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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
Research: I can get you started. Most folks have the signs and symptoms of anyone with hyperthyroidism at the beginning. At some point these folks usually develope hypothyroidism and the signs and sympotms of that. Research the signs and symptoms of both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hope that helps. ...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
Thyroid replacement: Hashimotos is an autoimmune condition that inflames and damages the thyroid, causing a low thyroid condition. The usual treatment for hashimoto's thyroiditis is simple thyroid hormone replacement. An elevated TSH indicates insufficient replacement. If the TSH is too low or your free T4 blood level is too high, then your thyroid replacement is excessive. Talk to your endocrinologist for guidance. ...Read more
Can you have hashimotos but th1 th2 immunity is balanced? My tpo is high but immunity test shows normal
Hashimoto's: You can certainly have the antibodies which would suggest an antibody-mediated thyroid disease, but that disease may not be manifesting itself. Yet. If the antibodies are there, the condition may very well be on the horizon. The thyroid function tests will be the ones to tell you that it's time to treat. ...Read more
What are the most important facts about Hashimotos disorder? I was diagnosed 2 years ago, haven't understood it well at all...
It's an common: inflammation of the thyroid, which can lead, over time, to the development of hypothyroidism. If you're thyroid has been removed, the Hashimoto's is gone. Make sure you're on the correct amount of BRAND NAME thyroid replacement to keep your levels in a range to help prevent cancer recurrence, which is slightly different than the normal range for people without a cancer history. See endocrinologist ...Read more
Overmedicated Hashimotos. Feel crazy. Scared. How to get through the symptoms waves hyper-hypo-hyper-....anything to ease the suffering?
You MUST check with your primary doctor regarding your Hashimotos. If that is not OK you should be referred to see an Endocrinologist.
If there is no apparent Hashimoto's issues your primary doctor should refer you to a Psychologist. That doctor will carefully listen to your medical concerns and then decide how best to control your concerns.
Please keep me posted. ...Read more
Have hashimotos, have gained weight, but because appetite is out of control. Always looking for something to eat to make me feel better. What is up?
I see you're on: Topamax-can stimulate appetite & cause wt gain. Otherwise, get more exercise, outdoors preferably. Be patient-will need to work up to 45-90 mins aerobic exercise 4-5 d/wk to see wt loss & appetite regulation. Consider wt training &/or cross training too. Treat any depression (some meds can cause wt gain, but some do not). Increase fiber intake, esp of veggies & beans. Avoid processed food. ...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
Is sjogrens ever secondary to hashimotos or is it only considered secondary when ctd is present? Is it sjogrens that causes hashi in someone with both
Different: Patients with collagen vascular disease are at high risk for developing autoimmune thyroid disease. By itself, hashimoto's is very common and not usually a foreboding for other autoimmune disease, though risk is somewhat higher than that of general population for other autoimmune problems. Sjogren's and hashimoto's are caused by different antibodies, but both are autoimmune. ...Read more
Have hashimotos, gaining weight but my appetite has increased significantly, always trying to find something to eat to make me feel better. What is up?
Need evaluation: If the thyroid is adequately treated (tsh in normal range) then it could be something else. Eating to feel better can be a sign of depression. Sometimes other medications used for migraine, sleep, pain or inflammation can also increase appetite. Topamax (topiramate) reduces hunger, has the dose been reduced? And sometimes hunger can be a sign of menopause. ...Read more
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
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
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