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Viruses and Thyroid Disease

By October 7, 2009

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Can various viruses -- for example, Epstein-Barr (the virus that causes mononucleosis), Human Herpes Virus, Coxsackie virus, the mumps virus and others -- cause thyroid conditions? Researchers believe there's a clear link. You can learn more in the Virology Journal article Viruses and thyroiditis: an update.

And if you're interested, you can also learn more about thyroiditisnow.

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October 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm
(1) Emma Davies says:

I’m sure this is what happened to me – after I had influenza at age 13 I was diagnosed with “fibromyalgia” (i.e. a thyroid problem they didn’t test for!). My thyroid has gone down hill several times and this has been associated with some sort of infection – I was eventually diagnosed hypothyroid about three or four months after a nasty case of food poisoning that caused thyroiditis symptoms. I’m not autoimmune, allegedly.

October 9, 2009 at 5:37 am
(2) jackie s says:

yes , yes , yes and I had read about it recently so this more detailed report is extra good to confirm cause of my “condition”,HSVII
glandular fever on and off last 2 years,, H C virus (since 20), 2 operations in last year (so chemicals form those!) ,swine flu 5 weeks after hysterectomy with 5 weeks serious lung infection from swine flu with 3 lots of serious antiobitics in those 5 weeks NOT curing lung infection ; YET 3 days after starting thyroxine (under pressure from me my Dr finally conceeded defeat , realising I was right in my theory I had a thyroid issue(poor thyroid = infections esp lung) ; the lung infection magically cleared up . so damage from viruses , operations, swine flu , 3 lots of antibiotics, 2 serious viruses and this is the recipe for thyroiditis ; plus menopause so the thyroixine really bought on hot fluses!!! , only 6 weeks on thyroxine , swapped to whole thyroid , compounded as I heard thyroxine is not balanced.feeling a lot better , great the Dr is learning stuff through my experiences . please stay away from soy miilk ,esp all soy in liquid forms . these damage thyroids! ( I used lots in my 20s and started my low basal temperature / thyroid weakness))fermented soy prods is OK.

October 9, 2009 at 9:23 am
(3) LP says:

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid in 2005 and monitored for 6 months and my thyroid returned to normal levels. In April 2008 I began having trouble swallowing and felt it was my thyroid but I was told no that was not the problem–although no answer given as to why. September of 2008 I dissected my carotid artery (90% tear) and somehow managed to live and have been on blood thinners for one year although no cause identifed for the tear. Cholesterol went sky high as did blood pressure — all symptoms which were ignored. I began to notice pounding in my chest , weight loss without dieting and severe anxiety and was told it was “ANXIETY” and was prescribed an antidepressant (never filled that prescription!)–I insisted on blood work to check my thyroid and here my level was 622. Corrected thyroid issue with radioactive iodine treatment and am now suffering through the hypothyroid phase of weight gain and feeling miserable. Has anyone heard of a link between hyperthyroid and problems with the carotid artery? I really would like an answer to what happened but no one seems interested in discussing it with me. It would be nice to know who the enemy was in causing the tear to occur and how to avoid the situation should it arise again. Thanks for your input.

October 9, 2009 at 12:18 pm
(4) Kalli says:

Check out the book, Solved: The Riddle of Illness by Stephen E. Langer, M.D & James F. Scheer. Well documented info on thyroid and thyroid related illness. You will be amazed at the importance of a healthy thyroid.

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