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Thyroid Disorders board

Hi ellpin,

There are usually three medications that are used to treat shingles: acyclovir, valacyclovir and famiciclovir. The one I took was valacyclovir (valtrex). After five days, my bp shot up to 190/100 and my pulse was approaching 150. I immediately stopped taking it and the bp came down but my hyper symptoms returned and the pulse stayed over 100 from May until September when the ER increased my beta-blocker. I too was left with only minimal scarring.

By the way, my tsh was 0.9 when I was diagnosed hyper. It was the symptoms and a high normal tt4 that prompted further testing and the tests, along with a radioactive iodine uptake and scan test confirmed the diagnosis. When they started treatment with anti-thyroid meds, I ended up going into thyroid storm and spent nine days in the hospital. Turns out that any treatment directed at my thyroid seems to really wack things out. I have what's known as inappropriate tsh secretion. It's very likely that I have what's known as Pituitary Resistance to Thyroid Hormone. I'm working on getting that confirmed now. I was just informed that my urgent referral to the endo will be reviewed and I will be contacted in 6-8 weeks with their decision as to when they will be able to see me. Kind of stinks to think about going through another couple months of this. Over the last 15 years, on various treatments, my tsh has varied from 0.42 to 134 and I've been labeled clinically hyper the whole time with at least one of either the t4 or t3 staying high.

I also don't have any graves' or hashi's antibodies. It drives the doctors nuts.

Keep in touch and post your labs. There will be an answer out there. You just might have to fight to find it.