It’s not uncommon to have multiple autoimmune diseases. I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) in 2009. In 2010, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 2012 was a milestone year for me. I completed a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Studies at FSU in December, 2012 and scheduled my thyroidectomy due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis complications. I can add thyroid cancer survivor to my list of 2013 achievements. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a thyroid disorder causing hypothyroidism.
Before scheduling my thyroidectomy, I thoroughly researched Hashimoto’s thyroiditis inconjuction with autoimmune hepatitis. There are similarities between these autoimmune diseases. They can be managed with medications to slow down the disease progression and manage the symptoms. Some of the disease symptoms are the same: fatigue, weight gain, and lethargy. Prednisone is often prescribed to treat both diseases. Grave’s disease is another type of autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid causing hyperthyroidism. To learn more about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroid cancer, and thyroidectomies, I turned to these invaluable medical resources:
Mayo Clinic, Hashimoto’s disease, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hashimotos-disease/DS00567
U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus, Chronic thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease), http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000371.htm
U.S. National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health, Chronic thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease), http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001409/
U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI Literature at PubMed Central), Immunogenetics of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (Chistiavoc, Dimitry A. J Autoimmune Dis. 2005; 2: 1.,Published online 2005 March 11. doi: 10.1186/1740-2557-2-1)
Retrieved at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC555850/
U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI Literature at PubMed Central), Thyroidectomy for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: complications and associated cancers (Shih ML, Lee JA, Hsieh CB, Yu JC, Liu HD, Kebebew E, Clark OH, Duh QY., Thyroid. 2008 Jul;18(7):729-34. doi: 10.1089/thy.2007.0384., retrieved at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18631001 ).
Women’s Health.gov, A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Hashimoto’s Disease Fact Sheet, http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/hashimoto-disease.cfm
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc., http://www.aarda.org/
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), Painful Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis as an Indication for Thyroidectomy: Clinical Characteristics and Outcome in Seven Patients, (Kon and DeGroot 88 (6): 2667), retrieved from http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/88/6/2667.full
In addition to these outstanding thyroid disease resources, I highly recommend that you explore the American Thyroid Association web site for additional thyroid educational resources, http://www.thyroid.org/.
Having my thyroid checked, often, saved my life. Thanks to frequent thyroid examinations and working with a team of medical experts including my wonderful Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, Endocrinologist, and Internal Medicine physician ensured my chances for survival and recovery from the thyroidectomy surgery and thyroid cancer. Follow-up examinations are crucial. Thank you to my friends, family and the kindness of strangers, my Internet thyroid and autoimmune hepatitis buddies, for your support, prayers, and words of encouragement.