Ra And Thyroid Issues?


Asked by kcuts

Ra And Thyroid Issues?

Does any one know or have experience on the relationship of having RA, or any other auto immune disease and having thyroid problems? If you have an auto immune disease does that make you more likely to experience thyroid problems?


this is one of those questions that depends… There does seem to be some relationship between RA and certain kinds of thyroid problems. Certain types of thyroid issues (e.g., Hashimoto's Disease) are autoimmune diseases and sometimes, when you want autoimmune disease, others follow. Also, based on a bit of research, it appears that low thyroid levels (e.g., hypothyroidism) may be somewhat more common in people with RA. I should point out that I've learned this from a Google search — I am far from an expert. You may want to talk to your rheumatologist about this.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW