I was just diagnosed with Graves (this morning, though I've known for awhile it was either Graves or Hashi's) and I also have Vitiligo. My doctor mentioned that now that I have two autoimmne disease I need to keep an eye out for more because they clustered. I was wondering if anyone here has more than one, and how they handle it?
I have both autoimmune thyroid Graves and Hashimoto along with Vitiligo however, my skin condition is very minimal and is definately a secondary issue. Commonly an autoimmune thyroid will have a cluster of three autoimmune diseases form. some patients don't see - or are not diag with others some can have more than three.
I have, both Hashimoto's and Pernicious Anemia (unable to absorb B12). They are dealt with separately. Hashimoto's is not treated "per se"; it's the resulting hypothyroidism that's treated with replacement hormones. Pernicious Anemia is treated with vitamin B12 shots; usually, monthly, but in my case, weekly.
Once a person has one autoimmune the chances are greater that they will have another. In addition, autoimmunes tend to run in families, but family members don't always have the same ones...... for instance, I have Hashi and PA, my son has Type I diabetes and my daughter has lupus. Both of them are likely to end up with one or more, other autoimmunes. I suspect that my daughter has Hashi, but she won't bring me labs, so I can't prove it. I suspect that she isn't getting the proper tests.
I have autoimmune pernicious anaemia (rare juvenile form), Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and vitiligo. I handle things far better when i have a diagnosis. ;)
About 25% of patients with autoimmune diseases have a tendency to develop additional autoimmune diseases. Three or more autoimmune diseases is known as multiple autoimmune syndrome (MAS). The MAS classifications are helpful if signs of another autoimmune disease emerges.
Type 1 MAS: myasthenia gravis, thymoma, polymyositis, giant cell myocarditis.
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