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    Hello is there anyone who has both rosacea and thyroid disease out there???

    I was recently diagnosised with thyroid disease and put on Armour thyroid....I think it is affecting my rosacea.... I notice a flare up of bumps...this really has me confused. I need the medication but if it's making my rosacea worse...what to do.

    Anyway, I was hoping to talk with anyone like me and hopefully your experience is better...maybe you take a different med that has helped your rosacea....I would really love to hear from you.

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    I have been on thyroid medicine for 12 years. I am not able to take armoir thyroid it doesn't work with my brain. My doctor put me on Synthroid. I cannot take the generic. I have only had rosacea for 2 or 3 years that I am sure of, was only diagnosed 2 weeks ago. I really like the old fashioned Thyroid it worked the best for me but they no longer make it. I'm wondering if there is a correlation between Thyroid and Rosacea? Hope this helps a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lookout View Post
    Hello is there anyone who has both rosacea and thyroid disease out there???

    I was recently diagnosised with thyroid disease and put on Armour thyroid....I think it is affecting my rosacea.... I notice a flare up of bumps...this really has me confused. I need the medication but if it's making my rosacea worse...what to do.

    Anyway, I was hoping to talk with anyone like me and hopefully your experience is better...maybe you take a different med that has helped your rosacea....I would really love to hear from you.

    Thanks

    Hello
    I was put on Armour thyroid and it made my rosacea really flare. It also led me to start losing my hair, developing hair on my face, and making my face really round and puffy at the bottom. I went off of it but it seemed to mess up my adrenal glands...I still get a puffy and round face at the sides quite a bit and I never had that problem before taking the Armour medication. Synchroid did not affect me that way. Hope this helps.
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    Hi Lookout-
    We meet again on another thread today. Me too with thyroid disease. I have hashimoto's thyroiditis. I am on synthroid and have been for about 2 years. I cannot really correlate this with the taking of thyroid med. But..... maybe there is a connection between having hashimoto's which as you prob. know is an autoimmune condition and having rosacea. I have not heard of rosacea being an autoimmune condition but....research shows that having one autoimmune condition predisposes you to having others such as RA, sjogren's(which I also have), lupus, etc. Anyway it seems that they, the doctors do not know really how rosacea works and are just figuring it out and how to treat it. So.. maybe they will find some autoimmune connection someday.
    I know there are alot of people that are convinced armour thyroid is the only way to go. But, I cannot stand that is is made from dessicated pig thyroid. I am mostly a vegetarian and if I am going to eat any meat would prefer it be organic- So, for me there are so many problems with armour thyroid med--you are getting all the antibiotics and hormones that they feed the pigs. Then there is possible variability of dosage--I suppose they say there is not. And, I don't even know if there would be some possibility of swine flu. Let's just say it may help others but, I am ok with sythroid. Not great but ok. Some people like to combine cytomel with sythroid so they are taking in both t3 and t4 but I cannot tolerate cytomel. I know some others have this prob too--it is just too stimulating and even with dividing dose at difft. times of day they cannot hack it. I have heard of compounded slow release t3-but again uniformity can be an issue. So, I just stick with the synthroid and try to work on ways to increase my t4 t3 conversion by being as healthy as I can be . I know one factor in conversion is adequate iron . My ferritin ( measure of iron stores) was just checked and it is low, so I now need to take supplemental iron.So maybe when I get that up things will be better on the thyroid front sort of......I also have a thyroid mass that they are watching and which I think I will need removed soon--and with it my thyroid. While I had a biopsy that was benign the cancer specialist said that the biopsy cannot rule out the possibility that there is cancer there, it is my call to decided whether I want to go for thryoidectomy now or not. I think I will soon.
    It was actual the biopsy of that mass, that approx. 3 mo. ago caused my worst rosacea and papules exp. in my life. The dr. told me when he did the biopsy , that he could not inject anesthetic because it would alter results possibly. So for 30 min while he took 6 needle fulls of tissue , ea. needle took 20 samples. So, he put the needle in my neck and then moved it around slightly and poked another area and lifted the plunger. The pain was intense for 30 min. Later I have learned that other docs use a local anesthetic. Anyway, when I went to the bathroom after the procedure , I looked like I had an intense sunburn with measles. It was unreal. Sorry to go on so much about this , I have a bit of ptsd on medical stuff and this procedure really got to me.
    So....to sum it up
    I haven't hear of armour causing rosacea.
    Maybe if your dose is too high and you are going hyper you could have a reddening of the face---maybe I don't know
    I wouldn't take armour--but know there are others who wouldn't take synthroid
    What most messes with my rosacea is I think my emotions---fear to be exact
    Yet, I do wonder if autoimmune issues like my hashimoto's and sjogren's have some connection with this.
    All the above is not to bemoan my situation. Others have much worse they are dealing with. I am thankful for the health that I do have-though not what it used to be.
    Sorry to go on and on but it touched off some thoughts I have been having about autoimmune and rosacea.

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    WOW.....who found this OLD post of mine from over a year ago!!!

    So much has changed from that original post....at that time I was thinking that the med's were making the rosacea worse as all thyroid meds have iodine in them....and iodine is known to cause or make acne worse.

    Just to update this....I am doing extermely well with my hashimoto's disease....I have absolutely no symptoms of it whatsoever....but it took many many months to raise my med's until I was at the right level to suppress my own thyroid production....which stopped my body from cranking out the antibodies by the thousands that were making me soooo ill. Armour worked out so well for me I just take my 2 pills a day and I would never know I have thyroid disease....it's like a miracle truly.

    Funny how someone pulled up my old post....I forgot all about it!

    Roz,

    That is soooo awful that your doc didn't use something to do that biospy! I never had something like that done....but I just can't imagine the awful pain that you went thru to have that testing done. You can talk all about it....sometimes we just need to get these very upsetting events in our lives out there to others...it helps us.

    I don't think Armour is the end all be all for everyone...it just worked for me and my friend and Mom are on synthyroid and doing just fine also. I don't like where armour comes from either....but...it's working so well for me and it's been used for like over 100yrs that I figure I should be okay using it....as long as it continues to manage my disease then I'll just stay with it....or if the FDA pulls it for some other reason like disease then I'll try one of the other ones....but truly my TSH, FT3 & FT4 are all just perfect....T3 at top 3/4 of range, T4 right in the middle of range and TSH just under 1....which is just super for me...my TSH has to be lower so those antibodies don't come roaring back giving me all kinds of symptoms.

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    Roz, how is your rosacea? I just posted on another thread about hyporthyroid/hashimoto's which I was diagnosed with over a year ago. I am on Levoxyl 75 (no dye) and it's taken a year to get my sypmtoms under control but I think my rosacea started around the same time I started taking levoxyl and i am fearful of stopping b/c my thyroid symptoms were so bad that I can't imagine going back to feeling that way again - but the rosacea is such a pain and like so many people it's making my life a living hell. I've tried the armour combined with Levoxyl also T3 T4 combo can't tolerate T3 makes me so wired.

    I'm afraid to go off the Levoxyl for a even a few days to check the connection but it may be my only way to find out if it has a direct connection. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

    Jen

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    Roz, how is your rosacea? I just posted on another thread about hyporthyroid/hashimoto's which I was diagnosed with over a year ago. I am on Levoxyl 75 (no dye) and it's taken a year to get my sypmtoms under control but I think my rosacea started around the same time I started taking levoxyl and i am fearful of stopping b/c my thyroid symptoms were so bad that I can't imagine going back to feeling that way again - but the rosacea is such a pain and like so many people it's making my life a living hell. I've tried the armour combined with Levoxyl also T3 T4 combo can't tolerate T3 makes me so wired. Never tried straight armour as I had so much trouble with T3 and also feel exceptionally healthy and great on the Levoxyl minus the rosacea....

    I'm afraid to go off the Levoxyl for a even a few days to check the connection but it may be my only way to find out if it has a direct connection. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

    Jen

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    I used synthroid for a short time and it made my rosacea (which had been in remission) incredibly bad. There is definitely a connection in my opinion. It took months after stopping the synthroid to recover. It was horrible, my face was bright red.

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    Kip, what are you taking now and how long were you on the synthroid? Are you in remission still after stopping the synthroid? Thanks. This is really miserable when you need a drug (thyroid hormone) but your body responds so negatively to it.

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    Hi all, This is my first post.

    I also have rosacea and thyroid problems (underactive/overactive). I have been taking synthroid/eltroxin, for many years to make my thyroid stable. I am also now wondering if there is a connection between the two. I am looking into V-Beam to treat my rosacea as I heard it works. Has anyone had the V-Beam done to treat thier rosacea? If so how was the experience and results?

    Thanks,
    Chris.

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