Asthma and hypothyroidism - any links between the two?

Have recently been diagnosed with asthma at 47 years old, still coming to terms with it! Also have under active thyroid, how unlucky can i be - see,feeling sorry for myself lol!

Have had nearly 4 weeks off work with chest infection as well and getting used to inhalers and steroids, prednisilone.

In the leaflet of prednisilone packet it says to be cautious when you have an underactive thyroid, can someone explain this please?

My GP and asthma nurse have been helpful and my trigger seems to be the cold virus, however, pollen may also be a culprit. Is it easy to get tested for allergies and how do igo about this?

Alison

Thanks, in anticipatiion, for your replies

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  • Welcome to the boards, sorry about your recent diagnosis but on a positive note you won't have to pay for any of your prescriptions because of your underactive thyroid. I'm not aware of a known link between the two illness. I have been on Levothyroxine for a long time and haven't had any problems with taking it with regular high doses of Prednisolone. Hopefully you will be the same, hope you soo come to terms with your diagnosis of asthma - you are in the right place for support and encouragement and the Asthma Uk nurses are brilliant, you can either e-mail them or ring them for advice Take good care, Lois x

  • Hi Alison,

    Im not sure bout there being a link, i figured its just an age related prob.

    Ive got underactive thyroid, i found out when i was 48.

    Its ok now, i just take 175mcg levothyroxine.

    The dose was built up gradually, it just meant blood tests every few weeks to start with.

    Now, i just have it checked every 6 months.

    Originally i wondered bout pred, but i only use pred for couple of weeks if im going through rough patch re asthma.

    So i dont use that much pred.

    You can always double check with doc bout pred, just to be on safe side though.

    Howie

  • Hi Alison,

    Im not sure bout there being a link, i figured its just an age related prob.

    Ive got underactive thyroid, i found out when i was 48.

    Its ok now, i just take 175mcg levothyroxine.

    The dose was built up gradually, it just meant blood tests every few weeks to start with.

    Now, i just have it checked every 6 months.

    Originally i wondered bout pred, but i only use pred for couple of weeks if im going through rough patch re asthma.

    So i dont use that much pred.

    You can always double check with doc bout pred, just to be on safe side though.

    Howie

  • Is there a link?

    Not 100% sure but believe that some medicines for hypothyrodism can affect medicines used for asthma or vice versa

  • hi - i have an underactive thyroid and i take thyroxine but have never had any probs when taking my steroids x

  • I was diagnosed with under active thyroid last Nov and have taken the meds regularily with pred and not had any probs, nor has Gp or any pharmasist said anything even when on same prescription.

    Snowy

  • Hi Alison,

    I've had an underactive thyroid since birth and the various meds I've taken for asthma never seem to have done anything bad in combination - no-one's seemed bothered about prescribing them either even though they know about the thyroid. Never had pred though so maybe you do have to be more careful with that.

    I've found once you get the stable dose sorted (I've been on 125 for years now) it really isn't a bother - most of the time I forget I even have it and have to remember if anyone asks me about meds I'm on. And like someone has said it's very handy getting everything on medical exemption - I've tried a lot of things that haven't worked and would have been very annoyed if I'd had to fork out for all of them! It does seem a little unfair that people with severe asthma on tons of asthma meds have to pay when I don't, and not entirely sure why ALL mine are free, but maybe it's too much effort to sort out what should be free and what not.

  • breathing and hypothyroidism links

    There are a range of links between incorrect breathing and hypothyroidism (as well as the more obvious asthma link).

    If you google ""hypothyroidism and hyperventilation"" there are a range of sites with information on the link to large volume breathing and hypothyroidism.

    HYperventilation is not only the very obvious dramatic hyperventilation (5%) that we can all easily recognise.

    The other 95% of hyperventilation is hidden and is present in sighs, sniffs, coughs, yawns with big breaths, when you can hear your breath, breathing with large movements, upper chest breathing, all mouth breathing (very unhealthy as the nose is designed to filter and warm our air, add moisture on way in, take moisture off on way out, regulate volume, add nitric oxide whereas the mouth does none of these - also mouth breathing has a bad effect on mouth ph, dries out teeth to increase plaque and dental caries as well as have developmental damage on children).

    If you google ""hypothyroidism"" and ""buteyko"" there are a range of sites that try and explain the linkage of poor breathing habit and hypothyroidism where they believe by addressing your breathing you can improve not only your breath control for asthma but also its effect on your thyroid.

    When you calm your breathing, you reduce its minute volume. Where you can relax your breathing rate and heart rate reduce and your symptoms ease.

    Through practice, using yoga or meditation or buteyko, this can incrementally improve your underlying breathing and your breath control. With better control comes reduced symptoms.

    short googling also brought up an article on adrenal imbalance and hypothyroidism which can also be linked to breathing (through our stress response).

  • hypothyroidism

    Hi I also have hypothyroidism and had no problems. My asthma runs in the family on my mum's side.

  • I have an underactive thyroid too. Dont know about the link with asthma & dont seem to have had reaction to taking the Levothyroxine & asthma meds.

    S.Mama

  • The warning on the prednisalone for underactive throid is because sadly prednisalone can course or shold I say in nearly every person I have spoken too does course weight gain which can be a bad issue if you a underactive throid as you already have the issue with having issues with lossing weight and the last thing you need is to be gaining a lot of weight that is going to be difficult to loss.

    My last throid test came back in the normal range but I also have issues lossing my steriod weight as I call it

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