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Hashimoto's and Early Onset Shingles?

From: notvalerie - 2 years 27 weeks ago

I'm a 36 year old woman with Hashimoto's (on Synthroid, full replacement dose). This week I came down with an itching, burning, blister-y mystery rash on my neck and across my chest. The physician's assistant believed it was shingles; the doctor disagreed, because my rash crosses the midline of my body. So they put me on MAJOR corticosteroids, oral and topical. It hasn't helped and I'm totally miserable. I'm going back to the dr tomorrow.

What's interesting about this--both my father and brother have Hashimoto's AND had shingles (dr diagnosed and treated) at an early age (late 20s for both). My brother's outbreak was in the same location as mine--across the chest. Has anyone here experienced something similar? Is there a link between Hashimoto's and shingles? I know that immunocompromised people have an increased risk but does Hashimoto's qualify as such? Thanks!

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Is this good advice?

I have hashimoto and developed singles at 32. I would guess anything that weakens your immune system increases your risk. I have read that eliminating gluten from your diet helps lower the number of antibodies you create to attack your thyroid. Also, stress wrecks havoc on the immune system.

Is this good advice?

I also have Hashimoto's and have had the shingles 4 times over the past 10 years since my first outbreak. Most of the time when they rear their ugly head is when I have extreme stress and feel extremely overwhelmed with my health condition. Mine started on my left forearm and the last battle was the left side of my neck and ear. I can't think that the two diseases don't go hand in hand.

Jen Kingsbury

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