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Re: Thyroid problems and lupus

Re: Thyroid problems and lupus

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Posted by Gayle Pellegrini on December 31, 1999 at 17:53:02:

In Reply to: Thyroid problems and lupus posted by Kerrie Murphy on September 01, 1999 at 19:22:04:

: Hi:

: I am new to this form but not to lupus. Can anyone help me with this? I was in to see my family doctor and he was concerned about my thyroid tests. He wanted me to take thyroid meds but I refused. I am going to my Rhuemy in a couple of weeks and wanted her take on it since she has noted my thyroid felt swollen on a number of occations before and never perscribed any meds. What kind of connection is there with thyroid and lupus? If I start taking thyroid meds am I stuck taking them forever? Could I go without meds with no long term serious affects? Actually any information you might have on this would be a help.

: Thanks in advance,
: Kerrie

Hi Kerrie... just a little insight from me, although I am not a physician. This is strictly from my own experience. I have a thyroid problem too, and it was first discovered when my doctor discovered the thyroid was enlarged. If yours was enlarged that probably means it is underactive, and not producing enough thyroid hormone. The lack of this hormone can affect your entire body inside and out!!! The "medication" you refer to is basically a synthetic version of this hormone -- something your body is not able to produce sufficient amounts of. I don't know of any side effects from thyroid replacement -- but I do know you can be sick in a lot of ways if you DON'T have it.

I know it's not a good thing to take excessive medications, but do look into it further before refusing. Ask your doc all the questions you can think of and do some reading here on the internet. I hope you are able to make the decision that is right for you and that you feel better!

Gayle a.k.a. "Jiminy"

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