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Re: hypothyroidism and lithium

Re: hypothyroidism and lithium

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Posted by Tina on August 11, 2000 at 16:03:05:

In Reply to: hypothyroidism and lithium 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

Hi Joanne,

What I found, in Mary Shomons book, says "Lithium is known to actually create hypothyroidism by blocking secreation of T4 and T3. People taking lithium should be monitored periodically for thyroid changes."
It would help to know what your actual TSH level is.

This is from Mary's newsletter this month, in case you don't receive it. If you go to the linkand read the full article it will provide another link for an autoimmune test.


DO YOU HAVE AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?

When we have one autoimmune disease, i.e., Hashimoto's or Graves'
Disease, we're at risk for other diseases to develop, such as lupus, or
rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren's Syndrome, among others. Find out more
about autoimmune conditions, and whether symptoms such as fatigue,
weight changes, and depression are pointing to an undiagnosed autoimmune
condition, in my new article.
http://thyroid.about.com/library/weekly/aa


Sorry, I'm not an expert but I hope this helps. Tina


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