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Symptoms Similar To Hyperthyroid And Weight Loss

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 27, 2007
  • 03:17 PM

I HAVE BEEN TO EVERY DOCTOR IN MY TOWN AND CAN'T SEEM TO GET AN ANSWER-PLEASE HELP! I HAVE ALL THE SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTHYROID, BUT THE TESTS COME BACK FINE. I HAD RAPID WEIGHT LOSS (ABOUT 20 POUNDS) A FEW YEARS AGO, AND THE PROBLEM IS GETTING WORSE. I EAT MORE NOW THAN I EVER HAVE AND CONTINUE TO LOSE OR STAY WHERE I AM. I AM 25 YEARS OLD AND WEIGH 96 POUNDS, BUT CAN OUTEAT ANY MAN IN MY FAMILY. DOCTORS CHECK MY THYROID BUT IT CHECKS OUT EACH TIME. I AM A COUCH POTATO AND TRY EVERYTHING FATTENING BUT NOTHING WORKS. ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM AND FOUND A DIAGNOSIS? THANKS!:confused:

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  • Ok JoBob, you need to get your hands on your thyroid tests. Let me know what the numbers are. I treat many people with both hyper and hypothyroidism who the doctor has told there is nothing wrong with them. You don't need to be above or below the references ranges to be having symptoms. Sometimes if you are on the low or high side within the reference range you can be having significant symptoms. What other symtoms do you have going on?
    angelad 2 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 09:48 PM
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  • Did they do a fractured thyroid test? It could be hiding. Any other symptoms?
    jackrorabbit 113 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 10:03 PM
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  • This is a nightmare trying to deal with thyroid. Remember one thing, a test is just that. At moment you are being drawn, blood work, your levels are being tested for that exact moment. In a minute or more later, you levels could be something different. Consider that you have to fast for the test, your thyroid is not working very hard at that time, you are more relaxed waiting for the test which keeps the thyroid more stabilized. These tests do not tell anything. You are person, not a lab value. You should have a full battery of thyroid testing, including T3, T4 Free T4, thyroid antibodies, TPO and if there is any others to see what the entire picture looks like. I had a thyroid uptake which really changed the picture of an otherwise NORMAL lab regimine. There is more to this and make sure you have a top notch thyroid specialist in your care. Go to www.aboutthyroid.com and search for thyroid doctors listed in your state. Go to a good doctor and do not waste your time on the ones that classify you or are indifferent. Life is too short for that.Sincerely,Lisa
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 03:16 AM
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  • Please Please do not let this "test" be your only marker. For years I had symptoms and no one would listen. Finally this past year it came to a head with several hospital visits. I still had two endo's tell me that the labs were probably sub-clinical hyperthyroidism and would not do anything. I found a thyroid specialist who felt that more testing was required. I had a thyroid uptake and scan and my world changed. My thyroid is so bad and I have advanced Grave's Disease and am now facing surgery. Even the thyroid specialist was shocked. Find a good thyroid specialist and insist on an uptake and scan. I wish you the very best of luck and hope you find a doc willing to listen.Christy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 02:00 AM
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  • If you need any help and support go to www.thyroidhost.proboards30.comThey are awesome, all have been through what you have, they will help so much. Good luck
    crazybrazy 30 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 04:03 AM
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  • I came to this website because of the same problem...It is very frustrating to have symptoms of thyroid problems but having tests come back normal. I have had extreme sensitivity to the cold for a few years now. Many people say its because I'm thin but there are many thin people that are not as sensitive as I am. It is a symptom that is a big problem for me - I have my heater on or sweaters or blankets on almost year-round. I guess I will take the advice of everyone on this site and seek a specialist and stay persistent.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2010
    • 10:53 PM
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  • Unexplained weight loss occurs due to one or a combination of the following:Decreased AppetiteDecreased Absorption into your BloodLoss of NutrientsExcess Demand for EnergyCauses of Decreased Appetite:dental problems (dentures, fillings, cavities)psychological disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia)depression or anxietyuse of drugs such as digitalis, amphetamines, and anti-tumor medicines (chemotherapy)high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia)low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia)alcoholismviral hepatitisheart failurecancerCauses of Decreased Absorption into your Blood:gallbladder problemslow count of digestive enzymesstomach surgery (gastrectomy)small intestine playing upparasitic infections such as trichinosisdrugs such as cholestyramine (for cholesterol) and cathartics (for constipation) causing the bowel to empty too fast.Causes of Loss of Nutrients:diabetesdiarrheavomitingkidney diseaseCauses of Excess Demand for Energy:an overactive thyroid gland and too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up the body's metabolism (a problem called hyperthyroidism)feveremotional states, such as manic disease, that cause increased physical activityhyperactivityamphetamine or other drug abusecancer
    aleasha89 34 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
    • 05:43 AM
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  • Jobob, you sound exactly like me with your weight loss! It's been 4-5 years now. I'm 98 lbs now, having lost 40. I've tried time and again and I can't gain weight! I've been to many doctors now and millions of tests and they can't find much. I'm at my wit's end. I've actually been diagnosed with hypothyroidism! My TSH is .9, which is low for me so we're trying a lower dose of Levoxyl, but it doesn't seem to help with the weight. I keep getting these "attacks" which are like panic attacks, but they last a lot longer and I'm hungry all the time, have a slight fever, increased thirst, stomach pain, body pain and I can't stop crying. Please, if you know what this might be please respond! Thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2010
    • 00:38 AM
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  • I have to share my story with everyone. I have had symptoms for around 4 years though thyroid test kept coming up negative. The symptoms I have got to their all time worse and I was having a hard time breathing, high pulse rate and extreme shakiness and weakness.Finally it spilled over into the tsh test and came up extremely high. I am allergic to both hyper-meds and have to take thyroid uptake. Have never felt so lousy in my life!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 13, 2010
    • 04:38 PM
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