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    Old 03-07-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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    Exclamation I keep thinking I am crazy, but maybe I am not?

    Sorry ahead of time for the super long post, but I want to be thorough...essentially, all I want to know is whether or not this is all in my head, because it sure is starting to feel like it. Maybe because it was so sudden, maybe because my doctor doesnt seem to think it is anything?

    Anyways, I am stubborn and tend to have a bad habit of waiting until something is unbearable before going to a doctor for it, so I know I shouldnt have waited as long as I did.

    About a year ago, maybe around January 2013, I started getting bad headaches that elevated to migranes for en antire week whenever I had my period. I am not a big fan of meat or dairy, so I tended to eat a lot of sot alternatives. After a bit of research, I cut soy from my diet and the pain was much less severe when my monthly came about, but I was still getting 4-day-long severe headaches. When it came time for my annual, I requested that instead of the hormonal birthcontrol I was on, that a nonhormonal IUD be implanted (aug 2013). Immediately, the severe headaches disappeared (at least for a few months). I still get headaches during my period, for about 4 days straight, but they are only a dull pain, and I figure theyre still better than before.

    My hormones were totally whacked for the first month, I showed a ton of pregnancy symptoms and freaked, but was reassured this was normal. I got busy with work, school, etc and felt okay until November. I started working out with a buddy (before I only went to the gym maybe 2 times a week) because I noticed working out wasnt working as well to keep me fit as it was. I chalked it up to the hormone change. The first time I saw a scale I was astoniahed....I had gained 25 pounds since august...I couldnt believe it, and checked my records to be sure. I didnt understand, as I eat very sensibly and stay away from most processed foods, etc. So, I worked out harder, more often, and cleaned up my diet even more. Come january, I had gained another 3 pounds to my dismay, very disheartening and my friend didnt understand, neither did my personal trainer.

    In january, I started getting more and more tired, despite having three day weekends and lots of rest. I started having to take naps on my lunch break, and when I got home at night just to function. Now, I still sleep 6 hours each night (and despite my best efforts wake at almost exactly 6 hours no matter what I try) and take a couple naps throughout the day. But resting doesnt help, I feel like it is 3am all day, and I float on through. My speaking ability, coordination, and especially my memory are suffering severely, which is super bad because im a teacher.

    Im absolutely freezing all of the time, my significant other is a furnace compared to me, and whenever he warms me up, or I take a hot shower, I only seem to retain the heat for a matter of minutes, then im an ice cube again. I don't sweat anymore, nor do I shiver. The weight is a problem, but ive been too tired to eat much lately so it has slowed to almost a hault (but still wont go down).

    I feel like I cant even function anymore, it just takes so much willpower to do anything, and what little energy I have goes so very fast after I wake up.

    I finally want to the doctor two weeks ago, at the insistance of a friend. The doctor tested my TSH, and it came back at 1.03. I did some further research, and asked her to do further thyroid testing. On my own I have been taking my on basal temperature, since what I have read says it can help in determining problems (my average waking tempereature ranges from 96.4-97.1). The doctor says all the tests came back negative (results below), that I should take a D, B12, and fish oil suppliment daily for 3 months, then come back if I still dont feel well. I just find it insanely hard to believe that this is related to a vitamin deficiency, with all of my weird hormonal history, though im not even sure she looked at the history.

    I have a number of other more minor symptoms- super dry peely , tight, itchy skin...everywhere.
    thinning and greying hair
    again, my mind is barely functioning
    ringing in my ears
    increasing clumsiness

    TPOab: > 6
    RevT3 serum: 20.7
    T3: 110
    FreeT4: 1.12
    TSH: 1.03
    Basal Temp: usually 96.9
    age: 27
    labs for cbc and chem profile all came back completely normal.

    Am I nuts, and should I just trust that vitamins will fix all this, or can I justify going to another doctor...if so, to another pcp, or a specialist, and what do I say?

    I have increasingly depressed feelings because of my loss of life functionality....I dont know how much longer I can take there hope?

    I still feel like I must be nuts...I came here for any and all advice though, so if anyone can help me...even to tell me to shush and eat my b12...I can answer any and all questions. I just want to feel better and not have to keep my life in such a stasis.

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    Old 03-28-2014, 07:24 AM   #2
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    Did they check your blood sugar fasting?

    Old 06-05-2014, 08:54 AM   #3
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    Re: I keep thinking I am crazy, but maybe I am not?

    What is 8 am and 4 pm free cortisol? Make sure you do serum testing and take test under sedentary conditions.

    Old 06-05-2014, 06:36 PM   #4
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    Re: I keep thinking I am crazy, but maybe I am not?

    I am on the third doctor now and finally getting some answers. We are waiting on the cortisol test to come back... But they tested all of my hormone levels and found that my estrogen was far above the lab ranges and my progesterone was below lab ranges... Which of all things can result in hypo symptoms among other things. Since I first posted more symptoms started developing making me even more miserable. We are going to start on a treatment regimen in the next week or so... Will keep you updated and post more later.

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