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02 Apr 2003

Thyroiditis and viral infection
Dear Cyberdoc

I have just recently had pharyngitis and it has not cleared up, much to my doctor's concern. For the third time I have gone back within a month, this time with swelling in the thyroid region and have had symptoms of tremors, fatique, muscle weakness and sweaty hands. My doctor then sent me for blood tests (T4, white cell count, serum levels and glucose).

I have suffered from hypothyroidism since infancy. My thyroid has over the years been checked regulary and has not given any major problems until now. My question is could this virus have upset my thyroid condition (such as thyroiditis), making an unactive thyroid gland act up to become overactive and if this is so, what can I expect in terms of treatment?

Thank you.

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CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Nicky, I suppose it is possible that an infection (especially viral) can lead to an increase in thyroid function, but it will only be temporary. The best would be to monitor your thyroid closely by doing a blood test every month. It should return to its “normal” levels within 3-6 months. Good luck.
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