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My wife's Bizarre symptoms

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  • Posted By: Tzvifl
  • October 10, 2007
  • 07:57 AM

My wife has had a lot of rather bizarre symptoms for around two years, and no one have been able to diagnose her. She's had lots of tests and seen several specialists, but her GP has more or less said there is nothing else she can do. At this point, she is frequently depressed and has given up on seeking medical help.

Her main symptoms are:

Frequent numbness, pins and needles, and a feeling of weakness in the arms and legs.
Lethargy and mental vagueness.
Occasional attacks involving shivering and trembling all over.
Feeling very cold, even when the environment is warm.
Nausea and various other stomach problems a lot of the time.

The symptoms seem to vary in intensity over periods of a week or two, though lately they may be getting worse.

The tests have ruled out most of the things we thought it might be - one docter is suggesting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but he seem unsure, and this does not seem to account for all the symptoms.

If anybody has some suggestion what this might be and what we can do, we would be most grateful.

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  • Read the following websites on thyroid disease. http://www.thyroidmanager.org/http://thyroid.about.com/A TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) which is above 4 is considered Subclinical Hypothyroidism. And when the Free T4 is below normal or on the low end of normal and the TSH above 4 the patient is considered to be hypothyroid.Many doctors will declare that a patient's TSH is "normal" and say they don't have thyroid disease because their symptoms aren't "bad" enough. This is typical with subclinical hypothyroidism.Another scenario is having hypothyroidism and the doctor not knowing because they only tested using the TSH. It's never enough to diagnosis thyroid disease when the TSH is slightly elevated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 05:53 AM
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  • Has your wife lost a lot of weight recently? Is her cold intolerance something new? Is she malnourished because of the nausea?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 09:28 AM
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  • Has your wife lost a lot of weight recently? Is her cold intolerance something new? Is she malnourished because of the nausea?1. No, she hasn't. She may have lost some weight over the past two years (she's being doing a lot of exercise, walking, in hopes it might help), but not a great deal.2. The cold intolerance has been going for at least a year, probably longer. She has been sick for two years.3. No, she's certainly not malnourished. The nausea comes and goes, and she doesn;t actually throw up. She manages to eat a pretty normal diet most of the time.
    Tzvifl 1 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 11:29 AM
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  • I had similar symptoms and turned out to have Hashimoto's Encephalopathy, which is a complication of autoimmune thyroiditis. Most likely, your doctors won't check the thyroid ANTIBODY tests unless the thyroid HORMONE tests are abnormal. The trouble is, most patients have NORMAL hormone levels, so you need to go to a doctor who can think outside the box. The treatment is steroids and levoxyl.Keep us posted!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 11:52 PM
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