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hypothyroidism and lithium

hypothyroidism and lithium

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Posted by Joanne Weiss on August 09, 2000 at 08:18:21:

Has anyone developed hypothyroidism while taking lithium (for bi-polar)? I've been on lithium for eight years. I have an enlarged thyroid with nodules and hypothyroid symptoms. My TSH levels are within normal range and so are my thyroid antibodies. I can't find anything on the Net that fits my case. All that is said is that a small percentage can get an enalrged thyroid and elevated TSH levels while on lithium. Because my case is differen,t It appears to me that I may have Hashimoto's disease since I do have several autoimmune diseases. Further, it states that you may have normal thyroid antibodies but about 20 percent of the people may have Hashimoto's thyroid. Comments please. Yes, I have an endocrinologist but her answers are not clear to me. Thank you. Joanne W. mom@wci.net


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