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    Old 05-25-2015, 12:53 PM   #1
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    Newly diagnosed with MCTD and thyroid just removed with negative thyroid antibodies

    So this is my story. I am a 36 year old female and mother of two. As a child I had severe seasonal allergies and had to get injections of allergy medicine every other day. I was also susceptible to strep throat, sinusitis and bronchitis as a child and still as an adult. I was diagnosed at the age of 22 with endometriosis after the birth of my daughter. About a year ago I started noticing a variety of symptoms that I really just did not put no worry to until it really got bad around this past Thanksgiving. I was getting cold fingers and toes with the rest of my body being warm, but no change in color. I started noticing the swelling in my fingers on and off, a strange rash on and off on the bottom of my legs. Then the joint pain hit me in the hip and fingers. The hip pain became so unbearable that I could not bend to tie my shoes or put socks on, my husband had to do it for me. I was getting a fever on and off and then noticed I was getting a goiter. About a week before Thanksgiving I started feeling worst. The swelling on my hands forced my to remove my wedding ring set, I could barely bend my fingers, the pain in my hips, knees and ankles made it hard to get around. I started to swell all over my body and almost every muscle in my body hurt. My husband begged me for days to go to the doctor, but I was being stubborn and said I would be fine. I finally could not take it no more and went to the ER on Thanksgiving weekend. I thought I was going into kidney failure because I was not urinating much and the little I did urinate was dark. It looked like I was peeing soda. The ER doctor went over my symptoms and asked about diseases in our family. I advised that my mother has Discoid Lupus and Sjogrens Syndrome. To my surprise the doctor looked at me and said he thought I may may SLE. I was in complete shock! Yes, my mother had autoimmune disease but she was in her late 40's when she was diagnosed and did not have the same symptoms. They did a sedimentation rate which they said was borderline and I had a postive ANA with dual patterns. Homogeneous 1:320 and Speckled at 1:160. I made and appointment right away with my internal medicine doctor that I had not seen since 2009. Right away he said the same thing as ER doctor that he thought I had SLE. He noticed the goiter I mentioned earlier and order T4 and TSH test. Both were in the normal ranges and he referred me to an ENT. During this time we made an appointment for me to see and Rhuematologist, but I have not seen him yet since my appointment is not until August. I live in South Florida and we do not have enough of them down here for our population which has a lot of retiree's. The ENT order an ultrasound of my thyroid, did a FNA and order blood work to check for thyroid antibodies. FNA came back benign and ultrasound showed a mulit-nodule goiter, and thyroid antibodies all came back negative. At first the ENT said he wanted to try to shrink the nodules. We did that for about three weeks and decided that it was not going to be the right treatment since it was now becoming hard to swallow and I was choking at night when I slept and it would wake me up. At the same time my internal medicine doctor decided to run an SLE diagnosed panel since it would be until August until I got to the Rhuematologist. The only antibody that came back high was anti-RNP. My internal medicine doctor said that it was actually MCTD. He put me on Methotrexate and Meloxicam. Last Monday, I had surgery to have my right thyroid and isthmus removed. My ENT surgeon was surprised what he found when he cut me open. He told my husband that he had to remove all my right thyroid, isthmus and 75% of my left lobe because of disease. He did not specify at the time to my husband what he meant from "disease". He had me admitted into the ICU as a precaution. The next day he came to my room and said that the ultrasound did not give an accurate picture of what was going on in there. He said even though I did not have Hashimoto's, that I had real bad inflammation and it destroyed my thyroid. He told me he felt it was the MCTD that destroyed my thyroid. I am so scared right now as to what else this may attack next. I go back to my ENT to have my stitches removed tomorrow. I also have an appointment with my internal medicine doctor to discuss this tomorrow as well. I am hoping this may be able to get me moved ahead with a sooner appointment with the Rhuemtologist. Has anyone else ever heard of some one having no thyroid antibodies, but having another autoimmune disease and it attacking and destroying their thyroid?

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