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Old 04-28-2008, 07:24 PM   #1
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No Thyroid Anymore?

I was diagnosed Hypo 15 yrs ago. I've had some problems keeping the levels stable for the last few years. The meds would bounce from 250mcg-300mcg. About 1.5 yrs ago, my level was crazy again. They feared I had cancer at that point. MRI showed no cancer, but it also showed my body had attacked my thyroid at some point and I had nothing left. They did not tell me I had Hashi. Around the same time, I developed a horrible painful rash that the Dr. biopsied. The lab said it contained auto-immune cells, but I don't know what that means really. They told me I may never be able to get in the sun again, but I had no problem when we went to Florida. Any idea what makes your body attack the thyroid? It wasn't working well before, but it still surprised us. We did find a mass on the pituitary glad also, but the Dr. said it was benign and we left it alone.

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Re: No Thyroid Anymore?

The most common cause of low thyroid is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It's a process that doesn't happen overnight, so you might well have had it when you were diagnosed as hypo. There are many types of autoimmune diseases; researchers are still looking for the cause.

Another less frequent cause of hypoT is pituitary dysfunction due to a benign tumor on that gland. That could be the cause of your hypoT, instead of Hashi's; but since your gland seems to have 'disappeared', Hashi's seems the more likely cause.

Whatever the cause of your hypoT, the treatment remains the same - thyroid replacement for life.

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