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  1. Thank you all so much for enlightening me. I have many questions for my general practitioner when I see him next. Just thought I would fill you in on how I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I had not had a period for around 5 months and assumed that menopause was knocking at my door. My general practitioner took blood and detected my thyroid issue and also found that I was post menopausal. Bit of a shock at first as I have had absolutely no symptoms, still haven't, and my body or mental state has not altered in any way in the last 4 years. I thank my mother for her wonderful genes, although my two sisters have not been as fortunate in regards to periods and menopause. If this blood test was not ordered then I would quite probably be still undetected. Lynnie, thank you for your insight regarding medication interference. I must admit I did take my thyroxin with my other meds and will now keep them separated by a few hours. Diet plays a huge part of my scleroderma and fortunately I work in a health food store and have access to the best fresh organic produce and gluten free products amongst many other beneficial items. Thank you all for the comments on my avatar which is my gorgeous grandson, Ace. He, along with the rest of my wonderful family are what keep me strong and unbelievably happy through the daily struggle of life with scleroderma. Onward and upwards! Kaz
  2. Hello from Down Under. I am new to this forum and have a question I would like answered. I was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma and Raynauds in 1985. I was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism approximately 3 years ago and after reading through many posts, I am now wondering whether the diagnosis for hypothyroidism was misread. I am not typical to the symptoms of an under active thyroid, such as tiredness, weight gain, depression etc. Rather the opposite, I am always active, same light weight for 40+ years, bubbly personality and I deal with life, whatever it throws at me. It may be only 1 tablet I take daily but am curious to know whether it may have a detrimental affect on me in the long term. I would appreciate any information that may put a light on this for me. Onwards and Upwards! Kaz
  3. Hi Nia I was diagnosed in '85 with systemic scleroderma and was living in Adelaide. The cold weather was stopping me from doing so much and after having half a finger removed due to the condition, I decided to move to Darwin. I had just endured 8 months of excruciating pain, 8 panadeine forte and 4 sleeping tablets a day and was missing out on enjoying my children grow. I had nothing to lose and found that I was still mobile enough that I could play netball 4-5 times a week in the warmer climate. During the 10 years I was there I had endoscopies every 6-12 months as I have chronic esophagitis, but life was much better. My digits rarely suffered infections and I wasn't held back from doing what I wanted. I now live in Paradise (Sunshine Coast) in Queensland. I have a great general practitioner who looks out for me and updates my Health Plan every 6 months. He also assists me in receiving free additional medical and dental care. My gastroenterologist has me in for an endoscopy every year and although it is chronic I am controlling it with medication. The winters here are bearable and personally the move from the freezing Adelaide winters has made my life so much more enjoyable. Although I am not in total control of my scleroderma, through diet, a great network of family & friends and making the "sea change" I don't dwell on my condition and just look forward to completing my 'bucket list'. Onwards and upwards with gusto! Kaz
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