Hi to all those who were rooting for me,
Former Dr. office called at 9:10AM Friday morning. They had records all copied and ready to pick up. A little more than 24 hours after I was told it would take yet another 10 days or more to get all those permissions. Guess they only needed my consent after all, Hee Hee.
I have not had time to read them in depth but here are some things that jumped out at me just looking through them yesterday. Had grandkids this weekend and didn't want to get into the records with them running around and interrupting me. New patient, 2/17/1999
Patienct appears nervous. Lowering synthroid 150 mcg. to 125 mcg. Overall health appears to be good.
TSH .67 Normal 0.5 to 6 5/13/1999
Patient Pos. for UTI. Called for Cipro. Patient still appears anxious. Lowering synthroid 125 mcr. to 100 mcr. Patient appears to be in overall good health but discussed complete physical. Patient perfers a woman for exam so will sechedule appt with L.K. 7/18/1999
Patient complaining of aches and fatigue but appears to be in overall good health, even, smoothe gate when walking. Patient has gained 4 lbs since last visit. Physical exam reveals nothing unusual. A later note to that page said all tests done were normal.
TSH 1.38 Normal 0.5 to 6 3/22/2000
Patient has blood work for synthroid. Patient says tired a lot with aches. Patient has gained 12 lb. However, patient appears to be in overall good health. Suspect depression. Should discuss treatment if symptoms persist. Renew synthroid 100mcg.
TSH 2.68 Normal 0.5 to 6
Should mention I had 2 UTIs that year. 3/16/2001
Patient has physical and blood work for prescription. Patient mentions aches and pains getting worse. More tired all the time. Patient has gained 11 lb. in past year. Discuss proper diet and fatigue probaby due to menopause and weight gain. Explained to patient these things happen as we age. Patient appears to understand. Physical exam reveals nothing unusual. Renew synthroid 100 mcg.
TSH 3.9 Normal 0.5 to 6
Had 2 UTIs again this year. 3/2002
Patient has scheduled blood work and physical. Patient gained 12 lbs again this past year. Complains of worsening joint pain, heat in joints, fatigue. Discussed proper diet with patient. Recommended time with nutritionist. Patient also complained of cognitive issues. Took new job at bank and having trouble learning new things. Physical revealed nothing unusual. Patient appears to be in overall good health. Renew synthroid 100 mcg.
TSH 4.8 Normal 0.5 to 6
Suffered 5 UTIs in this year and on one of the test result pages a notation was made. ( tests indicate patient has had some sort of granulosous disease episode, possibly lupus.) Why this was never followed up I have no idea. 2/2003
Patient has scheduled blood work and physical. Patient has gained another 8 lbs. Patient complains of aches and pains in back and joints with muscle spasms. Encourage patient to diet and seek cousel of nutritionist. Patient no longer employed. Discussed importance of reg. exercise. Physical revealed nothing unusual. Renew synthroid 100 mcg.
TSH 5.7 Normal 0.5 to 6
Had 5 UTIs in this year also. 3 of these needed 2 courses of antibiotics to get rid of blood and protein in urine. 3/2004
Patient has blood work and physical. Patient complains of what she feels is extreem fatigue. Needs naps every day now. Also constant discomfort in joints. Discussed with patient the need for reg exercise. This would help feel better. Patient says they purchased a treadmill and recumbant bike over a year ago and she tries to do 3 miles every other day on treadmill and bike in between. I suspect not. Patient gained 4 lbs this year. Patient appears to be in overall good health. Physical reveals nothing unusual. Renew synthroid 100 mcg
TSH 14.8 Normal 0.5 to 6
Increase synthroid to 125 mcg. Patient also has high sugar. Need to bring in for discussion on diet. Sugar may be causeing UTIs as she is now borderline diabetic. Cholesterol also needs to be addressed as it is borderline.
I had 5 UTIs again this year.
Of course there was much more with all the UTIs and test results concerning them over the years and I was dieting and decreasing cals over the past 3 years but these were what I felt were the hight lights of the past 5 years. I don't think anyone will ever convince me again that weight gain is not closely related to low thyroid. I realise menopause probably helped some butttttt. I see a definite trend here.
After this I will always ask for copies of all test results and ask them to be explained to me in detail and then still come home and try to research them myself. This has gotten long and I really want to thank all of you for hanging in there and getting through it all. All I can really say to this is get your own test results too. Don't ever be satisfied with a phone call that says everything is normal.
May God Bless You All