Lupus can cause problems with the thyroid. About 1 in 10 patients with lupus suffer with this problem of autoimmunity. This is where the body attacks the thyroid gland that controls the body's metabolism. The thyroid gland can either become underactive or overactive. If the gland is overactive, it can cause sweating, anxiety, shaking, heart pounding and weight loss, if underactive the skin becomes dry, weight gain is a problem and you can slow down mentally. Sometimes the thyroid gland (which is found at the front of the neck) can become swollen.
A thyroid problem is easily detected with a simple blood test. It is also quite easily treated. Perhaps you can mention this to her doctor so that she can be tested to see if her thyroid is functioning correctly.
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