Monday, May 02, 2011
fracture risk a Multiple Sclerosis trump card
Headlines are always one of those random variables of living with Multiple Sclerosis, “Thyroid Drug Linked to Fracture Risk”
While MS unquestionably dominates living with MS it is never the whole story. Patti has been taking the thyroid drug of recent headlines for over 25 years. Pre-MS, Patti was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and her thyroid removed.
Unable to direct her own medical care actually this is one of those times where 24/7 facility care supports and protects her better than anything or anyone else.
The gist of the study is that synthroid (levothyroxine) levels were found to be a factor in bone weakening. While the specific study involved patients older than 70 taking the drug for 5 years, it is not a stretch of the imagination to think about this for a younger but non-ambulatory woman with severely disabling MS taking it for over two decades.
It’s all about dosing levels, monitoring and adjusting as the body changes. In our homecare era, Patti’s testing and adjustments were made annually with her physical. Now in the care facility era her synthroid levels are monitored monthly and adjusted as necessary.
Being the kind of caregiver that continues to stick my nose in everything, I am always intrigued by the seemingly minute changes and adjustments. Especially since they obviously were happening in the home care era but only dealt with annually.
Memory problems, fatigue, constipation, having trouble thinking clearly, and weakness are symptoms of which of the following?
b) Multiple Sclerosis
c) Both of the above
When the answer is “c” it certainly makes you wonder.
Especially since Graves Disease which predates MS is, in simple speak, about the immune system attacking the thyroid gland which in turn overproduces creating hyperthyroidism.
‘The immune system attacking …’ - now where have I heard that before? Oh yes! When the attack is on the myelin sheath protecting the central nervous system, it’s called Multiple Sclerosis?
Looking back I swear it gets more confusing. Better to focus on now, tomorrow and most of all – safer! ‘Fracture risk’ is a trump card.
Related entry:thyroid and Multiple Sclerosis
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