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Autoimmune thyroid disease is what?

Immune attack. An autoimmune disease is when the body's immune system mistakenly makes antibodies which are directed towards one's own healthy tissues. In terms of thyroid, antibodies are targeted against the thyroid - very similar in principle to rejecting one's own thryoid. That is, the body is rejecting it's own tissue. Read more...
Antibodies. Your body generates antibodies against the thyroid tissue. This can stimulate the thyroid and lead to graves' disease which is a form of hyperthyroidism. Other antibodies can attack the thyroid (hashimoto's thyroiditis) and destroy the cells, leading to hypothyroidism. Check w/ your doctor. Read more...

Is it possible to have nothing wrong your thyroid, but still have an autoimmune disease?

Yes. Autoimmune thyroid disease can manifest as an enlarged thyroid, abnormal thyroid antibodies on lab testing, sometimes nodular thyroid, and yet thyroid function can be normal, low, or high. Thyroid functions would be indicated by tsh, t4, T3 (liothyronine) levels. Thyroid ultrasound would look for nodules. There is no treatment for the autoimmune part, but abnormal thyroid function or nodules can be treated. Read more...

If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

Yes. The way to check for autoimmune thyroid disease is to look for thyroid antibodies, specifically the thyroid peroxidase antibodies for hashimoto's thyroid disease and TSH receptor antibodies for graves' disease. These antibodies are not typically checked on a basic thyroid panel. Read more...
No. Your doctor needs to specifically order tests to look for antibodies that are directed against your own thyroid tissue. Read more...
Autoimmune thyroid. Autoimmune thyroid disease will not be detected in a basic thyroid screen which refers to T4 and a TSH and not thyroid antibodies. Autoimmune thyroid disease is detected by specific antibodies. Tpoab ( peroxidase antibodies) , tgab ( thyroglobulin antibodies) and trab ( thyroid stimulating receptor ab). Autoimmune thyroiditis is diagnosed by careful exam in conjunction with thyroid ab. Read more...

I have a mass and several hard nodes in my neck. Nodules on my thyroid no infectuon or autoimmune disease. But tell me its "nothing". Any advice?

Biopsy? There are many causes of lumps or nodules in the neck/thyroid. For the thyroid, they may be monitored over time by ultrasound and/or biopsied so that microscopic tissue can be examined (for possible cancer). Protocols for evaluating these are pretty straight forward, but if you have questions for your doctor, then please ask. Sounds like more info about your work-up might put your mind at ease. Read more...

I had my thyroid removed 2 yrs ago, t-levels are ok but I have all the symptoms of MS but my MRI is clean, what other autoimmune disease could I have?

Unknown. What symptoms do you have? Symptoms such as numbness or weakness can be caused by many things. Why was your thyroid removed? If you were found to have autoimmune thyroid disease, you are at a higher risk for other autoimmune disorders, but there are hundreds of possibilities. You should be evaluated by a neurologist if you have neurologic symptoms. Read more...
Not enough info. You would need to be specific about the symptoms you currently have in order to answer your question. Why was the thyroid removed in the first place? Read more...
"all the symptoms" Do not understand what you are describing, and cannot easily relate your thyroid to ms, or other neurological problems. If you had an immune thyroid issue, you could have other immune problems such as pernicious anemia. Provide more direct information, please. Read more...