Graves disease and flu

Common Questions and Answers about Graves disease and flu


This is autoimmune thyroid disease, more likely hashimoto's-type <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> less likely <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span>. Would folow TSH <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> FT4 to see if hypo or hyperthyroid develops. Many patients with positive antibodies can be monitored without medications.
Hi Dr Lupo, I was dx with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> seven years ago. I was put on tapazole <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> gradually decreased dosis until achieved total remission about year and a half ago. This past week, i started feeling some symptoms and my endo did some blood work. My results are: TSH <0.004 T4 total 18.6 T4 free 4.54 I was put back on 10 mg of tapazole. My questions are: 1) Is there any chance that this relapse is due to something else but graves?
I have had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> for 8 years <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> had RAI a yr later after being on PTU. I had no problems except for changing my Synthroid a few times. Have been on the same amount for about a yr. now. Weight has been steady but the worse thing for me is that I am so cold. It has to be about 80 degrees before I am comfortable. Is any one else as cold as I am. My temp is always low, but read that is normal in women.
I have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, but was in remission. Then I had cancer <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> chemotherapy. My TSH level is hyper again <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> my other tests normal. The doctors won't say if chemo can activate your graves disease. They do say that a physical or emotional change to my body can trigger it. My thoughts, Cancer and chemotherapy are big time physical and emotional changes.
Persoanlly I think its like the 'bird flu' we had and there will be another flu next year called most probably the 'Rat <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span>' (hehehe). The <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span> is the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> the secret is plenty of fluids <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> bedrest. My 4 year old grandson was tested for swine flu and found to be positive and was given Tamisol and has been fine...although he is known to suffer with bronchitis. He was chesty with it but after a week was ok.
Elaine Moore tends to believe that immunotherapy (allergy shots) makes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> worse, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> can possibly bring on the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> Eye <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. She recommends that allergies be treated with the cortisone-type nose sprays and antihistimines instead, because of the nature of an autoimmune disease. I was about to start shots, but now I am reconsidering. Does anyone have information on this subject? Thanks!
Everybody's been reading about people who are at high risk for swine <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span> due to preexisting medical conditions. Do people with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> belong to this category? This has really gotten me worried. I asked my endo about this and she was quite vague with her answer. I am considering getting a flu shot, would you recommend this? Lastly, I had a thyroid nodule biopsy and the result was benign. My endo is now asking me to undergo a thyroid scan.
Constant fight with sinus infections, candida, bladder infections, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> of course the colds, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span>, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> yearly case of pneumonia. Also most of us end up with more than one AI. The average is said to be 3 once you have the first. But most of us just seem to get sicker all the time. Will be interesting to keep an eye on this and see if anything comes to it. Think they need to do more research into this. Of course, everyone knows that stem cells can cure all of these AI's, don't you.
10/7/2014 I just turned 68 on September 28, and a few days later I felt absolutely miserable. I felt sweaty, shaky and out of sorts. First, I thought I was coming down with the flu, but I knew it wasn't the flu because I didn't have a fever, a sore throat or any of the usual flu-like symptoms. I've been taking 5 mg of methimazole for graves' disease for the past couple of years.
There, I had a lot of blood work, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> was put on Methimazole <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> then PTU, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> 50mg Atenolol, but when I saw the endocrinologist, she told me the one test the hospital didn't take was the TSI for graves. She felt I had graves at the time but I do not have eye symptoms or skin symptoms associated with graves. My TSI result is 32 (ref range <140) so she stopped my PTU and now I am on atenolol. My ultrasound is normal.
However if Lactose intolerance/malabsorption to one, probably Lactose intolerance/malabsorption to another, like food <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> other drugs. Many other conditions, including stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> irritable bowel syndrome can have similar symptoms, as well as some foods and drugs. So switching from Synthroid to Levoxyl may not solve a 100% of the problems, but it should help ease some, that is, if it is from Synthroid. Hey worth a try! Hope this helps. Thank you for your faith and confidence.
Without the antibodies tests done, you cannot be 100% sure you have graves <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. Somne people have hyperthyroidism <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> dont have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span>. A viral infection such as the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span> can also cause hyperthyroidism. Get yr antibodies checked for graves and also an ultrasound. Dont have an uptake scan until you know for sure that you have graves as there is no need for it if you dont have graves...the ultrasound will show up any nodules, goiter etc if you have any.
I have graves <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> also, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> was told that Lyme <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> / or it's coinfections can wreck havoc on the thyroid. ( HMMM ??) During the years of treatment for my thyroid, RAI, Radiation to both eyes due to thyroid eye disease, 5 eye surgeries, I began to have a lot of neurological things happen. First was the optic neuropathy. I was told that it was from the eye disease. Second was the slurred speech, that lasted for two weeks. I was told that I had a TIA, at 36yrs old at the time.
My family <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I NEVER get the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span> shot of any type <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> we never get the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span>! Lots of exposure to these viruses and germs in school for my 3 kids. I am a former first grade teacher, so I was sneezed on, coughed on etc.. more than my share! LOL! Lots of vitamins (especially vitamin D) good diet, proper rest and handwashing is a must and has worked great for us.
yes - I get back spasm occasionally and pull muscles too when I'm in hyper phase - when hypo my joints ache as if I had the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> especially my hips - I run every morning <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> lift weights once a week so I find the closer I stay to a not so drastic imbalance the less joint, back problems I have - I think it's thyroid as I've never had a bad back etc - hope you're feeling better - you gals are all so fabulous - wish you all good days:)
My husband was diagnosed with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> last December after a horrible 6 months of raging and violence. He has since been on anti-thyroid medication and he was back to normal for awhile. He also has a history of mood swings and his mother is bipolar. He usually is depressed for a few weeks once or twice a year. Needless to say he would never go for a diagnosis or treatment. Last month he started acting strange again, up and down, superman one day and then sluggish the next.
Hashi's weakens our immune system, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> shingles comes on if the immune system is weak. I know a few people that have had shingles, but never a problem with their thyroid. So just having a weak immune system might be a reason for getting shingles.
Hello, Long story short I woke up with racing heart and immediately thought <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> flare. My endo ordered the testing <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> confirmed it <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> so we increased my methimazole to 2.5 mgs every day instead of the 2.5 every other day that I had been on. I continued feeling awful so I increased it to 2.5 mgs twice a day and let her know. She did another test and it showed I was in range, but said to stay on the methimazole twice a day 2.5. I still kept feeling awful...
So I know I have an Autiummune <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> but its never been confirmed whether its <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> or hashimotos. Im am soooo scared <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> isolated at moment. I have lovely friends and family but they too are at wits end as they dont know how to help. SO there it all is my sad tale. I must say though I do realsie after reading these posts that there are those of you out there who are far worse off that me and my heart and love goes out to you all.
Is this a natural progression of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> if i become hypothyroid will i ever have to worry again about my hyperthyroidism returning? Even though i would prefer my thyroid to stay normal, it would be quite the celebration if i never had to worry about the hyperthyroidism coming back. Thank you in advance for your answer.
I have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> dxd Dec 2007, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> have been on PTU since then <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> until about 2 weeks ago was feeling great. My last blood test was in Feb & all levels were normal. Then, about 2 weeks ago, I got the flu & took some over the counter cold & flu medicine. After taking it, I actually read the box & it said not to take if you have thyroid disease. Ever since then, I feel as if some of my symptoms are coming back (rapid heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia).
I have been diagnosed with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> multi-cold nodules that after a FNA came back as suspicious for papillary cancer. I am scheduled for a total thryoidectomy on 13 Dec. I agree with Rozier, the book "The Thyroid Solution" is a fantastic book. I like how it talks about the mental difficulties associated with thyroid disorders. About the same time I was told something was wrong with my thyroid, my boyfriend dumped me.
Usually I don't get sick, but in the past 2 weeks I've gotten a bad cold with a touch of bronchial infection <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> today am just getting over a nasty bout of stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flu</span>. It's barely 2007 <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I'm almost out of sick days. I know, I'm whining.
Hi, I am a new/old person female-54. I am in the pits of dispare and I have no where else to turn. This is my last stop. I have several Doctors that I see regularly, a headDoc for Bipolar and and ENDO for graves and my GYN who never looks UP far enough to see if I am "crazy" or not but ultimately he has been the one to DX me over the years with serious Thyroid issues. I guess because he doesn't see me ALL THE TIME and he noticed right away that I had lost 45 lbs <grin>.
I have been having extreme heart palpitations,trembling hands,anxiety issues(I have past history of hyperthyroidism <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>)! So how it disappear with all these symptoms according to blood test??????!!!!!!..
To breathe each day knowing I am not goigf to regret each day I wake up, to wake up and tell myself that I am a human being who is worth something even if I do have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. I live <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> work around people with Aquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. EVERY single person has a DISABILITY....although it doesnt show with a lot of people. Yes I have a disability, I have stuffed my life up for so long but always remember that the next time you look at someone...
,,,, Once the thyroid is gone or killed the antibodies remain, but they have nothing to attack, so I guess they sit around being bored, and after a while they may go dormat or disapear (a long while from what I've studied) This is not saying that folks with graves or Hashi's don't have other antibodies that can cause other immune system problems they can <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> may be more susceptible but it would be other antibodies not hashi's <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> that cause