Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Hashimoto’s disease is a disease characterized by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland. . A family history of thyroid disorders is common, with the HLADR5 gene most strongly implicated conferring a relative risk of 3 in the UK. The person may experience symptoms of hyperthyroidism at first when the thyroid may actually produce too much thyroid hormones. It is caused by a reaction of the immune system against the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, causes inflammation of your thyroid gland that often leads to underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Lymphocytic thyroiditis may also occur as a self-limited condition which lasts 2-6 months, resolving spontaneously, and leaving most patients with normal thyroid function. Chronic thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s disease is a common thyroid gland disorder that can occur at any age, but it is most often seen in middle aged women. It is more prevalent in women than in men (8:1), and its incidence increases with age Blood tests of thyroid function are used to detect Hashimoto’s disease. Patients with this form of thyroiditis sometimes exhibit so few symptoms that the disease may go unnoticed for many years, but eventually it may destroy so much thyroid tissue that hypothyroidism develops.

Many people with this disease have no symptoms. Hashimoto’s Disease is often referred to as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, autoimmune thyroiditis, lymphadenoid goiter, struma lymphomatosa, and chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is not uncommon. Many people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis have other endocrine disorders, such as diabetes, an underactive adrenal gland, or underactive parathyroid glands, and other autoimmune diseases, such as pernicious anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjgren’s syndrome, or systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). In many cases, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis usually results in hypothyroidism, although in its acute phase, it can cause a transient thyrotoxic state. Hashimoto’s disease progresses slowly over a number of years and causes chronic thyroid damage, leading to a drop in thyroid hormone levels in your blood. Less commonly, Hashimoto’s disease occurs with hypoparathyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, and fungal infections of the mouth and nails in a condition called type 1 polyglandular autoimmune syndrome. The thyroid gland typically becomes and the antibodies the body normally produces to protect the body and fight foreign substances such as bacteria, are found to ‘attack’ their own thyroid tissue. Treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone replacement medication usually is simple and effective. Natural treatment options also exist.

Causes of Hashimoto’s disease

The common causes and risk factor’s of Hashimoto’s disease include the following:

The exact cause of Hashimoto’s disease is unknown.

A reaction of the immune system against the thyroid gland.

If someone in your family has had thyroid disease, you may have an increased risk for Hashimoto’s disease.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is most common among women, particularly older women, and tends to run in families.

It may rarely be associated with other endocrine disorders caused by the immune system.

A combination of factors including heredity, and age may determine your likelihood of developing the disorder.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is seen more frequently in people taking extra iodine in their diets.

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease

Some sign and symptoms related to Hashimoto’s disease are as follows:

Fatigue.

Enlarged neck or presence of goiter.

Small or atrophic thyroid gland.

Dry skin.

Joint stiffness.

Excessive sleepiness.

Dry, coarse hair.

Facial swelling.

Hair loss.

Heavy and irregular menses.

Hoarse voice.

An elevated blood cholesterol level.

Intolerance to cold.

Most often, people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis suffer from symptoms of Hypothyroidism (fatigue, lethargy, decreased metabolic rate).

Treatment of Hashimoto’s disease

Here is list of the methods for treating Hashimoto’s disease:

Iron supplements.

If Hashimoto’s disease causes thyroid hormone deficiency, you may need replacement therapy with thyroid hormone.

Antibiotics to fight infection.

Hormones to suppress or replace thyroid function.

Sucralfate, an ulcer medication.

Long-term prognosis is very good. Most people with the disease can be easily treated.

Cholestyramine (Questran), a medication used to lower blood cholesterol levels.

Replacement therapy with thyroid hormone is given if the hormone is deficient or may be given if there is evidence of mild thyroid failure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Autoimmune thyroid disease and rheumatoid arthritis?
    I am 16 and i have hashimoto’s thyritis (auto immune thyroid disease). my mother has the same condition but I do not know the cause of her’s, she also has rheumatoid arthritis, does this increase my chances of having rheumatoid arthritis?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. If you know that you have an autoimmune condition it DOES increase the statistics of future autoimmune problems like Lupus, Addison’s, RA, Cushing’s, etc. (many more)

      Because your body has already proven itself to be unreliable in it’s immunity actions (Hashi’s) it’s assumed that there will lbe more. Many patients with autoimmune thyroid itis often develop adrenal issues. (adrenal insufficiency)

      So odds are your mom’s thyroid is autoimmune since she has a second autoimmune deficiency. Don’t get scared these things can be managed but it is important to understand your risk factors.

  2. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Disease and Tachycardia……….?
    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyrioditis (Autoimmune Thyroid disease) about 5 years ago The Doctor gave me Synthetic thyroid hormones… Synthroid and Levoxyl about 6 months later I would develope chest pain with in an hour of taking my meds. Over the years it got worse. To the point I went to the ER for treatment they said, my meds were working too well and that my symptoms were Tachycardia. They took me off all meds, but I am now feelings the effects from my thyroid and even after stopping I still have heart episodes. I never have had heart problems until I started taking meds. Is there anyway I can treat one condition without affecting the other?
    I went to the ER for treatment for the pain from the tachycardia. I don’t rely on them for my treatment of my illness. My regular Doctor took me off of my meds after the ER doctor discovered the Tachycardia. I thought I was having a heart attack.

    • ANSWER:
      You see your doctor is a very competent , he knew that Synthroid was accumulating in your blood resulting in false (Pseudo hyperthyroidism) symptoms, he had to do an ABRUPT WITH DRAWL. Kindly tell him to have the level of Synthroid in your blood/serum if facility is available.

      Recheck with your doctor, these ER don’t take proper history or satisfy the patients.

  3. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Disease: Cancer vs Hashimoto’s?
    I have recently been diagnosed with a thyroid disease. I am really not sure which one, my doctor is not very informative. I know that my grandma had her thyroid removed but I do not know the specifics and she is now deceased. I do know she had four incisions; two on the upper neck parallel with the jaw line, and two on lower neck parallel with the clavicle. I am curious to know if this was an autoimmune disease or cancer. And are there any genes that mark for these conditions.

    As a side note my Thyroglobulin level is 26 and my Thyroid peroxidase level was 731.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any nodules? If not, you probably don’t have cancer. They would have had you go in for a scan or a fine needle asperation or both to determine if you had cancer. You probably either have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Here are some sites for you to look at, and don’t hesitate to ask a lot of questions when you see your doctor – or even call them. If they are not informative enough, please find another doctor. The thyroid is nothing to fool around with. I am sorry I do not know more about the test results you gave… I too am newly ( as of Jan. 2009) diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I had a partial thyroidectomy too, due to nodules that were “suspicious”. Even after going through that, I am still very new to all this and read everything I can about it.

      Best wishes and hope these sites help.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does having an autoimmune disease increase your chances of getting sick?
    I have hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune disease) and am being treated. My thyroid and some nodes were taken out two years ago. I am a healthy person. I eat well, exercise, sleep and drink plenty of water- and I don’t lick handrails or anything but I keep getting sick. The last three months I have had pneumonia, digestive fungus and strep throat. I am a stay at home mom to young (not school aged) kids. I can’t figure out why I keep getting so sick. Does the autoimmune disease, although being treated, make me more likely to get sick? I am the only one in the house that is getting sick. The kids don’t even pick up the bugs from me.
    I see my Doctor every six months and have my levels checked every six-eight weeks so my drugs are being managed perfectly.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all there is no such thing as an autoimmune disease. The body does not just attack itself for no reason. INFECTION is the key. You need to find the source of the infection in your body that is causing the problem. ALL infection(s) deplete the body of it’s minerals and iodine is a mineral. Removing thyroid nodes is treating a symptom, not getting to the root cause of what is creating the problem. That is a bandaid. Many thyroid problems like this come from bad dental work or infections in the teeth. NICO (neuralgia induced cavitational osteonecrosis) is one of the most common things causing biofilms to be produced and infections to rage with NO PAIN this kind of problem is rampant in the U.S. today. Root canals done to the “Standard of Care dentistry” is to blame for a lot of this. Interference fields from any scar, trauma, tattoo, piercing, surgery, etc. can reflex to the thyroid making it weak and a victim creating this problem. Since the thyroid is a part of the pituitary axis, when any of the four glands become insufficient for any reason, they all get sick together and your symptoms may be obvious with the thyroid, but not so obvious in the other glands that include: thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, and pituitary. Also, something that is not well understood by endocrinologists is that the parathyroid may be insufficient or have a low grade infection causing the hashimoto’s.

      There are many things you need to be doing to support good immunity that doctors have no clue how to approach. Nutritional help can greatly help you and you should seek out a certified nutritional therapist that can work with you and possibly your doctor if he is open to that to solve your problem.

      On the surface of what you have described, you could have excess Candida albicans causing many of these problems in combination with low minerals and endocrine problems due to a high carb, low fat diet.

      good luck to you

  5. QUESTION:
    If it’s not hashimoto’s, what is it?
    For two years I have suffered with hypothyroid symptoms and eighteen months ago I developed a lump on my thyroid.

    Hashimoto’s thyroiditis runs in my family, my Mum was diagnosed at 32 and both my aunt and my Nana have it. I have TPO antibodies but my thyroid function tests have always been within reference range, therefore my GP says I don’t have hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an underactive thyroid or an autoimmune disease and I don’t need to be treated with thyroxine.

    My symptoms include; extreme tiredness, always very cold, dry skin, weight gain, hair loss, swollen ankles, puffy face, breathlessness, achey muscles, joint pain, tingly/numbness in fingers and toes, heavy periods, irritability, forgetfulness and weak/breaking nails.

    If it isn’t hashimoto’s, what could be wrong with me? I feel like I’m about seventy but I’m 33. I used to be very fit and active, now I struggle to climb the stairs.

    • ANSWER:
      What you just described is hypothyroidism. Here are some of the symptoms:
      Less stamina than others
      Less energy than others
      Long recovery period after any activity
      Inability to hold children for very long
      Arms feeling like dead weights after activity
      Chronic Low Grade Depression
      Suicidal Thoughts
      Often feeling cold
      Cold hands and feet
      High cholesterol
      Bizarre and Debilitating reaction to exercise
      Hard stools
      Constipation
      No eyebrows or thinning outer eyebrows
      Dry Hair
      Hair Loss
      Dry cracking skin
      Nodding off easily
      Requires naps in the afternoon
      Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time
      Forgetfulness
      Foggy thinking
      Inability to lose weight
      Always gaining weight
      Inability to function in a relationship with anyone
      NO sex drive
      Moody periods
      PMS
      Excruciating pain during period
      Nausea
      Swelling/edema/puffiness
      Aching bones/muscles
      Osteoporosis
      Bumps on legs
      Acne on face and in hair
      Breakout on chest and arms
      Hives
      Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional
      Inability to work full-time
      Inability to stand on feet for long periods
      Complete lack of motivation
      Slowing to a snail’s pace when walking up slight grade
      Extremely crabby, irritable, intolerant of others
      Handwriting nearly illegible
      Internal itching of ears
      Broken/peeling fingernails
      Dry skin or snake skin
      Major anxiety/worry
      Ringing in ears
      Lactose Intolerance
      Inability to eat in the mornings
      No hair growth, breaks faster than it grows
      Joint pain
      Carpal tunnel symptoms
      No Appetite
      Fluid retention to the point of Congestive Heart Failure
      Swollen legs that prevented walking
      Blood Pressure problems
      Varicose Veins
      Dizziness from fluid on the inner ear
      Low body temperature
      Raised temperature
      Tightness in throat; sore throat
      Swollen lymph glands
      Allergies (which can also be a result of low cortisol–common with hypothyroid patients)
      sore feet (plantar fascitis); painful soles of feet
      now how do I put this one politely….a cold bum, butt, derriere, fanny, gluteus maximus, haunches, hindquarters, posterior, rear, and/or cheeks. Yup, really exists.

      By the way, my own experinence is that I was also in range whenever I was tested. However, I would go from hypo to hyperthyroid. It took my surgeon to finally diagnose me with Hashimoto’s over my Endo. I ended up have a total thyroidectomy due to a multi-nodule goiter caused by Hashi’s plus an iodine deficiency. I’m going to include a great web site for you to check out on all of this.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do You Know How Your Thyroid Gland Affects Your Entire Body?
    Your Thyroid Gland affects your entire body. Thyroid disease can cause ‘Graves’ Disease, a goiter, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Thyroid Cancer and so much more. This is an Autoimmune Disorder. Visit www.isityourthyroid.webs.com

    • ANSWER:
      i have graves’/hashimoto’s. it’s debilitating, mentally and physically.

  7. QUESTION:
    Losing weight with hypothyroidism, HELP!?
    I am a 250 lb 18-year old girl. I have just been diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease, also known as Hashimoto’s Disease, which in turn led to me developing insulin resistance and hypothyroidism. I am eating low-carb, low-fat, cutting out sweets and sodas, and doing an hour of racquetball at LEAST 4 days a week. I am also on Metformin and Levothyroxine to help regulate my insulin and hormones. I tried Hydroxycut in addition to my diet and exercise, but to no avail. The scale has not budged in nearly three weeks. What else can I do? Why am I failing?
    Also, I’d appreciate you not peddling your disgusting diet pills to me. I’m interested in a lifestyle change, not a quick fix that gives me a heart attack. (:

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I have Hashimotos Disease as well. It’s more common than you realise. Alot of people have variations of this such as Graves Disease. It is controlled with the Thyroxin you are taking daily.
      Although the Thyroxin should be combatting this directly to help you lose weight – you and me both know it doesn’t.
      With research I have found that if you can get some iodine into your diet, it will help. This is in fish and seaweed.
      Coconut also contains an enzyme which assists with the function of the thyroid. So try to have coconut on deserts/meals when you can. I know, not an easy ingredient to add.
      Also, cut out red meat – you don’t have the digestive abilities to obtain all the nutrional elements anyway but you will certainly obtain all the fats.
      Also remember your 5 fruits and vegetables per day. This should be taking up the majority of your foods. Its actually really hard to fit in 5 fruits and vegetables. But this means you need to replace other foods with these healthy alternatives.

      Your body may take some time to give in and let the fat burn, so do persevere, when it starts happening, you will start to lose weight easily as you’ve done the hard yards. But most importantly, be realistic in your diet and exercise. After all the dieting, you wont be able to keep up a diet of starvation and an overexcercising routine. And you’ll put it all back on.

      Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to develop a goiter?
    I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which resulted in a goiter (Hashimoto’s Disease). Does anyone know how long it would have taken for it to develop after being infected with an autoimmune disorder? My thyroid is 2-3 times larger than the normal size. How long has my goiter been developing? Months? Years?
    Please, help. Thanks to everyone who answers.

    I would reallllllllyyyyyyyyyyy like to know!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a goiter for about 5 years,from what i remembered my neck started swelling uop from nowhere when i was out with my friend and then it went down on its own again. However before the swelling i noticed major changes in my mood and craving for alot of food. I thought nothing of it…and a couple of weeks later the goiter finally formed and it was huge.long story short i controlled it with medicine and radioactiive but neither worked as my body threw out the radioactive. so ten days ago i finally decided to have surgery and removed my entire thyroid because i simply could not control it with mediciation anymore and taking herbs and natural remedies did not work for me either. i feel great after the surgery,my heart is not longer pounding,no more breaking out in hives etc. I found an excellent surgeon who did not destroy my voice and my calcium levels were a little low after the operation but its back to normal now. however if u get save ur thyroid n radioactive works for u,then great,surgery should be your last option for graves disease.

  9. QUESTION:
    heart palpitations thyroid issue?
    I have had heart palps for about 3 years. I know it sounds stupid but I didn’t know what they were until about a year ago. I had a lot of blood work, wore a 2 week holter moniter, had an echocardiogram and the results were all normal. The holter showed the palps but they weren’t from an abnormal origin. I did find out I have hashimoto’s thyroiditis. An autoimmune disease that attacks my thyroid. Now I live in a small town with not the best healthcare that’s why I am here posting. I went to an endocrinologist who didn’t want to give me medicine but my pcp thinks I need it so for almost 2 months I’m on .25 of synthroid. Worked great at first but I am having palps again, I called my pcp she gave me more bloodwork but it all came back normal so she won’t increase my synthroid so I tried on my own to double it I felt great but I can’t keep that up I will run out of meds. So what should I do now? Look for yet another doctor, suffer with my palps? I am going crazy here!

    • ANSWER:
      Overactive thyroid can cause heart palpitations. Similarly the drug (Levothyroxine) you are taking can also cause heart palpitations as side effects.
      Levothyroxine (generic name) Synthroid (brand name), a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Without this hormone, the body cannot function properly, resulting in: poor growth; slow speech; lack of energy; weight gain; hair loss; dry, thick skin; and increased sensitivity to cold. When taken correctly, levothyroxine reverses these symptoms. Levothyroxine is also used to treat congenital hypothyroidism (cretinism) and goiter (enlarged thyroid gland).
      Consult your Endocrinologist.

  10. QUESTION:
    elevated levels of IgA (613) but don’t have celiac disease. what’s wrong with me?
    i have idiopathic gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying with no known cause or trigger) and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune thyroid condition). my gliadin and tTg antibodies were not present and my duodenal biopsy showed norma villi functioning, so i have a conclusive “no” for celiac’s disease…. but why is my IgA so high? ref range is 81-463 and mine is 613. this is my biopsy report from april. what does this indicate?

    A. Duodenum, biopsy:
    Duodenal mucosa with vascular congestion, focal minimal chronic inflammation
    and preserved villous architecture.

    B. Stomach, antrum, biopsy:
    Gastric antral and fundic mucosa with mild chronic inflammation, vascular
    congestion and mild reactive fibromuscular and foveolar hyperplasia, suggestive
    of mild reactive gastropathy. No H Pylori organisms are seen with routine stain.

    C. G.E. Juction, biopsy:
    Gastric cardiac and fundic mucosa with edema and vascular congestion.
    No intestinal metaplasia seen.
    No squamous mucosa present.
    yes, i have seen an endocrinologist. i know quite a bit about my gastroparesis and hashimoto’s already. my question was more directed at my elevated IgA levels and whether the results of my biopsy could help determine why my IgA is so high.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you seeing an endocrinologist? here is what I found on the net..

      Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=thyroiditis&submit=Search (clinical trials…one with selenium..one with hep c relationship to hashimoto’s, one with postpartum link)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashimoto’s_thyroiditis (wikipedia)
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000371.htm (medline plus)
      http://autoimmune.pathology.jhmi.edu/diseases.cfm?systemID=3&DiseaseID=22 (John Hopkins…hashimoto’s thyroiditis is linked to sjorgren’s syndrome)
      http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Hypothyroidism (NORD..hypothyroidism…scroll down for related organizations)
      http://www.hormone.org/public/thyroid/hypothyroidism.cfm (the hormone foundation)
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/hashimotos-encephalopathy.htm (Hashimoto’s encephalopathy…rare)
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/yersinia.htm (hashimoto’s and food borne infection,Yersinia enterocolitica infection, via contaminated meats — especially raw or undercooked products — poultry, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, seafood — and particularly oysters — from sewage-contaminated waters and produce fertilized with raw manure. Foods can also be contaminated by food handlers who have not effectively washed their hands before handling food or utensils used to prepare food. Improper storage can also contribute to contamination.>> stool test that can detect yersinia enterocolitica )
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/cohen.htm (hashimoto’s and anergic depression)
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo.htm (hashimoto’s vs hypothyroidism..what is the difference… In the study of 21 patients with euthyroid Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (normal range TSH, but elevated antibodies), half of the patients were treated with levothyroxine for a year, the other half were not treated. After 1 year of therapy with levothyroxine, the antibody levels and lymphocytes (evidence of inflammation) decreased significantly only in the group receiving the medication. Among the untreated group, the antibody levels rose or remained the same.
      The researchers concluded that preventative treatment of normal TSH range patients with Hashimoto’s disease reduced the various markers of autoimmune thyroiditis, and speculated that that such treatment might even be able to stop the progression of Hashimoto’s disease, or perhaps even prevent development of the hypothyroidism. )
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo_2.htm (page 2…selenium might help…and calcium with magnesium supplements for nighttime problems)
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hashimotos/a/encephalopathy.htm (hashimoto’s encephalopathy)
      http://thyroid.about.com/od/hypothyroidismhashimotos/a/preventative.htm (treating antibodies when TSH is normal)
      http://thyroid.about.com/blcohen.htm (treating anergic depression)

      3 books on disease symptoms and treatments

      you could also get these books on ebay or amazon or a half price book store. (last two are very similar)..
      1.Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
      2.Handbook of Diseases (Lippencott)
      3.Professional Guide to Diseases (Springhouse)

  11. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my thyroid hormone results?
    After losing quite a lot of hair for 8 months I finally pushed for some blood tests suspecting a thyroid problem and discovered that my TSH was 4.2 U/mL (0.3 – 3.0 U/mL) and my T4 level was 12 pmol/L (10 – 23 pmol/L). My doctor didn’t seem very sure as to what course of action to follow as he described it as only slightly under active and decided that I should come back for a second blood test.

    I returned today for blood test number two and my doctor prescribed me 25 micrograms of Eltroxin and depending on the results of the blood test, I will have to take it.

    I was hoping to possibly get a second opinion from someone who might know a little more about it than me.

    I’ll be 19 next month and I’m moving away to University next week so I’m wondering how it might have an effect on my day to day life.
    I’m a healthy weight, but I have found it slightly easier to gain a pound or two in recent months and a lot more difficult to lose it, I find myself being exhausted during the day for a few hours and then completely fine a while after (without having consumed food) and I’ve noticed my memory and concentration has gotten a little worse too (simple words for day to day items seem to just vanish from my mind sometimes). However I don’t have any signs of goitre.

    I was also wondering if anyone else had experienced a lot of hairloss at the same level of under activity I have?

    I’ve considered that I may have Hashimoto’s but apparently here in Europe people are more likely to have Ord’s Thyroiditis, which is similiar to Hashimoto’s but instead of an enlarged thyroid, the thyroid shrinks. There isn’t very much information online about it though.
    (I want to get a thyroid antibody test to find out if I do have an autoimmune disease but I’m moving in a few days and I won’t be able to see my doctor for another blood test until late October.)
    I live in Ireland :)
    With that measurement for T4 I believe I’m 0.9
    My hair loss shows no signs of stopping and has gotten more severe in recent months, I’m afraid that If I postpone getting treatment, I’ll end up with very little hair, It’s already extremely thin.

    • ANSWER:
      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      With Hashi's (main cause of hypOthyroidsim) the thyroid often is NOT enlarged...It is that the body is attacking the thyroid.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  12. QUESTION:
    Military question about BMT?
    Ok, I wear a retainer at night to keep up the wonderful orthodontic work I had done years ago. Can I still wear it in Basic? I would assume so, but…

    Also, I take a thyroid replacement hormone – I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s that causes antibodies to attack my thyroid gland and slowly kill it. It flares up and dies down just like any autoimmune disease. It’s nothing serious, not debilitating or anything. I can go without my pills for quite some time – mostly I take them to slow the progression of decay of my gland. At this point it’s not so terrible, and it’s being treated with a thyroid replacement and is well managed. I assume I’d still be able to take my thyroid pill everyday during Basic, right?

    I know I can ask a recruiter this stuff, but I’ve not gotten to the point where I’m ready to talk to a recruiter just yet – I know I want to go, I just need to get myself to a good point before taking the next step. I gained a lot of weight from the sudden onset of problems with the Hashimoto’s, so I need to lose that first and then I’ll be good to go. Hence, I’m asking the wonderful folks of Y!A.

    Thank you!
    Ok, I did a bit more research and finally found some info: most pills you are not allowed to take during Basic, such as birth control or OTC drugs. But some, such as thyroid replacement you can. You have to take the prescription into MEPS the day you report to leave for Basic and the Rx is exchanged for a military issue prescription. Now, I don’t believe everything I hear on the internet, so can anyone verify this with their own experience? And, if it matters any, I’m choosing the Air Force, just in case I haven’t mentioned that yet. Thanks!
    Ah, and just to add this: I found the regulation regarding orthodontics for BMT. You are allowed the retainer – you just can’t have braces when you go because there is no orthodontist available if something goes wrong with the braces. So, retainer yes! Thank goodness because sometimes if I don’t wear it for a couple days, my mouth starts hurting something fierce from my teeth moving around. Eek.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your recruiter. I dont think the retainer would be a problem but the pills would. You have to be off any sort of medication for at leas 6 months i believe before you can even join.

  13. QUESTION:
    What autoimmune disorder(s) do you think I am most likely suffering from?
    I am currently waiting on lab results and am wondering if you could help me pinpoint which auto-immune disorder(s) I am MOST LIKELY suffering from??

    I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease with Hypothyroidism and most recently, Fibromyalgia. I am currently waiting for the results on a ton of bloodwork, but wanted to get some opinions if anyone is knowledgeable about this stuff. I will leave you with my master list of symptoms that i have compiled over the last 2 months:

    I am unable to sleep less than 10 hours a night. If i do, i wake up completely sore, exhausted and crabby.
    My weight fluctuates greatly. Last week I weighed 145, this week 152.
    Have been trying to conceive for 3 years with no success using charting/opks and perfect timing for over 30 cycles (without medical intervention)
    Dermatitis on right foot, scalp and behind ears
    Extreme sensitivity to cold, anything below 76 degrees causes numbness and pain in extremities
    Sensitivity to light (prefer to sit in darkened rooms, have been this way since i was a child, can’t stand bright lights or glare)
    Night blindness (unable to drive at night, no depth perception at night, etc)
    Irregular periods made less irregular with Synthroid, but still different lengths every cycle
    Very delicate skin, light touch causes bruising, always have bruises. Some of them are without pain.
    (severe)Mental fog, extremely bad memory and worsening. Unable to do mental math. I can set something down and then spend two hours looking for it and this happens every day. I also
    forget what i am doing ALL THE TIME!
    Have had a slight studder since I was a child.
    Sometimes I read numbers backwards
    Have to reread sentences or paragraphs to comprehend it
    I write in an “uphill” fashion, i cannot write on the line unless i turn the paper completely sideways, this developed in middle-school.
    (severe)Have problems saying what i mean, the words come out in the wrong order or i will accidently use a word that is similar to what i mean but not exactly and it won’t sound right. Husband calls me yoda!
    Constantly crave sweet or salty food, worse with period
    Terrible depth perception, always walking into table corners and door frames and unable to judge distances

    feet hurt (after 5 or more hours of standing activities)
    tingling and cold sensations below knees
    stiff knees
    sore knees
    sore thigh muscles
    aching hip pain
    stiff hips
    (severe)sore hips (feels like walking will pop them out of socket- can’t walk straight)
    (severe)stiff & sore forearms (can’t lift objects without pain & shaking)
    stiff shoulders
    (severe)sore shoulders
    (severe)sore shoulder muscles/tendons (can’t lay on sides to sleep, makes pain worse)
    (severe)unable to lift or flex shoulders due to pain
    (severe)During flare-ups i have immense weakness in hips, arms & wrists
    (severe)stiff fingers
    (severe)pain in fingers (swollen feeling, sometimes unable to move them upon waking)
    shaky hands
    alternating constipation/diarrhea
    abdominal pains
    abdominal cramps
    gas

    MOST RECENT
    popping muscles/tendons all over body
    random nearsightedness
    random chest pain
    left eye twitching at random and happens every day now

    Thyroid Panel is NORMAL, TSH at 0.9. So it’s not hypo symptoms :/

    • ANSWER:
      With a list like that, I would expect them to come back and tell you Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, if not also including the possibility of Lupus. I would say I don’t want to scare you, but I doubt very much having lived with this much that anything I say would do that. A lot of your list can readily be attributed to Fibromyalgia (which I have, as well as connective tissue disease & suspicion of SLE), including the digestive & female problems. IBS and various issues such as PCOS commonly run with autoimmune inflammatory diseases. So does neuropathy, which you’ve also aptly described.

      The sensitivity to cold you’re describing screams of Raynaud’s Syndrome (which I also likely have). Along with all that, if your light sensitivity includes being photosensitive w/ or w/out a malar rash… and you’ve got an elevated ANA, then your Dr should be considering Lupus. You should be seen by a rheumatologist if you haven’t already. You *might* need a neurologist at some point.

      There are treatment options, whatever the case. You clearly look like a classic case of SOME kind of autoimmune disease. No matter what anyone says about it, Fibromyalgia is in that category as well. There is scientific proof of that. It’s just that some “professionals” want to turn a blind eye to the genetic markers that have been identified. Hashimotos is already accepted as being autoimmune anyway. Plaquenil is the usual first offering, and it’s very effective for a lot of people. If it’s tolerated well, it can be a literal lifesaver. Just discuss low-dose options to reduce the risks of toxicity. (Over 400mg is the danger zone for potential retina damage, even though it’s not common… why risk it?)

      Be aware that a firm diagnosis can be drawn out and frustrating to obtain. Just take a deep breath and know that it may take some commitment on your own part to get answers. If a Dr doesn’t work well with you, move on to another. You may need to repeat labs to catch it in the act as well, as the results can vary wildly… Try to go when you feel your worst or close to it, if they come back negative the first time. Inflammation can be elusive in some people’s profiles when it comes to that paper confirmation.

      I hope you get sound medical answers, and I wish you well.

  14. QUESTION:
    what medications are generally used to remove wisdom teeth?
    My daughter is scheduled to have her wisdom teeth removed (all 4 at once) over Thanksgiving holiday. The medications the oral surgeon is planning to use are: valium, versed and laughing gas (nitrous oxide), and of course, local anesthetic. It seems like a lot. I’m so nervous for her as I don’t like anesthesia. She has hashimoto’s disease which complicates it a bit. However, her specialist spoke with the oral surgeon about the anesthesia and said it should be fine. Due to the hashmimoto’s, she can’t eat certain foods as her sensitivity to them can exacerbate the disease (the autoimmune system becomes inflamed and attacks the thyroid), so mashed potatoes are out since she can’t have milk products; she hates jello and pudding; so I will have to be creative. No use of straws, of course, to avoid the dreaded dry socket.

    Thanks for your input.
    Thank you for your response Eric. We just found out about the hashimoto’s and started the dr’s protocol of fish oil, probiotics and selenium, vitamin D with some other vitamins. He is a traditional and alternative physician who believes it is not a thyroid issue but an autoimmune disease. If you calm the immune system down, it won’t inflame the thyroid. Her thyroid immunoglobulins (sp) are way out of the norm, but her adrenals are okay so far. She’s been on the protocol only a month, and she just did her bloodwork again the other day so we don’t know if this is working. I don’t want to put her on thyroid hormones since it isn’t a thyroid issue yet. We are also seeing a pediatric endocrinologist on Nov 10th. So if things are getting worse, then I will postpone the surgery, as that is what the oral surgeon’s concern was to make sure it is under control. He did say it is safer for hashimoto’s than to extract wisdom teeth on someone with hyperthyroidism.
    Dr Akhil, thank you for your kind response and input. I will follow that protocol. Yahoo answers is an incredible resource with such dedicated and knowledgeable responders! It is much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      its good to see that you have a very good knowledge about your daughters problem.
      relax and dont worry.
      all the 4 teeth will be extracted with minimum effort because they are not still fully grown,so the dentist can remove all 4 at one sitting.
      just remember to give her a cold diet for 24 hrs and AFTER 24 HRS start warm salt water rinses 4-5 days for a week.
      this all will help in early healing and minimum pain.
      do take all the pain medication on time 4-6 hrs.

  15. QUESTION:
    Possibly celiacs? Looking for serious replies!?
    I’m diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and despite having my thyroid levels in range I’m still feeling down a lot of the time physically and mentally. My new endo ordered a series of blood test including an allergy test.

    I tested extremely high as having a milk allergy, and moderately high for a gluten allergy as well as peanuts. I also have a low ferritin count (8).

    I’m just a little concerned as I’ve read many people with celiacs probably have another autoimmune disorder (such as hashimoto’s), are lactose intolerance until on a gluten free diet and the ville is able to heal, and have anemia.

    Other symptoms I have include the following:
    Chronic headaches (I almost always have a mild to sever headache)
    Night blindness (and light sensitivity)
    Increased blurryness in vision
    Anxiety/depression
    Strange appetite (some days I’m not hungry at all or can only eat a very small amount and other days I have a hunger that just wont go away)
    Weakness
    Chronic Fatigue

    And heres some of the more embarrassing symptoms
    smelly gas
    smell stool (usually floats and sticks to the toilet when I flush hahaha)
    Sometimes I go a few days without having a BM and some days I’ll have the runs in the morning.
    Stomach ache (more like a burning feeling) most of the time although very mild and easy to tolerate.
    Heart Palpitations
    I don’t think the answer is by buying stuff, stop spamming these boards, at least take your spam to a less serious category

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds exactly like the same symptoms I had before I was diagnosed with celiac disease.

  16. QUESTION:
    Raw Food Diet-Reversing Sicknesses/Diseases!? Urgent!?
    I remember hearing that going on raw foods can heal diseases/sicknesses, but I still have to look into this more!

    Now for the question: My mother has a few conditions and one she just found out about which may require extensive (and quite intimidating!!) surgery. It’s something along the lines of cervical spinolosys? (spine issue). I’m not sure how to spell it exactly. She also has an autoimmune disorder, muscle pain, hashimoto’s thyroid syndrome, etc. lots of things!!

    My question for you is: Do you think that going on a raw food diet, alone, would help to reverse any of this? I’m kind of a rebel in my thinking-I don’t want her to get the surgery. I think there are other ways. But, it’s bad. She actually has spine issues that she hadn’t ever known about until today!

    Or…would you have to pair it with supplements/yoga?

    Sorry for this being so long and I hope you have time to read it! Thank you so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Those of us who know anything about the complexity of diseases, know that the most cannot be fixed by diet alone, much less the way food is prepared/cooked. Diet actually plays a small part in disease, although you do need to eat healthily. Obviously this excludes diseases that are actually caused by deficiencies (which are rare in the western developed world) and illnesses like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, – which can sometimes be managed with diet alone.

      There is an argument to say that over cooking vegetables, etc may cause it to loose many of its nutrients, but there is no evidence that a raw food diet is more beneficial than a cooked diet.

  17. QUESTION:
    Raw Food Diet-Reversing Sicknesses/Diseases!? Urgent!?
    I remember hearing that going on raw foods can heal diseases/sicknesses, but I still have to look into this more!

    Now for the question: My mother has a few conditions and one she just found out about which may require extensive (and quite intimidating!!) surgery. It’s something along the lines of cervical spinolosys? (spine issue). I’m not sure how to spell it exactly. She also has an autoimmune disorder, muscle pain, hashimoto’s thyroid syndrome, etc. lots of things!!

    My question for you is: Do you think that going on a raw food diet, alone, would help to reverse any of this? I’m kind of a rebel in my thinking-I don’t want her to get the surgery. I think there are other ways. But, it’s bad. She actually has spine issues that she hadn’t ever known about until today!

    Or…would you have to pair it with supplements/yoga?

    Sorry for this being so long and I hope you have time to read it! Thank you so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend you go to hacres.com and read the testimonies there.

      But that is just 85% raw and for best effect one needs to go 100% raw. The diet must also be vegan and whole foods without processed, junk or fast foods.

      Get the book by Gabriel Cousens at the library or through inter-library loan (or buy on amazon) called conscious eating and read the pages about the pottenger cat study

      I can try to see if I can email you the video by Victoria boutenko who cured many things in her family on a 100% raw food diet if you want to ask me (to remind me) when sending an email address (as this cannot be attempted on yahoo answers only via real email.

      She highly believe one needs to add green juices and smoothies. (important that you alternate the greens daily) This created miracles in their family even after 13 years on raw foods. Ask me more about that when you email me as I was just going to bed.

      I can also send you the links to the incurables save your life diet.

      If she combined the incurables program with good organic tinctures (not capsuled) herbs and things specific to her diseases, she would stand very excellent odds of healing herself.

      The raw may be enough alone but may be too slow. someone sent me about ten videos on raw foods and I was amazed at their healing power. People reading some of Boutenko’s books on her and her family’s experiences were so impressed and motivated they immediately went on it and did things like lose over 200 pounds. Others like Dave the raw food trucker (on youtube) lost well over 200 pounds, cured his diabetes in 3 days, and reversed the kidney disease and colon cancer that was killing him. The incurables program also has many similar absolutely miraculous cures on everything. Years ago I read the books of Arnold Ehret and he believed man’s ideal diet was above the ground fruits and veggies (and maybe some raw nuts) and his and his disciplines reached unheard of levels of health.

      People following the raw and healthfood diets of say Anne Wigmore had her gray hair turn back to black and into her 80s it was black and she ran for hours a day as she had incredible levels of energy drinking wheat grass, eating raw foods and drinking fermented things like rejuvelex. Boutenko’s husband on the green smoothie (and raw foods) saw his beard go from gray to black. People say they have energy in their middle age better than when they were 5. I am starting to think `100% raw is comparable to the incurables program but then schulze also use 100% raw and even juice fasting so his might be better.

      Also add lots of juices and drink then within 15 minutes and not with any pulp or food for at least 20-30 minutes and also chew the juice.

      I do not think ehret or wigmore or maybe even boutenko paired it with supplements but I feel the best chance is a combination of the full incurables program –email me for the links to the videos ..they will give great hope and is said to work for all diseases even ones one does not know the name of but in the clinic he also used herbs and foods etc specific to the disease so finding out what would help each disease and adding that would only enhance your chances of full recovery.

      so in conclusion

      1 100% raw food, whole food vegan diet

      2 lots of green smoothies and dark green juices (email me for more on this)

      3 full incurables program (email me for the free links to the manual/video which tells everything (his products are found at herbdoc.com and many of the recipes are in the manual and can be made yourself..be sure to use only organic or wildcrafted bulk herbs and 80 or 100 proof vodka to make the tinctures.

      4 specific things to help each disease she has..ie herbs, foods, practices and so forth

      5 also check out curezone.com ask advice and also look up each thing your mom has there. Wonderful site.

      6 email Victoria boutenko and ask and maybe she will email you back. Her website is called raw family or something like that and I think it gives contact info..she is an expert on raw foods. She probably also has her books and maybe videos for sale there not sure.

      7 look at the testimonies and info at hacres.com also see what is the hallelujah diet there for ideas on what is considered to be raw foods. I would do 100% not 85% but she might need to ease into it but I think boutenko’s family went immediately into it as the husband had just 2 months to live and the child needed insulin for some time as a type 1 diabetic and she refused to do it and finally found the info to heal him and they both completely recovered and stayed recovered I think like 10 years or more.

      8 see the videos and books I mentioned.

      Also I can get you the links to the online books by Arnold Ehret. Be sure to send your email; address if you want me to try to upload and send as an attachment that video by boutenko on raw foods but it may be too big to send in email. I am not sure as I never sent it to anyone.