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Hashimoto's: Mercury Poisoning or Pituitary Tumor? Doctors, please help.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 13, 2007
  • 05:47 AM

I'm going to scream. I can't take one more light consideration of this. I feel as though I'm falling apart and I'm tired of the presumption that I'm too stupid or unreflective to distinguish between depression and physical need. I need medical help and despite many reachings out, I have not been able to connect with a doctor that views this as important. Please read on if you feel you can help.

I'm a 28 y/o female, 5'0, 150lbs. who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis by both Endo and Rheumatologist. I have also recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after running tests to clear Lupus and other like autoimmune diseases. I have been on levothyroxine therapy for almost three years and my symptoms have not improved. My blood work has improved only mildly. In fact, I'm feeling worse. Please read on.

Symptomatic Manifestations:
Mitral valve prolapse (slight leak), intermittent tachycardia, incredible difficulty swallowing (sometimes even saliva), intermittent diarreah and constipation, intolerance to even mild cold, severe chronic symmetrical Arthritis of metatarsal region in feet, bone pain in lower back, hips, neck, and chest, muscle pain everywhere else, chronic cystic acne for the last ten years, Headaches (which I never used to get) increased frequency and intensity, shortened and more painful menstrual cycle, severe Anxiety attacks, feeling of breathing through a straw, recently started snoring severely, feeling of a lump in my throat, waking up in the middle of the night for sugar yet craving salty and fatty foods during the day, severe chronic fatigue--feels like drunkeness, especially after eating, "brain fog" (as though too many thoughts are trying to go through at once and they all get jammed up, unable to complete a thought), difficulty speaking, stumbling over words and blending words at a higher rate than normal, unrefreshing sleep, blurry vision without diagnosable physical cause, low-normal body temp and blood pressure, high Cholesterol despite dietary restriction, continual pain in sides and lower back/abdomen, dentist reported bone loss in jaw but bone scan revealed no bone loss elsewhere, tooth mobility, waking up in the middle of the night with leg cramps so bad I can only describe them as "rigor," myoclonus in face, eyelids, fingers, legs, arms, feeling like there is something on my skin when nothing is there (not even a hair or spiderweb), forty pound of weight gain in abdominal region.

Medication:
I have been on 75mcg of Levothyroxine, 5mcg of Cytomel and 1200 units of vitamin D per day for the last six months (previously just 50mcg of Levothyroxine, prior to that Amour Thyorid, low dose).

My numbers:
Initial Diagnosis, 165 lbs.,
06/13/05: (TPOAb) 5908 H IU/ml (0-34 ref. interval), TSH 2. 189 uIU/ml (.350-5. 500 ref. interval), Total Cholesterol 233 H mg/dL (100-199 ref. interval) LDL 163 H mg/dL (0-99 ref. interval) I restrict foods high in animal fats, and had for the previous two years-- family history of high Cholesterol and other symptoms.

Most recent test, 150 lbs.
02/06/07: 2141 IU/ml (0-34 ref. interval), TSH 4. 157 uIU/mL (ref. interval .350-5. 500), (No lipid panel for comparison)

Questions:
I suspect that my problem is related either to the pituitary, or to amalgam mercury poisoning. Where do I go next? Who do I consult with? Should I be tested for Lyme's, Cushing's? What else should I be aware of?

Thank You...

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  • Hi, Sorry you are dealing with all this. Undx'd Lyme can cause a lot of your symptoms, which in turn can lead to thyroid and adrenal problems. I am dealing with much of what you have, so I am just learning abt all this stuff...I do know how frustrationg it is, to seek medical help and not get good help. Here are two great websites for you to check out. People there should be able to help you alot more than I can. Best wishes~~Dee stopthethyroidmadness.com and lymenet.org
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  • I'm so sorry to hear of your problems - had some similar problems too - vastly frustrating and no doubt frightening too. I have only just found this website in a search for answers to one of my own symptoms. If you have not got any answers yet, please go to Dr Sarah Myhill's website and ask questions. She may well be able to help. It is www.drmyhill.co.uk Her book on ME is available free as a download - it is brilliant. Also helpful is www.thyroid.uk.org and look under Fibromyalgia. There are papers by Dr John Lowe, Dr Durrant-Peatfield, and Martin Pall which shed much light on the subject. Dr Lowe (USA) believes hypothyroidism/ fibromyalgia/ ME/CFS to be a continuum of the same problems, Dr D-Peatfield (UK) specialises in thyroid problems and his book explains all different angles as to why levothyroxine does not suit everyone including cell resistence and lack or malfunction of the deiodinase enzyme. Martin Pall has come up with a fantastic explanation of why disorders such as we have are so varied, due to the permanent upregulation of the NO/OONO cycle and offers some protocols to help. These are similar to Dr Myhill's. I think you may need to look at food intolerances which really upset my system. Those and Candidiasis. We usually end up with a variety of problems as one impacts on the next. Unfortunately the NHS divides the body into various parts and symptoms and has little in the way of joined-up thinking.Wishing you all the best. Caroline
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 10:47 PM
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  • Consider going to a newer neurologist to see if you might have a rare complication of hashimoto's thyroiditis called hashimoto's encephalopathy. It can cause myoclonus, fatigue, migraines, balance and coordination problems, speech and language problems, cognitive problems, somnolence, etc etc etc.Diagnosis is made by clinical history and positive thyroid antibodies. Most patients have normal hormone levels. Treatment is steroids, but be careful as they drop you thyroid hormone levels and can worsen you low thyroid symptoms. I improved after both steroids and levoxyl.Please keep us posted!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
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  • Doctors are idiots. I am researching how to help my health too. I also have Hypothyroidism. . the autoimmune kind. My recent thing is that I need to get my Mercury fillings removed. To make a long story short, you have to be your own health advocate. Way too many people think that doctors are gods and they are not. Because I am a Medical Reflexologist (also going into Pre-med if possible to do integrative medicine eventually), I think more holistically. You might like my blog. It is MedicalReflexology dot blogspot dot com.If you want to email me, you can definitely do that as well. My email address is medicalreflexology.blogspot.com. It might help to have a health support system. You going to this web site was very smart. I am using web sites like this too to help myself when doctors have failed.
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  • Your recent TSH is WAY too high! That reference range for normal the lab is using is WAY outdated!!!!!!!!!!! You poor thing! No wonder you are miserable...take heart...I think with more agressive treatment there is hope..... I suspect you are quite undertreated!!!!!!!! Autoimmue Hashimotos can be still the problem...for some the disease can really cause lots of thryoid fluctuations.....it can be tricky but my sister-in-law has this and she is treat fine ...I had the opposite problem, Graves Disease...too MUCH thryoid hormone....anyway.... You may need to get another doctor who will work with you a bit better.......I think you deserve it at this point suffering for threee years!!!!!! One suggestion is that you may need higher dose of thryoid supplement... a bit more agressive treatment.....you need to get a TSH of about 1 when under treatment and for reference the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist recommend a normal range of 0.3-2.5 (sometimes 3.0)...and for FT4, look to have this in the mid range of normal and for FT3, most feel better with that in the upper of the normal range. If you are havng this much troubl you will also need to perhaps be more careful about diet, activity, vitamins, minerals, iron (ferritin blood test tells the best on this) and other small things that may make your symptoms worse...even small details when you are not recovering so well, can make a difference...and getting back to the blood work...for some even a bit off what is "normal for them" WITHIN the normal range can just throw them for a loop...the trick is to find your "sweet" spot and then stay there...yes, hard to do but possible......BTW Fibromyalgia is often treated with thryoid supplement as it is often just another symptom of undertreated hypothyroidism..... Check out Mary Shomon's thryoid site...great info and the forum is really, really, great...ladies very helpful there and they know a LOT about all the DETAILS of hypothyroidims...yes....from what I have read over there it CAN cause continuing symptms and YES, it can take quite a while...even a few years (sorry to say this but actually this was my case though it does not mean you will be feeling so horrible the whole time....) to get things back to some kind of normal...hang in there...there is help. Joan
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • Get a CAT SCAN and MRI of the Locations (Brain down to mid chest), and do your self a favor have them run it from the top our your head to the middle or below your kidneys on both test. One stop shopping. I am not a doctor, but I was dignosed with IBS, possible Chrones and it took me years to get a doctor to listen to me. It turned out it was all a food alergy and endcrine system fluke on the digestive side.You are your best tool, so work on what you think it might be, and remember you don't have to have every side effect to have the syndrome you find. My mom had kidney stones, grew then as fast as they cut them out, I mean 7 surgerys later, I found that she had hyper"para"thyroidism, when all the kidney specialist in the world never tested for, because they were only looking at the kidney stones...God bless you and keep strong!
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  • Maybe none of the above! I think you may have celiac disease. Try here: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/
    aquila 1,263 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think Joan is right. Your treatment for the Hashimoto's is not correct for your body. There is a whole support community over at NeuroTalk for people with Hashimoto's. I'd suggest posting there as well and getting some other first hand experiences. They're really nice too.http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/index.phpI'm on both sites still trying to figure out what's making me miserable. Agree with everybody that you HAVE to be aggressive with doctors and change doctors if you aren't being heard over time. I have many of the same symptoms so I feel your pain.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi there. I am sorry to hear that your are dealing with such a frustrating constellation of symptoms. Unfortunately, a great deal of misinformation circulates on this site, especially regarding thyroid disease, lyme disease, and fibromyalgia. It requires vigillance on your part to separate out the fact from fiction. A little primer on Hashimotos... (Medreflex!!) by definition autoimmune thyroiditis, it can result in an encephalopathic condition, but always elaborates anti thyroid antibodies that are diagnostic of the condition. (Joan) Every lab will have its own reference range for TSH values. The substrates vary and testing conditions vary. To say that an individual should maintain a value based upon what some independent observer says is invalid. Your physician will (and clearly has) titrate your levothyroxine dose to maintain your TSH within a therapeutic range. Fibromyalgia is not treated with thyroid supplementation if the individual who made that claim was referring to levothyroxine or any thyroid hormone analog. That is not the standard of care in any US hospital. It would be tantamount to malpractice. Please be judicious with what you write in these forums.
    fewd4thought 126 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with fewd4thought. Be very careful about what you read here. I mention celiac because it's strongly associated with GI, joint, and thyroid autoimmune problems. It's frequently overlooked by doctors, and if you have it, it's a relatively easy fix. Good luck!
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  • Can someone tell me if thyriod issues can cause mitral valve prolapse??? As far as i know there isnt a connection between those two things??????? i know of one condition which can cause ALL the things you've mentioned there, that being chronic fatigue immunity dysfunction syndrome and from all the things you've said.. it really does sound as if you have CFIDS. http://wwcoco.com/cfids/bernesx.html There is also a connection between CFIDS and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (they are known as co-existing conditions).. They are classifying those who have both Hashimoto's and CFIDS into their own CFIDS subgroup.. these unfortunately in many cases (the percentage was extremely high) goes on to develop thyriod cancer (bone loss was a factor in this subgroup too). There was a study on this which only came out a couple of mths back .. so take care!... (if i find this study again.. on Hashimoto's and CFIDS..im post it here). There is also a connection between mitral valve prolapse and CFIDS too (CFIDS commonly causes mitral valve prolapses). CFIDS is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Thyroid medications such as Armour Thyroid have beenprescribed for M. E. and CFS patients, and Dr. Byron Hydehas published information about thyroid dysfunction in M. E.--"Endocrine Dysfunction: This feature is commonand tends to be a late appearance and is most obvious in the:Pituitary-thyroid axis: This is common. Changes in serumTSH, FTI, FT4, Microsomal Ab., PTH, Calcium and phosphorusrarely occur until one or more years after illness onset and usuallyonly after several years. This can be followed by ultrasound of thethyroid gland where a steady shrinking of the thyroid gland occurswith or without the development of non-serum positive Hashimoto'sthyroiditis (a seeming contradiction of terms) and a significant increasein thyroid malignancy. Serum positive changes occur only after years."(From-- 10 Diagnostic Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis,Dr. Byron Hyde (2006) http://www.drmyhill.co.uk/article.cfm?id=123
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  • Haven't read all the thread . .but have you checked B12 with Melthylmalonic acid by serum or urine . .celiac is related to all this including thyroid issues.Best wishesSue T"Knoweldge is Healing Power"
    morabshadow 18 Replies
    • August 31, 2008
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  • Medication: I have been on 75mcg of Levothyroxine, 5mcg of Cytomel and 1200 units of D per day for the last six months Ive been thinking about something else. Vitamin D deficiency can really add to your other symptoms esp as far as body aches and pains go. Im wondering if you've had your vitamin D3 (active D) levels retested to make sure your levels are now in normal range??? Just assuming that just taking D supplement has corrected any D issue, isnt the way to go. I had a severe D3 deficiency (my D2 was normal but it's the D3 form we use.. D2 needs to be converted in the body to D3). The doctor put me on 2000 units (IUs) of D3 per day. On retesting my levels had fallen even much further, that D supplement just wasnt enough for me. (which at that point that doctor just gave up on me...he didnt know what to do). Apparently he should of given me a megadose first.. before putting me onto a maintence daily dose of D3. The hospital has since done this and gave me a megadose of 50 000 units in one hit and im continuing with the 2000 units per day (need blood test in month to see if my levels are right now). anyway.. i just wanted to make sure that you've had your D3 tested and then retested after being on supplements if your D was an issue.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • September 1, 2008
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  • Did you have the Potassium level checked? Cravings for salt and muscle cramps are likely due to high potassium. If untreated, it could be very dangerous. High potassium is usually caused by kidney or adrenal function problem. Ask your doctor to do 'basic metabolic panel'. As soon as lab comes back with modified potassium level, you'd get more attention from medical professionals. Hope that helps! And don't eat bananas or food high in potassium until you get checked!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
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  • i'm with aquilai think you're a celiac. get a food allergy test right away.
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  • Thank you again to all of you who have stepped in to provide advice, comfort and support. Here's an update on findings / progress:Stopped T4, started T3 at 50mcg to titrate up to 500mcg. Could not get beyond 50mcg without racing mind and elevated pulse (140 bpm).Had "Lyme Literate" doctor test for Lyme. p58 Ab, Abnormal.TSH shot up from 3.0 to 12.0, TPOab shot back up to around 3,000. Restarted Levothyroxine 88mcg/day & 50mcg/day. Argues against PTRTSH.Slightly elevated WBC count for three years 11.0.Swelling in lymph nodes (neck 1.0cm, base of skull, armpits) for about three years.Cystic acne worsening.Fatigue worsening.Mild cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis.Absolute CD3 = 2326Absolute CD4 = 1784% CD4 Helper = 61.5%Hemoglobin = 15.6Hematocrit = 46.0Neutrophils = 7.9Antidiuretic Hormone, Osmolality = 348Leptin = 33.2Fasting Glucose Serum = 114LDL = 168Testosterone, % Free + Weakly Bound = 26.5%Persistent (1 year) Septated cyst in left ovary, new Hemorrhagic cyst right ovary.Celiac screen = negative.Awaiting results on 24 hour urine test to r/o Cushing's, Addison's. Doctor reported elevations in all blood levels and is recommending hematologist. I'm out of ideas. It doesn't make sense to me any more. Doctors, please chime in here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
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  • Thank you again to all of you who have stepped in to provide advice, comfort and support. Here's an update on findings / progress:Stopped T4, started T3 at 50mcg to titrate up to 500mcg. Could not get beyond 50mcg without racing mind and elevated pulse (140 bpm).Had "Lyme Literate" doctor test for Lyme. p58 Ab, Abnormal.TSH shot up from 3.0 to 12.0, TPOab shot back up to around 3,000. Restarted Levothyroxine 88mcg/day & 50mcg/day. Argues against PTRTSH.Slightly elevated WBC count for three years 11.0.Swelling in lymph nodes (neck 1.0cm, base of skull, armpits) for about three years.Cystic acne worsening.Fatigue worsening.Mild cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis.Absolute CD3 = 2326Absolute CD4 = 1784% CD4 Helper = 61.5%Hemoglobin = 15.6Hematocrit = 46.0Neutrophils = 7.9Antidiuretic Hormone, Osmolality = 348Leptin = 33.2Fasting Glucose Serum = 114LDL = 168Testosterone, % Free + Weakly Bound = 26.5%Persistent (1 year) Septated cyst in left ovary, new Hemorrhagic cyst right ovary.Awaiting results on 24 hour urine test to r/o Cushing's, Addison's. Doctor reported elevations in all blood levels and is recommending hematologist. I'm out of ideas. It doesn't make sense to me any more. Doctors, please chime in here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 13, 2008
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  • Fewd4Thought, Thank you; I hope I made it clear that I'm operating with this understanding. We are still in the process of trying to obtain a dx, so I am using this as a vehicle through which I can hopefully make contact with a doctor who is interested in helping to figure out what is happening to me. I do take everything I read with a grain of salt excepting only that which I have read in peer reviewed journals. It seems things are getting worse.Here's an update on findings / progress. Any ideas? Stopped T4, started T3 at 50mcg to titrate up to 500mcg. Could not get beyond 50mcg without racing mind and elevated pulse (140 bpm).Had "Lyme Literate" doctor test for Lyme. p58 Ab, Abnormal.TSH shot up from 3.0 to 12.0, TPOab shot back up to around 3,000. Restarted Levothyroxine 88mcg/day & 50mcg/day. Argues against PTRTSH.Slightly elevated WBC count for three years 11.0.Swelling in lymph nodes (neck 1.0cm, base of skull, armpits) for about three years.Cystic acne worsening.Fatigue worsening.Mild cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis.Absolute CD3 = 2326Absolute CD4 = 1784% CD4 Helper = 61.5%Hemoglobin = 15.6Hematocrit = 46.0Neutrophils = 7.9Antidiuretic Hormone, Osmolality = 348Leptin = 33.2Fasting Glucose Serum = 114LDL = 168Testosterone, % Free + Weakly Bound = 26.5%Persistent (1 year) Septated cyst in left ovary, new Hemorrhagic cyst right ovary.Awaiting results on 24 hour urine test to r/o Cushing's, Addison's. Doctor reported elevations in all blood levels and is recommending hematologist.I'm out of ideas. It doesn't make sense to me any more. Doctors, please chime in here. Hi there. I am sorry to hear that your are dealing with such a frustrating constellation of symptoms. Unfortunately, a great deal of misinformation circulates on this site, especially regarding thyroid disease, lyme disease, and fibromyalgia. It requires vigillance on your part to separate out the fact from fiction. A little primer on Hashimotos... (Medreflex!!) by definition autoimmune thyroiditis, it can result in an encephalopathic condition, but always elaborates anti thyroid antibodies that are diagnostic of the condition. (Joan) Every lab will have its own reference range for TSH values. The substrates vary and testing conditions vary. To say that an individual should maintain a value based upon what some independent observer says is invalid. Your physician will (and clearly has) titrate your levothyroxine dose to maintain your TSH within a therapeutic range. Fibromyalgia is not treated with thyroid supplementation if the individual who made that claim was referring to levothyroxine or any thyroid hormone analog. That is not the standard of care in any US hospital. It would be tantamount to malpractice. Please be judicious with what you write in these forums.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 13, 2008
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  • Okay, I don't think all of these tests you're having performed with yield any results for other causative factors and it's important for you to fully understand the spectrum of symptoms you can experience if indeed you've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. As a consequence of this disease, 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 highly 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. In my opinion, this is largely consistent with the various symptoms you are describing. It's important to work closely with an endocrinologist in order to try and continue treatment with synthetic thyroxine because studies have shown that in persons receiving such treatment, the level of antibodies to the thyroid typically decrease over time by comparison to those who receive no treatment. Incidentally, this is not celiac disease or any other shot in the dark. The forum here has many good people who all want to help, but it's evident that they are not medical doctors and it's important to separate the good intentions of support from reckless medical advice.Although the Lyme titre is abnormal, this does not indicate the presence of Lyme disease and false positives can arise from a number of factors. One concern is that you need to be careful taking Vitamin D at the rate mentioned, which can result in hypervitamatosis if you're also experiencing hypoparathyroidism. It's not all that common, but it can manifest and produces extreme fatigue and accelerated binding of calcium in addition to the symptoms you're already experiencing. My suggestion is to slow your fears about all these other diseases and or toxins and focus upon the level and extent to which the Hashimoto's is affecting you. I don't believe for a minute that you're experiencing symptoms from mercurial poisoning and we most often see Cushings arising from high-dose steroid treatment, etc. So slow down and collect your thoughts. This is all likely the consequences of the Hashimoto's and a good number of patients experience a very similar constellation of symptoms. You might also find it beneficial to join a forum specifically related to persons suffering from Hashimoto's to help you better understand how the disease can affect you from listening to the accounts from other patients. You're going to be fine. Step at a time. Best regardsJ Cottle, MD
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 14, 2008
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  • Dr. Cottle,Thank you so much for your understanding support. The past few years have been very difficult for me; I don't think I've had a single lab or study come back without some abnormality. I would like to clarify: I have been under the care of an amazing neuroendocrinologist for the past two years, and though I've been properly medicated, we can't seem to get the condition under control. The pattern of fluctuation is baffling; My body hasn't responded the right way in consideration of any hypothesis thus far. I haven't felt well in years. Though I know the general consensus is that the level of antibodies is clinically insignificant comparative to their presence / absence, I can't help but think that the degree of my illness is somehow expressed in that huge number. My doctors have each conceded to never having seen a number that high in their careers (near 6,000) and I have to wonder what means for me. I'm having a hard time walking and standing for more than a few minutes at a time; I'm constantly sick with some cold or flu, I sleep my afternoons away, and it is beginning to really take a toll on me. If it is true that this is all because of my thyroid disease, then I need help managing it because I'm having a hard time conducting the daily business of my life and I don't know where to go next. It is becoming depressing and I am beginning to doubt that any doctor can help. If you have any ideas, please let me know, ok?Thanks... Okay, I don't think all of these tests you're having performed with yield any results for other causative factors and it's important for you to fully understand the spectrum of symptoms you can experience if indeed you've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. As a consequence of this disease, 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 highly 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. In my opinion, this is largely consistent with the various symptoms you are describing. It's important to work closely with an endocrinologist in order to try and continue treatment with synthetic thyroxine because studies have shown that in persons receiving such treatment, the level of antibodies to the thyroid typically decrease over time by comparison to those who receive no treatment. Incidentally, this is not celiac disease or any other shot in the dark. The forum here has many good people who all want to help, but it's evident that they are not medical doctors and it's important to separate the good intentions of support from reckless medical advice. Although the Lyme titre is abnormal, this does not indicate the presence of Lyme disease and false positives can arise from a number of factors. One concern is that you need to be careful taking Vitamin D at the rate mentioned, which can result in hypervitamatosis if you're also experiencing hypoparathyroidism. It's not all that common, but it can manifest and produces extreme fatigue and accelerated binding of calcium in addition to the symptoms you're already experiencing. My suggestion is to slow your fears about all these other diseases and or toxins and focus upon the level and extent to which the Hashimoto's is affecting you. I don't believe for a minute that you're experiencing symptoms from mercurial poisoning and we most often see Cushings arising from high-dose steroid treatment, etc. So slow down and collect your thoughts. This is all likely the consequences of the Hashimoto's and a good number of patients experience a very similar constellation of symptoms. You might also find it beneficial to join a forum specifically related to persons suffering from Hashimoto's to help you better understand how the disease can affect you from listening to the accounts from other patients. You're going to be fine. Step at a time. Best regards J Cottle, MD
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