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    can anyone explain thyroiditis and the causes to me ???
    I'm currently being tested for it and I'm not too sure what the consequences are

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    Re: Thyroiditis

    Quote Originally Posted by lmhiggins
    can anyone explain thyroiditis and the causes to me ???
    I'm currently being tested for it and I'm not too sure what the consequences are

    Hello there. Thyroiditis, is an inflammation of the thyroid gland, the most common reason for it, is an auto immune disease called Hashimotos disease, where the body turns against Thyroid gland. This causes your Thyroid gland to become underactive.

    You will have your Thyroid tested. Here are the reference range http://www.thyroidhelp.org/typical-t...es-uk-t13.html

    consequences, well an underactive Thyroid, which causes many problems, including fatigue, mental health problems hair loss and many more. A working Thyroid is essential for a normal life

    All these can be controlled with Thyroid medication such as Thyroxine, and many people go on to live a relatively normal life.
    I'm not an expert. I'm here to share my Thyroid journey and tell you all my experience of Thyroid disease.
    If you want to chat, please dont hesitate to contact me, I will help where I can!!

    http://www.twitter.com/thyroidhelp

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    Re: Thyroiditis

    Just an elaboration to Ric's reply other things you should know. Hope it is helpful

    Inflammation: A basic way in which the body reacts to infection, irritation or other injury, the key feature being redness, warmth, swelling and pain. Inflammation is now recognized as a type of nonspecific immune response.

    Q: What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

    A: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a type of autoimmune thyroid disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. The thyroid helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. Hashimoto’s stops the gland from making enough thyroid hormones for the body to work the way it should. Usually, the attack on the thyroid is from antibodies made by the body’s immune system, but it can also be caused by an infection or certain medications.

    Q: What is an autoimmune disease?

    A: An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system becomes misdirected and attacks the organs, cells or tissues that it was designed to protect. About 75% of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most often during their childbearing years.

    Q: What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

    A: Some patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis may have no symptoms. However, the common symptoms are fatigue, depression, sensitivity to cold, weight gain, forgetfulness, muscle weakness, puffy face, dry skin and hair, constipation, muscle cramps, and increased menstrual flow. Some patients have major swelling of the thyroid gland in the front of the neck, called goiter.

    Q: Does this disease run in families?

    A: There is some evidence that Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can have a hereditary link. If autoimmune diseases in general run in your family, you are at a higher risk of developing one yourself.

    Q: How can I know for sure if I have this disease?

    A: Your doctor will perform a simple blood test that will be able to tell if your body has the right amount of thyroid hormones. This test measures the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to find out if the levels are in the normal range. The range is set by your doctor and should be discussed with you. Work with your doctor to figure out what level is right for you. There are other available tests that your doctor may choose to do if need be, such as a blood test to measure the level of “active thyroid hormone” or Free T4 and a scan (picture) to look at the thyroid.

    Q: What is the treatment for this disease?

    A: Hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is treated with thyroid hormone replacement. A small pill taken once a day should be able to keep the thyroid hormone levels normal. This medicine will, in most cases, need to be taken for the rest of the patient’s life. When trying to figure out the amount of hormone you need, you may have to return to your doctor several times for blood tests to guide adjustments in the medicine dose. It is important that the dose be right for you. A yearly visit to your doctor will help keep your levels normal and help you stay healthy overall. Be aware of the symptoms. If you note any changes or the return of symptoms, return to your doctor to see if you need to have your medicine dosage adjusted.

    Q: What would happen without medication to regulate my thyroid function?

    A: If left untreated, hypothyroidism can cause further problems, including changes in menstrual cycles, prevention of ovulation, and an increased risk of miscarriage. Symptoms such as fatigue, depression and constipation, may progress and there can be other serious consequences, including heart failure. It is also important to know that too much thyroid replacement hormone can mimic the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. This is a condition that happens when there is too much thyroid hormone. These symptoms include insomnia, irritability, weight loss without dieting, heat sensitivity, increased perspiration, thinning of your skin, fine or brittle hair, muscular weakness, eye changes, lighter menstrual flow, rapid heart beat and shaky hands.

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    Re: Thyroiditis

    thanks guys,

    would this prevent me starting a family at all??

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    Re: Thyroiditis

    I don't see this being an issue towards your family at all.

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    Re: Thyroiditis

    Lots of people go on to have families with a Thyroid condition. If your worried about you chances of concieving, go and speak to your doctor
    I'm not an expert. I'm here to share my Thyroid journey and tell you all my experience of Thyroid disease.
    If you want to chat, please dont hesitate to contact me, I will help where I can!!

    http://www.twitter.com/thyroidhelp

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    Re: Thyroiditis

    I'm an oldie now, but 20 years ago I was diagnosed as hypothyroid and started treatment with thyroxine, 4 months later I became pregnant. I had been really unwell previously, all the usual symptoms and was so pleased that I was able to have my son.

    Wishing you lots of success.

    x suzilu

 

 

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