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  • Posted By: dylan_dylan
  • February 6, 2008
  • 11:00 PM

OK, im a 30yo male and before this illness was very fit and ate healthy. dont smoke and dont even drink...

my symtoms are

- general fatigue
- weakness which only subsides by eating (i have to eat pretty much every two hours or else i dip - protein food normally - not sugary)
- during the dips i get light headed and weaker in the legs
- I get bloated and i think thats the thing that leads to shortness of breath
- when sleeping sometimes my little fingers go numb
- the latest sypmtom is my eyes hurting if i look at conputer screen for any length of time

I've had blood tests for thyroid, and had a fasting blood glucose (5.2) and both came back fine. My blood pressure and count are normal.

My GP said she would speak to a consultant but i havent heard from her for two weeks.

Does anyone have any ideas?? This is so frustrating.

Many thanks


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  • Two things you might want to get checked for are celiac disease, which can cause a lot of neuro symptoms and fatigue (in addition to the bloating); and autoimmune thyroiditis- by checking your thyroid antibodies- to thyroperoxidase and thyroglobulin (and perhaps Graves antibodies if they are willing). I had my thyroid hormones checked numerous times and they were always okay and so I was reassured my thyroid was okay... but it wasn't. My 8th neurologist checked my thyroid antibodies and diagnosed me with a rare compication of autoimmune thyroiditis called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. While in some patients HE can cause more serious symptoms like seizures or coma, in me it produced profound fatigue, headaches (in my eye), and problems with balance. I also had many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism...Doctors are trained not to check antibodies until after your hormones are off, first. So, a lot of cases are being missed.I don't know if any of these will turn out positive, but it might be something to look into if they have ruled everything else out.I'm sorry you are having your symptoms and hope they can figure them out soon.
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