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Can Someone Have Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis At The Same Time?

I’ve had a number of people ask me whether it’s possible to have both Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis at the same time.  I’ve also had some people tell me they have been diagnosed as having both conditions.  Although both Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are autoimmune thyroid disorders, there of course are differences between the two conditions.

Graves’ Disease is an autoimmune hyperthyroid condition, while Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune hypothyroid disorder.  Both could involve the presence of TPO antibodies, while TSI antibodies are involved with Graves’ Disease.  Other types of antibodies can be involved as well.  But of course Graves’ Disease involves an excess production of thyroid hormone, while Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis involves a decrease in thyroid hormone.

There are times when people seem to fluctuate between Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  For example, some people will be diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, but then over time will develop a hypothyroid condition, and will  be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  There are some people who will fluctuate back and forth between the two conditions, although this is rare.  And of course someone with Graves’ Disease who receives radioactive iodine or thyroid surgery and doesn’t address the underlying cause of the condition has a pretty good chance of developing another autoimmune disorder, such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

But to answer the original question, one cannot have both conditions at the same exact time.  If the definition of Graves’ Disease is an autoimmune hyperthyroid condition and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, then hopefully you can understand why it’s not possible to have both conditions simultaneously.  However, a person can have different thyroid antibodies, and so once again it is possible to fluctuate between the two conditions.

Can Following A Natural Treatment Protocol Help?

For someone who has thyroid antibodies for both Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a natural treatment protocol can frequently help with this.  Just as is the case with someone who only has thyroid antibodies for a single condition, the goal is to get to the underlying cause of the condition.  And while it’s rare for someone to fluctuate back and forth between Graves’ and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, following a natural treatment protocol consisting of eating well, taking certain supplements and herbs, and modifying other lifestyle factors can potentially restore this person’s health back to normal.

This doesn’t mean there can’t be some challenges when trying to help someone with such a condition.  For example, while people with Graves’ Disease who have an iodine deficiency can supplement with iodine, the same thing isn’t always true for someone with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, although there is some controversy over this.  So if someone is fluctuating between both conditions and has an iodine deficiency, one might want to hold off on giving that person iodine until the autoimmune response is addressed.

Similarly, the herb Bugleweed is commonly recommended for people with Graves’ Disease, but is contraindicated for people who have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  So a person who fluctuates between the two conditions probably shouldn’t take Bugleweed, or any other herb which is contraindicated for either Graves’ Disease or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

But for the most part, such a condition is handled in a similar manner as someone who is diagnosed with just Graves’ Disease or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  While there might be fluctuations between the thyroid blood tests and thyroid antibody tests, this is why other tests are usually recommended (adrenal testing, hormone testing, hair mineral analysis, etc.).  So regardless of the autoimmune thyroid condition, the ultimate goal is to find the underlying cause of the condition and do what is necessary to correct the problem.

In summary, it isn’t impossible for someone to have both Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis at the same exact time.  However, it is possible for someone to have thyroid antibodies for both conditions, which can cause them to switch back and forth from one autoimmune thyroid disorder to another.  Either way, for anyone looking to restore their health through natural treatment methods, the goal is to find out what the underlying cause of the condition is, and then put the person on the appropriate protocol in order to correct the cause.


 

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  4. Camille says:

    But I would like to contradict you! I have hypothyroidism and I was diagnosedin the same time with Graves and Hashimoto. Since than I am still hypo and still have Graves and Hashi. My Trab is 16 and my Atpo 3900. At present my Tsh is 1.2 but it only goes up if I feel bad or get stressed. I know is not common at all, but there are people who have both

    • Dr. Eric says:

      Hi Camille,

      There’s nothing to contradict, as I agree that it is possible to have the “antibodies” for both Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s at the same time. In fact, I’ve worked with patients who had elevated TSI levels and thyroglobulin levels that were out of range as well.

    • Sheeyl says:

      What meds are you taking right now?

    • Vmo says:

      I also have both. When my doctor ran the tests to investgate my symptoms, she found both graves and hashis antibodies. Its not that common and it is a struggle find ohers who have been diagnosed or information regarding the topic. I know this post is almost a year old but im having to dig further into my condition myself as I started having symptoms again. Ugh

    • kyra tomazich says:

      I have been diagnosed with both as well. I’ve never found anyone else diagnosed with both at least not at my young age

      • Margo says:

        I was diagnosed with hypo in 1988 and last month with Graves also. I was told I have both now at 65 y.o. and yes it will fluctuate back-and-forth from time to time. I have now lost 10 pounds since I was diagnosed but have leveled off. Here is my test results
        free T4 0.30 ng/dL
        TSH 61.92 mU /L
        T3 0.49 ng/ mL
        thyroglobulin antibodies 2366.0 IU/mL
        thyroid paroxdase antibodies 214 U/ mL
        So do you get the same autoimmune thyroid Disease. With both? I take levothyroxin 112 MCG

  5. Shannon says:

    My mother was diagnosed with graves about 8 years ago and for a year or so was just adhering to a very strict diet and doing the best she could to try and enjoy life. Then, she started menopause and that caused everything to sorta go haywire for her and she was recommended the radiation shot. For anyone ever told to take that shot, for the sake of yourself or your loved one, advise against it. All the shot does is send your thyroid into super angry hulk stage and now she has both graves and hashimoto. It’s a “fun” rollercoaster. She never knows when its going to flip and has the “luxuries” of having the symptoms of both at any given time. To top this beautiful cake off, she has also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She cannot take pain meds because they just destroy her stomach and do nothing for the pain. Most of the thyroid “specialists” she’s been referred to have told her that because she has both, there’s nothing they can do for her, because the medications for either can be deadly for the other. So if she’s taking meds for graves and flips to hashi, it could kill her and vise versa. I really, with all my heart, wish there was more known about thyroid, especially for the folks, although more rare,do indeed have both. At this point, its a struggle just to keep her out of severe depression from chronic pain.

    • Marji says:

      Try alpha lipoic acid. You can google it and it works for thyroid problems. I have taken 400 mg twice a day of the Walmart kind, many expensive brands did not work for me. It also helps greatly with fibro. I have to take extra multi vitamin with b complex and a big dose of biotin with it. I get them at family dollar. For twelve bucks I put my thyroid into remission in thirty days. Also, alpha lipoic acis was given to children of Chernobyl to help prevent and repair their radiation sickness. It has also caused my cancer to go away. Please google it and learn about it.

  6. Marji says:

    I have put my pbc and hashimotos in remission using alpha lipoic acid and ursodiol. My tpos are now normal and I’m off synthroid with normal thyroid levels but my eye doc says I have exopthalmos and they have not tested my tpis. Can these be high but the rest be normal?

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