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Old 09-03-2004, 11:13 PM   #1
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Hypothyroidism question...

I was reading the sticky, about symptoms of hypothyroidism, and I identify with quite a few. I have never felt like this before, and I was wondering what brings it on. I have gone through a LOT in the last year and half (i.e. wrist surgery, ankle surgery, car accident, tmj, torn shoulder cartiledge, back pain, depression, and many dental procedures)... I was wondering if any of that could contribute to it, and I was wondering if meds could have contributed as well. My main concern is getting better, and if this is what is wrong, I would love to finally have an answer. The questions regarding what I have been through in the last yr and a half also have bearing on my financial responsibilities. If this can be contributed to my wrist injury, or the car accident over a year later, I need to know so they can financially be responsible for my recovery.

I appreciate any input.

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Old 09-04-2004, 08:39 AM   #2
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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

Hypothyroidism is not something that can be caused by a car accident or surgery (unless it's neck surgery and your thyroid is somehow damaged) or (as far as I know) medications.
Was your wrist surgery due to CTS? That's is a symptom of hypothyroidism.
As far as dental procedures, flouride is known to cause hypothyroidism but it would have to be in large doses over a period of years. So there's no way that you can make a case for that.
You certainly have been through a lot. No doubt the stress of surgeries and everything you've been through have taken a toll on your thyroid. But I would venture to say that you probably had hypothyroidism before all this happened and you just weren't sick enough to notice.
I hope your luck changes for the better.
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

Actually, a neck injury such as whiplash CAN cause hypoT. The other events are not likely to have caused it, though - unless you already had a tendency toward TD due to family predisposition. If so, the added stress of all that surgery might have triggered the onset, but that would be hard to prove.

Apart from autoimmune thyroiditis, which is the leading cause of hypoT, other non-AI causes are: overconsumption of soy, iodine-containing foods or herbal supplements, and/or goitrogenic vegetables; radiation treatments about the head and neck, as for cancer, acne, or thymus gland disorders; and environmental exposure to certain chemicals and/or toxins.

 
Old 09-04-2004, 09:50 AM   #4
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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

Let's see... I DID have pretty bad whiplash, and it resulted in TMJ that I am now getting treatment for. As for my neck, I had two injections in the base of my neck (the front) that were Stelloid Gangleon Blocks. I don't know if something could have triggered from that.

Sorry for all the questions, it is just that IF this is caused, or has been aggrevated, by either of my accidents, I need to investigate and find out so that they can be responsible for helping me get better.


Thanks again!

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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

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Was your wrist surgery due to CTS? That's is a symptom of hypothyroidism.


My surgery was as result to an accident at work. They had to remove 3 bones from my wrist as result. I DID have really bad arthritis in that wrist, that was flared by the accident. I have arthritis in my other wrist too... as well as mildly in a lot of other joints.

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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

IMO, you should absolutely pursue possible post-traumatic hypoT as part of your accident injury cost recovery. If you have hypoT, it will be a life-long condition, not temporary. You should find out now before the statute of limitations runs out.

Here's part of an answer to a whiplash victim from the eminent fibromyalgia/hormone specialist, Dr. John C. Lowe about whiplash-induced thyroid illness:
"Directly relevant to your case is a study by Sehnert and Croft. They found that some patients develop primary hypothyroidism after whiplash injuries.[5] They studied 101 consecutive whiplash patients. The basal temperatures of 86% of the patients were below normal. Of these patients, 30% had thyroid function test results indicating hypothyroidism. Of the 14% of patients whose temperatures were normal, 33% had abnormal laboratory thyroid test results. Sehnert and Croft diagnosed 30% of the 101 patients as having post-traumatic hypothyroidism. They concluded that whiplash can result in a form of hypothyroidism due to direct injury to the thyroid gland.

Another study done in Israel is relevant to your case. Buskila and colleagues found that a significant percentage of patients with neck injury develop fibromyalgia.[6] The researchers studied 102 patients with neck injuries and 59 patients with leg fractures. They examined all the patients for nonarticular (soft tissue) tenderness and the presence of fibromyalgia. None of the patients had a chronic pain syndrome before the trauma. Of the patients with neck injuries, 21.6% met the criteria for fibromyalgia. Only 1.7% of patients with leg fractures met the criteria. The incidence of fibromyalgia among patients with neck injuries was 13 times that of patients with leg fractures. Fibromyalgia developed at an average of 3.2 months after the trauma. Virtually all fibromyalgia symptoms were more common and severe among the 22 neck injury fibromyalgia patients. They had more tenderness, reported a lower quality of life, and had more impaired physical functioning than did patients without fibromyalgia.

Because it is possible that your whiplash injury damaged your thyroid gland, you should have laboratory thyroid function tests. The results of the tests may provide evidence that you have hypothyroidism. If your present physician refuses to order the proper tests, I suggest you find another physician who will. It is critical that you do; undiagnosed and untreated hypothyroidism can have a devastating impact on one's life."


You can find more information on the subject by doing a google search, keywords "whiplash + hypothyroidism" or "post-traumatic hypothyroidism".

 
Old 09-04-2004, 11:08 AM   #7
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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

Your question got me to thinking. Before my TSH started getting unstable
after years, I had a chiropractic treatment and it hurt my neck.radiated up the right side of my face and head and then was gone. I also had a virus
and lots of nat bites so wondering if that could have caused all this. Hope you feel better soon. suem

 
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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

Hmmm, learn something new every day.
Thank you, Midwest for taking the time to explain.
I totaled my car in 1999. I didn't have any neck pain at the time but afterwards (maybe a year), I started having numbness and tingling in parts of my right hand and behind my right shoulder. An EMG revealed Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and an MRI showed bulging discs in C1-2, C2-3 and C3-4 as well as a herniated disc at the C5-6 level. My doctor asked me when I injured my neck. I didn't think I had because I never had any pain. The numbness was probably masking it.
I do have an uncle who has hypothyroidism and there are various autoimmune diseases that run in one or both sides of my family so it would be impossible for me to say it was because of my accident. But it is very interesting.
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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

That is an interesting story, Barb. It would be hard to know the cause in your case.
How's this for interesting? .... While searching for the information above, I found that even an inexperienced physician's palpation technique can damage the gland and cause it to malfunction. Wow. I guess that would be really tough to prove.

 
Old 09-04-2004, 11:54 PM   #10
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Re: Hypothyroidism question...

Thanks for your help everyone! Hopefully when I see the doctor in a week, he wont give me any grief. It has been really annoying, and I hope I am wrong, but if I am not, then I definately want them to pay for the treatments. I guess I will talk to the doctor that is dealing with the whiplash about all this. My first injury was my wrist, and I am just hoping those two injections into the base of my throat did not do anything to make this all happen...

Alison

 
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