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Old 08-15-2003, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question Is hypo and hashi's the same

I'm not real sure what if any the difference is with hypo and hashi's. I'm new to this and very frightened. If anyone has an answer please let me know?

Thanks, Annette http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif

 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:48 PM   #2
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Hi there...hypothyroidism is the medical term for the condition where the thyroid, for some reason or another, is not pumping out enough thyroid hormone.

"Hashi's" is short for "Hashimoto's thyroiditis" which is a term which refers to inflammation and subsequent damaging of one's thyroid gland by the immune system. You can probably guess that, if the thyroid is damaged as in the immune attack in Hashimoto's thyroiditis, you would not be able to pump out thyroid hormone and would thus become hypothyroid.

There is an exception where you can be hyperthyroid with a variant of Hashi's...but the example I gave above is much more common.

 
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Old 08-16-2003, 05:25 AM   #3
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Projapoti,

Thanks for the explanation. I'm new to all of this. Today I'm going to go to the book store and get more info. I feel like an idiot most of the time but my Dr. doesn't give much info out and I'm on a cancellation list with an endo dec. Thanks Again, Annette

 
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