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Can anyone help point me in the right direction?

My mom (74) has recently had worsening problems with an irregular heartbeat and extreme fatigue She's gotten test results back that show elevated potassium and ANA along with low T4 and low vitamin D levels.

All of her life she's dealt with low blood pressure, low blood sugar, low body temperature. As long as I can remeber, her head will shake. It gets very pronounced and uncontrollable if she's tired or stressed. She's had fluctuating thryroid tests for years, small nodules on her thyroid but no one has done anything to help her.

Over the years she has had several episodes which have brought her to the ER. No one knows what the problem is and it's mostly been chalked up to stress, except once they said it was a TIA although no test confirmed the diagnosis.

What happens usually occurs around the time of a stressful experience. She has what my family and I call "absences". She'll start staring off and become non-responsive and cannot move. We go to the ER, they hook up an IV do a battery of tests and say she's had a panic attack. One trip to the ER I made them check her thryoid. When they finally got around to it she was just beginning to feel normal again - the thryoid was slightly elevated. Usually she comes out of these episodes in a few hours but it has taken as long as a day. When she is coherent and recognizes us again she never knows what has happened to her or how she got there.

More recently she's been dealing with dry eyes/drooping lid, increasingly more fatigued, her heartbeat has become irregular and we've found out about the elevated potassium and ANA, etc.

I just don't know what to ask any more so I'm looking everywhere I can think of.

As for me, I've had glaucoma since birth, was born with streaked ovaries which developed an FSH tumor and were removed at age 31. I had edometrial cancer and hysterectomy at age 43. I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's - thyroid tests are the low end of normal so no help for me there, yet. I have developed cataracts. My cortisol is high, vitamin D is extremely low, SED rate is high. My doctor has told me he suspects a "metabolic syndrome" but it is beyond his expertise and is sending me to an endocrinologist. Again, I just don't know what to ask????

Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks for listening.