Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Impact Thyroid Function?
While the connection isn’t clear, rheumatoid arthritis and hypothyroidism often occur together. Researchers don’t know why autoimmune diseases travel in packs, but they can be successfully treated.
Autoimmune diseases can join forces. If you have one, you’re at risk for developing others.
For example, people with rheumatoid arthritis are also more likely to develop an underactive thyroid disease, hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. And people living with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are also at higher risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 1.5 million Americans are affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which occurs when the body’s immune system misfires against its own joints and connective tissues, causing pain and inflammation.