Crohn's disease & thyroid

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   Posted 4/17/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
In Agu. 2009 I was diagnosed with a multi-nodular goiter, the Ent said that there is no connection between the two conditions, while the GI is of a different opinion. According to her, people that have Crohn's disease, can also have a secondary autoimmune disorder. I have to see an endocronologist to check the condition of my thyroid. My GI mentioned the possiblility of me having Hasimoto's disease. Has any one had any problems with their thyroid and have Crohn's disease?  Thank you.
old woman (just turned 60) suffering from CD for 25+yrs. Taking Entocort, Vit. D, Atacand, folic acid, Caltrate, Lomotil, Flintstones w/iron, ginger tea, chamomile, and sippery elm. Never had surgery, but i was close to have one in Feb. of this year. Got fever the weekend before, and a CT showed an extensive inflammation. The surgery is not an option for me, for now. 

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   Posted 4/17/2010 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm fairly certain I'm hypothyroid. I certainly have all the symptoms, and my TSH is too high. But my doctor just blows it off and won't run the tests for Hashimoto's. He would rather just dole out statins for my super high cholesterol (one of the major symptoms of hypothyroidism). I'm going to save some money and go to a doctor who is well regarded in thyroid issues.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Coconut Oil, Garlic Oil, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 4/18/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
If your family doctor won't order a soft neck tissue ultrasound ask your gastro if he/she will.
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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
My Naturopath diagnosed me with mild Hashimoto's.  He said that it is very common with Crohn's, as Hashimoto's is basically an auto-immune disorder where the body starts attacking the thyroid.  He said that in normal testing your "levels" can look just slightly low, but with the body attaching the thyroid, it is not functioning at full efficiency, therefore it is important to treat it.  He has me on low-dose thyroid supplements, and we just did tests to see how I'm doing.  I'll try to post the results when I get them soon. 
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CD diagnosed 11/12/09
Being treated by a Naturopath who himself has Crohn's.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I've suspected my thyroid isn't functioning properly for some time. My levels have been low, but within normal limits. My mom has hypothyroidism, so it leads me to think I'm the same. Also, my pulse is always high and my cholesterol has been high for quite some time.

My PCP won't treat for it unless you're below the normal limits, so I don't know what do do either.

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

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   Posted 4/18/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been reading this site and have found a ton of good info:

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   Posted 4/19/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism the same time as I was diagnosed with IBD. I was told it is not too uncommon to find them together as they are both immunosuppressive. I take a very low dose of synthroid and it seems to keep me back in the normal range.
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   Posted 4/28/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  I am so tired of doctors and what they won't do. I am 27 and found out I had CD three years ago. I have become a skelaton and I hate the way I look. My doctor sucks,and no meds seem to help. My mom has severe CD so I feel bad complaining. she is in the hospital as we speak, she has lost her eye sight and i don't believe she has much time left here on this earth. I feel all of this happened from all the meds and side effects. She has been used by doctors for years as guinea pig. I just hate chrones and want to beat it. I want my looks back and I want to be happy about the way I look again.

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   Posted 4/28/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I think there is a connect after all the two thyriod mods on this forum also have IBD. So it is not unheard of.
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