An excellent piece about the thyroid "spectrum" from Thyroid Patients Canada's, Tania Smith.
The Spectrum of Thyroid Autoimmunity
“In Graves’ disease, the spontaneous change from hyperthyroidism to hypothyroidism (without ablative intervention with radioactive iodine or overtreatment with anti-thyroid drugs) may occur in two ways:
“by the unexpected development of TBAb;”
“or because the process of thyroid damage reflected in chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis overcomes the stimulatory effects of TSAb and, eventually, TSH”
Most of our doctors are trained to focus on diagnosing and normalizing our biochemistry. They put out fires and resolve current crises. They are not trained to understand the complexity of autoimmune etiology and its variable manifestations over time–over our lifetime.
The common mantra doctors are told, and are told to pass on to us, is that “your antibody status won’t make a difference to your treatment.”
I DEFINITELY REMEMBER MY DOCTOR TELLING ME THIS
A too narrow autoimmune thyroid “diagnosis” can result in blindness to “prognosis” — the forecast of how a person’s disease could develop over their lifetime.
Undiagnosed aspects of autoimmune thyroid disease can manifest in unexpected ways or shift even while our thyroid biochemistry is being well managed ...
Knowing the full spectrum can open our minds and help us connect the dots between our thyroid status and our overall health.
WORDS OF WISDOM INDEED