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Posted by Does anyone know if this sounds like hyperthyroidism? on July 31, 2000 at 02:26:57:

In Reply to: Re: thyroid posted by Tina on July 30, 2000 at 23:09:14:

: : My dad suddenly became depressed for the first time in his life and was unable to handle his job and things he had previously managed easily. (He was a school administrator) He became very emotional and cryed a lot which he never previously did, ever! He said he had unbearable anxiety and moved out on my mom! For the past 30 years, our family had been the focus of his whole life. He was an extremely loving and protective dad and husband. He hated to be away from any of us. None of us could understand what was happening. He said he had been getting chest pains and almost passed out one day. He feared he was going to have a major heart attack or stroke. He had been on blood pressure medicine but started getting headaches. The doctor began prescribing new medications for blood pressure. Then we discovered that he was cheating on my mom with another woman! This was very out of character for my dad especially since this woman had a reputation of manipulating men to get money. My dad normally could not have been fooled by someone like that! He just didn't seem to be thinking straight. He also complained a lot about his eyes. After five months of this misery, I began to notice he was short of breath, his hand writing was very shaky, and he had lost about 80 pounds. His muscles seemed to be wasting away! Still both my dad and all of us thought it was a mid-life crisis and depression. We encouraged him to seek out counseling. His job and whole life was falling apart! Then he had a heart attack and passed away at age 52. A few days before the heart attack his voice was strange...very, very low. We still don't know what caused all this. Many of his symptoms over those six months seem to resemble hyperthyroidism. Does anyone with more experience in thyroid problems think this could have been what was wrong with my dad? I would sincerely appreciate any opinions. It's unbearable losing a loved one and not even knowing what happened!

: Yes, it sounds like he "could" have had an overactive thyroid. Weight loss, wasting of muscles, enlarged heart, congestive heart failure,depression and mood swings, headaches, vision problem, and something we refer to as "brain fog" which makes it hard for us to think in an organized manner and often forget even simple things. Many of the symptoms of Hyper and Hypo overlap but "generally" the weight loss is indicative of Hyperthyroid..

: Are there any other family members with thyroid problem? That will increase the chances of it being hyperthyroid.

: Unfortunetly Doctors don't always make the connection! I was in the hospital for an enlarge heart and congestive heart failure and argued with the cardiologist about undergoing an angiogram and it was only because I insisted (screamed actually) that the cardiologist took the time to review my records and saw the connection! Then sent in an Endo to confirm.
: I have talked to many others that have had similar and worse experiences with the Doctors not recognizing the thyroid as the culprit. I think it may be even worse for a man to get a correct dx because they still think of it as a "womans disease" and are much less likely to test a man for it. I just reread all the symptoms that you listed and yes the voice is often affected, often I could not get mine high enough to be heard on the phone. And my handwritting became scribbled often having problems esp. with m's and n's, I couldn't stop making the humps so my n's became m's and the m's rolled on. This also is improving as my thryoid improves with proper medication so I know it was from the thyroid although I can't remember it ever being listed anywhere as a symptom.
: I should state that I'm not in the medical profession so all I can do is relate what I've experience and have found out through my efforts to deal more affectively with this disease.

: I'm so sorry for your loss and all that you and your family went through. {{{{{{Hugs}}}}} Tina

Thank you so much for your response. It really helped. I now have some insight into what my dad may have been going through. I'm not sure if there is a history of thyroid problems on my dad's side of the family but I will find out. I hope all goes well with your battle with hyperthyroidism. It sounds like being well informed is the key to beating this disease. If only we had known as much about it as you do, maybe my dad would be here now. Thanks again for your help!

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