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Old 07-19-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
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Question Tests are fine... I'm not

I recently gained 20 pounds in a month's time, am constantly tired, have low body temperature, had difficulty concentrating, recently became overly sensitive to cold and heat, muscle aches, etc. I have been to an endocrinologist who says my blood work is fine.

I was treated with radiation therapy (tonsils) in the early 1960s. A recent ultrasound showed a possible small thyroid nodule or possibly parathyroid nodule, and multiple cystic lesions in the right lobe of the thyroid gland. A biopsy was not recommended at this time. I also have an elevated ANA level that has not led to anything conclusive.

I am so tired of feeling this way. I'm having difficulty at my job. There has to be some sort of answer. Any suggestions? Thanks

 
Old 07-19-2006, 10:06 AM   #2
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Get a copy of your lab report & post the results here. Someone will help you.

 
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:14 AM   #3
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Off the top of my head, sounds like time to start networking in your community to find another doc. Possibly an ENT.

Best wishes.

 
Old 07-20-2006, 07:34 AM   #4
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Thanks. I've called my doctor and will be getting the test results next week.

 
Old 07-20-2006, 07:46 AM   #5
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Be sure & get the ranges for those numbers.

 
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The doctor's office is holding my test results for a $25 ransom! Can they do such a thing?

 
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Oh wow. I've not heard of that. I just call my Dr & asked them to fax mine to me & I get it in about 10 minutes. What if you ask them to read the results to you over the phone. You want all of the tests run for your thyroid & the ranges used for each test.

 
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The doctor's office is holding my test results for a $25 ransom! Can they do such a thing?
I don't think so... at least, not ethically. You are entitled by law to your results. They are allowed to charge a "nominal" fee for copying, usually limited to the cost of the copying materials themselves. I wouldn't tolerate such treatment. I'd be doctor-shopping if they don't come down off their high horse this time.

 
Old 08-01-2006, 09:45 AM   #9
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I got the results - not from my doctor but an extremely nice chiropractor I see.

TSH 1.545 (was 1.945 a year ago)
T4 1.08
TPO <10
T3 2.9

They all appear to be in the normal range. Any insight is appreciated.

 
Old 08-01-2006, 09:50 AM   #10
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What are the ranges? They should be in the upper 1/2 or 1/3.

 
Old 08-02-2006, 12:29 AM   #11
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i had a nodule, yrs ago...the meds were increased....it was gone for yrs.....it came back...meds were changed.....it's gone.....weird? or not ? i don't know.

i feel like a fat cow now, not just from hypo but from antidepressants for migraines! i gained 10 lbs in 1 wk 2 summers ago....by last summer it was up to 25 lbs...

now i'm up to just about 40. ain't it love-e-ly! i'm just glad i'm divorced!

good luck, and i hope u feel better!

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Old 05-08-2008, 01:00 PM   #12
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Re: Tests are fine... I'm not

lrf720,
How did you ever make out? Did you ever have your calcium and parathyroid hormone checked? Let us know how you are doing.
I also have elevated ANA and symptoms that sound like yours.
Do you have any sort of heart arrythmia?
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:25 PM   #13
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I ended up having ademocarcinoma of the parotid gland. I finally found a caring endocronologist who believed me and ordered a biopsy. It was an agressive, unusual form of cancer for the parotid. I was referred to some great doctors, had surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. Treatments ended a year ago and my first PET scan was good. All symptoms are gone and I have a new doctor.

 
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I am so glad that you are feeling better. Where is the parotid and how did they find your cancer? My ANA has been elevated for over a year and I am concerned about it.
I am so glad that you are doing better though.
mmee

 
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The parotid is your salivary glands, mmee. I got stones in mine from the parathyroid disease. Oooh fun.

lrf, I'm so sorry to hear about the parotid cancer. That sounds major scary, and I'm glad it was taken care of.

 
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