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Old 10-10-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
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Question osteoporosis & thyroid- is there a connection?

I've read on some forums about the connection with parahyperthyroidism and osteoporosis. Is there a connection with hyperthyroidism as well. Is it one in the same? I don't think it is, but do most people with osteoporosis have thyroid issues?

If so, then what is the general consensus about meds for that? Is it as brutal as for osteo? I had my initial bloodwork when I was told by OB/GYN I had osteoporosis. My primary care physician ordered a ton of blood work and my Free T4 came back at 3.03....a bit high. She is having me re-tested so she can get the result before my next appt the first of November. So not only do I have the osteo to worry about by now the whole fear of thyroid issue.

Do they go hand in hand or not really?


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Old 10-10-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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Re: osteoporosis & thyroid- is there a connection?

I think there is a connection. As I understand it (which isn't V much), people with thyroid conditions do often get osteo too, usually the thyroid condition being the underlying reason for the osteo. Don't panic too much, neither of these conditions are life threatening and both are treatable.

Wait until you get all your lab work finished and then you and your doctor can make some decisions re treatment. If you DO turn out to have a thyroid condition, you may be sent to a specialist.

You might also find it of some interest to check out the thyroid board right here on ''healthboards''.

A word of warning. If you're ever prescribed a bisphosphonate medication (Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva), among the oral ones, don't rush into filling the prescription. Do your own research first. It seems there are just too many problems and side affects with these meds for many people, so be wary


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Re: osteoporosis & thyroid- is there a connection?

Hi Irish...i agree with both of you...i do think there is a connection between osteo and thyroid, but not in everyone. I have treated Graves disease (hyperthyroidism) and do feel that my osteo came from being hyper before being dx, since i have no family history of osteo on either side. When the thyroid is overactive it can leach calcium from the bones. Like Monte said, wait till you get all your labs back before you start to worry. I am on total thyroid replacement and feel fine. Sometimes all you need is a bit of tweaking to get things back in order. Did your dr. also order at TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test be done? That and Free t4 give a good indicator of how the thyroid is functioning. When you get your thyroid results back post them along with the values given since not all labs use the same numbers. Try to relax..take a walk and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. take care...phyllis

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Re: osteoporosis & thyroid- is there a connection?

I already had osteo when I was diagnosed as hyperthyroid. The medicine used to control the thyroid--methemazole (sp) also leaches calcium from the bones. I have taken it off and on for about three years. I am now in remission from the thyroid condition, but my osteo has worsened. I have had several stress fractures and a broken femur bone. I certainly believe there is a connection between thyroid condition and current problems.

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Re: osteoporosis & thyroid- is there a connection?

I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis (auto immune disease) and am hypothyroid (low thyroid levels). I am on a thyroid hormone replacement, and, because I have nodules on my thyroid, we've put me, on purpose, into hyperthyroid range. I just had a bone scan yesterday and am awaiting the results. I am pretty sure I have osteoporosis. I was told to watch out for it 6 years ago, when I was first diagnosed with thyroid disease. They do go hand in hand. Plus, my grandmother and mother have it. I've managed to lose 1 & 1/2 inches in height, so now it's just a waiting game.

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