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Archives for July 2013

How To Have A Great Pregnancy With Scleroderma

Could scleroderma lead to difficulty becoming pregnant? From limited studies, scleroderma may slightly decrease fertility, but these effects are small, if they exist at all.  The disease may also carry a slightly increased chance of miscarriage. What are the risks if I have scleroderma and become pregnant? In the past, many doctors recommended that women with scleroderma avoid pregnancy, as

18 Years Later: A Great Life (And A New Business) With Myasthenia Gravis

I realized recently that I’ve been sick for more of my life than I’ve been healthy. Eighteen years ago I was starting my Freshman year of high school – I was 14, and I loved to play soccer and softball and do normal teenage girl stuff.   Then one day things started to change, and I had no idea that

Can The Type 1 Diabetes Honeymoon Period Be Extended… Forever?

Diabetes mellitus (type 1 diabetes) is a condition where a lack of insulin production by the pancreas leads to hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which can yield serious complications, especially in the long term.  All patients with type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile-onset diabetes) must currently take insulin for the rest of their lives once diagnosed, because the cells of

Thyroid Hormone T3: Why It’s Important + Why It Makes You Feel Better With Hashimoto’s

What is the function of T3? The thyroid gland releases about ten times as much of the thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine) as T3 (triiodothyronine).  Normally, the liver and kidneys then convert much of the T4 to T3; about three quarters of the T3 circulating in the blood arises from conversion from T4 in these tissues. T3 and T4 appear to