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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and IVIG Treatment?*

Autoimmune Diseases | Last Active: Mar 28 11:29pm | Replies (65)

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I was diagnosed with hypothyroid 35 years ago; Lupus 25 years ago, and a multitude of autoimmune disorders since then: Hashimoto’s, Sjogrens, microscopic colitis, peripheral neuropathy, raynaud’s, and other symptoms not designated as a disease yet. Recently I was referred to a neurologist who specializes in autoimmune problems due to some new symptoms. After some tests he concluded that my peripheral immune system was under attack and subscribed a five-day ivig infusion. That concluded 10 days ago and I am still suffering from headaches (not unusual) and dizziness. Yesterday I had my thyroid levels tested and my numbers were greatly changed since my last testing mid-December. My question is: could my levels of T-SHIRT, T-3 , and T-4 be affected by my ivig treatment?

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Can anyone recommend a functional medicine doctor in Ontario or Quebec Canada? I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2016 after having gone for years with various conditions being ignored by my doctor. I lived a healthy lifestyle I used to be a part time aerobics instructor but started noticing that instead of feeling energetic after my workouts, I’d feel completely drained. I also noticed that I was gaining weight and it seemed the harder I worked out, the more weight I would gain. I started struggling to get out of bed to go to work because of lack of energy. My family doctor said I should cutback on my calories and follow the Canada good guide. My hair started falling out, I used to have hair below my shoulders it’s now about 2 inches long in spots. I developed psoriasis all over my body and gained 100 pounds in a year. I was having trouble swallowing so my doctor sent me for an MRI and they found nodules in my throat. She sent me to an endocrinologist who looked at my results, squeezed my neck and told me not to worry about them that I should just have an MRI done every year. I started googling my symptoms and it seemed like they indicated Hashimotos. I found an alternative medicine doctor who ran a number of tests, it came back my antibodies were off the charts and he confirmed I have the disease. He put me on levothyroxine and vitamin D. I felt great for about a week or two but after that it was back to my new normal. He kept upping the dosage and checking my blood but my T3, T4 and TSH levels were not where he wanted them to be and after a year he said he didn’t understand why. That got me so mad I stopped taking the medication. I thought why am I pumping myself full of these pills if they’re not doing anything. Here we are 2019, I’m 115 pounds overweight, my face is puffy, because of the weight my knees hurt so much I can’t squat or run. In the summer I retain so much water, I can’t wear my regular shoes. I’ve been wearing wigs to cover up my hair. I started drinking pure apple cider vinegar and that cleared up the psoriasis everywhere except for my scalp – that could be because of the wigs but who knows. I had read about natural dessicated thyroid and had asked my alternative medicine doctor about it but he said he wouldn’t prescribe it because the dosages are not consistent. I’m at my wits end. I look in the mirror and feel like it’s a stranger staring back at me. I want to go for walks without feeling like spikes are being jammed in my knees, ride my bike, just feel healthy again. If anyone can recommend a functional medicine doctor here in Canada would you please let me know. Willing to travel. Thanks