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Old 05-03-2002, 08:28 AM   #1
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Lots OF Symptoms, What's Wrong?

Hi,
I am fairly new to this. This is a great place to find out soooo much.
I have a lot of symptoms that cannot be explained as yet. I have just been to an endocronologist for the first time and he is running some tests.
Firstly I am very much overweight,(think, that it is my own fault) I am depressed, (for no good reason) no energy, or no motivotion to do anything around the house and and its an effort to leave the house even when its something that I want to do. Yes it all sounds like depression. But, I have a high Cortisol level that showed up in my blood test last month. I am having tests for 'Cushings' but haven't many of the symptoms. Eno doesn't think That it is 'Cushions' but is checking anyway. I am beginning to think that it is all because of the extra weight that I am dragging around with me everyday. I don't know. I do know that I am sick of feeling like this and I want to get better. I know only I can do anything about my weight but I would love to know if there is anything underlying there to cause this horrible depression.
All the CT scans and x-rays came back normal with no tumors found. Still waiting on blood and urine tests. It is so frustrating to be unwell and not know the real cause of it. Maybe I just need to loose weight. Thanks for listening, would love it if someone had some answeres for me or suggestions of some tests that I could have.

 
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Old 05-03-2002, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: Lots OF Symptoms, What's Wrong?

Hi bethbreed. I'm glad to hear that you've seen an Endocrinologist and had blood tests. Your symptoms sound like you may be hypothyroid. When you get your results, post them here (with the lab's normal ranges) if you want any help interpreting them.

One of the main problems with thyroid issues is that the symptoms are so easy to disregard -- we think that there's something wrong with <B>US</B> if we feel depressed, fatigued, can't think clearly, have a lack of sex drive, are unable to lose weight, etc. The symptoms seem so "minor" that we think it's too embarassing to trouble a physician about them. It takes a while to realize that, as a group, the symptoms are actually your body telling you it's a physical condition.

About.com has some good articles regarding how we shouldn't ignore our symptoms:
<A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/library/weekly/aa090500a.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/library/weekly/aa090500a.htm</A>


They've also got a treasure trove of articles you may find helpful: <A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/</A>


If thyroid disease is causing your weight problem, it may be easier to lose weight when your levels are properly adjusted. In the meantime, I'm glad you don't have nodules.

Your elevated cortisol level indicates that your adrenals are stressed. This may or may not be related to thyroid disease. Our Information Archive thread has some links to websites that compare the symptoms of adrenal fatigue with those of thyroid disease. And, on Page 2 of the Info Archive, there's some explanation about Maca, a Peruvian herb that supports both adrenal and thyroid problems and helps bring the body back into balance.
<A HREF="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html</A>

Hang in there, don't blame yourself, and keep us informed.

 
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