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Old 01-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy Could this be a thyroid problem?

I have had these symptoms for over 10 years and have seen countless doctors and specialists to figure out the cause. I am wondering if you all might help.

While I am eating any meal and afterwards I start getting brain fog, cold, shakes, blurry vision, slurred speech, dry mouth, a choking sensation in my throat, headache, extreme fatigue so much so that I need to lay down afterwards. I feel drunk. My eyes roll around, my face droops. I get full really fast while eating but after I have eaten I feel extremely hungry. This lasts for hours.

Could these symptoms possible be due to my thyroid? My grandmother had a goiter and was thyroid meds.

I have been tested for diabetes, celiac, lactose intolerance, anemia, lupus. I have done the 3 hour fasting glucose test, an endoscopy, gastric emptying study, barium swallow test, and tons of blood work. Everything comes back normal.

I am 38 yrs old, healthy, normal body weight. Eat very healthy whole foods, never have caffeine, carbonated beverages, artificial sweeteners, fatty greasy foods. I am not a vegetarian. I do eat fruits, vegetables, Greek yogurt, eggs, fish, chicken. I love green tea.

I am thinking of getting my thyroid levels checked. All those came back normal 10 years ago. But I am so weak and fatigued now I am basically nonfunctional. I don't want to overlook anything.

I appreciate any help

 
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Re: Could this be a thyroid problem?

Thyroid symptoms wouldn't be so specifically tied to eating. They'd be there pretty much all the time, although they can fluctuate in severity as thyroid levels fluctuate on a day to day or week to week basis.

That said, there's considerable disagreement about what constitutes "normal" thyroid function. If your MD told you only that your levels are "normal" without telling you exactly what levels he checked and what those numerical values were, you can't be sure that they were truly your "normal". Doctors are notorious for not ordering the right tests or enough of them, and they can be truly awful at interpretating the results.

If you intend to get checked again, insist upon no less than these tests: TSH, free T4, free T3, TPO antibodies, and Tg antibodies. You can post the results with their lab ranges here for help in interpreting them. If you don't want to do that, here are the general guidelines of what they should look like: TSH should be below 2, free T4 and free T3 should be at least within the upper half of the lab range or higher. Thyroid antibodies, either or both of them, should be negative; but a negative result does not mean for certain that there cannot be an autoimmune thyroid disease process taking place. There still might be.

If your doctor tests only TSH, he isn't a good thyroid doctor. Do not accept that your thyroid is normally functioning on the basis of only a "normal" TSH test.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Re: Could this be a thyroid problem?

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Thyroid symptoms wouldn't be so specifically tied to eating. They'd be there pretty much all the time, although they can fluctuate in severity as thyroid levels fluctuate on a day to day or week to week basis.

That said, there's considerable disagreement about what constitutes "normal" thyroid function. If your MD told you only that your levels are "normal" without telling you exactly what levels he checked and what those numerical values were, you can't be sure that they were truly your "normal". Doctors are notorious for not ordering the right tests or enough of them, and they can be truly awful at interpretating the results.

If you intend to get checked again, insist upon no less than these tests: TSH, free T4, free T3, TPO antibodies, and Tg antibodies. You can post the results with their lab ranges here for help in interpreting them. If you don't want to do that, here are the general guidelines of what they should look like: TSH should be below 2, free T4 and free T3 should be at least within the upper half of the lab range or higher. Thyroid antibodies, either or both of them, should be negative; but a negative result does not mean for certain that there cannot be an autoimmune thyroid disease process taking place. There still might be.

If your doctor tests only TSH, he isn't a good thyroid doctor. Do not accept that your thyroid is normally functioning on the basis of only a "normal" TSH test.
Thank you so much for that information. I am going to ask my Doctor on Monday for these specific tests and will definitely report my numbers here when I find them out.

Thanks again!

 
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