Thyroid disease and UC?

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   Posted 5/9/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone who has UC also deal with thyroid disease?  I have just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and we aren't yet sure if it is due to an overactive nodule or something like Graves' disease.  I'm still waiting for some blood work to come back.  My UC is still in a mild flare and I"m being scoped on Tuesday-again- but I wonder if the "flare" is actually a result of the hyperthyroidism? 
Anyway, just wondered if anyone else was dealing with this.  It makes the management a little complicated.

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   Posted 5/9/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
i have hypothyroid/ hashimotos which is also autoimmune disease like UC. I guess there are few more on this forum who have both hypo/hyper thyroid & UC.
Right now -FLARING (after my Rubella vaccination)
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly...doubled during flare
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
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Meeting with Doc next month - not yet on oral medication - Doc wants to try just Canasa first!
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   Posted 5/9/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Many thyroid diseases are autoimmune, so a person with UC would have a greater chance of developing them. In my case, I was treated for Graves with severe hyperthyroidism about 5 years before I was diagnosed with UC. I've taken thyroid hormone replacement ever since, and it really doesn't complicate the UC.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
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   Posted 5/10/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hypo here and UC.  Levoxyl 150MGC per day for my Hypo and Lialda 1.2GM per day for my UC.  So far so good *knocks on wood*.

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   Posted 5/11/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have nodules on my thyroid (they've been there for ~5 years now), but they don't mess with my thyroid function at all as my levels are completely normal. They were biopsied and all that fun stuff, but they aren't cancerous. I guess I just have a lumpy thyroid!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 5/12/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
The majority of the population has nodules on their thyroid. It's actually very common.

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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
What were your symptoms that lead you to be tested for thyroid issues? I'm just curious :)
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed at 16 years old, after a few year bout of depression, lethargy, excessive weight and very little enthusiasm. I was treated with depression medications for YEARS and my thyroid was never tested. At one point I had blood work done and my TSH levels were shown to be significantly low, and it was at that point that I was referred to an Endocrinologist. After getting my TSH levels stabilized, I started to lose weight, my depression disappeared and I started to have more activity.

Today I have been treated with 150 MCGs of Levoxyl (only name brand) for about 5-6 years without any change in dosage. A year ago I was found to have two very small nodules on my thyroid, and a year later they were still the same size. In November I get another ultrasound of my thyroids to see their size, but my Endocrinologist has told me that about 99% of the population has thyroid nodules and doctors are really only made aware of them in thyroid-related medical issues.

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   Posted 5/31/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Just an update:

My UC is in complete clinical remission per colonoscopy (YAY!), so my symptoms were due to hyperthyroidism. As a side note, the nodules are larger, so I'm back to being biopsied in a week for a very suspicious nodule on one side. Most nodules are benign and mine hopefully will be as well, but I didn't monitor them as closely as I should have. I guess the point is not to stop monitoring just because most nodules are benign-you never know if you'll be in the 5%. Thanks for the responses.
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