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Extreme Nausea, fatique, cold intolerance, weight gain

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  • Posted By: yesLord62
  • November 11, 2006
  • 05:07 PM

For the past 3 months I have had extreme nausea as my main symptom, anemia which is still borderline (after increasing iron), concentration problems (memory decline), fatique, cold intolerance, slight temp 99.5 most of the time, 15 lb weight gain in 1 year, twitching of the right eye, small headache almost daily. I can't get help. All the doctors all ask the same thing---"Are you depressed ?". My thyroid functions are elevated but the doctor says that it is not at a worrisome level and MAY try a thyroid med.
I eat a healthy diet, no flour, sugar, or hydroganated oils. I am very active and have always had energy to spare. Im a 44 year old female, 1 year post-hysterectomy and 2 year postcholecystectomy. I am not depressed and would just like to feel like I no I can. Anybody out there that can help?:confused:

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  • when you say your thyroid tests are elevated, I assume you mean then they are borderline for HYPOthyroid? What were the levels? A lot of your symptoms sound hypothyroid to me. Have you studied up on that disease at all? If you are borderline then I would think that trying some medication until you got yourself smack in the middle of the range would be a good option. A lot of people show symptoms for thyroid problems when they are near one end or the other, so smack in the middle is the best place to be.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 06:52 PM
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  • my thyroid test have all been at 1 month intervals. When I first had it checked it was 6.70, then 5.25 and now it is 2.95. My doctor did do an MRI to rule out a pituitary tumor and it was perfectly normal. He is wanting to wait and repeat another blood test in 6 months. He was concerned that my TSH was coming back very low and the other thyroid test were coming back high. Now they are all normal. I would like to find out what causes the elevations and the drops. I still have nausea, but I am not quit as tired. I have been able to drop 3 lbs in a week which I had not been able to loose. Thank-you for your information and I would be interested in anything else you might have on this! ;)
    yesLord62 2 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 07:08 PM
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  • What you may have is Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It's basically an autoimmune disease, where your body attacks the thyroid. It's apparently quite common for your TSH to fluctuate quite a bit, since your body is constantly trying to adjust itself. Check out the link below for more info. As for treatment, ask your doctor to give you a thyroid antibody test, which will give you a definite diagnosis. From there, it's really a matter of finding a good doc to help you feel better, not just treat your lab results.http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo.htm
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 10:43 PM
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  • Hi,I will just add to the last post. Your dr. should not just be checking TSH, He should also be checking FT3 and FT4. My TSH was *normal* for a long time, though I was already in advanced thyroid failure and feeling awful... medication has helped a lot...Hope you can work this out.Sally
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 00:47 AM
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  • I would like to say thank-you to Sally and the unregistered response. I will check out what you have suggested. I think that I may try going to an endocrinologist. So far I have been to 2 MD's and a surgeon. They all seem to think I am depressed. I know that I am not, but I am becoming very disheartened because it doesn't seem like they want to help. I live in a small town in Oklahoma and work for the Hospital these doctors practice at. I don't want to cause any problems because I have to see each one of them daily. I may have to go to the larger city close to our town for help. All I want is to feel like I use to. I had just lost 35 lbs and was excercising and life was soooooooooooo good before this all started. Thanks again!!!!:D
    yesLord62 2 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 01:15 AM
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  • Depression is a symptom of hypothyroidism, so yes, you may be depressed but that doesn't mean that hypo isn't the cause.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 01:20 AM
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  • Have your doctor do an antibodies test. It took me two doctors and a year to finally be told I have Hasimoto's disease. Ironically I had mentioned that my sister has it to my first doctor and it never registered to actually test me for it. I started medicine when my TSH level was first at 5.0 from that my level dropped down to less than .004, was taken off medicine for a month and then sky rocketed to a TSH level of 34. My levels have been all over the place in a period of 8 month. Gained 15 pounds, a swollen neck and constant other health related issues. I have been doing my research-my best suggestion for you is to tell your doctor what you want tested. Don't assume that they will do it for you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
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  • For the past 3 months I have had extreme nausea as my main symptom, anemia which is still borderline (after increasing iron), concentration problems (memory decline), fatique, cold intolerance, slight temp 99.5 most of the time, 15 lb weight gain in 1 year, twitching of the right eye, small headache almost daily. I can't get help. All the doctors all ask the same thing---"Are you depressed ?". My thyroid functions are elevated but the doctor says that it is not at a worrisome level and MAY try a thyroid med.I eat a healthy diet, no flour, sugar, or hydroganated oils. I am very active and have always had energy to spare. Im a 44 year old female, 1 year post-hysterectomy and 2 year postcholecystectomy. I am not depressed and would just like to feel like I no I can. Anybody out there that can help?:confused:Have you been tested for Lyme Disease? You are describing all of the symptoms I have had. I was diagnosed with Lyme in July, 2007...had extreme treatments and still have chronic Lyme. Lyme Disease is a spirochete...similar to syphillus...it can even make you mentally unstable. See a LLMD - lyme literate medical doctor. Not any doctor can truly test for Lyme, as your blood needs to be sent to Stony Brook Medical Center. Good luck!
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  • Have you been through all of the test for Multiple Sclerosis?
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  • "For the past 3 months I have had extreme nausea as my main symptom, anemia which is still borderline (after increasing iron), concentration problems (memory decline), fatique, cold intolerance, slight temp 99.5 most of the time, 15 lb weight gain in 1 year, twitching of the right eye, small headache almost daily. I can't get help. All the doctors all ask the same thing---"Are you depressed ?". My thyroid functions are elevated but the doctor says that it is not at a worrisome level and MAY try a thyroid med."This sounds a lot like my first years with lupus. Has you Dr. checked for autoimmune problems?
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