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Lupus And Its Associated Conditions
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Many Lupus Symptoms In Women Sufferers, will most likely have more than one autoimmune condition. Living with Lupus can be hard enough without adding any more autoimmune conditions. This can be very difficult to handle more than one condition especially when you are not feeling very well.

Many autoimmune conditions have very similar symptoms and this can make it difficult to decide which symptom belongs to which condition and then deciding which treatment to start, although the symptoms are very similar, they will not respond to the wrong medication.

As the time passes by it will become clearer to yourself which autoimmune condition is flaring from the symptoms you have and also what has also been happening in your life.

Lupus & Hypothyroidism

Lupus and Hypothyroidism can happen together and when this does happen you may well find it difficult to get them under control. You may well have developed Lupus first and then many years later you become unwell again and seek help from your doctor to find that you now also have and Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

The first line of treatment when you first go to see your doctor may well be to increase your Lupus medication as the symptoms you maybe suffering from are tiredness, swelling, depression, lethargy, poor cognitive function, aches and pains. These are classic lupus symptoms and also classic symptoms of Hypothyroidism. Lupus treatment will not help your thyroid and thyroid treatment will not help your Lupus.

Many lupus sufferers, who develop Hypothyroidism, may well have Hashimotos Thyroid, this is an autoimmune condition and this happens when the body begins to attack the thyroid. When the thyroid is under attack it slowly becomes underactive and eventually your body will kill your thyroid and it will no longer produce any thyroid hormones.

Both types of Hypothyroidism are treated exactly the same with levothyroxine which is a synthetic thyroid hormone referred to as T4. It is very important that you follow the instructions on taking the levothyroxine so that you get the optimum benefits.

When dealing with hypothyroidism and lupus it is very important that you look after yourself, especially when you are taking levothyroxine as you will want the best results possible, this means that your body will need the following vitamins to be at the top quarter of the blood range. Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Ferritin, Vitamin C, Folates and Iron. This will then increase your bodies ability to convert the Levothyroxine (synthetic hormone) into Triiodothyronine (T3).

It is really important that you keep your thyroid hormones at their optimum levels, so if you do begin to feel unwell, you will then know that you need to see your Lupus consultant to sort out treatment for your lupus.


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