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Anyone know any correlation between MS and Hypothyroidism?

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Old 04-03-2003, 10:25 PM   #1
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Question Anyone know any correlation between MS and Hypothyroidism?

I was just wondering if anyone knows any correlation with MS and Hypothyroid. My sister has MS and has been having true symptoms of hypo for a long time. I told her she should have a thyroid panel and she remembers that she was on Synthroid several years ago for about 3 years and then had to change doctors because of insurance changes and the knew one said her labs were fine and did not continue with syntroid. She thought nothing of it and trusted him. I thought that weird because I thought once you were on it you should be on it the rest of your life.
The docs are just contributing her symptoms to the MS and of course have her on antidepressents. But I am wondering if she is actually Hypo along with MS and they are just overlooking that possibility for the depression.
Also can one condition create the other or are they just separate conditions. MS and HYPO


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Old 04-07-2003, 09:03 AM   #2
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Yes it is strange they would take her off the med.
You can have more then one autoimmune disorder so it is possible she may be hypo. the docs really need to listen and do a complete thyroid workup on her including a thyroid antibodies test, she may be suffering with more symptoms than she needs to if she does have a thyroid problem. Request the tests be done, push till they do them, if they all come back normal you will at least have piece of mind and not have to worry about that anymore.
Good luck to you and her.

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MS is an autoimmune disease. Hypothyroidism's most common cause (Hashimoto's) is autoimmune, as well. A person with an autoimmune disorder is often prone to other autoimmune attacks as well.

My advice is to have labs drawn including TSH, Free T4, Free T3, TPO Antibodies and Thyroglobulin Antibodies to at least determine if there is an underlyoing autoimmune thyroid problem goin on.

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