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Old 04-15-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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Hashimoto's ...."AND" .....Thyroiditis?

I went to my GP today. I was reading the report sent to her from my Endo that says he saw me on that date....blah....blah....with regard to hashimotos and thyroiditis. What is the difference? I didn't realize I have both.
I do have positive TPO and TGab.

I did have a whole list of requests. She basically told me not to worry! She said cortisol came back great so that rules out anything adrenal. So no ACTH, no DHEA and no further blood tests even though potassium was low 3.3 (3.5-5.2). I also asked about the wide berth between the FT3/FT4. She said it is not an issue because the Cytomel raises the FT3 and that causes the production of FT4 to be suppressed. She said not so much FT4 is needed as it converts to FT3 and since that is good, there is no problem. She upped the Lexapro from 10mg to 20mg. I asked again about the calcium being 10.3 and she said a lot of people have calcium in the 10's and not to worry about that either.

It was only two weeks since my last visit and I gained another two pounds. Doesn't sound like much but it is two pounds EVERY visit....making 20 pounds so far! SO....I asked if maybe I am a hypochondriac. She said maybe I am dwelling on things???

I did manage to get a DEXA scan arranged and I did that today too as they had an opening. They only wanted to do the spine and hips but I mentioned to the tech that my Vitamin D has been lower than range and calcium is at the very top of range and "could it be hyperparathyroid"? She was great! She said she would do the radius scan as well and she would "figure out something" to tell the insurance. (I know they use that for hPTH). Now if that comes back normal....I will officially diagnose myself as crazy! Hoppy

 
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Re: Hashimoto's ...."AND" .....Thyroiditis?

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I went to my GP today. She upped the Lexapro from 10mg to 20mg.

It was only two weeks since my last visit and I gained another two pounds. Doesn't sound like much but it is two pounds EVERY visit....making 20 pounds so far! SO....I asked if maybe I am a hypochondriac. She said maybe I am dwelling on things???

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I hate to tell you this, but Lexapro can make you gain weight.

 
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Re: Hashimoto's ...."AND" .....Thyroiditis?

Okay Hoppy,

Hashimoto's is a form of thyroiditis.. the autoimmune form. Hence its name Hashimoto's thyroiditis.. versus Hashi's disease, Hashi's living in Hades.. etc . Thyroiditis is just inflammation of the thyroid. Why does it go hand in hand with Hashimoto's.. because our body is bored and wants to demolish the tyroid tissue like a toddler set loose on a sand castle in a sand box. When our antibodies attack and destroy thyroid tissue the thyroid throbs, swells, and becomes inflamed. So yeap.. you have Hashimoto's and thyroiditis.. Hashimoto's thyroiditis to be specific. So do I.. aren't we a wonderful family.

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