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Autoimmune Disease Checklist

Posted By on February 13, 2009

Fever / Body Temperature

_____ Elevated fever, higher body temperature – Lupus, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ Feeling cold when others feel hot — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Feeling hot when others feel cold — Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism
_____ Low body temperature — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism


Hair

_____ Hair loss, round bald patches on the scalp — Alopecia Areata
_____ Hair loss, loss of facial and scalp hair — Alopecia Totalis, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Lupus
_____ Male patterned baldness — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
_____ Excess hair growth on the face faces, necks, chests, abdomens, and thighs, in women – Cushing’s Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
_____ Loss of hair in outer eyebrow — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Hair is rough, coarse dry, breaking, brittle – Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism

Skin

_____ Hyperpigmentation, or dark tanning in skin — Addison’s Disease
_____ Painful skin rash, called dermatitis herpetiformis — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ Fragile thin skin – Cushing’s Disease
_____ Skin that bruises easily – Cushing’s Disease
_____ Acne — Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Skin rashes, especially “butterfly rash” on the nose and cheeks — Lupus
_____ Sun sensitivity — Lupus
_____ Skin thickening — Scleroderma
_____ Skin ulcers on the fingers — Scleroderma

Eyes

_____ Dry eyes — Sjogren’s Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism
_____ Blurred vision — Sjogren’s Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Multiple Sclerosis
_____ Eye discomfort or pain — Sjogren’s Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Multiple Sclerosis
_____ Nystagmus or jerking, rapid involuntary eye movement — Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Optic neuritis, inflammation of the nerves in the eye — Multiple Sclerosis
_____ Unclear or double vision — Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Multiple Sclerosis

Throat, Neck, Voice, Mouth

_____ Dry mouth — Sjogren’s Syndrome
_____ Hoarseness, husky or gravelly voice — Sjogren’s Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism
_____ Difficulty in swallowing — Sjogren’s Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism
_____ Mouth and nose sores — Lupus
_____ Pale sores inside the mouth, called aphthus ulcers — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ Fullness or pressure, choking sensation in throat, lump in the neck — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism

Fatigue, Sleep

_____ Chronic fatigue – Addison’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Lupus, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
_____ Insomnia — Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism
_____ Exhaustion after minimal effort or exercise – Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Lupus

Muscles, Joints, Tendons

_____ Pain and tenderness throughout the body – Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome
_____ Muscle weakness — Addison’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
_____ Joint Stiffness – Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
_____ Bone, joint and muscle aches, inflammation, and pains — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing’s Disease, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis
_____ Backaches, unexplained rib and spinal column fractures- Cushing’s Disease
_____ Deformed joints – Rheumatoid Arthritis
_____ Carpal-tunnel syndrome / tendinitis — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Hands and Feet

_____ Raynaud’s phenomenon (extreme sensitivity to cold in the hands and feet) — Lupus, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism
_____ Swelling in hands and feet – Lupus, Scleroderma, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Weight Changes

_____ Weight loss — Addison’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
_____ Weight Gain – Cushing’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ Weight gain in upper body, abdomen – Cushing’s Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
_____ Rounded or puffy face – Cushing’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Increased fat around the neck – Cushing’s Disease
_____ Thinning arms and legs – Cushing’s Disease

Digestion, Gastrointestinal

_____ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea — Addison’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Scleroderma, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
_____ Recurring abdominal bloating and pain — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ Pale, foul-smelling stool — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ Gas — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ Increased urination — Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
_____ Constipation – Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Pulse/Blood Pressure

_____ Low blood pressure — Addison’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ High blood pressure- Cushing’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
_____ Slow pulse — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Fast Pulse — Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism

Mood, Thinking

_____ Irritability, anxiety and depression — Addison’s Disease, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ “Brain Fog,” difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness — Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Balance, Coordination, Neurological Symptoms

_____ Lack of coordination or unsteady gait — Multiple Sclerosis
_____ Dizziness, vertigo — Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Numbness, weakness, tingling or paralysis in one or more limbs – Multiple Sclerosis, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
_____ Tremor — Multiple Sclerosis, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism

Food/Drink & Cravings

_____ Craving of salty foods — Addison’s Disease
_____ Increased thirst — Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
_____ Loss of appetite — Addison’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism

Menstruation/Gynecological – Women

_____ Irregular or absent menstrual periods — Addison’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing’s Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
_____ Cysts on Ovaries — Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Fertility and Sex Drive, Pregnancy

_____ Infertility or decreased fertility in women — Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
_____ Decreased fertility in men- Cushing’s Disease
_____ Reduced sex drive – Cushing’s Disease, Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Recurrent miscarriage – Graves’ Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Breathing

_____ Increase in snoring — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Especially in Children

_____ Delayed growth in children, failure to thrive in infants — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Blood Changes

_____ Unexplained anemia (low count of red blood cells) — Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
_____ High cholesterol levels — Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Blood Sugar Changes

_____ Hypoglycemia/low blood sugar — Addison’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism
_____ High blood sugar- Cushing’s Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

From this website:

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/endocrinology/l/blchecklist.htm

more information can be found here:

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo.htm

Perhaps he’s really NOT *that* into me?

Posted By on February 5, 2009

I saw this blog post on a girlfriend’s myspace blog, and I swear, I know quite a FEW people who should read this. She’s an extremely intelligent, driven young woman. I had the pleasure of working with her when I worked at FFG in Cary, NC. Genuinely nice girl. Anyway, here is what she says. i don’t know if it’s based off that new book that everyone talks about (which I haven’t read because I simply refuse to waste my money on dating books, I can fuck up a date just fine on my own…look at what I’ve done to my marriage, that’s a clue!)

“he left me a voicemail at work, so i called him at home, and he emailed my blackberry, so it texted his cell. it’s like being rejected by 7 differnt technologies…it’s exhausting”
I’ve had my fair share of dates, boyfriends, dating…whatever. To me..there is not much more complicated then dating. Do I call him, do I wait till he calls me? All these silly questions.

he’s just not that into you if he’s not asking you out.
I’ve met guys before out and about. They totally talk you up, you get along, you think there is this spark…then it happens. He asks for your number. You guys talk and talk and talk. But he never really…asks you OUT. Like meet in person…to have a FACE TO FACE date. So you’ve developed this “friendship”. The stupid line “I just don’t want to ruin a friendship” THAT is total BS. Men do not care about ruining a friendship. If he’s into YOU … then he will ask you out. RUN FORTHE HILLS GIRL!

he’s just not that into you if he’s not calling you.
Yep. When you go out with a guy on a date or two. You hit it off. Then, suddenly, he gets REALLY busy. He just got out of a relationship, he’s moving and doesn’t know how long it will take, he’s crazy busy at work, there is the gym membership he has. Whatever the excuse..if a guy is into you, he’ll find time to call you. I know when i’m having a crappy day, it’s nice to get a call or call the guy that makes all that bs from the day go away for a bit. So, busy is another word for ASSHOLE. You deserve a friggin phone call.

he’s just not that into you if he’s not dating you.
“hanging out is NOT dating” Sure the occasional mingling with friends is fun. It’s not really a “date” to see if you have any romantic interests together. This usually means, hand holding, just the two of you, dinner. So, this friend…great friend. We totally rock together. He had a really bad break-up. Says he just can’t bear to have any kinda pressure on him. Well, we end up sleeping together and it’s great. All the wonderful things. GREAT friends, now GREAT sex. But I can’t decide when or how often I get to see him. Well, LUCKYYYYY him!! All the benefits of a gal pal, AND the sex and affection he needs with NO obligation. You deserve a guy that if he likes you, he WANTS to see you more and more! If you dont know where the relationship os going, it’s ok to pull over and ask.

he’s just not that into you if he’s not having sex with you.
To me, if a guy isn’t having sex with you. He is either gay or the sad truth, he’s not attracted to you. If he isn’t pulling his paws off of you, and can’t stop staring at you, then there is a problem here. He’s not afraid of getting hurt. If he likes you, he’ll kiss you and wonder if you’re wearing a thong. That is what guys do! If you guys go to dinner, and watch movies, and have “slumber” parties with cuddling…and no sex…you need to just get a pet. Pet’s are God’s way of saying “don’t lower your standards, but because you are lonely” The classis tradition is that the woman withholds sex for power..well, seems like men can play that game too. Go find yourself a man that you feel comfortable with having sex with and wants to ravage you every chance he gets! Call it like it is .. a spade a spade or a friend a friend.

he’s just not that into you if he only wants to see you
when he’s drunk

Here is the classic thing most men and women do. Go out and party, and drunk dial that safe person who always answers. Meet up for the after party and it’s all fun wild and … well .. .drunken. Now, why would any self respecting girl wanna hang with a guy…and only when he’s drunk? When drinking, it slows down the thought process and things are not always that clear. So this guy only wants to parts of you? It’s sad that alcohol is a huge factor in the beginnings stages of relationships. Some would never get off the ground without a couple of glasses of wine or a shot. first kiss, first time having sex, even the first encounter. Make sure that the beau you meet…meets you under the few drinks to relax and not the “dude i’m bombed…you’re hot…let’s screw” You deserve to be around someone who doesn’t have to be loaded to be around you.

he’s just not that into you if he’s dissapeared on you
With all the technology floating around in space right now, there is NO excuse why a guy you are dating just vanishes out of thin air for days, weeks, or whatever. This one hit close to home. Recently I was kinda dating a guy. We went out on a Friday night…and cut the night early so he could rise n shine the next morning for work. I texted him late the next day asking how his meeting went. He did respond right back. an hour later…i texted him saying i’d like to see him that night and what was he doing. NOTHINg….I say…is tha a no?…..NOTHING. I finally realized…hey, this guy is just really not that into me like I thought. So, I sent a final text, because calling like an adult didnt work when he didnt answer, and told him that I didnt care what reason he had for vanishing again, that I just wasn’t interested in being with a guy like that. He texted me the NEXT day at 1pm. Said that he left his phone in his bosses car and didnt get it till that morning (monday). You know, that may as well be true…but it’s just not something I’m prepared to deal with in a man. If he’s into you, he will find a way to contact you! No answer…is your answer!

In conclusion to this dating phyco babble, these are somethings that I have learned through my years of dating and committing, falling in and out of love..lust..and fantasy!
1. I will not go out with aman who hasn’t asked me out first.
2. I will not date a man who is afraid to express his feelings.
3. I will not date a man who is not sure if he wants to date me.
4. I will not date a man that drinks and only wants to see me when he’s hammered.
5. I will not date a man who can’t decide whether to be just friends or date me.

This is easier to understand now

Posted By on January 12, 2009

Luteal phase

Main article: Luteal phase

The luteal phase is also called the secretory phase. An important role is played by the corpus luteum, the solid body formed in an ovary after the egg has been released from the ovary into the fallopian tube. This body continues to grow for some time after ovulation and produces significant amounts of hormones, particularly progesterone.[2] Progesterone plays a vital role in making the endometrium receptive to implantation of the blastocyst and supportive of the early pregnancy; it also has the side effect of raising the woman’s basal body temperature.[19]

After ovulation, the pituitary hormones FSH and LH cause the remaining parts of the dominant follicle to transform into the corpus luteum, which produces progesterone and estrogens. The hormones produced by the corpus luteum also suppress production of the FSH and LH that the corpus luteum needs to maintain itself. Consequently, the level of FSH and LH fall quickly over time, and the corpus luteum subsequently atrophies.[2] Falling levels of progesterone trigger menstruation and the beginning of the next cycle. From the time of ovulation until progesterone withdrawal has caused menstruation to begin, the process typically takes about two weeks, with ten to sixteen days considered normal. For an individual woman, the follicular phase often varies in length from cycle to cycle; by contrast, the length of her luteal phase will be fairly consistent from cycle to cycle.[20]

The loss of the corpus luteum can be prevented by fertilization of the egg; the resulting embryo produces human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is very similar to LH and which can preserve the corpus luteum. Because the hormone is unique to the embryo, most pregnancy tests look for the presence of hCG.[2]

To “Let go” takes Love

Posted By on January 12, 2009

* To “let go” does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else.
* To “let go” is not to cut myself off, it is the realization I can’t control another.
* To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
* To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another, it is to make the most of myself.
* To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about.
* To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive.
* To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be human being.
* To “let go” is not being in the middle arranging all the outcomes but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
* To “let go” is not to be protective it is to permit another to face reality.
* To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.
* To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
* To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires but to take each day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.
* To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody but to try to become what I dream I can be.
* To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow and to live for the future.
* To “let go” is to fear less and to love more.

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Advice from RealThyroidHelp.com

Posted By on January 3, 2009

http://forums.realthyroidhelp.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10633