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Old 02-04-2005, 09:37 AM   #1
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Confused - Goiter and Lyme


I was diagnosed with multinodular goiter in March, 2004. Put on Synthroid to suppress the growth. Then about 6 months later got diagnosed with Lyme (blood results were neither positivie nor negative, but showed Lyme antibodies) Doctor said I must've had it for awhile. I went on antibiotics for 3 months and couldn't take it anymore. I am feeling better although I still have some symptoms - cold hands, feet, hair shedding, belching.

My questions are:

Is anyone else being treated for multinodular goiter?? (My blood values were fine in March, 2004 - before meds)
TSH- 1.19 (0.35-5.5)
FT3 - 3.3 (2.3-4.2)
FT4 - 1.41 (0.8-1.9)

Current results as of 1/05:
TSH 0.37 (.35-5.5)
FT3 - 3.22 (2.3-4.2)
FT4 - 1.2 (0.9-1.8)

How do I distinguish between Lyme symptoms and thyroid?

Do I need to stay on Synthroid forever.

I am in the process of find a new Endo. - prior one didn't have much experience and I wasn't satisfied with her answers or lack of.


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Old 02-04-2005, 12:05 PM   #2
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Re: Confused - Goiter and Lyme

Hi there, sorry you have had to go through so much.
I have hypothyroidism and lyme disease. It is very hard to distinguish between the two diseases as far as symptoms go and I have read journal articles saying that there is a relationship between the two. My dr. just started me on armor thyroid(she said it was more natural?) and we are still waiting on orders for antibiotics. I would recommend you check the lyme boards. 3 mos of antibiotics are rarely a long enough course of therapy for someone with late lyme disease,esp if you are showing neurological, arthritic or cardiac symptoms. I am far from a med. prof. but I hope you know that there are more out there. Maybe when the lyme disease is resolved, the thyroid problem will go away too.

Old 02-04-2005, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: Confused - Goiter and Lyme


Thanks for your reply. I was supposed to do about 5 months of antibiotics, but I couldn't stand it anymore. I know my doctor is going to give me heck about it. I'll check out the lyme boards. Thanks again.

How did you find out you had lyme?

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