I've had Sjogren's for a long time (10-15 yrs) and am not taking anything for it.
RA is usually treated with immune suppressants.
But the best thing is to make sure your LYME is fully treated and taken care of.
-------------------- --Lymetutu-- Opinions, not medical advice! Posts: 95658 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001
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Lyme & co is an autoimmune disease. Some day this will be proven and reported as such.
Many folks with Lyme & co have developed Thyroid Disease after that they didn't have before Lyme.
The thyroid gland is a MASTER maker of a hormone needed from head to toe. The hormone T4 is made and the body then is suppose to convert it into the hormone T3. T3 is known as the energy hormone. Anybody with Lyme ever missing energy?
There is a disruption that seems to happen in Lyme folks and the body fails to convert any or even enough of that energy hormone T3, so desperately needed.
In many folks the T4 builds up into something else called RT3, which is misery at it's finest. Doctors rarely even know to test this.
Thyroid lab ranges which doctors use to gauge whether you have thyroid hormone issues is based on healthy human subjects. I've never met a healthy Lyme patient. So if your ranges fall in the healthy folks range, a doctor including Endo so called specialist would say you're fine. But maybe you are not fine..
The known autoimmune of thyroid disease is called Hashimoto's. That's when the immune system starts attacking the thyroid gland. The immune system is pretty darn smart and it knows when something is not working correctly.
My thyroid was screwed before the ticks bites. An Endo killed my thyroid with radiation before I was 30 and put me on T4 Synthroid meds or the rest of my life.
My health was not really good before the kill and it certainly wasn't good after the kill. After getting my thyroid education it all made sense.
I believe my weak spot was the thyroid and Lyme & co set up residence in my weak spot. Finally at 61 yrs of age and almost 20 yrs of Lyme & co, my research led me answers.
That thyroid medicine for life, sometime in those years I had become allergic to it, was barely converting to the T3 energy hormone that I needed so badly, and only becoming RT3, and it was causing severe inflammation in my body from head to toe.
I replaced it with T3 hormone pills only. It took me a year to get the dosing and the schedule right for my body. But today my autoimmune Hashimoto's numbers are 83 & 170 and they were 800 & 1850.
Most importantly I have energy hormones and I can actually do life again. Lyme & co still raises it's ugly head but I can control them with Rife treatments, vitamins, herbals, and supplements galore. As long as life doesn't throw me a big stress event, which that's life. lol
-------------------- "Never, never, never, never, never give up" Winston Churchill Posts: 6444 | From Louisville, Ky | Registered: Jan 2002
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