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Negative blood tests - still ill!

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  • Posted By: sariefariee
  • March 17, 2011
  • 02:51 PM

Hi, I am new to the forum so this is a bit of a long shot but I'm just sick of visiting my doctors recently and seeing if anyone could shed some light?

Okay so around 10th January this year I got tonsillitis. Was put on antibiotics for a week, and got a bit better but I wasn't convinced the infection had gone completely, but I left it. In the meantime I was also visiting the doctors because I kept feeling really sick, sometimes dizzy and constantly tired.
When I say constantly tired, I mean it. I would wake up in the morning and barely make it through one lecture at uni before having to come home and sleep.
The doctor did a full blood test for this and my thyroid result came back abnormal. He said I was hypothyroid, although he wanted to do another blood test in 6 weeks time to check on my thyroid before giving me any meds for it.

In the meantime, everything has gone wrong with me. I have had tonsillitis again, still feeling sick and SO tired. I can't concentrate on anything. I have had major mood swings including depression. I have never felt so low in my life. As for the tiredness, I can get a full nights sleep and then have a 4/5 hour nap in the middle of the day. And still be tired! It's so frustrating.

So I've been back to the doctors earlier this week as after 2 batches of antibiotics for my tonsillitis I still feel awful! The doctor sent me for some blood tests to re-test my thyroid and also for glandular fever.
I felt really optimistic about this thinking everything would finally be diagnosed, but no!

That would be way too easy. Both those blood tests are normal and all I'm left with is the nasty bruise from that needle!
I'm at my wits end with this and I really need an answer, or if someone has been through a similar thing?

Anybody tell me what could be wrong with me?
Thank you so much! (sorry for the long story!)
Sarah

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  • Have you looked into Hashimoto's? "Hashimoto's typically involves a slow but steady destruction of the gland that eventually results in the thyroid's inability to produce sufficient thyroid hormone -- the condition known as hypothyroidism. Along the way, however, there can be periods where the thyroid sputters back to life, even causing temporary hyperthyroidism, then a return to hypothyroidism. This cycling back and forth between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism is characteristic of Hashimoto's disease. So, for example, periods of anxiety/insomnia/diarrhea/weight loss may be followed by periods of depression/fatigue/constipation/weight gain. In some cases, the onset of Hashimoto's and elevation of antibodies will be accompanied by a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, weight changes, depression, hair loss, muscle/joint aches and pains, and fertility problems, among others." Here's the link to the whole article.http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo.htm Hi, I am new to the forum so this is a bit of a long shot but I'm just sick of visiting my doctors recently and seeing if anyone could shed some light? Okay so around 10th January this year I got tonsillitis. Was put on antibiotics for a week, and got a bit better but I wasn't convinced the infection had gone completely, but I left it. In the meantime I was also visiting the doctors because I kept feeling really sick, sometimes dizzy and constantly tired. When I say constantly tired, I mean it. I would wake up in the morning and barely make it through one lecture at uni before having to come home and sleep. The doctor did a full blood test for this and my thyroid result came back abnormal. He said I was hypothyroid, although he wanted to do another blood test in 6 weeks time to check on my thyroid before giving me any meds for it. In the meantime, everything has gone wrong with me. I have had tonsillitis again, still feeling sick and SO tired. I can't concentrate on anything. I have had major mood swings including depression. I have never felt so low in my life. As for the tiredness, I can get a full nights sleep and then have a 4/5 hour nap in the middle of the day. And still be tired! It's so frustrating. So I've been back to the doctors earlier this week as after 2 batches of antibiotics for my tonsillitis I still feel awful! The doctor sent me for some blood tests to re-test my thyroid and also for glandular fever. I felt really optimistic about this thinking everything would finally be diagnosed, but no! That would be way too easy. Both those blood tests are normal and all I'm left with is the nasty bruise from that needle! I'm at my wits end with this and I really need an answer, or if someone has been through a similar thing? Anybody tell me what could be wrong with me? Thank you so much! (sorry for the long story!) Sarah
    TAtkins 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did you have any urine tests to rule out kidney infection?
    bigboy 64 Replies Flag this Response
  • Anti-Bs for a week, followed by fatigue, malaise and bruising? Was this anti-b a Z-Pak by chance?The Z-pak (Zithromax/Azithromycin) are known to stress the liver, and liver inflammation can lead to fatigue and bruising. Ask your doc for a liver panel (blood test) to see if your enzymes are high. Google around on Z-pak / Zithromax / Azithromycin and LIVER DAMAGE and read all about it. If you were taking any Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain with your sore throat, this could have made things worse for your liver. Eggs, and/or Lecithin supplements for a month or so, and perhaps some B-Complex may help your liver back to health again. Good Luck and GodSpeed to you.
    synesthesia 87 Replies Flag this Response
  • With the symptoms you have (look up symptoms of hypothyriodism) and the fact you've had one low thyriod test... you probably do have your thyroid causing your symptoms. I suggest to find another doctor who will allow you to trial medication for hypothyriodism to see if it helps your symptoms go away. If your tonsils keep being an issue.. maybe getting them out will be the answer (infections in tonsils could keep on keeping you sick)
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
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