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Hashi's and hypothyroidism

Is it true that hashi's is a disease whereas hypothyroidism is a diseas and if its true what does it mean, I have akways thought hypo was an autoimmune disease so I'm really confused.

Please any ideas?

Tina

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I asked my consultant this question three weeks ago. His answer Yes you do have Hashimotos

it is an auto immune condition, not an acquired condition. I have allways understood myself to have an auto immune condition.

See also my reply re hot/cold regulation and hot flushes/sweats.

Regards Isherwood.

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Sorry was meant to say that hashi's is an auto immune and hypo is a condition I should read what I put before I post it.

Is this true?

Tina

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thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

Info here which might help. :)

Louise

xx

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Hashi's is an autoimmune disease that causes hypothyroidism which is a condition of that disease. Think that's it.

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I have never been told whether I have Hashi's or not - antibodies have never been mentioned. Is it something that I should be asking the GP to do or does it make no difference either way in treating it.

Many thanks

Hannah

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My experience is that they ignore the Hashi's and just concentrate on the very emotive TSH blood test. I think you should find out if you have it or not and if you do then start to read up on it. You might be able to help yourself a bit more then. It's a good idea to give up gluten if you do have Hashi's but there is so much more to it and needs to be studied.

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Thanks ellarose - I guess the hard bit may be trying to convince the GP to test for it if they so casually ignore the Hashi's. I will ask about it though when I next go for a test.

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Hi Hannah, apparently we live within 5 miles of each other! I have been diagnosed hypothyroid for 6 years now and could never get my GP to tell me what type of hypo I had (better to know for the reasons ellarose gave). I was always told they were all the same! My GP got so fed up with me asking questions she sent me to see a specialist and he told me I have Hashimotos thyroiditis (he didn't tell me how he knew because he did no tests - perhaps he found out from my notes). Great, I thought, something may be done to alleviate the symptoms I still experience, despite "normal" test results. No such luck! Specialist did not know or trust natural dessicated thyroid or T3 because of a lack of research having been made in those areas. Fair point perhaps, I don't know enough to argue the point. One thing he did do however, and that was support me in changing my meds to night time because he said it had been proved to be better.

I do find I am better for giving up gluten.

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Hi Hooper - what a small world! I am feeling pretty well now most of the time since starting Vit D and omega 3 etc but it would be nice to know exactly what I have got re the Hashi's or not. I think gluten can be our enemy but it is so hard to give up and a lot of people say the gluten-free stuff is awful.

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Gluten-free is not the best of tastes and textures, but fortunately, as more people are using the products nowadays they do seem to be getting better. Sainsbury's bread is not too bad. Not found a decent muffin to date (not that I should be indulging!). I do like Tesco's Sage and Chicken soup in there free from range. You need to experiment a bit.

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I think Phil Vickery (Fern Britain's husband) has written a gluten-free cookery book so you may get your muffin recipe in that one.

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