personally prescribe Armour often, including for patients with Hashimoto's. Talk to your doctor about other things you can do to improve your thyroid function and health. ...Read more

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What's the upshot of getting hashimoto's disease?

None?: There is no advantage to having hashimotos, but it is easily managed with one pill once a day. ...Read more

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What are all of the effects of hashimoto's disease?

What are all of the effects of hashimoto's disease?

Varies: Having the antibody in a nonpregnant woman means an increased risk of hypothyroidism in the future. If you are hypothyroid due to hashimotos (the cause of hypothyroidism in 85% of women in the us) the effects are no different from hypothyroidism from whatever cause. ...Read more

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How does one cope with hashimoto's disease symptoms?

How does one cope with hashimoto's disease symptoms?

Treat the thyroid: The symptoms from the thyroid are treated to help control the symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I could have hashimoto's disease?

Thyroid testing: If there is a family history of it, or you have signs of hypothyroidism, then talk with your doctor. They can do antibody testing to see if you have it. However you're thyroid hormone levels will usually be off. If those are normal, you're probably ok. ...Read more

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What would happen if hashimoto's disease is untreated?

What would happen if hashimoto's disease is untreated?

Not a good idea: Symptoms and problems would go uncorrected. Symptoms may include feeling tired, feeling cold, wt gain, constipation, slow thinking, and irritability. Other issues may include high blood pressure or high cholesterol that can increase the risk for heart disease. ...Read more

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Is their a way to slow down or reverse hashimoto's disease?

Is their a way to slow down or reverse hashimoto's disease?

Yes you can treat: Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disease with auto antibodies resulting in hypothyroidism. Treatment is with thyroid supplements. It may be associated with other autoimmune disorders. ...Read more