Can I die from hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroiditis)?

Yes. Worst case scenerio: if you do not take your replacement thyroid medication for a long time, you can actually go into a type of coma (myxedema coma). Patients with inadequately treated hypothyroidism can also have heart problems. Is it very important to be followed routinely and take your synthroid (thyroxine) on an empty stomach regularly.

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Autoimmune deseas hashimoto's thyroiditis can it be cured?

No. Treated not cured. Very easy to treat. This is an autoimmune disease of unknown cause. Body makes antibodies against the thyroid and kills it. Must generally take replacement hormone for life. Read more...

C3 196 which is high. C4 is 33.7. Ana +1:320. Any autoimmune can cause C3 to be high? Rheumy is testing for hashimoto's thyroiditis. Could this be?

Autoimmune disease. Hashimoto's won't make these changes. Has to be something else. Without further history and physical, it's essentially impossible to make a diagnosis off a few abnormal blood tests. Read more...
See below. ANA disorders such as lupus have low complement level, but nonspecific inflammation can raise complement levels such as infection or other autoimmune disorders. Read more...

How does hashimoto's thyroiditis develop?

Variable. Hashimoto's thyroiditis develops when the immune system misclassifies one or more thyroid proteins as foreign (not belonging to that person) and begins making antibodies that target the protein(s). This can cause the thyroid to become enlarged (form a goiter), develop regional growths, or nodules, or make too little thyroid hormone. Once in a while, it can result in too much thyroid hormone. Read more...
Thyroid antibodies. The immune system makes anti-thyroperoxidase antibodies and/or anti-thyroglobulin antibodies which are both directed at different parts of the thyroid gland. These antibodies infiltrate and damage the thyroid gland painlessly, often rendering the gland underactive. Read more...