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      I didn’t think that vitiligo is related to hyperthyroidism — I thought that it was just another autoimmune disease, and that autoimmune diseases tend to cluster in people (i.e., if you have one autoimmune disease, you’re more likely to get other autoimmune diseases.) I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease, and was one of the signs that made my doctor first suspect that I had Hashimoto’s or Grave’s. Since I’ve been diagnosed, my doctor has told me that I’m more prone to (still more) autoimmune diseases.

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        I have had Graves’ Disease for 7 years. Recently,I have experienced a
        weird problem – my skin itches and burns…almost like “hot spots”. Is
        this ANOTHER symptom of Graves’ Disease? Or ANOTHER different problem altogether?
        LOL! It feels like a “sunburn” sensation,yet I’ve itched myself crazy
        for the past 2 weeks. Also,if I rub a part of my body – example,if I rub my forehead
        or cheek – the area turns really red. However,there are no visible
        rashes other than that. Also,I saw a “new” endocrinologist last week
        (for a 2nd opinion)and he recommends RAI. He will know more tomorrow
        after my blood work results are in. Does anyone know where I can get some good
        info on RAI? I appreciate any replies…I appreciate everyone’s time!!


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          Hi, Tammy:

          Sara Rosenthal’s book THE THYROID SOURCEBOOK has good information on RAI, written in layman’s terms (rather than medicalese). And the doctors who wrote YOUR THRYOID: A Home Reference also include a lot of information about it. (Ridgway, Cooper and Wood are the authors.) Both books are written so that you and I can understand the terminology. Both these books should be available in the library, and are in paperback at the bookstore. (Or they were last year)

          I REALLY recommend these books to all of you. They helped me to understand things a lot better. They deal with all types of thyroid problems, not just Graves’, but the information in them on Graves is very good.


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