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Friskypaw

I would like to know if thyroid problems and hypothyroidism is a heredity trait. Some doctors say yes and some say no. My daughter now has the same thyroid issues as I.

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I think many autoimmune disorders are hereditary. Some members have three or four (maybe more) in their families. Rheumatoid and pernicious anemia and hypo in mine and in close relatives with one or two of these. It is said that if we have one we can develop others.

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It would be helpful to everyone if you put a meaningful subject/title in your posts - instead of them ALL having the same subject/title - Friskypaw.

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Friskypaw, there can be a genetic predisposition to thyroid dysfunction but it can present in different ways. My mother and sister had Graves Disease (autoimmune hyperthyroidism) but I developed Hashimoto's and thyCa.

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I am hypo thyroid thanks to the genes I inherited from my Dad! His Mum, 2 sisters and a brother all hypo. Most of my female cousins also hypo and the children of some of them! I have been hypo 8 years and now my younger sister also diagnosed in last year. There is also Crohn's, pernicious anaemia, coeliac and gluten intolerance in the family. I helped reduce my TPO antibodies by going gluten free. Docs don't seem all that interested in family history. Seems to be an alien concept these days!!!

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Hi crimple,

8 out of 11 in my immediate family have Thyroid diseases. My brother has B12d and Type 1 diabetes and he is Hypo. I am B12d, Hypo and IgA def.

Did u do a test to determine that you inherited hypo from you Dad?

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Didn't take any test, but I think the evidence is pretty strong!!

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When I was diagnosed I thought I was a one off in my family but now looking back on things now I'm older and wiser I remember some of the things my gran told me, she brought me up. Periods heavy, 10 days in 10 days off, very thick hair but when bald on top, got a tummy when older. She also have trigeminal neuralgia and that comes up now which thyroid people. She already had PA and as a young girl ate raw liver daily. He son, my dad was a keen Clumber and walker but walked very slowly. He offer started things and took ages or even never finished. In later life he had many heart attacks but doctors were puzzled as to why. Sadly it was after their deaths that I found her sisters son was on thyroxine but she was if a generation where illnesses probably weren't discussed but I think they are hereditary

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I have a definite link to hypothyroidism in my family. My Dads mum had it, both myself and my brother have it and so have both of my children and 3 of my brothers children also have it. In our case its a little different which causes us all problems, we all have a very low TSH which makes us all look hyper when we are actually hypo and we all have problems converting T4 to T3. Mine has been made a great deal worse due to a bang on the head some 25 years ago and my pituitary has finally given up the ghost and stopped producing TSH altogether. The doctors have simply no idea how far ranging this problem is, its so easy to hide behind antiquated blood tests and say that there's nothing wrong!

Heather

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I have followed an identical health path to my hypothyroid mother. She died at 56. Sad to say treatment has not improved much at all in 30 years. The only reason I am still here is due to my own efforts with reluctant assistance by the NHS.

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Sandy12 ,

Thanks for all the info, unfortunately these GPs don't want to listen to you, just on to the one! I think i have to get tough with him or get an Endo.

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I think it runs in families, and looking back I can see symptoms that were missed in my grandmother, and mother. Going back a few generations things were even worse than they are now. MariLiz

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If you inherit a faulty gene that is an inherited thyroid problem (DIO2)

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