I have just joined medscape to access an article I stumbled on exploring the relationship between Hashimoto's and vestibular dysfunction, during my daily search...usually prompted by a low patch. Don't wanna know when I'm functioning
Anyway, I have vertigo and imbalance for nearly three years. Shortly after going down, or along or around with it, muscle pain etc soon followed with all the usual nasties. I was diagnosed with weak balnce organ...no known etiology, then fibromyalgia...nice n neat and hypothyroidism this year. The upshot and journey to Primary Hypothyroidism has been a study of individual symptoms - some believed and some not- and guess what I found today! Thanks doc for not wanting to join up the dots and look at autoimmunity! I will forward this article to my surgery....
Autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) may occur in association with other autoimmune diseases, as part of well-defined autoimmune polyglandular syndromes. This link is believed to reflect the presence of common genetic alterations. AITD may be also occasionally associated with either organ-specific or nonorgan-specific autoimmune diseases as a corollary of systemic immune system dysregulation.
In the last years, coexisting AITD has been described in a percentage of patients with vestibular disorders, as Ménière's disease (MD)[3–5] or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).[6–8] In the former disease, an autoimmune origin has been postulated,[9–11] and we recently showed a relationship between MD and thyroid autoimmunity regardless of thyroid function. Similarly, a higher prevalence of BBPV in euthyroid AITD patients than in healthy controls has been reported. These findings suggest an actual relationship between vestibular disorders and thyroid autoimmunity independently from thyroid function.[4–8]
To shed more light on the relationship between vestibular lesions and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) regardless of thyroid function, we examined vestibular function in euthyroid HT patients as compared to either age-matched patients with benign multinodular goitre (MNG) or healthy subjects without any thyroid disorder.'