I know that people with one autoimmune disorder are more likely than the general population to get another, but I'm wondering if there are any recent studies on this. Specifically, of course, about MS, and also just about MS and thyroid diseases.
I have been hypothyroid for many years, and back in the day, no one said diddly about Hashimoto's or autoimmune diseases. However, that may well have been before these labels were even devised. I know it's not possible now to find out whether my kind is Hashimoto's, because ultimately the antibodies stop producing.. 'Ultimately' occurred long ago for me.
However, subsequent to my diagnosis by a lot of years, a surprising number of relatives have also been diagnosed with thyroid disease, in generations both above and below me. There are 3 with definite Hashimoto's, and one with definite Grave's disease. Two others are also suspect for Grave's. This clearly comes through my mother's line of descent.
What I'm wondering is whether these family members, given this strong gene thing, are at a significantly greater risk than most for MS. As far as I know, no one else has or has had any other autoimmune disorder.
This is just a question and I'm not alarmed or anything, merely curious. I know others here have family members with thyroid problems, and also, of course, they do too.