12/31/2010 03:52 PM
Hashimotos Thyroiditis

Hashimotos Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid.  The immune system attacks the thyroid and eventually leads to the gland no longer functioning.  Treatment of Hashimotos is for the patient to take thyroid replacement, since the thyroid is no longer able to produce the hormones by itself.   Not everyone who has poor thyroid function has Hashimotos - and if you do have this condition, the only way to find out is to have a blood test to determine the presence of antibodies.  There are 2 antibodies tests which should be carried out as part of a full thyroid panel, these are called Tpo and Tgab.  

Finding a great thyroid doctor is a big step toward achieving the correct diagnosis.  It's a fact that the thyroid can be not functioning correctly but your blood panel can show a "normal" result.  This can be for 2 reasons; firstly because the lab test ranges are out of date and even though it shows that you are within the range, you are actually either hyper (over-active) or hypo (under-active) thyroid.  The second reason is that in many cases you will experience many poor thyroid function symptoms but they don't show up in a blood test until the thyroid is more than 60% non-functional.  Therefore, if you think you might have Hashimotos or poor thyroid function it's very important to find a doctor who will treat you according to your symptoms, rather than your blood test results.

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