Graves disease and flu

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This is autoimmune thyroid disease, more likely hashimoto's-type and less likely Graves. Would folow TSH and 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 graves disease seven years ago. I was put on tapazole and 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 Graves for 8 years and 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 graves disease, but was in remission. Then I had cancer and chemotherapy. My TSH level is hyper again and 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 Flu' (hehehe). The flu is the flu and the secret is plenty of fluids and 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 Graves Disease worse, and can possibly bring on the Graves Eye Disease. 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 flu due to preexisting medical conditions. Do people with Graves disease 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, and of course the colds, flu, and 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.
However if Lactose intolerance/malabsorption to one, probably Lactose intolerance/malabsorption to another, like food and other drugs. Many other conditions, including stomach flu and 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 Disease. Somne people have hyperthyroidism and dont have Graves. A viral infection such as the flu 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 disease also, and was told that Lyme and / 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 and I NEVER get the flu shot of any type and we never get the flu! 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 flu and especially my hips - I run every morning and 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 Graves Disease 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, and 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 graves flare. My endo ordered the testing and confirmed it and 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 disease but its never been confirmed whether its Graves or hashimotos. Im am soooo scared and 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 Graves Disease and 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 Graves disease dxd Dec 2007, and have been on PTU since then and 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 Graves Disease and 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.
How do you have Hashi and Graves at the same time? I plan on getting my swine flu shot. I have Hashi. Take care...
Usually I don't get sick, but in the past 2 weeks I've gotten a bad cold with a touch of bronchial infection and today am just getting over a nasty bout of stomach flu. It's barely 2007 and 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 and graves disease)! 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 Graves Disease. I live and 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 Graves...it 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 and may be more susceptible but it would be other antibodies not hashi's and graves that cause this...ie...
Elaine Moore has a book on Graves Disease called Graves Disease, A Practical Guide, and she's also on www.thyroid.about.com under the hyperT/Graves board. Also, TSH lags behind 6-8 weeks but a lot of dr's have no knowlege of this. Doodaa Formerly HyperT/Graves, now in remission and on thyroid replacement. Oink!
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