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Hashimotos Disease Deadly
What are the risks associated with hashimoto's thyroiditis? Any really bad or deadly complications to watch for?
Do not worry: Hashimoto's is a very common disorder that also shows up in other autoimmune dosorders that are quite scary. What ever you have read, do not sleep over it, the odds of those other things happening to you remains very slim. Follow your drs instructions and you will be fine. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Treat the thyroid: The symptoms from the thyroid are treated to help control the symptoms. ...Read more
Avoid excess iodine: A common misunderstanding about autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Graves disease is that excess iodine tends to make it worse, not better. You should avoid foods that contain excess iodine, such as kelp or seaweed (sushi wrap). There are no dietary restrictions otherwise. ...Read more
Thyroid hormone/life: Hypothyroidism caused by hashimoto's thyroiditis is treated with thyroid hormone replacement agents like levothyroxine or desiccated thyroid extract. In most cases, the treatment needs to be taken for the rest of the patient's life. This is an autuoimmune disease, so as long as the patient's thyroid is active, the body will continue to attack it, sot treatment is ongoing. ...Read more
Lymph nodes can be related to your thyroid or it could be caused by something else.
Please see your doctor about this. ...Read more
If caught in time: Hypothyroidism only affects weight when it is poorly treated because of not complying with instructions or has been ongoing for a long time before diagnosis (inital symptoms are very vague). Weight issues are over- attributed to thyroid dysfunction that it has become an urban legend. ...Read more
Quickly: If treated properly by OPTIMIZING tissue thyroid levels (ignore TSH....focus on free T3 (liothyronine)/Reverse T3 (liothyronine) ratio), and optimize Selenium, Iodine, and inflammatory triggers; it can be managed quite well and quickly. The hard part is when you are in the transition phase from HYPER to HYPO thyroid as the gland is under attack. ...Read more
Unrelated: Hi. People with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, treated with the correct dose of thyroid hormone replacement to normalize TSH and free T4 can eat whatever they want! I ALWAYS recommend healthy diet and regular exercise, but that's because it's GOOD for them, not because of any influence on their thyroid hormone replacement! Live healthily because it's GOOD for you!!! Holy cow! ...Read more