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Could my conditions be related?
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Could my conditions be related?

Back in 1985 I was diagnosed with and overactive thyroid/Graves Disease. After several years of treatment i.e carbimazole and propranolol I finally had a sub total thyroidectomy in 1988 (90% of my thyroid was removed),I was 21yrs old at the time and Im now 43yrs old.  Ive had to take thyroxine ever since ranging from 100mcg - 175mcg depending on my fluctuating levels.  Up until Jan 2009 Ive had no other problems except approx 4 or 5 times a year I would ache all over, even the tops of my feet!  Ive been told this was connected to my thyroid disease.  Ive also suffered from itchy skin for 15 years for which I take antihistamines, again I was told by my dr that this was linked to my thyroid.  Since Jan 2009 Ive felt extremely ill with nausea, fatigue, dizziness, constipation and chest pains.  After various tests the only things that showed up were gastritis, possible IBS and Pernicious Anemia.  Ive read that Graves Disease and Pernicious Anemia are both autoimmune disorders, and that PA can sometimes cause gastritis.  Im now having B12 injections and was wondering if my gastritis might clear up if the underlying cause could have been PA and if by having 2 autoimmune disorders Im more likely to have another at some point?  Also is there a specific test that could be done that could link these conditions?
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Interesting that you raise these issues.  This is similar to my wife's problems with her thyroid and associated conditions (similar to what you described) when we lived in Houston.  At the time I was a department chairman at the Univ. of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, so I had access to advanced testing along with my own laboratories.  To make a long story short, my wife did not have typical Grave's Disease, IBS, CFS or other diseases, but it turned out that she did have a systemic infection that caused thyroiditis, pancreatitis, atypical IBS, and her endrocrine glands were infected and were not functioning properly, causing all sorts of hormone problems.  The infection turned out to be Mycoplasma fermentans, and it took years of therapy to finally resolve, but at least her endocrine and thyroid hormones did finally correct and she is quite healthy now and running 6 min miles.

I am not suggesting that this is your only possible problem, but it should at least be considered.  You can find more information on our website, www.immed.org
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