I'm JoAnn; I've been visiting several forums on this site because of my talent for developing autoimmune diseases and related disorders! :)
I've had Hashimoto's for at least 30 years, probably longer. I was diagnosed 20 years ago, but my doctor said at the time of dx that I must have had it for a long time already because my thyroid was basically destroyed (TSH was 90+).
Autoimmune diseases run in my family: two of my paternal aunts died from complications of lupus (they also both had Hashi's and other AI diseases), my father had RA, my adult daughter Robin has Hashi's, my adult daughter Cheryl has Addison's disease and lupus, my granddaughter Carly has celiac disease, my niece Jessica has Grave's disease, and the two little ones my DH and I adopted (biological grandkids ages 3 and 4, Emma and Matthew) are both gluten sensitive if not celiac. My sister has fibromyalgia.
Until last year I thought I was pretty lucky....just Hashi's, asthma, psoriasis, and IBS. Not anything nasty like lupus.
Oops!...turns out my "IBS" was really celiac disease, plus I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis on top of that. Now I've developed symptoms of lupus and polymyositis....rheumatologist hasn't given me a firm dx yet, but has started me on Plaquenil. :(
I've been in a wheelchair (because of the fibro and RA) since August 2008, but somehow I manage to continue to work. Which is good...we can't afford for me to be on disability right now. My employers have been great about
letting me work from home part of the time, and I have a bunch of great doctors too.
I try to focus on the good things in my life because if I look at the negatives it's too much to bear....have to let go of the bad stuff, give it to the Lord.
Well, nice to "meet" all of you....I hope everyone has a pain-free day today!
Autoimmune hepatitis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Reynaud's syndrome, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, GERD. Possible lupus and/or polymyositis - diagnoses pending.
Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Mirapex, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosecautoimmunediseasesgfliving.blogspot.com