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Old 09-12-2004, 07:40 AM   #1
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Question could this be some thyroid disorder?

Hello,

I've been told that some symptoms that I have could be some thyroid disorder. I'd appreciate any comments on them. I haven't got any clear explanation from the doctors I've visited.

The symptoms began all of a sudden, more than two years ago. They are quite annoying, but not incapacitating: some day I began to feel unwell (malaise, I think it's called), to see moving white dots in my field of vision when looking at any bright smooth surface, experience bad balance (not vertigo), weakness and, most annoying, racing heart with small efforts that previously I didn't even notice (even after meals or when urinating). In the first months I even had moderate leg pain when walking and palpitations, which have not ocurred again lately. Except for these, I don't feel worse, but I don't feel better either.

I know this symptoms could suggest anaemia, but my blood tests seem to be normal (however, more than a year had elapsed since the onset of these symptoms when I had my first blood test made). The doctors I've consulted (two at the moment) attribute them to some nervousness or mild depression, but I'm not convinced and, moreover, the treatments they have prescribed have not had any effect at the moment. I feel specially weak in the morning, after breakfast. My blood pressure is often around 10/6. A year ago I started to jog 10 or 15 minutes every two or three days to see how my body reacted, but 10 or 12 days later I began to feel so weak that I had to quit it.

I'd apreciate any suggestion. Thank you.

 
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Old 09-12-2004, 05:34 PM   #2
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Re: could this be some thyroid disorder?

I just want to tell you that there is a numerous amount of information about hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism at the top of the boards called sticky.

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Old 09-13-2004, 07:50 AM   #3
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Re: could this be some thyroid disorder?

First of all...Have you been tested for Lyme's disease?? I had very similar symptoms back in 1991. I had leg pains, malaise like you wouldn't believe, and eye problems. Spots, and also double vision that lasted only one day. Then the heart palpitations started. I would get triple heart beats, and then gasp, suddenly losing my breath. I could feel my heart pounding and see it, too. It would speed up so fast I thought I would faint. I also had bruising under my feet for no reason, and my toes would suddenly hurt as if someone slammed them with a sledgehammer, and then they became numb. I suffered from terrible headaches, and I felt like my hands, arms feet and legs had lead in them. I was a school teacher, and I couldn't even erase the board. I couldn't hold a folder without it slipping right out of my hands because I was so weak. I went to numerous doctors over the course of a year. I was told A) I worked too hard B) I had that syndrome where you are always tired but I can't think of the name right now C) It was all in my head and I should see a therapist. I cried my eyes out because I knew something was wrong. This is a very long story so I will try to shorten it for you. I had multiple blood tests done, some said Lyme some were borderline. No one would treat me. I finally woke up one morning, couldn't talk, breathe, think or function. My parents rushed me to the hospital. Spinal tap, blood work, finally they said, you have Lyme's disease. It had been in my system at least five years, and it settled in my central nervous system. I got medicated intravenously for two weeks, and felt the best I had felt in YEARS.

The problem with LYMES, is that the doctor has to be checking for that specifically. I finally found an Infectious Disease Specialist who knew right away just based on my symptoms that it had to be LYMES.

I got it again 2 years later. Got intravenous again, felt really good and I actually don't have any lasting effects from it. I am a lucky one. Some people have to be on meds for the rest of their lives. So, LYMES isn't always the arthritis disease. If it has been in your system for years, it could be in your nervous system. If I were you I would get a blood test for it right away. They also checked me for Lupus, and MS. (negative) I know this was long, but I think it was important. I hope it helps. Best of luck to you .

 
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