View Full Version : THYROID hormone and scoliosis

10-17-2007, 07:55 PM
At the age of 13 I was put on Thyroid hormones for an underactive thyroid. Within 6 months I developed scoliosis..20 degrees (thereabouts) and it has worsened in adulthood. I have read a lot about thyroid hormone stimulants and scoliosis. Anyone else take levoxyl, synthroid or another hormone? Do you think this contributed to your scoliosis?

I don't trust doctors anymore. Sometimes I think none of them know what they are doing:( I worry because I STILL take Levoxyl that my scoliosis will continue to worsen :(

10-17-2007, 10:12 PM

Do you remember where you heard or read about a link between scoliosis and thyroid stimulants? I did a quick search and couldn't find anything.


10-22-2007, 09:37 AM
HI Linda: http://www.norditropin-us.com/parents/norditropin_products.asp

My thinking is that I had a VERYYYY mild curve and once I started taking the thryroid hormone I went through a huge growth spurt (grew 5 inches in 6 months). As you know, scoliosis occurs a LOT during major growth spurts.


10-22-2007, 09:55 AM

Norditropin is not a thyroid stimulant. It is a growth hormone.


Karen Ocker
10-22-2007, 05:19 PM
This is from the link you posted:


Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) can occur in children who experience rapid growth. Because growth hormone increases growth rate, children should be monitored for progression of scoliosis

Why were you given growth hormone?

It definitely could cause scoliosis progression according to this.

This is from the section written for healthcare professionals:

Norditropin® (somatropin [rDNA origin] injection) is indicated for the long-term treatment of children with growth failure due to inadequate secretion of endogenous growth hormone and for replacement of endogenous growth hormone in adults with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) who meet either of the following two criteria: 1. Adult Onset: Patients who have GHD, either alone or associated with multiple hormone deficiencies (hypopituitarism), as a result of pituitary disease, hypothalamic disease, surgery, radiation therapy, or trauma; or 2. Childhood Onset: Patients who were growth hormone deficient during childhood as a result of congenital, genetic, acquired, or idiopathic causes. In general, confirmation of the diagnosis of adult GHD in both groups usually requires an appropriate growth hormone stimulation test.