It would be a good idea to find out. No one tested me for Hashimotos, but my thyroid had grown out of control and biopsy results were inconclusive, so they ended up removing my thyroid. The surgery took three times as long as expected, because there was so much scar tissue from Hashimotos, wrapped in and out of my vocal chords. I wish someone had tested me for Hashimotos before, because then I would have known it was not cancer and could have kept my thyroid, even if it only worked a little bit. The more information you have, the better. I was hypothyroid...but would have episodes of rapid heart beat and anxiety from too much thyroid hormone every once in awhile.
Question I have been hypo for years and someone said I an an antibody in my lab results How do I get tested for Hasimotos. I have an appointment that was rescheduled to next Monday so need answer quick!
Hashi's is an autoimmune disorder in which your body attacks your thyroid as if it were a foreign invader and sends antibodies to "kill" it off. I was diagnosed in 2007 and I'm surprised that most people go "oh, it's just hypothyroidism." It clearly is not. Hypothyroidism is low thyroid function; hyperthyroidism is overactive thyroid function. Hashimoto's involves a cycling between the two states at various points during the illness. Is it likely that a Hashi's patient will end up totally hypo? Probably. But that might not happen for awhile until the disease progresses. The other thing thing is that hypo and hyper are clearly marked by thyroid hormone levels; while Hashi's is diagnosed through antibody levels and at times, wonky T3/T4 levels with the antibody level. But if a patient is hypo/hyper, they will only have the hormonal level off - without the antibody level. Make sense?
My mom has hashi's, my husband does also, mom has had fluctuations in her younger years, my husband not at all, just slightly hypo (he is medicated). Me, just hypo, have never had hashi's, and yes I was tested. I would gladly trade my thyroid cancer for hashis..LOL Just kidding, I would rather not have either. My doc said when the hashi's progresses dramatically, thyroid removal is recommended. We were talking about my husband;s condition, years before my thyroid cancer...kinda wierd how it turned out. Hubs is stable, no progression (well slight). My mom still has her thyroid also. My doc said hashi's is the most common thyroid disorder, much like most on this thread have discovered. The main difference, one is an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto's) the other is not (hypothyroidism). Also, hashi's destroys the thyroid, hypo is a symtom of the malfuntioning thyroid, that is the words that I understand at any rate.
Another a point on the difference, in the earlier stages of Hashi's, you can flunctuate between hyper and hypo because of the attacks on the thyroid. For most of my teenage years, I was hyper. I didnt start hitting noticeable hypo cycles until my mid/late 20s (though in retrospect I can see where I had them earlier and just didnt realize it) and then stayed hypo once I hit 30.
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A year or so ago I was having lots of problems getting my doctor to listen to me about my thyroid medication - I knew it needed to be increased, but she kept saying my numbers were in the "normal" range. I started researching and found this: “Remember, these tests have a wide normal range. Find a doctor who helps make you FEEL better, not just makes your labs better because once given this diagnosis, you are likely to carry it for a long, long time. There is more than one drug, there is more than one lab test, and there is a "just right" doctor for everybody.” www.endocrineweb.com. I finally had to change doctors to get some help, and I have really been glad I went to the trouble. The new doc changed my meds and I feel much, much better. Don't keep on with a doctor that doesn't pay attention. It just isn't worth it.
As Kel stated...not everyone with Hashi's is hypothyroid YET. Eventually, if left untreated the antibodies do a number on the gland and you end up hypothyroid. Remember, the #1 reason anyone is hypothyroid is Hashimoto's. That doesn't mean everyone who is hypothyroid is so because of Hashimoto's. That is why we were so surprised her doc is leaving her untreated UNTIL she reaches a level of hypo per bloodwork....they should treat to reduce damage to the gland.
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From what I understand there IS a difference. I've been diagnosed with hashimoto's but I don't suffer from hypothyroidism yet. Hashimoto's is the name for the immune disease that causes your body to attack it's own thyroid gland.
There is hashimoto's thyroiditis which is the inflammation of the thyroid gland caused by the auto-immune disease. Then there hashimoto's hypothyroidism where your body has attacked your thyroid to the point where it's not producing enough hormone.
In fact hashimoto's is the leading cause of hypothyroidism but is not always synonymous with hypothyroidism. Just ask people like me who are in limbo just waiting for the day where we become hypothyroid ;)
Thank you so much. I did not think there was a difference but I have been diagnosed with hypo since I was 23 years old and I am now 70+ None of my doctors have ever referred to it as Hashimoto's, and just reading the posts I could find no difference but I thought someone else might know something different. My meds are finally under control after several long years of guiding dr's in the right direction. If you know what I mean
Unless I'm not understanding your question correctly, Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism are one and the same. Hashimoto's is the most common form of hypothyroidism. Most docs don't bother checking antibodies for what specific form of thyroid disease you have, they just assume you have hashimoto's it's that common. I had to ask my doc to check for for specific antibodies and he didn't find anything.
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