I hope this isn't bad form...
I think my question is more about Graves Disease, however it has to do with RA or psoriac arthritis patients. I have notice over the years, that if a person suffers from one auto-immune disease there is usually other co-morbid auto-immune conditions.
I have psoriasis, psoriac arthritis, Ankylowsing Spondilitis, Thryoid Eye Disease, and Graves disease. I feel like an auto-immune rainbow lol
We had put the idea of dmards/biologics on the back burner - mainly because when I am Euthyroid, in an interesting twist, I suffer chronic infections. I'm no longer even remotely euthyroid (I've had active Graves since my teens but no one figured it out until I was nearly 30 - Euthyroid was Hellacious - normal for me has always been 'fast')
Anyway, I started to do research again recently, because my PsA has taken yet another dramatic and rapid turn for the worst.
What I am curious about is if there are any un-nuked Graves patient who have taken enbrel, humarin, etc, for another auto-immune disorder/disease like PsArthritis, RA, or AS and noticed an improvement in the Graves symptoms.
I'm not sure if this sound crazy however when I realized the fellow who started the ball rolling on the TNFa blocking, had intially been doing research on Graves Disease the little wheel in my head started spining.
I guess my theory is along the lines of if the pet.gland thinks the thyroid should be there, and it's trying to kick it out, and the thyroid is fighting for dear life not to get evicted, if there were a suppressed immune system, perhaps the thyroid wouldn't be fighting so hard, thereby reducing the symptoms? Does that sound crazy? I realize it would be a rather dramatic way to treat graves, however if you have a whole host of other auto-immune diseases, which you might take the enbrel for anyway, it would surely be better than nuking the thyroid.