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Multi symptoms - pls help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 11, 2008
  • 02:47 AM


I have had the following symptoms on and off for the last seven years

Memory loss (short term. Ask people same questions over and over)
Slow processing of information
Extreme fatigue
Muscle and Joint aches. Really bad in morning and sometimes at night.
Chest pains
Tingling in Arms and Legs
Numbness in arms and legs
Rapid weight gain. (I gained 10 pounds in less than three weeks and have NOT increased calorie intake at all)
Drop things (I believe I have a grip on something then it falls from my hands)
Foot drags (always the right leg)

This all started seven years ago and the symptoms will come and go. I have been tested for MS twice (once seven years ago and then six months ago) both times negative.

One time my white blood cell count was high, but other than that one time all my bloodwork comes back fine.

I am hoping someone can give me an idea of what might be wrong with me. I am desperate to figure it out. Thanks

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  • You have many symptoms of a low thryoid including depression and weight gain. Very common, but you need to be tested. Get ALL these blood tests (not just TSH), FT4, FT3, TSH and the antibodies for the autoimmune disease of the thryoid, Hashimotos disease. YOu could also have pituitary involvement, but that is for the doctor to test and see. If it is thryoid, once carefully and thoroughly diagnosed, you will take thryoid supplements and start feeling much better in a month or so. Be sure to go see an endocrinologist who specializes in endocrine issues that includes thryoid and often diabetes. In the meantime check out Mary Shomon's site on thyroid...great info and a forum where you can ask questions and get help.....very good site...good luck, Joan
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  • I had symptoms very similar to yours and was also worked up for MS, but with no diagnosis. Eventually, I was diagnosed with something called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy, a rare complication of autoimmune thyroiditis. It's diagnosed by checking thyroid antibodies, even if your thyroid hormones are okay. It's treated with steroids, and I'm also now on thyroid replacement, which helps with some of the thyroid symptoms.I hope your doctors keep looking for what's wrong. it could be a wide range of things, including thyroiditis, HE, or other neuro or endo or rheumy things.Best Wishes.
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  • Thank you both so much. Tonight a friend who is a nurse suggested the same thing both of you have...thyroid issue.I am so call my doctor Monday morning for an appointment...thanks again!
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