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Vitiligo And Hypothyroidism
The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more
If I have 2 known autoimmue disorders, should I be checked for others?If so, what should I be checked for and how often?I have vitiligo & hypothyroidism
Yearly checkups: Vitiligo can be associate with other autoimmune diseases, especially thyroid disease. You should see your doctor yearly for a good history and physical examination, particularly because of the hypothyroidism. If any new signs or symptoms have developed, additional testing for conditions such as pernicious anemia or arthritis would be indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have 2 autoimmune disorders (vitiligo & hypothyroidism) with long fam history of autoimmunes. Should i be worried about my kids or have them tested?
Can be genetic: A predisposition to autoimmune disorders can be transmitted genetically to your children, however, there is no real way to test for them unless they begin to develop health problems. Their pediatrician should be informed of your illnesses so the kids can be properly evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does having multiple autoimmune disorders signal deeper health issues that should be investigated? I have hypothyroidism, vitiligo, & endometriosis.
I hav hypothyroidism, vitiligo, endometriosis. Should i be concerned about other autoimmune disorders or be tested for more?What test are usually done?
Maybe: Hypothyroidism and vitiligo may run with hashimoto's, schmidt's, addison's (take a history; morning cortisol screen &/or acth stimulation test if needed), type i diabetes (unlikely at your age), and autoimmune pernicious anemia (consider an occasional serum B12 check) and that uncommon animal autoimmune hypoparathyroidism (you'll know if this happens). Probably you'll get none. Great question. ...Read more
I have hypothyroidism, vitiligo, and psoriasis which are all auto immune diseases. Any idea why i may have these? Could it be linked to something?
Autoimmune: That means that your immune system is not well regulated. This tends to be inherited as well. Although there is no cure, you should get your blood vitamin d3 level checked to make sure that it is optimal. I don't know if optimizing the vitamin d3 level helps or not but it certainly won't do you harm. (vitamin d3 is considered an immune regulator). ...Read more
I have subclinical hypothyroidism, vitiligo and dermatitis. Am I at a higher risk of more autoimmune diseases like diabetes, MS etc?
If I already have hypothyroidism, addison's disease, raynaud's disease and vitiligo is it likely that I will get diabetes also?
Yes: While it is not likely that you will get diabetes, you do have a higher chance of getting diabetes. There is a condition called "polyglandular syndrome" which include: hashimoto's thyroid disease (hypothyroidism), addison's disease and type 1 diabetes. You already have hypothyroidism and addison's disease, so you should be followed closely for the development of diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer