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Daughter has Hashimoto's and Graves....
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Daughter has Hashimoto's and Graves....

My daughter was dxd with Hashis at 6 yo.  She always had trouble falling asleep and seemed to experience hyperthyroid symptoms as well.  New endo, tested her said she has antibodies for both Graves and Hashis.  At the present Hashis is winning out.  Now, 9, she is on 75 mcg Synthroid and 5 mcg Cytomel, 1 mg Melatonin. I had to insist on the Cytomel.  Due to consistent weight gain, endo put her on Metformin and she has grown and lost a few pounds.  She also has "early heartbeats" that have stayed the same in the last 4 years.  Cardio said she would grow out of it...has not so far. She does get "winded" easily and has fainted at school a few times!

I have CFIDS.  She also tested + for a past EBV at 4 yo. and spleen was swollen.   She also has excema, mainly on ankles, elbow pits and underneath eyes.  She is otherwise healthy, bringing home strep and etc. from school.

What am I missing?  I would prefer she be taking natural T3/T4, but it is very hard to find any dr./endo that will treat children.

Thank you for your time!
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What you are probably missing is that it is likely that your daughter likely has thyroiditis, possibly from an infection present with your CFS.  

The reason that i suggest this is that many if not most Graves patients actually have throiditis, caused by one or more chronic infection(s) of the thyroid gland.  Such infections usually invade other tissues as well, and patients often have additional signs/symptoms that appear on the surface to be unrelated to their thyroid problems.

The same infections that we find in CFS patients are present in Graves patients with thyroiditis.  You can learn more from this on our website under Fatiguing Illness Research, www.immed.org

Prof. Garth Nicolson
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