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Hi all. Just wanted to give you some food for thought. Lupus is one of a variety of autoimmune diseases associated with a serious condition of the thyroid gland called hypothyroidism (low functioning thyroid).
I've learned this because I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and so have been educating myself about it. I don't have Lupus but do have other awful symptoms of hypothyroidism including shortness of breath, fatigue, difficulty swallowing, insomnia, recurrent infections, anxiety and depression.
I'm not saying those of you on this site all got Lupus due to your thyroids malfunctioning, but it is a possibility. The thing is, hypothyroidism can be treated very effectively, which could in turn improve your Lupus symptoms, so it might be worth your while to see an endocrinologist who will do the appropriate testing of your blood to check for thyroid problems. An effective thyroid blood panel should check the following levels: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, anti-thyroglobulin antibodies & anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies.
I wish you all the best!
Post Edited (sunshinesyl) : 8/3/2008 3:12:46 PM (GMT-6)
I have Lupus ... Lupus doesn't have me.
Rx: Pletal 100mg·Norvasc 10mg·Prednisone 5mg·Plaquenil 400mg
Me, too. I learned the hard way to take my warm, oh so lovely not to be cold, bath or shower at bedtime. I even put a toothbrush and toothpaste on the shower rack because I was falling into bed too weak to stand at the sink or get up again to brush my teeth! I love a hot soak with eucalyptus salts....... and one exceptionally bad day, got in the tub as soon as I got up. And, literally, couldn't get out. My wrists AND my knees, AND my shoulders were all inflamed and I could not stand up to save my life. Thank God I did have the phone within reach, (a promise to HB because I was falling alot), but a 911 call for a beached whale???? My pride wouldn't let me call. So, after a good cry, I drained the water, put a towel on the edge and rolled over onto the bathroom floor. Where I lay, for almost a week, probably two, with my cat AND dog nuzzling over me wondering what all the fun was about............ life with lupus,