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Re: Are symptoms related to Hypothyroid?

Re: Are symptoms related to Hypothyroid?

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Posted by Tina on August 11, 2000 at 15:43:21:

In Reply to: Are symptoms related to Hypothyroid? posted by L. Keim on August 10, 2000 at 15:05:28:

: My mother, 70 yrs old, being medicated for hypothyroid for 3 years and blood tests show that thyroid levels are ok.
: Problem: for the same amount of time, she has had periods (more often than not) of being overwhelmingly tired, achy, and her face becomes flushed. She says she feels like she "caught a flu bug". She is not anemic, has slightly elevated cholesterol.
: Does this sound familiar to anyone, or could it be a non-related issue?
: I'm not a medical-type person and don't even know where to start.
: Thanks!

Hi L.,

I'm not a medical type person either, just another TD sufferer who has been on a quest, for the last 2 1/2 years, to find information to better understand my own illness. This was after finding that I could not rely on Doctor's to give or even have complete information on thyroid diseases.

While your Mother's symptoms could be related to something else, they are typical of hypothyroid. Overwhelmingly tired, achy, elevated cholesterol are just a few of the many symptoms. My advice, to start with, would be to have her get a copy of all of her medical records from her doctor.
Look first at her TSH levels, if they are over a 2 then she can most likely benefit from a higher dose of thyroid medication. Be prepared..The Doctor may balk, so you'll need to get all the information possible to present to him. I'll give you some links to start you out later in this message.
If you have time to read up on it, I recommend "Living Well with Hyperthyroidism; What your Doctor doesn't tell you that you need to Know" by Mary J. Shomon. It's the easiest read out there, packed with the most information and it's one of the least expensive.
If just getting her TSH (thyroid stimulating homone) levels down doesn't work..there are other option, such as different medications that can be tried.

This link is titled "Is your hypothyroidism being undertreated" it will have other important links in it that will help you deal with the Doctor if you have any problem.

http://thyroid.about.com/health/thyroid/library/weekly/aa081499.htm?pid=2750&cob=home

Hope this helps! Keep in touch, Tina



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