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   Posted 5/12/2012 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!
So now along with fibro and rhuematoid arthritis my doctor called yesterday to say I had hypothyroidism which is underactive thyroid. I do have alot of the symptoms, minus the fact that I am actually underweight, I just dont ever feel like eating. Does anyone else have this as well? Since I am already taking ambien, butran patch, loratab for bt pain, and dizapam as needed will this medication be ok to take with all those others? I am not sure what it is yet, I am going to pick it up today.

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   Posted 5/12/2012 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Ryobi sorry to hear you are adding one more problem to the mix. The good news is generally with medication this is easy to manage. My husband is also on meds for it and things really improved once the dr figured out what was going on.

I would suggest speaking to your pharmacist about the medication, assuming you get all of your meds at one place they will have a complete record of your meds. Usually, if there is a questionable problem with a medication the pharmacist will call the dr before filling the script. This has happened to me a couple of times and the pharmacist called me to tell me she had a call into my dr.

Take care....Susie
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   Posted 5/12/2012 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree with Straydog...the Pharmacy/Pharmacist are the ones to let you know about this and as mentioned, if for some reason you don't fill all your meds at the same place, you need to let them know of all the medications you take so they can run a cross-check.

And I have quite a few friends and a family member who have this issue and the great news is that once they started on medication they really started feeling SO much better with their fatigue, appetite, depression and being cold all the time.

The other good news is this may help you even reduce some of your pain meds as hypothyroidism usually causes muscle pain and stiffness.

So...crossing our fingers that this can help you.

Quick there any reason that you aren't on any medication for the Fibro like Lyrica or Cymbalta?

Keep us posted..
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   Posted 5/12/2012 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Ryobi sorry you are going through even more medical issues. My pharmacist is very good about watching for drug interactions but I only use one pharmacy. He raised an eyebrow when I was taking so many medications and just advised me to be careful of side effects.
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   Posted 5/12/2012 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
So very sorry you having yet something else to deal with, it can be hard...but Hypothyroid is treatable
and in time you should be feeling better...Some once told me once you get one autoimmunine others follow
and for me it sure has been a wild ride...and we can always offer up support and hey come and vent when you need to...
Many well wishes and Prayers...
What medicines are you on for RA? if I might ask, have they started you on methotrexate yet?
again many well wishes...
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   Posted 5/12/2012 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry too that you have another thing to deal with....

I don't have RA... but I do have fibro and hypothyroidism (as well as a bunch of other not-so-fun stuff).

I take Synthroid (levothyroxine)... and, for me, I take all my other meds with it (anti-depressant; heart meds; pain meds; etc). Just make sure to ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.

Hypothyroidism can make you feel terrible and really affect so many aspects of your health. I just told my husband today that I need to get my levels checked this next week because I'm having symptoms (like needing an afternoon nap - and still feeling really sluggish...). It can also affect mental stuff too when your thyroid is low.

So, the good thing is that you know you have this and can get treatment. It CAN take awhile, though, to find the right medication levels and so forth.

Sure hope you feel better! --Tina
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   Posted 5/12/2012 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that another issue cropped up. Try to stay strong and keep updating us on your health.

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