Re: Worried and Desperate
Your symptoms (regardless of your bloodwork) sound like thryoid to me. Specifically, hypothyroidism.
The three symptoms you are experiencing are among the symptoms you can experience with hypothyroidism. Your doctor sounds like an idiot to me - treating you for bronchitis (minus the most prevalent symptom, the cough) yet won't consider thyroid, with very prominent symptoms. If your doctor is using what are now considered the "old" ranges (and he/she probably is) for your blood work it could very well being showing you normal when you are not.
IMHO you should find another doctor who works with the newer ranges or go to an endocrinologist. Certainly, someone who will take your symptoms and treat them seriously. I also recommend that you post your symptoms and questions over on the thyroid board. There are many knowledgable lay people over there that know exactly how exasperating it is dealing with doctors that don't work with the correct lab ranges, who think they are hypochondriacs, and that don't have a clue when it comes to thyroid
Lutheran122 mentioned that a constant low grade fever is a sign something is out of whack and he is correct. Your thyroid balances virtually everything in your body. If it is not functioning properly it will throw your whole body out of balance or as he says "whack". I personally think your problem is something very simple - the thyroid. However, a doctor that works with old out date ranges takes forever to get you diagnosed. Try to find a relatively young doctor under 45 that works with the new ranges. Additionally, there are doctors of ALL ages who are just downright incompetent.
BTW - I'm hypothyroid. It is a very easy condition to treat. You simply take a tiny hormone each day to replace what your own thyroid has stopped producing.
Last edited by Barbara_Ann; 10-25-2007 at 02:35 PM.