Re: Hives and Hashimoto's
Hope you are having a better day. I just wanted to let you know about what happened to me Tuesday when I visited the Immunologist in St. Louis at Barnes West Jewish Hospital. After having seen four different doctors here in Springfield, all of them telling me that my hives and angioedema were NOT thyroid related, the wonderful doctor at Barnes confirmed my self-diagnosis. This is all related to my Graves (thyroid) Disease. He spoke to me for over 30 minutes then told me what he will do so that I will NEVER have hives again. He said it could take up to six months of treatment, but then I would never be troubled again with this. He sent me to the lab for extensive blood work so he can charge the progress of the medications.
Basically, I am on six different medications and am required to see him once a month and to get blood work everytime I visit so he can check my progress and make sure the medications are not affecting anything else negatively. After only two days of taking the medications, I woke up hive free this morning. It's like a miracle.
The only advice I can give anyone with thyroid disease is this. If you have hives and allergies and everything else has been ruled out as to their cause, it could quite possibility be caused by your thyroid problem. You have to be persistent with your doctors. The four doctors I saw here in town could have, at any point, said, "I don't know what's causing this, so I'm going to refer you to an Immunologist." They were so arrogant, they couldn't admit to not knowing the cause, told me it was emotional and sent me home. I felt totally validated and vindicated and victorious when my suspicions were confirmed by the Immunologist. I asked him to please send a letter to each of the doctors here in our town telling them of his findings. Yesterday, I called my Primary Care Doctor's office, spoke to his nurse and told her how angry I was because of the way I was treated by him and the other doctors. They caused me a money, time, and 18 months of misery and stress.
So, Hopeful, please never take NO for an answer. Keep searching for a cure for your problem. Do some research online about your symptoms, ask to see a specialist. Your prayers are certainly thoughtful and appreciated. But I look at things differently. I think the Almighty gave us brains and intelligence to figure out some problems on our own, and gave doctors the knowledge and skills to help us solve them. I'm concerned about the things that are happening to you and want you to NEVER give up, NOT EVER! There are so many thyroid variables, everyone is different, so no individual experiencing these problems can give you the answer. You are a unique individual and just need to find the right doctor, who will give you the right answers and the correct treatment.
Please keep me up to date on how you are doing. I would like to know how you are progressing in your search for a cure. And sometimes, it just helps to chat with someone else about what's going on. You are in my heart and in my thoughts that you will find the answer you need to make you healthy and well.