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Old 10-11-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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Why do I always feel sick?

Does anyone know why some people with thyroid problem always feel sick even though your your normal in numbers w/lab results. I know that I fel sick do to my thyroid problem and nothing else, I always feel tired and nausias every single day for the past 3 years. I'm taking vitamins to help but no improvement. Does anyone recommend anything?

 
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

People who continue to have thyroid symptoms even though they're taking thyroid hormone are usually being undertreated. Most MDs are afraid to prescribe enough hormone to get the job completely done. If yours is not treating you according to your free thyroid hormone levels instead of TSH alone, and if he is not taking your remaining symptoms into account, you should find one who will do both.

 
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Old 10-11-2006, 11:21 AM   #3
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

But how can i find a good doctor, how will I know he or she is taking everything I say into consideration cuz the current doctor I have seems like it but I know she's not doing all she can. I do feel that I need to find a good doctor that will listen and help. Thanks!

 
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

Hi there, I was diagnosed being hypo about a year ago now and am on 150 of Eltroxin daily. Although the numbers are in the upper range of normal I feel absolutely no better than I did a year ago. I know exactly what your talking about, fatigue daily, lower abdominal cramping bouts of dirreaha, feel very nausious especially after eating sometimes. I'm currently looking for answers as well but don't know where to start. I am also seeing a infectious disease specialist about skin leisions that have flared up during the last year and won't go away with traditional anti-biotics. I also have very red burning tired eyes. I don't know if you have any of these symptoms but I'd like to hear more about your story. Thanks.

Jason

 
Old 10-11-2006, 11:57 AM   #5
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

Hi Jason,

Thanks for replying well I've been hypo for about two year now, I was diagnosed with Graves in 2002. I honestly don't know what feeling good feel like anymore. Even though my doc says their is nothing wrong with my labs and that i should be feeling fine, well I don't, my constant symptoms are headaches, nasua everyday especially in the morning or sometimes all day, hot flashes everyday all day need a fan on me 24/7, frequent bowel movements especially after I eat, Itchy back, my hair falls, takes along time for me to get rid of a cold now. Itchy burning eyes, shakiness, mi ankles get swollen, weight gain. Its has been a constant struggle to even to go to work feeling miserable, the best part of all I also have axiety/panic attacks which I never had before. I don't know what to do or how to even feel better anymore. Ever since I was diagnosed i also came upon other illnesses later in the years, which is GERDS and OSA all thanks to my thyroid and weight gain.

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Old 10-11-2006, 09:03 PM   #6
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

Hi Lore,

Many of your symptoms are similiar to mine, do you feel fatigued more than usual now as well? Are your symptoms worse when it is hot out in the summer than the cooler months? I'm just looking for some answers as well. Don't know where to go or what to do. Thanks

Jason

 
Old 10-12-2006, 05:14 AM   #7
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

Hello-

To me your symptoms sound hyperT- Are you hypo due to RAI? Are you taking antithyroid meds? You should post your labs to get a better idea where you are.

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Old 10-12-2006, 06:08 AM   #8
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

Hi,

I agree with the previous post. I have Hashis and had a lobectomy a year ago. Before my throid started pooping out on me I was hypoT for a few months. To me, the give away is the frequent bowel movement. I had those along wiht anxiety and hot flashes. Actually that puts it mildly, I would be drenched from persperation!! I'm still some what hypoT, but working on it. These symptoms include constipation and feeling cold.

Maybe you need to lower the dose a tad. If you post your labs you can get feed back.

 
Old 10-12-2006, 08:03 AM   #9
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

These are my lab results:

On Dec 4, 2005 I was diagnosed with hashis and hypo.

Free Triiodothronine 2.2 (3.5-6.5)
TSH 52.22 (0.35-5.00)
Free T4 7 (9-23)
Anti-TPO 656 (Less than 35)
Anti-TG 29 (Less than 40)

Once I was brought up to 150 of eltroxin daily my lab results have leveled out and are as follows:

Calcium 2.26 (2.10-2.55)
Parathyroid Hormone 2.7 (1.3-6.8)
TSH 3.43 (0.35-5.00)
Free T4 21 (9-23)


These results were on January 18, 2006 and have remained constant ever since. The trouble is I still feel terrible the nausea, fatigue, anxiety, loose bowel movements, faint feeling, yawning all the time, scared to eat because of the upset stomach and lower abdomin cramping that follows 70% of the time after I eat. Once the cramping subsides with a crampy dirreahea bowel movement, I feel exhausted my heart slows down to more of a normal rate and the sweating stops and I could sleep for another 8 hours just to repeat the cycle again and again. Should I go see an endo? Maybe this is normal with being hypo? Don't know what to do just know I feel 100% worse and different than I did 2 years ago. Oh also no ambition, drive, grumpy, irritable most of the time now and if you knew me that is not my disposition at all. And the doc just put my on anti-depressants. 30 of celexa daily to help with the personality. Thanks again.

Jason

 
Old 10-12-2006, 08:22 AM   #10
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

Well I usually feel sick when its cooler because I'm more vulnerable to catching colds quickly and it takes such a long time for me to get better. usually when its hot I feel better. I do have symptoms of HyperT but I'm not I have told my doctor that I battle having both symptoms types of HyperT and HypoT but she claims its not possible, but i know its possible because I'm the one feeling it. I wanted to try Armour the natural form of thyroid hormone but she refuses to give it to me because she said its not FDA approved plus its made of pig and beef parts and she feels that knowing that their is mad cow disease and pig diseases she wouldn't give it to me, but I see alot of people on this site talking about and that it works real good. I'm just trying to find a good Endo that is willing to listen to me. I feel like I'm 80 years old and I'm only 35.

 
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

The cheif-

From your labs- Your FT4 on the first on looks on the low end- There you were hypo- When your dosage was upped your FT4 rose as well to the higher end.I am not that educated on hashi's (midwest needs to look at it)but just from those tests you are swinging back and forth. Your dosage needs to be reduced.

Lore-

If I were in your shoes I would try to get in with a homepathic dr. Find on that is familiar with armour. Some people do really well on it. Midwest would be better at this. I am not that familiar with hashi's.

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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

When you were diagnosed with Graves in 2002, what was your treatment? RAI? It sounds like you have the worse symptoms of both hyper and hypo you poor thing!

 
Old 10-12-2006, 03:59 PM   #13
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

Hi Bran's Nana

I had a RAI Treatment. I have been diagnosed with being both at the same time before my my doctor but she says its impossible, but I figure if she see's it and tell me about it then why can't you be both, she ran another lab to make sure the lab technicians didn't mess up and came back the same, but she strongly believes that I'm hypo, go figure I just need to find someone who is a good doctor who will listen to me. Maybe the RAI messed my whole system up.

 
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Re: Why do I always feel sick?

hi, i relate to all your symtoms !!! i was hyper very!!!! i drank the radioactive iodine 3 yrs ago and my doc struggled ever since to get me regulated on eltroxin then stnthroid i was sick sick sick!!! so i just switched to the natural form as i have heard it is better absorbed and less side effects!!!! so iam hopeing as i just started my doc said it could be that my body is rejecting the synthetic form maybe thats your problem too!!!

 
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Hello Edel,

Thank You for your reply, I'm really considering taking the natural hormone, but now I have to find a doctor that is willing to give it to me. I have a friend who is hypo and takes the Armour and she doesn't struggle one bit, she always feels fine and hardly gets sick with anything. The only problem is that she travels far to see her doctor, i just want to find someone closer and that is willing to hear me out.

 
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