Autoimmune Thyroid Disease Symptoms

A big reason why natural treatment methods can be so effective with autoimmune thyroid disorders is because they address the underlying cause of the condition. Rather than just controlling the symptoms through medication, a good natural treatment protocol will attempt to strengthen the weakened immune system, address the adrenal glands and other areas that might be contributing to the problem, and will ultimately restore the normal function of the thyroid gland when this is possible.

Now just imagine that the gland is secreting these hormones in greater than normal quantities. Not only is this going to derail all the normal activities of your body, but it is also going to show symptoms of hyperthyroidism, which may start with heart palpitations. In fact, your complete metabolic system is going to be over stimulated. Your metabolic rate is going to work at twice the speed, which means that your body is going to be using up energy at an increased rate.

Hypothyroidism is a condition where our thyroid output has slowed down to almost a halt. We're not producing enough T3 and T4 hormone causing very low energy and weight gain. It's really a very vicious cycle, one that has been difficult to break out of.

Although the condition called hyperthyroidism, which is due to excessive action of the thyroid gland, was first observed around 1830, a really complete understanding of the condition did not develop until 1890. Excessive action of the thyroid may occur at any age. The condition is much more frequent in women than in men. In areas in which goiter is infrequent, women may have excessive action of the thyroid gland in a proportion of four women to one man.

I felt it is time to take a new decision. I talked to my husband about it and we together decided to try alternative medicine. We came to know of Thyromine. It is the only over-the-counter medicine which did not contain stimulants like caffeine. I started using it. Within a week it showed results. Now I am using Thyromine regularly. I am free of all the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Thyroid conditions are very common in the western world today, with over 11 million people in America suffering today. This condition causes very low energy and weight gain, we just don't feel like ourselves at all, we can't concentrate and feel sluggish all the time.

Thyroid conditions are extremely common in United States and elsewhere in the developed world. There are many different causes for a thyroid condition but in every single case the victim suffers from very low energy and weight gain. If you're been diagnosed or have self diagnosed yourself with hypothyroidism then you can eliminate your symptoms with natural therapies.

If you have been diagnosed with Graves' Disease, want to avoid taking medication if at all possible, and don't even want to consider treating your condition with radioactive iodine, then the information you're about to read can be life changing. I am a licensed healthcare professional and was personally diagnosed with Graves' Disease.

People with thyroid problems, usually hypothyroidism, have trouble concentrating and also have trouble losing weight and getting healthy. Our glands, especially the thyroid have an enormous effect on our entire body, they are like the generals of the body. They effect every cell in the body. So, getting out hormones balanced, especially the thyroid gland, is imperative.

Thyroid disorder is one of the most common and often misdiagnosed health conditions affecting Americans. Approximately 58 million people suffer from some form of thyroid disease; unfortunately, these disorders often go untreated. While there are many disorders of the thyroid, the most common is related to abnormal thyroid hormone production.

The best foods to include are fruits and vegetables - especially egg yolks, garlic, seafood, mushrooms, and radishes. Adding the above foods into your hypothyroidism diet can help your thyroid to produce more hormone. Eating these foods cooked is better for a healthy diet than eating them raw. But eating them raw is still better than eating foods, like those in paragraph below, that could exacerbate your hypothyroidism.

Low thyroid function, whatever its cause, leads to heart attacks, fibromyalgia, auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, adrenal failure, and on, and on. All added, of course, to the pile of symptoms you start with.

Medical experts have found that a malfuctioning thyroid can also contribute to other malladies such as heart disease and that explains why any disorders affecting this gland need to be taken seriously.

People who maintain an acidic pH level in their bodies can also cause damage to their thyroid. The pH level can be affected by diet and other medication one may be taking.

The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pancreas, and reproductive glands.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is this disease symptoms on thyroid?
    diffuse enlargement of thyroid ,goiter multiple nodules autoimmune hypothoroid now i have a thyroid storm what disease is this as the doctors are assuming this thyroiditis 2 weeks ago specialist sent me to have biospy as this ultrasound showed i have thyroid storm so they sent me to see a surgeon and do still not have any answers so i still dont know how dangerous this is so please can you please answer some of these questions as i am quite confused

    • ANSWER:
      Goiter (swollen thyroid) and nodules are generally caused by iodine deficiency. If iodine deficiency is left unaddressed for too long, sometimes problems with the thyroid can result.

      From the description you provided, it sounds like Hashimotos Thyroiditis.
      Here is an article that talks about Hashis:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

      If you are in a "thyroid storm" (severe over production of thyroid hormones), there are supplements to take which might calm your thyroid down. One of them is an over the counter supplement called
      L-Carnatine. But please read the above article first.

      They sent you to a surgeon? Uh-oh. Please remember that the thyroid is one of the most important glands in the body. Loosing the thyroid will alter a person' health and life forever, and not in a good way. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/thyroidless It is always best to try and repair the underlying cause of a problem.

      I hope the info I have provided helps you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Disease and Tachycardia..........?
    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyrioditis (Autoimmune Thyroid disease) about 5 years ago The Doctor gave me Synthetic thyroid hormones... Synthroid and Levoxyl about 6 months later I would develope chest pain with in an hour of taking my meds. Over the years it got worse. To the point I went to the ER for treatment they said, my meds were working too well and that my symptoms were Tachycardia. They took me off all meds, but I am now feelings the effects from my thyroid and even after stopping I still have heart episodes. I never have had heart problems until I started taking meds. Is there anyway I can treat one condition without affecting the other?
    I went to the ER for treatment for the pain from the tachycardia. I don't rely on them for my treatment of my illness. My regular Doctor took me off of my meds after the ER doctor discovered the Tachycardia. I thought I was having a heart attack.

    • ANSWER:
      You see your doctor is a very competent , he knew that Synthroid was accumulating in your blood resulting in false (Pseudo hyperthyroidism) symptoms, he had to do an ABRUPT WITH DRAWL. Kindly tell him to have the level of Synthroid in your blood/serum if facility is available.

      Recheck with your doctor, these ER don't take proper history or satisfy the patients.

  3. QUESTION:
    Thyroid linked to autoimmune disease. Any help?
    I am a 17 year old male. When i was just a year old doctors didn't know really what was wrong with me. They thought it was cancer, some thought i wasn't creating enough bone marrow. I was diagnosed with rumatic fever and a few other things i cant remember, but eventually i was diagnosed with and autoimmune disaese hypoimmuneaglobinnemeosis or something like that (the spelling maybe wrong.) My mom has recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and they took her thyroid out and she is now fine. And i've had alot of the same symptoms. Could all my health annomolies be caused by my thyroid. I've had my Th levels checked and one time it was elevated and the other was normal. Can you tell me an answer or help?

    • ANSWER:
      u have congenital hypogammaglobulinaemia ,its low production of antibodies to combat disease ,your thyroid isnt related to the condition u have,and your mother diagnosed now with thyroid cancer does only increase your risk for it ,nothing else,,,

  4. QUESTION:
    autoimmune disease help. ?
    was diagnosed at age 31 with Graves Disease. The symptoms came on suddenly and severely. I was put on the medications used for Graves Disease and also the symptoms the Graves Disease was causing such as high blood pressure. Then I started getting severe hives to the point of having to be rushed to the ER because they were in my throat.

    Three endocrinologists later it was determined by the majority that I was allergic to the Graves Disease medication and I should get radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid. I was told that my increased heart rate, increased blood pressure etc. was life-threatening so I consented to the RAI.

    I am now 35 years old and the journy to finding out exactly what is wrong with me continues. My thyroid eventually bottomed out after receiving the RAI, so I had all of those symptoms. I am currently on Synthroid 175 MCG. Then I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Then I developed insulin resistance. I am now on Janumet to control the insulin resistance. Last year I developed severe chronic anemia and had to get 9 rounds of IV iron infusions. For the last two years I have been going to my endocrinologist every three months because something always goes wrong. I had a bout of severe intestinal distress and kept nothing down for three weeks and celiac disease was ruled out by and colonoscopy. Between April and today I have lost 40 pounds. My latest round of blood work shows that I have diabetes insepidus (sp) which is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland. I also have a chronic UTI infection for the last four months, increased white blood count in my urine, chronic fatigue, horrible moods, achy joints and bones, and a general feeling of being confused and aggitated.

    Anyone have any clues as to what I should do next? the endocrinologist ran some kind of blood work panel - -I believe called and ADH panel and I will get it back next week and then he wants to send me for an MRI. It was also shown that my thyroid is now overactive again even though technically I am not supposed to have a thyroid.

    What are other options or other tests I should ask for. The doctors seem so confused with what is going on with me because with regard to the autoimmune diseases it is confusing. The third endocrinologist I have been seeing came highly recommended because he is used as an expert witness related to autoimmune disorderes in court cases.

    Thanks for any help or guidance.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry for your condition, and I have seen miracles.

      There is no way I can know what you are going through, but I looked a few things up .

      http://www.doctorzebra.com/prez/g41.htm

      this site is about the health of former president Bush Sr.

      He developed Graves and so did his wife
      the odds of this, dr. Zebra, ar four million to one.

      I remember a long time ago reading about the microwave bombardment of the Blair house and how people who lived there were sick with graves. can't find a source, though, the Bushes lived there.

      also I found a discussion about graves and radiation:
      http://www.askwaltstollmd.com/archives/graves.html
      there are many different points of view here- a lot of personal insights
      Maybe , if you read through them there may be something else you can try.

  5. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism caused by Autoimmune disease?
    My question is weird. I was brought up by a mother who's over obsessive with health issues so now I have no real idea of what is serious and what's not.

    I have previous history of hypothyroidism as caused by autoimmune disease. I am a single mother, full time student and a part-time worker. I barely have time to sleep let alone go to the doctor for a checkup. I need to know how serious this things is and if my symptoms are part of the disease or I'm most likely very stressed :)

    my symptoms:
    1. the thyroid is so big you can see it when I'm standing straight (it kind hangs out a bit)
    2. I'm constantly tired
    3. period is very irregular
    4. Gain weight EXTREMELY easily (my metabolism is extremely slow)
    5. nervous system goes haywire all the time
    6. lack of sleep
    7. constipation sometimes
    8. Slow thought process - I'm studying International Business and it's a very competitive program and I know I'm not dumb but I do notice that to calculate something it takes me much longer than it used to. not because I can't think of an answer, but because i just can't think. I don't know how to explain this. sorry

    I know that you wont' have a medical advice but if someone ha previous experience with a similar disease and can guide me in the right direction that would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      You have Hasimoto's Thyroiditis. You should get on Levothyroxine which could be prescribed by your internal med. doctor, or an endocrinologist. Once your levels are stable, all your symptoms should get better.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do I have a thyroid or autoimmune condition?
    I've been having some seemingly minor health-related issues recently and I was wondering if these are indications of some kind of thyroid disease. I'm a 19 year old ethnically Chinese male born and raised in the USA.

    I think I might have developed a mild case of Hives. It started around 1/3/11 and I get occasionally itchy around my legs arms back or chest which is followed by minor, small red bumps. It persists off and on daily usually in the morning/afternoon, but it isn't too disruptive to everyday life. When I was maybe around 13, I also developed a case of shingles that went away after going to the doctor and taking meds.
    I might also have some kind of Angioedema. It usually is just a raised bump under my eye about an inch and a half long when it occurs and goes away usually overnight. These started happening fairly infrequently maybe 6 months and might have happened on three or so occasions.
    I've also developed a minor left eye twitch in the past 6 weeks or so. I'm not sure if this is at all related to the other issues.
    My dad developed thyroid disease (I think hypothyroidism) sometime in his early-mid 20s which obviously raises my chances of having it.

    Other than these symptoms, I don't particularly identify with any of the common hypo or hyperthyroidism symptoms.

    Finally, I should also note I took the quarter off from college to do some independent travelling in the Middle East and do some volunteer microfinance work in Uganda, so finding adequate healthcare might be an issue for me if there is indeed an imminent problem.
    I'm still in Israel and have yet to travel to Uganda.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have a significant Allergic history but not thyroid related. Know what you are allergic to and monitor your thyroid (TSH) levels with your doc every year. High TSH = hypothyroid. Low TSH = hyperthyroid. Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    Do I have an autoimmune disease?
    I AM 29 YEARS OLD WITH A FAMILY HISTORY OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.(SARCOIDOSIS, REYNOLDS,CHRONES,RA ETC.) I FOUND OUT RECENTLY THAT I HAVE A THYROID PROBLEM. THE DOCTOR OVER MEDICATED ME CAUSING MY FT4 TO ELEVATE. DURING THAT TIME I HAD BODY ACHES (FELT LIKE THE FLU WITH OUT THE FEVER AND SNEEZING). I NOTICE I KEPT DROPPING EVERYTHING. I DECIDED TO DO A ANA TEST. IT TURNED UP POSITIVE NUCLEOLAR PATTER 1:320 WITH SOME CYTOPLASMIC STAINING. MY THYROID IS LOWERED WITH THE SAME SYMPTOMS. I HAVE A ESR OF 105. I WANT TO GO TO THE DOCTOR BUT FEAR THAT I WILL BE WASTING MY TIME. ON THE OTHER HAND I WONDER IF I MAY HAVE A AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

    • ANSWER:
      With a family history of autoimmune diseases, it is best to be checked out by a medical specialist. If you are leery about returning to your doctor, than find another physician that specializes in Endocrinology (the study of the chemicals/hormones in the body.) With test results as you specified, make sure you take your records when you schedule a consultation with the specialist.

  8. QUESTION:
    Looking for A Diagnosis ... Does anyone have similar symptoms?
    Here is a list of symptoms I have. All symptoms have become present within the last 3 years, except for asthma. I have had asthma my whole life. I am looking for answers because any research I have done and doctors I have seen have not been able to diagnosis me with the underlying cause.

    -asthma
    -MRSA (several outbreaks, last one was 1 1/2 years ago)
    -Severe skin rash on hands and feet (dermatologist refers to as
    dermatitis)
    -eczema
    -Alopecia
    -Hives
    -Urinary Tract Infections
    -tingling in hands and feet
    -moody

    I just got a call from my doctor, informing me that the tests I took most recently all came back negative. These tests included thyroid, autoimmune, anemia, and celiac disease.

    All symptoms started to appear about 3 years ago when I had pneumonia. At the same time, I had my first outbreak of MRSA (which appeared in 3 separate places at once) and this is when my hair started to fall out (Alopecia).

    I am becoming more and more upset about my health problems because I cannot find any answers. I do not know what is the cause for all these issues. I am lost with where to turn next, so I am asking this to the public to see if anyone else is in a similar situation or knows what I have.

    I absolutely appreciate any answers or stories.

    Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Your Answer:
      Possibly adrenal insufficiency, iodine deficiency, and maybe thyroid.
      Take your temperature several times a day and if it varies quite a bit, that's a sign of adrenal issues. Also, shine a light across your eyes in a dark room. If the pupils do not stay constricted, pulse, and/or 'wobble', that is another sign of adrenal issues. Please see:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adr...
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ald...

      If your normal body temperature is below 98.2 degrees F, you may also have a thyroid issue. Tests for thyroid "should be" the
      Free T3 and Free T4, and they should be near the tops of their ranges with the Free T3 slightly higher thn the Free T4. If you only had a TSH run, it should ideally be "almost zero" or below 1. Please see:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com
      Also: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/fer...

      Iodine info:
      http://www.iodine4health.com
      http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/iodin...
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/iod... <---this group has a ton of info in the files section.

      I certainly hope this information helps somewhat.

  9. QUESTION:
    Could i have an autoimmune disease?
    I was diagnosed as suffering from hypothyroidism (extremely underactive thyroid) in march and im still going through the process of getting my medication balance right, i believe its just about at the right level now but blood tests later this month will confirm hopefully. The docs think it was triggered as a result of my pregnancy (had my baby Nov 09) as the times tally up for symptoms etc. Lately though ive been catching many infections, especially in the last week ive had a urine infection, severe conjuctivitis and now i really think ive got a throat infection too, as well as a cold, my eyesight has deteriorated too which has led to me needing glasses as i have an astigmatism in one eye (which i know may not be connected) im just getting worried that there may be some underlying reason for all this, i know that an autoimmune disorder/disease can cause hypothyroidism, and the doctors told me my thyroid levels were at rock bottom, can anyone in medical career tell me if this could be the case please??

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroid patients show up with vitamin B12, iron and vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential as this steroid hormone activates the immune system. Child­birth can be a hor­mo­nal trig­ger for Hashimoto’s Disease and autoimmune pernicious anaemia is linked to this condition..unable to absorb vitamin B12 in the digestive tract. Vitamin B12 is essential to protect the myelin sheath (covering around the nerves) from damage. Blindness, double vision and blurred vision is a few of the many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

      I personally have autoimmune pernicious anaemia and i take under the tongue B12 spray daily. You haven't mentioned any other symptoms so it may not be from this but it cannot hurt to check. Autoimmune pernicious anaemia is confirmed with a positive instrinsic factor and/or parietal cell antibody test. The first link is the recommended blood tests for anyone suffering hypothyroidism and what results to look for.

      Lab work:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      T4 meds don't work:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

      Hasimoto's disease:
      http://autoimmune.pathology.jhmi.edu/diseases.cfm?systemID=3&diseaseID=22

      Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms:
      http://b12d.net/book/export/html/29

  10. QUESTION:
    autoimmune diseases?
    was diagnosed at age 31 with Graves Disease. The symptoms came on suddenly and severely. I was put on the medications used for Graves Disease and also the symptoms the Graves Disease was causing such as high blood pressure. Then I started getting severe hives to the point of having to be rushed to the ER because they were in my throat.

    Three endocrinologists later it was determined by the majority that I was allergic to the Graves Disease medication and I should get radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid. I was told that my increased heart rate, increased blood pressure etc. was life-threatening so I consented to the RAI.

    I am now 35 years old and the journy to finding out exactly what is wrong with me continues. My thyroid eventually bottomed out after receiving the RAI, so I had all of those symptoms. I am currently on Synthroid 175 MCG. Then I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Then I developed insulin resistance. I am now on Janumet to control the insulin resistance. Last year I developed severe chronic anemia and had to get 9 rounds of IV iron infusions. For the last two years I have been going to my endocrinologist every three months because something always goes wrong. I had a bout of severe intestinal distress and kept nothing down for three weeks and celiac disease was ruled out by and colonoscopy. Between April and today I have lost 40 pounds. My latest round of blood work shows that I have diabetes insepidus (sp) which is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland. I also have a chronic UTI infection for the last four months, increased white blood count in my urine, chronic fatigue, horrible moods, achy joints and bones, and a general feeling of being confused and aggitated.

    Anyone have any clues as to what I should do next? the endocrinologist ran some kind of blood work panel - -I believe called and ADH panel and I will get it back next week and then he wants to send me for an MRI. It was also shown that my thyroid is now overactive again even though technically I am not supposed to have a thyroid.

    What are other options or other tests I should ask for. The doctors seem so confused with what is going on with me because with regard to the autoimmune diseases it is confusing. The third endocrinologist I have been seeing came highly recommended because he is used as an expert witness related to autoimmune disorderes in court cases.

    Thanks for any help or guidance.

    • ANSWER:
      I urge you to go to the nearest University Hospital (generally near a Medical School) for help. You now have several systems involved & you will go broke in bod & in dollars before long.

      You'll get the latest, best treatment for all your difficult problems there. They'll help you find ways to meet the costs. You can also consider treatment overseas (India is very good, while reasonable in cost [even including food, flights, lodging + they speak English)! Be prepared to spend a lot of time & have a lot of patience; you already must be doing that anyhow... Honestly, just do it! Good luck! :)

  11. QUESTION:
    autoimmune questions (regarding my health)?
    I was diagnosed at age 31 with Graves Disease. The symptoms came on suddenly and severely. I was put on the medications used for Graves Disease and also the symptoms the Graves Disease was causing such as high blood pressure. Then I started getting severe hives to the point of having to be rushed to the ER because they were in my throat.

    Three endocrinologists later it was determined by the majority that I was allergic to the Graves Disease medication and I should get radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid. I was told that my increased heart rate, increased blood pressure etc. was life-threatening so I consented to the RAI.

    I am now 35 years old and the journy to finding out exactly what is wrong with me continues. My thyroid eventually bottomed out after receiving the RAI, so I had all of those symptoms. I am currently on Synthroid 175 MCG. Then I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Then I developed insulin resistance. I am now on Janumet to control the insulin resistance. Last year I developed severe chronic anemia and had to get 9 rounds of IV iron infusions. For the last two years I have been going to my endocrinologist every three months because something always goes wrong. I had a bout of severe intestinal distress and kept nothing down for three weeks and celiac disease was ruled out by and colonoscopy. Between April and today I have lost 40 pounds. My latest round of blood work shows that I have diabetes insepidus (sp) which is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland. I also have a chronic UTI infection for the last four months, increased white blood count in my urine, chronic fatigue, horrible moods, achy joints and bones, and a general feeling of being confused and aggitated.

    Anyone have any clues as to what I should do next? the endocrinologist ran some kind of blood work panel - -I believe called and ADH panel and I will get it back next week and then he wants to send me for an MRI. It was also shown that my thyroid is now overactive again even though technically I am not supposed to have a thyroid.

    What are other options or other tests I should ask for. The doctors seem so confused with what is going on with me because with regard to the autoimmune diseases it is confusing. The third endocrinologist I have been seeing came highly recommended because he is used as an expert witness related to autoimmune disorderes in court cases.

    Thanks for any help or guidance.

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds like a case study that I had in gross anatomy. I am not a doctor but I have several med school classes and several classes associated with immunology. In the case that I had the 40 year old woman had a small tumor on her pituitary gland and she was being treated for graves disease, thyroid problems, and was having issues associated with diabetes. I would recommend that you seek the advice of an oncologist or rhumitologist (dont know if this is the correct spelling). If by chance it turns out to be a tumor on your pituitary gland the surgery to remove it is a fairly simple and effective surgery. I wish I could be of more help, but maybe this will give you something to check in to. I wish you the best and hope they can get it figured out.

  12. QUESTION:
    What autoimmune disease could I have?
    I recently went to the doctor and they ran many tests. However, these tests wont be in for another week and I really would like to look online about some of the diseases or disorders I may/may not have. I told my doctor my symptoms, which included:

    -Back Pain
    -Dry Mouth
    -Skin rash on hips, face, stomach, butt.
    -Weight loss
    -Fever
    -Cold/Hot when other people are fine.
    -More prone to infections
    -Constipation
    -Trouble falling asleep/staying asleep
    -Difficulty fighting infections

    I also have cysts on various organs as well as an underactive thyroid.
    Any idea?
    I also bruise more easily than before.
    And forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, etc.

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Why do some people with autoimmune diseases have a problem with supplements that strengthen the immune system.?
    My husband has Grave's disease. He was put on methimazole (tapazole) to combat the hyperthyroidism. He's been on it for over a year now, starting at 30 mg., then 20, then 10, then 5, back to 10 and then off the medication. The medication controlled his symptoms but the thyroid stimulating hormone level was virtually zero for a long time. Then on the last two blood tests, while taking 10 mg. the hormone level was in the normal range for both the T3 and T4. This gave us hope. Then the doctor told my husband to go off the medication and come back in one month. In just one month the levels changed drastically - zero, and high (showing hyperthyroidism again). When trying to figure out why going off a low dose of the medication would have such a drastic effect, we remembered that we tried a new supplement that is supposed to greatly inhance the immune system. Grave's disease is an autoimmune disease. I heard that the medication (tapazole) actually suppresses the immune system. We are now thinking that the new supplement that my husband was taking messed up my husband's thyroid levels. Why is this so? And is there any other natural treatment for this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Autoimmune disorders are caused by the immune system being hyperactive in a way - instead of attacking germs, they attack the body. Taking something to INCREASE the immune system is the last thing that someone with an autoimmune disorder would typically want to do....especially anything that increases macrophagic*** activity...

      So yes, suppressing the immune response - would be what you want to do...

      Stop taking anything that would increase immunity for 3 months and then follow your doctors suggestion for the hormone titration.

      *** macrophages are part of the immune system that stimulate interleukin-1, it sounds the trumpet for the immune system to be on high alert - and in the case of those with autoimmune disorders, that means a sharp increase in symptom aggravation.

      In case you want to learn more...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrophage

      Herbs that would do that include Astragulus, echinecea, guggul, nettle, (and gobs of others), and vitamins A, C and Zinc, and the amino acid arginine - those are just off the top of my head. Sorry about the spelling - its way past my bed time.

  14. QUESTION:
    Heart symptoms worse even with beta blocker-what is this?
    I have been on a beta blocker for a year now for tachycardia. Dr didn't investigate the cause other than doing a holter monitor and EKG several times. It was also blamed on my thyroid before they took half of it out due to nodules...none of these things fit the cause for the fast heart rate and nothing improves it (not even weight loss). The symptoms I get are heart pounding (palipitations) tingling in both hands, short of breath, clammy- like a cold sweat, confusion and extreme exhaustion. It seems to be happening more frequently too. These symptoms were not all present when I first started taking the beta blockers 1 year ago. One day last week, I forgot to take the med and this happened so I blamed it on that. The next time it happened exactly the same and I had already taken the beta blocker hours before. I also have an autoimmune disease so I thought it was yet another symptom from that but wanted to ask anyway to see if other's have the same symptoms.
    I am in the process of changing doctors because I have had it with this one. I am looking for advice from people who have experienced these symptoms and not people telling me to go back to the Dr as I have already done.

    • ANSWER:
      All of your symptoms sound like adrenal problems, or pituitary not stimulating your adrenals or overstimulating. Have you had an ACTH and cortisol test? Which autoimmune condition do you have? Did you lose weight on your own or mysteriously? Also a symptom of adrenal problems. You should see a good endocrinologist had have them do a blood workup. good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Low thyroid-poor concentration?
    Im on eltroxin to treat my thyroid condition. The symptoms haven't gone away, and since Im currently in University, I informed my doctor that I've been having difficulty concentrating and socializing. I've done some research on low thyroid and it can unfortunately cause side effects such as dyslexia and ADD...so that would explain my recent failure in my courses. I've been taking concerta, with the dosage at 54mg. Which is a fairly high dosage. I take my medication at around 8am in the morning, and it takes approximately an hour for the effect to take place. It only lasts a few hours I find, and it also gives me even worse anxiety. I feel on edge, have severe insomnia, and it barely does anything for my attention span. Am I even suppose to be taking this medication with my thyroid medication?

    Another recent update from my "new" doctor is that I have: Hashimotos thyroiditis. So basically, an autoimmune disease, which is uncurable.

    I would really like my brain back. It's difficult in University as far as my poor concentration, memory and falling behind is quite embarrassing. I can't even tell if Im smart anymore.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.
    Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      You can lower TPO thyroid antibodies as proven in clinical trials using 200mg of selenium daily. >>>http://www.drdach.com/Selenium_Hashimotos.html

      I first read about lowering antibodies in a book by Dr Sandra Cabot called Your Thyroid Problems Solved...worth reading. >>> http://www.girl.com.au/dr-sandra-cabot-your-thyroid-problem-solved.htm

      Dr Cabot's patient had TPO thyroid antibodies at 1600 and after a year of treatment such as gluten free and dairy free diet, 200mg of selenium, iodine, zinc...can't remember everything :) (hired the book out from the library) and she dropped to 150 and all her symptoms resolved. Of course getting to under 35 is the goal.

      Vitamin E maximises selenium absorption - recommended natural vitamin E - 400 - 500IU a day. This link is of someone taking selenium and vitamin E with excellent results>>> http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Thyroid-Disorders/Selenium-and-Hashimotos---anyone-taking-it/show/257036

      A gluten free diet lowers thyroid antibody levels - "...researchers found that...organ-specific autoantibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) -- will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet." - but this is a tough diet to follow. >>>http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm

      Another book i recently discovered is by Dr. Kharrazian called Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests are Normal. Looking forward to reading this >>>http://www.thyroidbook.com/

      Low levels or deficiencies commonly found with a thyroid imbalance include - vitamin B12, folate, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc. Taking concerta to try and deal with symptoms of your poorly treated thyroid and possibly vitamin and mineral deficiencies is not the answer.

      "it’s a common scenario for hypothyroid patients, especially when you are undiagnosed due to your doctor’s over-reliance on a faulty TSH range, or treated with thyroxine T4-only medications: You go to the doctor; you complain about your depression, or your anxiety, or your emotional swings, or your inability to concentrate, and onto your doctor’s favorite anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, lithium, or bi-polar med you go—beginning with the freebies on the shelf from his friendly and suited pharmaceutical rep. Sound familiar??" >>>http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/thyroid-depression-mental-health/

      TSH isn't the greatest indictor of your thyroid health especially with hashimoto's>>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos/

      The Unreliable TSH Lab Test>>>
      http://jeffreydach.com/2009/05/15/the-unreliable-tsh-lab-test-by-jeffrey-dach-md.aspx

  16. QUESTION:
    My 8 year old son has high Cholesterol (240), high LDL, but normal tryglicerides.?
    Doc has refered us to an Endocrinologist. I am not finding a whole lot of helpful info online about this. Everything I'm finding says "High Cholesterol, high LDL, and High Tryglicerides lead to...yada, yada, yada, and then it goes on to say that basically the child should lose weight!! My child is 8 years old, and 69 pounds!! The only thing I've found that kept popping up is Adrenal Gland growths and other problems w/the adrenal glands. We putt him on fish oil when we got the diagnosis and 2 months after we had his Cholesterol retested and it was HIGHER! Now it's even higher and he DOES NOT eat fried foods. He excersises and eats right, I don't understand!! It is really scarring me now and I don't know what to do. The doctors are always quick to say "It may be this, or it may be nothing" and then we have to WAIT forever it seems.

    He tested negative for diabetes and Thyroid disease. I have autoimmune Thyroid disease (Fun Fun!) and my family has a history of Gland problems.

    Just so you know a little of his symptoms, 2 years ago he went from a "Normal" child to I knew something was wrong but doc's won't test based on "My child just isn't acting right, I know something's wrong". He started getting migranes (Had a CT or 2 not tumors), Moody as all get out, ADHD got worse (WAY worse), started getting into fights at school, went from an honor roll student to failing in two classes, 3 times on routine physicals they have found protein in his urine but after the 24 hour urine they say it's fine, rashes/hives come and go, nervousness, he can go from hyper to tired/sleepy in no time at all, he sleeps well most nights but others not at all, hearing difficulties (but his hearing test is fine), blurred vision, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something but it's been a rollercoaster.

    Someone please give me some lead to go on here, I've researched the adrenal glands and he doesn't have those symptoms so I don't understand?? Someone please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Have they done a pituitary MRI (with and without contrast)? CTs don't always pick up the pituitary very well. What are his cortisol test results? Those would be off too if he has adrenal problems. They may have ruled out pituitary problems based on the normal thyroid result but be aware that if he too has an autoimmune thyroid problem, if the pituitary is making it go down and autoimmune up (or is it the other way, cant remember) it may look normal. This happened to me...I have Hashimotos and a severe pituitary disorder and my thyroid results showed normal. The Drs ruled out pituitary disorder and delayed treatment until I found a good endo who figured it out. Some of his symptoms sound pituitary...brain fog, fatigue, etc. But rash doesn't fit. Maybe some other autoimmune disorder.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Is it lupus?
    So I have been dealing with being seriously sick for over two years now. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease and celiac disease. I have been on a gluten free diet for about three months now and thyroid medication for about 1 year but nothing has changed, if anything it has gotten worse. I have a huge feeling that it is lupus but I was tested for it and it was negative. Could it be a false negative or do I have something else? These are my symptoms:
    Fever
    Extreme Fatigue (I cant even go to school anymore I'm so tired)
    Weakness
    Bad Muscle Aches
    Joint Pain
    Lack of appetite
    Depression
    Sun Sensitivity
    Heart pains when i breathe deep
    Hair loss
    Mild case of anemia
    Anxiety
    Chills
    Trouble Breathing
    Headache
    Dizziness
    Stomach pain
    Trouble focusing
    Memory problems

    What should I do? I need to figure this out soon cause i cant keep living like this.
    Its not thyroid disease because my levels are in the normal range. Also I've been tested for mono more than once and it has come back negative. Its also not
    MS because I was tested for that and it was negative, I also don't have the same symptoms as MS

    • ANSWER:
      wow..
      It sounds like you have... everything.

      Ask Dr.House.

  18. QUESTION:
    could i have a thyroid problem?
    I'm wondering why I'm not losing weight. You might be thinking (um, let's see. Let me guess, you don't exercise and you eat like crap), really that's not the case. I play tennis, and I run 2 miles about two-three times a week. My average day consists of 2 eggs for breakfast, an apple, almonds, and veggies for lunch, banana and a few almonds for snack, an extremely light dinner of protein and veggies, and every now and then low fat frozen yogurt. Really, that's it. I'm active. I play sports. I exercsie. Why can't I lose weight?

    I researched a little about thyroid problems. My family has Celiac Disease, and i have the gene, so that's an autoimmune disesase. Most of the other symptoms don't seem to affect me. I mean, I get really cold when it's hot and hot when it's cold. Thyroid disease does not run in my family but I do gain weight inappropriatley. I often have joint pain in my ankle, but it's not really anything crazy. My menstrual cycles are the most irregular ones I know, and i've had it for over three years. I'm really forgetful, shortness of breath, and I think I have very moderate tinnitus (especially when I'm tired or when I'm in a load room). I mean, most of those symptoms can be just coincedential, but what do you think? Should I get tested for hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Have your thyroid levels run... TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and thyroid antibodies.

      Having one autoimmune disorder leaves you with a higher risk of developing others.

      I'm also seeing that you might be undereating.. if you don't eat enough food you can drop your metabolic rate to the point of causing your body to conserve calories, causing a weight gain. This is especially evident in folks that are dealing with low metabolic rates due to hypothyroidism... and can actually trigger poor thyroid gland function due to insufficient calorie intake OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME to affect thyroid hormone conversion.

      In folks with normal thyroid gland function, undereating causes weight loss to plateau... where weight loss stops.

      Getting the tests run will let you see where things are.. if it turns out your thyroid gland is truly fine, with proper TSH level and proper thyroid hormone levels, and no antibody... .then you can explore other possibilities from there.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have some weird thyroid test results...?
    I've been having headaches since I was like 13. They are terrible migraines, all over (not concentrated on one side.) They do not seem to be related with my period at all. When I get them I'm sensitive to light and sound, and see little circles of color in my vision for a split second. I don't have any medication for them because I've "failed" Imitrex, Emerge, and Amitriptyline. I took Topamax and it worked, but I grew used to it and they upped my dosage. Then I experienced the side effects: tingling in arms and legs, extreme loss of appetite, and craziness.

    Now I take some aspirin if it's really really bad, but I guess I'm getting used to living with pain. In a bad week I make have a headache 5 out of 7 days. At best, maybe only a headache once a week.

    So I just went to the doctor 2 days ago because my hair had been falling out-- a lot. It's happened to me before, about a year ago. It wasn't from just one spot, it was from all over. Doctors chalked it up to stress and moved on. After awhile it stopped, and since then it's been growing back really well. This time, my thyroid test came back with extremely abnormally high numbers, and I also had a low platelet count. Before, I've had tests with "weird" numbers that would indicate an autoimmune disease, and some other weird ones about inflammation. No one ever really followed up on any of this.

    I don't really have any of the symptoms that would go with most hyper-thyroid things. I tested negative for lupus (but they thought maybe I could have had it when I was younger??) I've never really gotten any clear answer, and I feel like there's something there that is a greater over-arching problem... and we just need to connect the dots. Of course I could be wrong/ a hypochondriac, but I really feel sick and I just want to feel better.

    No diagnoses, but any ideas you can offer would be a lot of help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't see any mysteries or anything "weird" here. You have Hashimoto's. Everything you wrote adds up to Hashimoto's. Get tested for it and get into treatment. Do not stand for any further lack of follow up. I would actually fire any doctor who failed to follow up on any out of range test results that you have had, and get a new doctor.

  20. QUESTION:
    thyroid test results?
    I was having some symptoms (heart palps and very hot at times) and the test results are :
    total t4 is 14.2 H
    TSH 3rd Generation .02

    I know that a low tsh means the thyroid is saying stop...no more and indicative of a hyperT. I have another autoimmune disease (ITP) an am wondering with these numbers will they require treatment or can it just be monitored. What exactly is the range where it needs to be treated or is that based on the extreme of symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      There are three common reasons for hyperthyroidism:
      Grave's disease; check for elevated TSI antibodies, diffuse goiter and elevated RAI uptake;
      The hyper-stage of thyroiditis:elevated TPO antibodies can be present, reduced RAI uptake; patchy distribution of RAI tracer in thyroid, firm goiter
      Multinodular toxic goiter; patchy RAI uptake, with hot and cold nodules, thyroid nodules are present, no antibodies.
      Therefore RAI uptake test with image and antibodies testing can be the next step.

  21. QUESTION:
    can you have thyroid problems and normal levels ?
    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Free T4 is how much thyroid hormone my thyroid is producing ? (mine is .8 - on the low side of normal range)
    TSH is what the hypothalmus is telling the pituitary to produce in order to stimulate the thyroid ? (mine is also .8 which is normal I guess) But, I have had many symptoms of hypothyroidism. My question is if you have an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto's can you still have these "normal range" levels ? Also, I read it runs in families and my mom has hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      You are at the low end of the "normal range", and if you are experiencing symptoms of hypothyroid, you should demand to be put on a low dosage of synthroid or levoxyl (10-20 mcgs) because normal for one person might be a .8 while someone else needs to be 1-2 to feel well. Most endocrinologists like to see patients towards the middle of the range and will prescribe, especially in women because your thyroid function decreases with age. Because of your family history especially, you are a good candidate. I know that my TSH needs to be around 2 to feel good. Be sure that you get your TSH tested every 4-6 weeks initially to find the right dosage for you. It can be a long process in finding the right dosage and reaping the full benefits of medication, so be patient.

      If your doctor doesn't take you seriously, change doctors or ask for a second opinion. If you have a good HMO and are able to go directly to a specialist, see an endocrinologist. Endocrinologists specialize in endocrine diseases and I assure you will take your symptoms very seriously.

      Another suggestion is to have an antibody test. If your antibodies are elevated, it could be Hashimoto's causing hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's causes antibodies to attach your thyroid. It's rare, but the antibody test is the best way to diagnose if TSH doesn't.

  22. QUESTION:
    Hi just sharing my thyroid problems to see if someone had same experience and outcome.?
    I had a blood test about 6 months ago which showed slighlty elevated T4, and normal TSH, pathologist suggested repeating blood test 4 - 6 weeks later.

    Second blood test showed slightly high T4 almost insignificant 19.2 pmol/L - Range (10.0 - 19.0)
    And Low TSH: 0.16 mIU/L - Range (0.50 - 4.00). This blood test was done in April this year. (2011)

    However not many symptoms apart from not sleeping well, and shaky hands (Have had shaky hands for years though, so not sure if its because of this).
    Feeling unusually hot and moody. Doctor did not prescribe any meds, didnt think i needed them. (I didnt either, sysmptoms were not too bad). He did give me a form to get blood test done around end of may. (symptoms still the same in may, not too bad, so didnt do blood test)

    Went to see other doctor, around early August, because my symptoms were getting a little worse. (By the way both docs are not endocrinologists). I told him the story so far, and he thought I should take meds for a week and see how i felt. He prescribed Neo-Mercazole - 5mg twice daily. ( I didn't buy them, so still taking no meds at this time) He asked me to show him my blood test request i got from the first doctor, and he added a test to check for thyroid antibodies.

    Still I thought I would wait and see if everything went back to normal, so left it till the 17th of this month (Oct - 2011) Yesterday to do third blood test. My symptoms have progressively got worsew.
    Feeling hot almost every day, trouble concentrating sometimes, sleep is crap, more moody than before, still shaky hands (not very bad though), eys sometimes feel irritated and sting a little (havnt noticed any swelling, just irritated eyes), just an overall feeling of disconfort)

    Got my results today:
    TSH normal - 0.66 Range (0.50-4.00) Previous test in april was 0.16
    Doc didnt check for T4, or T3 levels this time though???? Dnt know why??? Would ve thought he would want tpo check them again to compare.

    Antibodies:

    Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase: Little high - 88 kIU/L - Range (<60)
    Anti-Thyroidglobulin: Normal - 37 kIU/L - Range (<60)

    Pathologist said these are markers for autoimmune diseases like Hashimotos and Graves disease. However they are also detected in healthy people.

    So my symptoms are getting a little worse, tests are very inconclusive!! and no T4 or T3 levels tested this time.

    Should I start on the neo-mercazole? I bought them today before i got my results because i was sure that my hormone levels would be high, but doc only tested for TSH.

    Very long story I know, but thought that i need to put the whole story to give a better picture of what has been happening so far.

    Hoipe someone out there has had a similar thing happen to them, any suggestions stories would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      Find a doctor who can say 'you have Hashimotos'. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between hyper & hypo at start)…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  23. QUESTION:
    Graves Disease?????
    I've been diagnosed with Graves Disease....can any one share their story or information?

    Some FYI about it....Graves's is an autoimmune disease....basically it is a severe form of Hyperthyroidism where my body produces way to much of the Thyroid hormone causing my body to go out of control. Some of the symptoms are shaking from head to toe......weight loss, hair falling out, fatigue and I have experienced and still experience many of these sypmtoms.

    I'm tired of being sick and tired.....

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with GD about 6 weeks ago. I started with extreme hunger, then a 20lb weight loss, fatigue, 3-5 BMs a day, palpitations, moodiness, and other female stuff. As soon as I noticed a change I went to the doctor right away. I don't have any of the bulging eyes or skin problems. I started taking PTU right away as well as propanolol. I've been on my meds for the past 6 weeks and have just started noticing a decrease in my symptoms. Although a lot of people say GD is a "good news" disease, I don't see it that way at all. It makes me angry that I am now subject to a life of meds and seeing an endocrinologist. I have to genetic factors, so I have no idea why I just got it. I have been very diligent with my meds, as well as watching my alcohol intake, since PTU causes a lot of liver damage.
      I have been reading articles about the causes which possible include high iodine intake, high aspartame intake, high soy products intake.
      Also, did you know when you go to the dentist, you cannot have novocaine? It contains epinephrine, which will exacerbate the symptoms.
      Good luck with your prognosis. I really know how you feel about being sick and tired of it all.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to find the right thyroid doctor for Hashimotos?
    I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis via bloodtests and my symptoms that have appeared (both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid symptoms). I am currently on hormone replacement, which doesn't make sense to me since I have an autoimmune disease. Just because I am on hormone replacement doesn't mean my immune system isn't attacking my thyroid, does it? I have a ton of questions that my endocrinologist (who I see only 8 months) is not answering very well. I am only 16 and my mom isn't giving me much help on this. I want to see a new endocrinologist because I am on 75 MCG Synthroid and when I am on the medicine I feel horrible, it gives me severe headaches and I feel nauseated and too hot. I last visited her in March 2011, complained of my headaches, nausea, hotness, motion sickness, etc and she switched my medicine to Synthroid (I was on Levothyroxine before). I also had another blood test and my results came back normal. I am tired of being sick and tired. I am tired of calling the hospital and they are too busy. I am not getting my questions answered. I feel horrible on this medicine. I don't care if my levels are "normal". I want them to find out what the real problem is!
    Yeah.. like eating the right FOODS is going to help my immune system from killing my thyroid... no thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hashimoto's IS the REAL PROBLEM! There is no cure & you HAVE TO stay on the thyroid replacement hormones meds for life. The sooner you realize this, the better. You may have had your disease found before the many terrible symptoms had ever started ... good for you! Those symptoms are from the disease rather than the treatment. (Most people do better on the brand name Synthroid). Results coming back 'normal' indicates that the treatment is working... DO NOT stop it. It may go 'abnormal' again before getting 'normal' and staying there. It takes time to get better.

      I totally understand 'tired of being sick and tired'...you are not alone. This has become like an epidemic in this country & MANY people are not fortunate enough to have found a real doctor & gotten diagnosed & started on treatment.

      Here is some good info to help you understand your disease better:
      TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless you. I pray that you will soon feel better.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do I possibly have leukemia or some other blood disease? ADVICE FROM EXPERIENCED/ or DOCS?
    my symptoms are, and noted beggining about a year ago, disapearing and reapearing regulary but not serious, but recently symptoms have returned elevated and much more serious then past experiences, symptoms include...

    bleeding gums, paleness, red dots on skin that are itchy, patchy red palms,, white fingernails under nail, yellowing at tip of fingures, fatigue, joint pain. wrestlessness, trouble waking up. (sleep long hours) sometimes bed at 8pm and up at 4-6pm the next day. and swallen lymph nodes in my lower neck and under my jaw.... (SINCE THIS NIGHT I HAVE DEVELOPED BUMPS UNDER MY LEFT ARMPIT AND CHEST PAIN) I also am beggining to feel ill, feels like the flu, but rather strange as my headache will go and come back in a different area...

    Here is my doctors summary from saturday night. when i attended the emergancy dept...

    (Jaime Waters presented to Box Hill hospital Emergancy Department on 07 Aug 2010 at 15:40

    ED Diagnosis: Bleeding disorder for investagation
    History of presenting Complaint: 20 y.o male presented with 2 month histroy of bleeding gum and joint pain with no significant background histroy.

    Patient first noticed gum bleeding at least 3 or more months ago after brushing, since then bleeding has become more consistant, bleeding lasting now upto 10 minuts after brushing. also noticed incease of joint pain mainly on MCP joint and knee joints over this period of time.

    Bleeding has worsened over the past 5 days and become consistant in the past 2 days. patient now also complains of lethargy and weakness in this time frame.

    smoker since 14

    heavy drinker; usually 2-4 bottles a week.
    Last alcohol yesterday 1/2 bottle bourben.

    No family history of bleeding disorder, auto immune disease or leukemia.

    Resting tremor noted, no heptic flap, no obvious brusing/petechae
    No sign of chronic liver disease
    No conjuctiva pallor, no scleral jaundice

    chest clear
    abdo soft tender, no oragomegaly

    Oral examination - no active gum bleeding, no obvious gingervitis, tonsil not enlarged.

    tender submental lymph node bilaterally R>L
    Palpable R cervical lymph nodes
    Thyroid not enlarged

    stiffness of mcp joint both hands no tenderness on palpation and movement

    Managment: FBE/U+E/Coags/LFT/CRP
    may need medical refferal for bleeding disorder

    Results/outcome: Neutrophilia and increase WCC
    Normal LFT and Coagulation profile hb166

    Refferals and followup: Need LMO follow up for investagation of autoimmune disease and thrombolic screening,

    patient wil need new LMO for follow up and observation of progression.)

    in this letter not all my symptoms are noted. but i hav put as much as i can think of before i added this letter, also the doctor told me im developing a little bit of anemia but was nothing to be concerned about at this time and that i needed to be observed over the next few weeks for a diagnosis of whats happening. and refferd me to a GP.

    can anyone offer me advice?

    since seeing the doctor my under left armpit has become sore and stiff, my left hip bone upper left beg bone has began to ache with worsening bleeding of gums. and consistant taste of blood in mouth. im very confused and worried about whats goin on... advice?

    • ANSWER:
      When you go to that referral, ask them to test you for Lyme's disease. I have a friend with similar symptoms and it turned out to be Lyme's disease. Have you been camping or in the woods lately? Even if you haven't, deer tics can be in tall grass and you don't even know they are on you. It doesn't sound like cancer to me
      I hope you find out what this is. Be well

  26. QUESTION:
    What is going on? ( will choose best answer!)?
    For the past 6 or so months, I have had extreme fatigue, very easy bruising, also I had very low sodium at one point, but the last time they checked it went back up due to a medication I took for a short period of time (Florinef, for Addisons Disease.) Although, when I took it , my Aldestrone was lowered ( it was high before) but my Renin went up , so I was take off of it. My sodium however went back to normal. I was tested because I had dizziness when standing/laying down. I also had an absent menstrual cycle for almost two years, and am now on a birth control and finally have periods.

    What could be wrong? I am convinced it is an autoimmune disease. I have researched everything- I have an appointment with a new Endo, but it is not till Sept 15th. I intend on asking him to test me for everything possible.

    So here is a short list of the symptoms I had in the past 6months/or longer:
    SEVERE fatigue
    No menstrual cycle without birth control
    LOW sodium
    Easy bruising
    Also, I have recently had a boil that is very painful on my thigh.

    Thyroid diseases, and most adrenal diseases were ruled out, also pituitary diseases. So anything else would be helpful.

    Thanks.
    no im not, it is healthy to loose 70 pounds when you were 70 pounds overweight :) , and I am 18.

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis can do that to you.
      Check your pancreas, Kidney, Spleen, and most of all Liver.

      I have hepatitis and am in almost the same condition. I happen that I found on regular check up that I had hepatitis B. I believe that I contracted that working in fishing boats in Alaska.

      Too bad, life... the point is Doctors are also driving me crazy. They say everything is fine but in reality all my tests come out with some problems and yet they say everything is normal..

      So, my best suggestion: keep checking and asking questions...

  27. QUESTION:
    What could it be? ( will choose best answer.)?
    For the past 6 or so months, I have had extreme fatigue, very easy bruising, also I had very low sodium at one point, but the last time they checked it went back up due to a medication I took for a short period of time (Florinef, for Addisons Disease.) Although, when I took it , my Aldestrone was lowered ( it was high before) but my Renin went up , so I was take off of it. My sodium however went back to normal. I was tested because I had dizziness when standing/laying down. I also had an absent menstrual cycle for almost two years, and am now on a birth control and finally have periods.

    What could be wrong? I am convinced it is an autoimmune disease. I have researched everything- I have an appointment with a new Endo, but it is not till Sept 15th. I intend on asking him to test me for everything possible.

    So here is a short list of the symptoms I had in the past 6months/or longer:
    SEVERE fatigue
    No menstrual cycle without birth control
    LOW sodium
    Easy bruising
    Also, I have recently had a boil that is very painful on my thigh.

    Thyroid diseases, and most adrenal diseases were ruled out, also pituitary diseases. So anything else would be helpful.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      could be any number of things, HIV, Lupus...you need complete blood work and various tests. It is good that you are going to a new Dr.

  28. QUESTION:
    Specifically, how early in the morning should I consume my Concerta medication?
    First off, I have low thyroid and currently am taking eltroxin to treat it. Since my thyroid symptoms haven't gone away, and Im in University, I informed my doctor that I've been having difficulty concentrating and socializing. I've done some research on low thyroid and it can unfortunately cause side effects such as dyslexia and ADD...so that would explain my recent failure in my courses. I've been taking concerta, with the dosage at 54mg. Which is a fairly high dosage. I take my medication at around 8am in the morning, and it takes approximately an hour for the effect to take place. It only lasts a few hours I find, and it also gives me even worse anxiety. I feel on edge, have severe insomnia, and it barely does anything for my attention span. Am I even suppose to be taking this medication with my thyroid medication?

    Another recent update from my "new" doctor is that I have: Hashimotos thyroiditis. So basically, an autoimmune disease, which is uncurable.

    I would really like my brain back. It's difficult in University as far as my poor concentration, memory and falling behind is quite embarrassing. I can't even tell if Im smart anymore.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.
    Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      If you swallow the Concerta whole, it is supposed to last 12 hours. I take 2 18mg pills as soon as I wake up because for me they don't seem to take effect for at least 1 1/2 hours. They do seem to last ~ 12 hours, and when they wear off I suddenly get very sleepy. If I take them in the afternoon (having slept in), I get insomnia too.

      Maybe you should lower you dose? Could you ask your MD to give you the lowest dose per pill (I think that's the 18mg pills I take), and then you can try taking 2 of them, or 1 maybe. I think the more you take, the more anxious you are. I take mine for incurable depression (over 25 years, tried everything even ECT - really the only thing that helped was this - and dexedrine - but the effect wears off, now I really only feel it when I don't take it - then I can sleep for 48 hours).

      Maybe you don't need the Concerta at all? I don't know if there has even been one study with people with your disease taking Concerta, I doubt it, so your doctor wouldn't know either. If it isn't helping much anyway, I'd try to taper off and quit it - it's very expensive in the slow-release form! Concerta is at least 15 x more than generic (non-slow release) Ritalin!

  29. QUESTION:
    What causes graves disease?
    I have just been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism due to Graves disease. I understand the thyroid problems came from the graves disease but not where and when I 'caught' or developed this autoimmune problem.

    Could someone explain in layman's terms what graves disease is and where it comes from? Also how long am I likely to have had it? I'm 26 now and have just developed a goiter but other symptoms of hyperthyroidism and graves disease seem to have been around for over 10 years.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest no-one really knows for sure what causes autoimmune diseases to develop - it is the subject of extensive research and there are many theories. The main accepted theory is that in genetically suscepitble people something triggers a person's immune system to begin to attack the person's own body/organs. It is though that this trigger may be a virus. White blood cells work by recognising certain proteins on the surface of viruses and bacteria and creating antibodies against these proteins. It is thought that if a virus has a protein that is structurally similar to proteins present on normal cells of the body, for example, the cells of the thyroid gland, antibodies produced by the immune system to fight this virus may then also attack normal body cells - such as those of the thyroid gland. To diagnose Graves disease antibodies against certain proteins in the thyroid gland are detected in the bloodstream. There is also a strong genetic basis for autoimmune diseases - so it is thought the above process happens in genetically predisposed people. Relatives of patients with an autoimmune condition are for this reason at increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease themselves and if a person has one autoimmune disease they are at higher risk of also developing others. Other examples of autoimmune diseases include type I diabetes (in which antibodies attack the pancreas), addison's disease (in which antibodies attack the adrenal gland) and vitiligo (a skin condition). I hope this makes sense - and as I say this is still the subject of great debate but is a simplified form of one of the most widely upheld theories.

  30. QUESTION:
    CAN YOUR WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT NOT SHOW SIGNS OF INFECTION?
    AND can herpes on your face look like acne, and not be near your mouth?
    im breaking out so bad! and im back on my acne medication which usually clears it up to like 90%!! i have mountain types of red painfull bumps(that dont pop like mine usually do) in all areas on my dermatologist says normal! and a few blisters types.
    BUT my dr's and i have been doing all kinds of blood, urine and stool tests to figure out whats wrong w/ me because i have been quite sick W/ a ridiculous amount of symptoms....... my symptoms include(but not limited to): extreme weight loss(20%) over the past 7 months w/ no known reason, memory loss,fatigue,confusion, trouble finding words, constipation,blood clots in stool, extreme amount of mucus in stool, malabsorbtion,constant feeling of needing to move bowels, itchy scalp,dry hair and skin, dry mouth, large amounts of yeast in mouth, swollen tender glands throughout entire body(HARD IMMOBILE SLOW GROWING LYMPH NODES IN GROIN ABOUT 1MONTH NOW -now about 1cm-1in big), circulation changes(pigmentation in skin either very pale or red, varicoses veins pronounced in legs when im doing anything physically demanding,broken blood vessels appearing easily; eyes and nose)cold feet and hands, hot flashes(im 29YRS OLD!), pain(inside of knees, lower back, stiff neck, headaches), hands wrists ankles and feet swelling(bilaterally) w/ tingling sensation and numbness, muscle cramping and spams, few BLISTER TYPE canker sores, hair loss, dry eyes, abdominal swelling, appetite up and down but always feeling full quickly, excessive gas, ocd symptoms, behavior changes, THROAT feels full, itchy wet ears(get clogged alot), cuts on fingers and hands slow to heal, allergy type symptoms out of no-where, skin tag inside anus almost at edge, slight vaginal discharge(not strong odor) and swelling(looks as if the walls of vagina are closing in! swollen and low), bump on cervix(that has been there years but now growing fast and a new one just inside opening-purplish in color. i can see it bc cervix is so low and maybe swollen(2gynecologists examined me and said look normal!)
    IM ON SYNTHROID FOR LOW THYROID,CO LACE FOR CONSTIPATION AND ZANTAC FOR GAS
    I HAVE HASHIMOTO DISEASE(autoimmune low thyroid) I HAD A VERY LARGE TUMOR REMOVED FROM CHEST 15 YRS AGO(attached to my trachea,aorta,heart,esophagus and windpipe. but seems to not have grown back according to x rays
    im thinking i have a number of different problems and that's whats confusing the dr's-
    i had clear x chest x rays and only one abnormal ekg out of 3(Dr's say no concern and no found heart probs) clear ultrasound of liver,heart,gall bladder, etc, all basic blood urine and stool tests plus extra thyroid tests, rheumatoid arthritis,lyme disease, celiac, HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydiae, and parasite tests and more.------ all normal so far! (w/ the exception of a slightly low sugar)
    *** im concerned my white blood cell counts are not showing up on tests accurately bc i must have SOME type of infection! LYMPHOMA, CANCER, HIV(that is not showing on test) BRAIN TUMOR! I DONT KNOW-SYPMTOMS ARE SO ALL OVER THE MAP!
    im stressed from all this worrying prb making my sypmtoms more severe and multiply, but i know something is wrong! SOMEONE ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME im seeing dr tom so hopefully some news(GOOD OR BAD AT THIS POINT IS GOOD TO ME!)

    • ANSWER:
      many of those symptoms lead to HIV, and it is not uncommon to have a negative test result when you are actually HIV positive. get retested.. but overall sounds like you just named everything you could think of.

      -vaginal discharge: normal
      -skin tags: normal
      -sores: possible STD
      - bump on cervix: might actually be the cervix, if you gyno can't see it, im sure it's fine
      - etc..

      start thinking about what's changed recently versus worrying so much about the little things. that's what confuses doctors, when you talk about 100 different things when really the worst symptom is the cause of everything else

      your thyroid problem is most likely causing your lymph nodes to be swollen, as well as most of the symptoms above

      as for the acne.. it is stress induced.. and you seem to be very stressed.

      i suggest stop taking so much medications, consult more doctors until you're satisfied, they know what your blood work reveals, not us

  31. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problems and diabetes?
    I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease) and I was put on 75 MCG Levothyroxine on June 24, 2010 because my TSH was 26. The first dosage was perfect apparently because my levels have come back TSH 2.885 and my T4 is 8.7. I have appointments with my endocrinologist every 8 months. I was scheduled to see my endo March 2011. We came with concerns about me feeling nauseated and having frequent headaches and getting sick, feeling like I was going to pass out. She switched me to Synthroid in hopes that my headaches/sickness would go away. I am still experiencing the same symptoms, but worse. Last night I had a lot of sugar, I ate a bunch of chocolate and chocolate ice cream. (I have always loved sugar). I was on my bed and I got very cold all of a sudden, which is weird because usually my room is burning up (No AC), I had to turn off my fan because I got so cold. I could barely move my hands, but I had my cell phone near so I called my mom. I was talking to my mom on the phone and she brought up the possibility of diabetes, since it runs on her side of the family. I looked up the symptoms and a lot of things started making sense. I have always had frequent urination, random fatigue, and excessive thirst like I can't get enough to drink, ever. I was just wanting to know if I should call my endocrinologist about this? My next appointment is in November and I don't want to wait that long to see if I have diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid problems and diabetes are "sister" illnesses. When you have one of these conditions, often you will have the other as well.

      You needn't wait to see your endocrinologist in November -- as a matter of fact you should not wait till November to determine whether or not you have diabetes. Call your family physician and make an appointment today! Your physician will be able to determine whether or not diabetes is present.

      Good luck and God bless you!

  32. QUESTION:
    I got checked for my thyroid.. and im worried..does anybody have experience with thyroid problems?!! help?
    Im 22yrs old female, my mom has Lupus which is an autoimmune disease and she had hyperthyroidism. I went to the doctor today (ophtalmologist) and he said that one of my eyes looks bigger, he said that i need to get checked for thryoid problems because i have a lot of symptoms.
    Dry eyes, anxiety, hair loss, fatigue, cant sleep among other things..
    ok so i went to the lab and i got the results and it said ..
    THS = .53
    the normal range is .25 - 7.0

    im seeing the doctor next week but im breaking my head..is .53 too low? or what? pleaseee im too worried

    • ANSWER:
      You can definitely have hyperT symptoms before your TSH drops too low. Also, you need to have your Free T4 and Free T3 checked as these may be out of range. I would also request to have TSI checked as well. This is the antibody found in Graves disease (hyperthyroidism). Please see an endo for this, as many pcp's order the wrong thyroid labs (i.e. total t3/t4 instead of free t3/t4 and many don't even know what TSI is).

  33. QUESTION:
    Can you suffer from an under active thyroid without gaining weight?
    I haven't been officially diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, but I have a lot of the symptoms (fatigue, sluggishness, low immunity to illness, swollen throat and carpal tunnel syndrome), however I have never really had a problem with my weight! It can fluctuate but only slightly, is it possible to suffer from Hypothryroidism without weight gain?

    I am a student and I had a load of blood tests at the end of last term, one of which said that I had something wrong with my thryoid, but I thought I would wait until I go back in September to see the doctor again rather than re-register in my hometown. Does anyone know whether it's dangerous to go without treatment? Because I have been feeling rapidly worse in the last week or so, I've barely got out of bed the past two days! It was only a few months ago I developed carpal tunnel sydrome and today I woke up with a puffy face! :-(

    Oh one more thing, my sister suffers from Systemic lupus erythematosus (which is an autoimmune disease) -is that relevant?

    Any help would be really appreciated! Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible. Weight gain is just one of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid, different people experience different symptoms. It may be that your metabolism is still going at a steady rate because of your young age. Do you have cold intolerance at all??

      It is relevant that your sister has SLE because different types of autoimmune disease can run in families. Certain forms of hypothyroidism can be from an autoimmune cause.

      If I were you I would go to your doctors at home. You shouldnt need to re-register, you can just sign in as a tempory patient. It doesnt sound fun being stuck in bed, and the right treatment can help you and make you feel 100% better.

      If I were you I would want to know what the thyroid results were and see that it is undereactive. It might be worth calling up the place where you had blood taken and see if they can give you any info over the phone. You GPs at home should be able to start you on thyroxine if that is what you need, and then your GPs at uni can take over the treatment. Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    If it's not hashimoto's, what is it?
    For two years I have suffered with hypothyroid symptoms and eighteen months ago I developed a lump on my thyroid.

    Hashimoto's thyroiditis runs in my family, my Mum was diagnosed at 32 and both my aunt and my Nana have it. I have TPO antibodies but my thyroid function tests have always been within reference range, therefore my GP says I don't have hashimoto's thyroiditis, an underactive thyroid or an autoimmune disease and I don't need to be treated with thyroxine.

    My symptoms include; extreme tiredness, always very cold, dry skin, weight gain, hair loss, swollen ankles, puffy face, breathlessness, achey muscles, joint pain, tingly/numbness in fingers and toes, heavy periods, irritability, forgetfulness and weak/breaking nails.

    If it isn't hashimoto's, what could be wrong with me? I feel like I'm about seventy but I'm 33. I used to be very fit and active, now I struggle to climb the stairs.

    • ANSWER:
      What you just described is hypothyroidism. Here are some of the symptoms:
      Less stamina than others
      Less energy than others
      Long recovery period after any activity
      Inability to hold children for very long
      Arms feeling like dead weights after activity
      Chronic Low Grade Depression
      Suicidal Thoughts
      Often feeling cold
      Cold hands and feet
      High cholesterol
      Bizarre and Debilitating reaction to exercise
      Hard stools
      Constipation
      No eyebrows or thinning outer eyebrows
      Dry Hair
      Hair Loss
      Dry cracking skin
      Nodding off easily
      Requires naps in the afternoon
      Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time
      Forgetfulness
      Foggy thinking
      Inability to lose weight
      Always gaining weight
      Inability to function in a relationship with anyone
      NO sex drive
      Moody periods
      PMS
      Excruciating pain during period
      Nausea
      Swelling/edema/puffiness
      Aching bones/muscles
      Osteoporosis
      Bumps on legs
      Acne on face and in hair
      Breakout on chest and arms
      Hives
      Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional
      Inability to work full-time
      Inability to stand on feet for long periods
      Complete lack of motivation
      Slowing to a snail’s pace when walking up slight grade
      Extremely crabby, irritable, intolerant of others
      Handwriting nearly illegible
      Internal itching of ears
      Broken/peeling fingernails
      Dry skin or snake skin
      Major anxiety/worry
      Ringing in ears
      Lactose Intolerance
      Inability to eat in the mornings
      No hair growth, breaks faster than it grows
      Joint pain
      Carpal tunnel symptoms
      No Appetite
      Fluid retention to the point of Congestive Heart Failure
      Swollen legs that prevented walking
      Blood Pressure problems
      Varicose Veins
      Dizziness from fluid on the inner ear
      Low body temperature
      Raised temperature
      Tightness in throat; sore throat
      Swollen lymph glands
      Allergies (which can also be a result of low cortisol–common with hypothyroid patients)
      sore feet (plantar fascitis); painful soles of feet
      now how do I put this one politely….a cold bum, butt, derriere, fanny, gluteus maximus, haunches, hindquarters, posterior, rear, and/or cheeks. Yup, really exists.

      By the way, my own experinence is that I was also in range whenever I was tested. However, I would go from hypo to hyperthyroid. It took my surgeon to finally diagnose me with Hashimoto's over my Endo. I ended up have a total thyroidectomy due to a multi-nodule goiter caused by Hashi's plus an iodine deficiency. I'm going to include a great web site for you to check out on all of this.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why can't I stop feeling this way? Am I depressed?
    Lately, I've been very depressed. I'm normally very optimistic and over all enjoy life, see the silver lining. But i just can't seem to be happy without faking it these days.

    It started about three weeks ago. I was very ill and went to doctors, expecting that i was over-reacting. But the doctor seemed very concerned about my symptoms and ordered tests for some very scary diseases, (including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, hepititus, cancer, thyroid problems, syphilus, STDs etc and worst of all, HIV). Looking up the symptoms online, its seems possible I could have any of those diseases, especally HIV which fits my symptoms perfectly. (the only reason why i'm not completely convinced yet is because I ALWAYS use protection, but sometimes condoms fail i guess...). Not only am i very concerned, but also very embarrassed. I feel so dirty and disgusted with myself. I wont be getting the results for another two weeks.

    Also, school has not been going very well. I lost my passion for my major, I always feel too tired or distracted to go to class, and ive started getting panic attacks in class (I have an anxiety disorder).

    Also, in august, my intense romance with a guy who i knew had a girlfriend, came to a terrible end when everything went wrong and he felt guilty cheating on her. I was so in love with this guy, and i know the feelings were mutual but he lives in another country (I met him here, then went to visit him there), we knew it couldnt work anyway living so far apart, but we decided to stay friends, because who knows what could happen in the future. But three weeks ago he stopped emailing me, just like that. I am so heartbroken, ive never loved anyone so much before.

    My friends are always busy with their boyfriends, school or work, I feel like I annoy them when i ask them to hang out, and i feel like they only see me out of pity.

    I haven't had sex in over two months (guy above was the last). I feel so unattractive these days, stress has caused me to break out, and I have no interest in guys who hit on me, only those who i cant have. Ive never felt so ugly, incompetent, dirty, and undesirable.

    Yet, i just book a trip to Peru, my dream destination. I would have killed for this chance, and now... im barely excited. Whats wrong with me? What can i do????

    • ANSWER:
      Having helped a lot of friends get through Collage stress, it seems that is probably what you have. With the intense requirements for post-secondary education, a lot of people have great difficulty dealing with everything else going on in their life and the stress boils over.

      My best advice is to understand that this is likely what is going on, and that all those bad things you think about yourself aren't true, you just haven't had time to fully deal with other situations recently. Focus on your degree for now, and know that once you have it, you will have plenty of time to work with the other factors AND a good education to use as a foundation for your future.

      When you compare yourself to others, realize that you are likely focusing on some of their best traits. You're probably overlooking many of the things they have sacrificed in order to obtain those things.
      Instead of focusing on what others are good at, you should think about what YOU are good at (if you're in post-secondary and able to travel to Peru, you've obviously got something going *very* right).

      As for the medical issue, don't sweat it. Doctors often test for a wide variety of possible problems, even if the chance is remote. As for thinking the symptoms are similar to HIV, there is one other thing I've seen with similar symptoms: College Stress. =p

      Edit: Your school likely has a special service for helping students deal with stress, you should give them a call.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it depression, avoidant personality, anxiety, or...?
    Lately, I've been very blue. I'm normally very optimistic and overall enjoy life. But i just can't seem to be happy without faking it these days. I feel like avoiding everything, and i am experiencing generalized anxiety and panic disorder (which i was diagnosed with), and starting to get agoraphobia as well. Not to mention health anxiety...

    It started about three weeks ago. I was very ill and went to the doctors, expecting that i was over-reacting. But the doctor seemed very concerned about my symptoms and ordered tests for some very scary diseases, (including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, hepatitis, cancer, thyroid problems, syphilis, STDs, miscarriage and worst of all, HIV). Looking up the symptoms online, its seems possible I could have any of those diseases, especally HIV which fits my symptoms perfectly (except i always use protection). Not only am i very scared, but also very embarrassed. I feel so dirty and disgusted with myself. I wont be getting the results for another two weeks.

    Also, school has not been going very well. I lost my passion for my major, I always feel too tired or stressed to go to class, and ive started getting panic attacks in class. I feel like dropping all my classes and locking myself in my room and never coming out.

    Also, in august, my intense romance with a guy who i knew had a girlfriend, came to a terrible dramatic end when everything went wrong and he felt guilty cheating on her. I was so in love with this guy, and i know the feelings were mutual but he lives in another country (I met him here, then went to visit him there), we knew it couldnt work anyway living so far apart, but we decided to stay friends, because who knows what could happen in the future. But three weeks ago he stopped emailing me, just like that. I am so heartbroken, ive never loved anyone so much before, and i feel like i must have done something so wrong if he lost interest in me, and i cant stop obsessing over it. What was it that i did wrong?

    My friends are always busy with their boyfriends, school or work, I feel like I annoy them when i ask them to hang out, and i feel like they only see me out of pity. I feel so lonely.

    I haven't had sex in over two months (guy above was the last). I feel so unattractive these days, stress has caused me to break out, and I have no interest in guys who hit on me, only those who i cant have. Ive never felt so ugly, incompetent, dirty, sleazy and undesirable.

    Yet, i just booked a trip to Peru, my dream destination. I would have killed for this chance in the past, and now... im barely excited. Almost apathetic. Whats wrong with me? What can i do????

    • ANSWER:
      Aww... :(
      I almost cried reading this - you're not having a good couple of months are you? With the first part - it does sound like depression. And because you were sick before all this started it's more than likely "Post-viral depression". Best thing to do is see a psychologist. They will be able to diagnose you.
      With the panic attacks - please, please try and slow down your breathing. I suffer from anxiety and the best thing to do is when you start to feel the sensation of a panic attack - slow your breathing down. Deep breaths in and out. Try and concentrate on having 5-6 breaths a minute. This will help.
      You should see a psychologist - because it will help you with your stresses anyway. Try and be more social, and maybe exercise - even though you feel like doing nothing. It's best to break your thought pattern of wanting to be alone. Because it doesn't help.
      With the guy thing - I'm sorry. I can't imagine going through that. But if he didn't want to choose you, then honestly, you deserve better. You deserve someone who will choose you over everyone and everything. And you will find that person one day. Best revenge is to keep on living and living well. Broken hearts do mend. Just try to think of the good things that came out of the experience, and how much you learned. But I know it will be shit for a while.. :(
      And with the breaking out thing - try "Clindatech" it really, really, really helps. I don't even get pimples anymore because of it.

      I don't know what to say that will make you feel better, but I do think you could have depression. It's common, but serious and treatable. See a doctor or a psychologist, because it's best to know what you're up against. I'm sorry for everything that's happened to you lately. Peru might be just what you need. Time off in a different place. (:

      Best of luck x

  37. QUESTION:
    Need advice desperateley?
    Hello..I'm female and 30 yrs old..I fell ill at 21 and was diagnosed 2yrs later as having a borderline lyme test and systemic disease..major neurological symptoms..brain fog..raynaueds..horrible headaches like never before..new onset siezure activity and a brain spect scan consistent with severe neuro lyme or severe cns lupus..up til now my lupus tests negative...been seeing a reumatologist internist who is a lyme speciast..recently have develped alopecia..severe joint bone pain my sed rate has been up for months now which is new and elevated platelets for yrs..have been told protein was found in urine on 2 occasions haven't done a urinalysis lateley..my dr said based on my recent elevated sed rate and high platelets and supposidly some abnormality on autoimmune panel was pos..the nurse that called and told me was sweet but when I asked her if she knew what autoimmine disease it was she wasn't really givin me a straight answer..dr called in methltrexate which scares me...very potent drug...reumatiod arthritis neg, thyroid neg, seems all the peices are adding up to lupus???any1 have any thoughts..I see her again in 2 weeks..wish I knew now being sick 9 yrs without a dr lookin me in the face with a straight up answer is hell on earth...any input..with my abnormal brainscans and abnormal bloodwork as well as clinical findings and symptoms...do you think she's barking up the wrong tree still treating the lyme when most likely infection is gone and per her suggestion has triggered an autoimmune disease most fitting...lupus???

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What kind of specialist should I see for the following symptoms:?
    I've had the following symptoms for a while now. My general practitioner isn't cutting it, and I've been negative so far for thyroid (hyper and hypo) problems, lupus, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. I'm at the end of my rope. If there is ANYONE out there who has similar symptoms and got help, can you please point me in the right direction?

    Severe Eczema (Since Birth, better with age, worse in winter)
    Severe allergies (Since Birth) (to food like fruits, veggies, and seafood. Meds like penicillin and sulfa, lots of different trees and plants, latex, and pet dander)
    Stunted height (grew very slowly, only 5'2")
    Rapid weight gain, inability to lose weight with proper diet and exercise (since my teens)
    Depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (Since my teens, worsens as I age. GAD was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for a long time)
    Migraines (intermittent, started in my teens)
    Fatigue (10+ hours of sleep per night)
    Gastrointestinal (I've always had constant gas. I get diarrhea very easily. Stomach aches give me severe headaches and will make me vomit)
    Insulin resistance (recently diagnosed)

    For a while, my thinking was that the depression and anxiety was causing an inability to deal with stress, which in turn caused the weight gain, and fatigue, and made my allergies/eczema worse. Then I couldn't lose weight for the life of me, and since my family has a history of autoimmune disorders, that led to the thyroid testing. Now I'm getting this insulin problem, and my doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or risk becoming diabetic. But I still can't lose weight. See the conundrum? The most recent suggestion is that I might have celiac disease, but I looked it up and it seems to mainly have gastrointestinal symptoms, which I have very little of (just the persistent gas, really)

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

    I've had my thyroid checked. Also seen a rheumatologist (had joint pain for a while, but it was chalked up to the rapid weight gain). I also see my allergist and dermatologist regularly, they've been the same doctors since birth.

    I thought the allergies and eczema were just hereditary conditions unrelated to anything else until it was recently suggested that I include them in my list of symptoms to see if it narrows down my search, because apparently allergies and eczema can often indicate other disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      An Immunologist would test you to find out exactly what foods and other factors you are allergic to and therefore do not eat or avoid.

      An Endocrinologist would check your thyroid out really well and also advise you about the insulin problem.

      A specialist in Bariatric Medicine is the type of doctor who treats obesity. They use dietary/lifestyle changes and exercises and sometimes medicine in their treatment options.

      However before you contact any of them why don't you read this book extract in Google Books :

      " The Inflammation Cure", by William Joel Meggs, an Immunologist in America. Chapter 9 is the chapter that deals with dietary factors.

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

      *to NOT eat wheat (found in breads, packet cereals, prepared sauces etc, cakes and biscuits). Doing this alone will stop the wind problem and start you losing weight. Alternatives to wheat are rye crackers, rye bread, spelt bread etc; oats for breakfast cereal.

      * DO NOT have dairy products except maybe pot set natural yoghurt which has beneficial bacteria for easy digestion. Alternatives to cows milk - goat milk, water or soy milk.

      * Lean red meat - beef as it is the best source of protein and iron. Once a week.

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

      * Approved fruits and vegetables that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant too.

      *Nuts and seeds that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant to.

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have dermatitis herpetiformis, and what is it like?
    I have been tested for Celiac Disease and lab work and biopsy/endoscopy results were "normal." However, the doctors agreed that befored I ate gluten free I had the classic symptoms of Celiac Disease. However, sometimes worse than the constipation and bloating, when I ate gluten (or if i accidentally consume it), my hands and elbows start blistering or turning REALLY raw red. If it becomes more widespread my buttocks and scalp will do the same. Sometimes my knees would itch as well. This is not the type of itching that could be soothed with some sensitive skin lotion, but it would feel like a BAD sunburn or like I sat in acid! Sometimes my scalp and hands would bleed. There would also be some mini- chickenpock like bumps that I could easily scratch off. I am 18, and this began around the age of 16. My grandfather had been type ONE diabetic, and I have a strange thyroid problem. There is a possibility that I have some other kind of autoimmune disease (RA, Lupus, ?). So... do any of you have Dermatits Herpetitformis, how were you diagnosed, and what does it look/feel like?

    • ANSWER:
      The locations, elbows and buttocks are suggestive of dermatitis herpetiformis. It is the rash, very itchy, that occurs when you have an allergy to gluten and accidentally ingest some. Even with negative tests on endoscopy you can confirm the diagnosis with a skin biopsy. See the dermatologist. Avoid gluten. There is a medication available to help with the rash until the gluten clears your system.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have fibromyalgia without tender points?
    I have so many symptoms of it, it really started about 2 months later after having a flu like illness. I've had a CBC done, my sed rate checked, urine samples, stool samples, mri's, ct scans, an HIV test (negative), electrolytes, thyroid, and a panel for celiac disease. Everything has come back normal. Onetime my WBC count was a little elevated (10.9), I had a fatty tissue in my head, but it had disappeared later and my celaic AGA levels were a little high, not too much. But I heard AGA tests aren't even that reliable because they're wrong a lot of the time. I had the HIV test done 7 months after getting cut at a manicurist's and 3 months after one of my friend's drank out of my soda can's. I'm very paranoid about catching stuff. I even had an ANA screen done (antinuclear antibodies) to check for any presence of autoimmune diseases. I did get diagnosed with ehlers danlos syndrome (classical type) and I heard people with EDS can also develop FMS. So, is it possible to have fibromyalgia
    without any tender points? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is possible to have FMS without the doc finding TENDERPOINTS (not trigger points)

      this may be because the doc was a half inch off---I have not found a doc that is accurate at finding tehright spot--they will press-I'll be fine--but if tehy move over a half inch-it'll hurt..

      you need to address your mental helath issues before you even consider a fms diagnosis--HIV isn't spread by sharign a soda can....

      i looked up ehlers danlos syndrome ---it's the symdrome itslef that is probably causing your symptoms---not another condition

      FMS is highly overdiagnosed by doctors who use it as a general label for pain..

      one thing you didn't mention was a complete work up for MOno

      I had it for 3 months before a doc did a blood test--you need teh full mono panel (past infection, current, recovering) not teh simple positive negative test)

  41. QUESTION:
    Can you get cancer this way...?
    I asked a question about an autoimmune disease a while ago and I was wondering... if the thyroid levels skyrockets and the victim loses weight, could it mean cancer?

    Is there a type of cancer that is associated with the two symptoms above?

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible, since there are several types of thyroid cancer, but it's not likely to be cancer based on statistics. A person with the condition you described needs to see an endocrinologist as soon as possible. There can be high blood pressure issues involved in this situation that are also serious. While thoughts of cancer scare most persons, cancer is by no means the only serious illness around.

  42. QUESTION:
    PCOS question looking for others who have it?
    I haven't heard about PCOS but I'm pretty sure I have it. I went to my doctor complaining about these symptoms about 2 years ago, then I lost my insurance. I have all these symptoms-I was in the process of being checked for thyroid and diabetes (all of which run in my family! autoimmune disease on both sides). Within the last 8 months I have noticed that I have darker hair between my boobs and around my nipples and on my lip! I have gained 40lbs and can't lose it despite going to the gym, eating right, working with a trainer-I also got a puppy and we walk and run all the time! Do you ever get 2 heavy periods in a month though? It seemed all the information I found was people who had no periods or skipping periods frequently. Any good articles or online quizzes I can take to the doctor? I may be offered more hours at work and then could afford a doc visit! FINGERS CROSSED! Oh, I also started get bad stabbing pains across my midsection (near my belly button) in the last 2 months. Sorry for rambling!

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed recently with pcos. The darker hair and weight gain could be a result of thyroid issues too. Pcos of course has symptoms because of that too so you may have thyroid issues instead of the syndrom.
      I haven't heard of heavy bleeding frequently with pcos, however i rarely have my period and when i do its extremely heavy. Do you ever miss any?
      Its possible you maybe in the early stages of it. Your doctor should run an ultrasound just to see if there are any follicals on your ovarys which would be a result of the pain. Also, they should check your blood work including glucose and testosterone to see if there are any abnormalities. I have high symptoms of pcos - but it is triggered by my weight so my doctor says.
      I think if you keep up the going to the gym and eating healthy, that your symptoms will continue to stay mild or be under control. In the mean time, mention it to your doctor to have the tests run to be sure. Good luck! :)

  43. QUESTION:
    I sometimes pass out and have convulsions,sometimes have slightly low blood pressure and my sodium level is?
    borderline low.2 epilepsy tests,mri,cat scan,thyroid and ACTH test were ALL normal.Just the ANA(autoimmune disease)test was "high" or positive.Mom has Lupus.Any ideas on what I might have.I've been seeing docs for years and continue to go to a neurologist,heart doc and an endo.Just looking for thoughts or opinions.Anyone with simmilar symptoms?What did they end up figuring out?Docs have no idea whats wrong with me
    Tired all the time,since I was 5 years old!So exhausted with no energy all the time!!Dizzy and lightheaded all the time.Nautious almost everyday.Vomit sometimes for no reason.Diahreah a few times a week,sometimes up to 3 times a day.Been hospitalized for severe coldness and shaking.Severe back pain from nowhere

    • ANSWER:
      I would check with a neurologist again. It sounds like a problem with your vagus nerve.

  44. QUESTION:
    what is wrong with my metabolism? hypothyroidism/hypituitary/celiac?
    I've been listing out my symptoms and trying to decipher what is going on. Basically, I'm 15, I play tennis and exercise very often, I have an absolute health nut though I don't usually have a problem with sweets, but I hardly eat them a lot. But it mainly happened over the tennis season in in just a few months, I went up from 135 to 153 lbs (I'm 5'9). Techniquely I'm still in healthy range, but really I don't fit in anything right, I don't feel good, and I'm certainly done puberty.

    These are all my symptoms:
    Change in stool softness (softer)
    Sudden and unexplained weight gain
    Joint Pain after exercising (which isn’t that unusual)
    Irregular, getting heavier and longer and then light and short periods
    Recurrent sinus infections, like this cough for 3 weeks
    I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
    I feel cold sometimes at the wrong times
    I have shortness of breath sometimes
    I have unexplained nausea, especially in the mornings
    I get tired right around eight thirty every night, I wake up early but as soon as it gets late I'm beat. Maybe I'm a morning person...

    Also this would be important to note, my entire mother's side of the family has celiac disease (an autoimmune disease where one cannot absorb gluten (wheat) and it causes a boatload of other autoimmune diseases). I was wondering the chances that I could have developed it. Nothing truamatizing has happened to me lately, besides a ton of stress from schoolwork.

    So I'm wondering if I could have developed celiac? I know that it has been attributed to weight loss, but if it affected my thyroid it would have the opposite affect. My mother is getting me tested for hypothyroidism, but what about hypopituitary stuff? That would be a little more serious.

    I'm healthy in a day, hardly passing 1200 calories but I'm not not eating, I just eat very healthy. I have oatmeal for breakfast, fruit for lunch, a snack probably fruit or a granola bar, and chicken breat usually for dinner. So I eat enough. But as soon as I eat too much my weight gain is incredible. 3000 calories=1 pound? I eat 2000 and I'll gain 3.

    Thank you so much for your help (: I would just like some real feedback before I'm questioned by my doctor this week.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Hypothyroidism? Pituitary hypothyroidism? Hashimoto's? Leukemia? ?
    I'm 19, about 5 feet tall, 116 lbs. African-American.
    History: Most of the symptoms I have I've had for years, but being raised in a family that pushed me to “just deal with it” whenever I complained about feeling sick Iwas forced to push myself. I'm in a much better situation, but since I've been here my health has consistently been declining and I've developed anxitey which keeps getting worse. Life before this year was pretty close to unbearably stressful including freuqent sporadic bouts of homelessness all throughout my life as well as other traumatic events. I thought maybe it could be ptsd or GAD, but the anxitey just began now that I'm removed from the stressful situation and placed into a stable one, same with my body pretty much breaking down. Through-out my developmental years I abused a variety of pills (Been clean for awhile.) as well as ingesting mass amounts of soy (vegetarian for eight years) and starting birth control at 14. Family has a history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, addiction. Possibly a history of hypothyroid, but only one family member is officially diagnosed ,four people total with parallel symptoms though.

    Symptoms including, but not limited to: Dry, brittle hair & scalp, hair loss, dry skin, several different kinds of recurring headaches (center of head between ears mostly), weight flucuations ,Hirsutism, irregular periods, infertility, acne, visual disturbances (three dots in a triangular formation), bleeding gums, tooth decay, sporadic dizziness, loss of motor control, slurred speech, fevers (past 2 month), menstrual irregularities, infertility, sinuses hurt constantly throughout ears and face, several serious sinus infections over the years, "lump stuck in throat” feeling, swelling under her chin sometimes, heartburn, stabbing chest pains (really painful almost incapacitating), heart palpitations, back & shoulder pain (excruciating, chronic), trouble digesting food, no appetite, possible gall bladder problems, daily nausea, muscle weakness, joint pain, chronic yeast infections over the years (generally very prone to infection), "tingling" in limbs kind of like they fell asleep but more intense of a pins & needles feeling, lack of energy, shortness of breath., lump on her arm about a centimeter or so high, what feels like carpal tunnel, insomnia, serious anxiety. Temperature. is very low in the morning and high at night. She's extremely sensitive to cold, sensitive to light(sometimes it causes her to vomit or pass out)
    We're worried that the ranges of normality might be off considering she's a pretty tiny person and i guess wouldn't have the same range of normality as someone who is of average height and weight or someone that hasn't been on birth control on and off since they were 14

    Theories have been put forth that it could be either depression in general (it absolutely isn't), 1.pituitary or secondary hypothyroid, 2.Adrenal failure originating in the pituitary gland( due to what seems like bouncing between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid) 3. Leukemia (due to her wbc being on the high end and her rbc being on the low end) or some Autoimmune disease (due to her lymphocyte count being on the high end and her monocyte count being on the low end)
    Doctors are just pretty much refusing to listen to her tell them her symptoms or perform tests, especially if they know her history. Or they tell her it's anxiety or depression because her results are “within range”.
    Here are a lot of test results, if you can make any sense out of them I'd really appreciate it:
    BUN/Creatinine Ratio 13
    Alkaline Phosphatase, S 48 (IU/L)
    LDH 115 (IU/L)
    AST (SGOT) 15 (IU/L)
    ALT (SGPT) 14 (IU/L)
    pH 6.0
    Free T4 1.28 (ng/dL)
    TSH 1.051 (uIU/mL)
    Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab <10 (IU/mL)
    free t3 3.3 (pg/mL)
    antithyroglobulin ab siemens (DPC) ICMA Method <20 IU/ML --40
    WBC 8.6 (x10E3/uL)
    RBC 4.13 (x10E6/uL)
    Hemoglobin 12.3 (g/dL)
    Hematocrit 36.2 (%)
    RDW 12.7 (%)
    Platelets 344 (x10E3/uL)
    Neutrophils 46 (%)
    Lymphs 49 (%)
    Monocytes 4 (%)
    Eos 1 (%)
    Basos 0 (%)
    Neutrophils (Absolute) 4.0 (x10E3/uL)
    Lymphs (Absolute) 4.2 (x10E3/uL)
    Monocytes (Absolute) 0.3 (x10E3/uL)
    Eos (Absolute) 0.1 (x10E3/uL)
    Baso (Absolute) 0.0

    I forgot to clarify a few things. The tooth decay is recent, most of the enamel on my teeth is gone. I don't have insurance at all. I can't work and I can't go to school. And I'm no longer a vegetarian as of one year ago.
    Also, I've been all over the vitamins situation. All kinds of D, B, B12, A and some other multi as well as iron supplements.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello...your test results mean nothing to us if you don't include the lab ranges. Thats because every lab has a different method of testing and have different ranges. So I am unsure what is low or high.

      I have a pituitary condition AND Hashimotos. Before I was able to find a Dr. that would listen, I had many of the symptoms you describe and was told I was just depressed. I found a good Dr. that realized I might have the 2 conditions and combined they were making some of the lab results look normal (one condition was pulling them down, the other up). And he said "OF course your depressed, your very sick!" Why isn't IGF 1 including in your test results? Thats a very important test to determine pituitary functioning. All your symptoms point to a pituitary problem. You need to find a good Endocrinologist who specializes in pituitary disorders. Go to www.pituitary.org and look through Dr. listings. I'm not sure what you should do about the financial issue but maybe someone can help you out.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Hypothyroidism, Pituitary hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's? Added ranges for results.?
    I'm 19, about 5 feet tall, 116 lbs. African-American.
    History: Most of the symptoms I have I've had for years, but being raised in a family that pushed me to “just deal with it” whenever I complained about feeling sick I was forced to push myself. I'm in a much better situation, but since I've been here my health has consistently been declining and I've developed anxiety which keeps getting worse. Life before this year was pretty close to unbearably stressful including frequent sporadic bouts of homelessness all throughout my life as well as other traumatic events. I thought maybe it could be ptsd or GAD, but the anxiety just began now that I'm removed from the stressful situation and placed into a stable one, same with my body pretty much breaking down. Through-out my developmental years I abused a variety of pills (Been clean for awhile.) as well as ingesting mass amounts of soy (vegetarian for eight years) and starting birth control at 14. Family has a history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, addiction. Possibly a history of hypothyroid, but only one family member is officially diagnosed ,four people total with parallel symptoms though.

    Symptoms including, but not limited to: Dry, brittle hair & scalp, hair loss, dry skin, several different kinds of recurring headaches (center of head between ears mostly), weight fluctuationss ,Hirsutism, irregular periods, infertility, acne, visual disturbances (three dots in a triangular formation), bleeding gums, tooth decay, sporadic dizziness, loss of motor control, slurred speech, fevers (past 2 month), menstrual irregularities, infertility, sinuses hurt constantly throughout ears and face, several serious sinus infections over the years, "lump stuck in throat” feeling, swelling under her chin sometimes, heartburn, stabbing chest pains (really painful almost incapacitating), heart palpitations, back & shoulder pain (excruciating, chronic), trouble digesting food, no appetite, possible gall bladder problems, daily nausea, muscle weakness, joint pain, chronic yeast infections over the years (generally very prone to infection), "tingling" in limbs kind of like they fell asleep but more intense of a pins & needles feeling, lack of energy, shortness of breath., lump on her arm about a centimeter or so high, what feels like carpal tunnel, insomnia, serious anxiety. Temperature. is very low in the morning and high at night. She's extremely sensitive to cold, sensitive to light(sometimes it causes her to vomit or pass out)
    We're worried that the ranges of normality might be off considering she's a pretty tiny person and i guess wouldn't have the same range of normality as someone who is of average height and weight or someone that hasn't been on birth control on and off since they were 14

    Theories have been put forth that it could be either depression in general (it absolutely isn't), 1.pituitary or secondary hypothyroid, 2.Adrenal failure originating in the pituitary gland( due to what seems like bouncing between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid) 3. Leukemia (due to my wbc being on the high end and my rbc being on the low end) or some Autoimmune disease (due to my lymphocyte count being on the high end and my monocyte count being on the low end)
    Doctors are just pretty much refusing to listen to her tell them her symptoms or perform tests, especially if they know her history. Or they tell her it's anxiety or depression because her results are “within range”.
    Here are a lot of test results, if you can make any sense out of them I'd really appreciate it:
    BUN/Creatinine Ratio 13 mmol/L Range - 8-27
    Alkaline Phosphatase, S 48 (IU/L) 60-400
    LDH 115 (IU/L) 100-250
    AST (SGOT) 15 (IU/L) 0-40
    ALT (SGPT) 14 (IU/L) 0-55
    pH 6.0
    Free T4 1.28 (ng/dL) 0.61-1.76
    TSH 1.051 (uIU/mL) 0.450-4.500
    Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab <10 (IU/mL) 0-34
    free t3 3.3 (pg/mL) 2.3-4.2
    antithyroglobulin ab siemens (DPC) ICMA Method <20 IU/ML 0-40
    WBC 8.6 (x10E3/uL) 4.0-10.5
    RBC 4.13 (x10E6/uL) 4.10-5.60
    Hemoglobin 12.3 (g/dL) 12.5-17.0
    Hematocrit 36.2 (%) 36.0-50.0
    RDW 12.7 (%) 11.7-15.0
    Platelets 344 (x10E3/uL) 140-415
    Neutrophils 46 (%) 40-74
    Lymphs 49 (%)14-46
    Monocytes 4 (%) 4-13
    Eos 1 (%) 0-7
    Basos 0 (%) 0-3
    Neutrophils (Absolute) 4.0 (x10E3/uL) 1.8-7.8
    Lymphs (Absolute) 4.2 (x10E3/uL) 0.7-4.5
    Monocytes (Absolute) 0.3 (x10E3/uL) 0.1-1.0
    Eos (Absolute) 0.1 (x10E3/uL) 0.0-02
    Baso (Absolute) 0.0 0.0-0.4

    Additional Details

    I forgot to clarify a few things. The tooth decay is recent, most of the enamel on my teeth is gone. I don't have insurance at all. I can't work and I can't go to school. And I'm no longer a vegetarian as of one year ago.

    Also, I've been all over the vitamins situation. All kinds of D, B, B12, A and some other multi as well as iron supplements.
    Not diabetic. Been having trouble feeling my peehole and trouble peeing.

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask for a serum ferritin test. Anemia often shows up in the ferritin (storage iron) before it is apparent in other iron tests. With your hemoglobin slightly below range, your hematocrit at the bottom of its range, and your history of vegetarianism, I would suspect that many of your symptoms are due to anemia. If you were a vegetarian for very long, you may have lost your ability to digest meat.
      I would add that soy binds thyroid hormone and prevents it from being absorbed into your cells. If you still eat any soy at all, you can be hypothyroid on the tissue level, even though your blood levels look OK.
      The lump in the throat might be a thyroid nodule, which should be watched with ultrasound imaging.

  47. QUESTION:
    Question about Positive ANA results?? 1:80 Titre Speckled Pattern?
    I feel like a Hypochondriac. I went undiagnosed with Thyroid Disease (Hypothyroid) for 3 years Between the ages of 18-21. I have always been very aware of my body; and when things are wrong. At 25; I contracted Epstein Barr Virus (Mono) otherwise- I've led a very healthy life. Since turning 30; I've struggled with muscle and joint pain, swelling in face; hands and feet; headaches; extreme fatigue, high blood pressure, hyper-gylcemia, IBS; brain fog and memory problems. I'm tested regularily for my TSH levels; and most recently; for the first time- My tests showed a Positive 1:80 Titre- Speckled Pattern. I was going through what I would call a "flare-up" of extreme symptoms at the time of the test. I am scheduled with a Ruematologist end of March. My other blood work I guess did NOT suggest lupus- despite the new development of a Positive anti-body test. I guess I feel as though "something" is going on- yet my blood work- is within normal relms. Does anyone have any suggestions? These symptoms are almost deblilitating- and while it was suggested I might have Fibromyalgia- I can't believe I feel so terrible inside and out- yet my blood work says I'm normal. I am also at a loss as to why I might suddenly show a Positive ANA test after years of being negative. Many say normal people have positive results for ANA. I would appreciate anyone who might have some insight on autoimmune challenges. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You said you went undiagnosed with thyroid disease from age 18-21, so I assume you "are" being treated for thyroid disease now, and have been for the last 4 years. I will bet that the thyroid med you are on is synthetic t4 (synthroid, levothyroxine, levoxyl, unithroid, etc), and "not" on a natural thyroid med (Naturethroid, Erfa Thyroid, Thyroid-S, etc). And that you have not had adrenals or ferritin properly tested/treated. Why do I say that? Most of your symptoms (muscle/joint pain, face hands feet swelling, headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, IBS, brain fog, memory problems, etc) are common to those that are taking a t4 drug.

      About the ANA, a big proportion of the population without any disease can also have a positive ANA test. From an internet search, I found this also:
      "A positive ANA titer can be found in a variety of rheumatologic diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. As for the speckled pattern, in addition to lupus, dermatomysitis, mixed connective tissue disorder, scleroderma or Sjogren's syndrome can all be the cause. Ken Pho, MD"

      Thyroid info:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned/

      Lab tests and how to interpret them:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      Just in case:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc/

      I hope this info helps you.

  48. QUESTION:
    I tested positive for scleroderma 4 times!?
    I went to the doctor over a year ago complaining of aches & pains throughout my body, & joint pain,some other symptoms I had were- dizziness,muscle weakness, headaches,fatigue, swelling in feet,ankles,hands,& fingers, numbness & tingling in hands & feet,dry eyes, hands turn colors with cold or stress,hair loss, really bad heartburn, bouts of diarrhea then constipation & maybe some others but thats all I can think of right now. So anyways she did an ANA test on me & the only thing that came up positive was anti SCL-70 which she said it means I could have scleroderma.She wanted to make sure it wasn't just a false positive, so she took it again a couple weeks later, still positive.So she sent me to a rheumatologist. He did no other testing just poked me with his fingers a bit in certain areas then said I have fibromyalgia. I was confused why I tested positive for scleroderma then he says its just fibromyalgia. My doctor didn't agree either, so she sent me to a different rheumatologist, he talked to me for a little bit & also poked me in places to see if it hurt, but then he said he thinks it is just fibromyalgia. He explained that if you have another autoimmune dieases you can test positive for a different one, therefore it can be a false positive. He said since I have thyroid disease thats why it might have came up positive for scl-70. They also said they didn't see any physical symptoms. Hmmm so I'm really confused now.So I asked my doctor to take one more test to make sure it was still positive & of course it was. But I trusted them. So I went on with my life. Months later I just kept feeling more sick, so I went back to my doctor she did another test for ANA & it came up positive again for SCL-70. But there are no other rheumatologists in my town that take my health ins. so I' kinda at a dead end. I'm confused, My anti scl-70 was 203..I don't know if that's a high or low positve. Anyone with answers please help! Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Bobbie,
      Systemic sclerosis – SSc -can be difficult to diagnose as it can develop gradually and can take different forms. About 60% to 90% of those with scleroderma - systemic sclerosis - have a positive Antinuclear Antibody test – ANA - finding. In people who may have this condition, ANA subset tests can help distinguished two forms of the disease, ‘limited’ versus ‘diffuse.’ The diffuse form is more severe. Limited disease is most closely associated with the anticentromere pattern of ANA staining (and the anticentromere test), while the diffuse form is associated with autoantibodies to the anti–Scl-70. This appears, from your comments, to be related to your test results. Anti-Scl-70 positivity is useful in predicting those at higher risk for diffuse cutaneous involvement and interstitial fibrosis/restrictive lung disease, (although the latter has not been universally observed). In some cases, because Scleroderma causes hard areas of skin, your doctor may order a skin biopsy to aid in or help confirm a diagnosis. However, skin biopsies have their limitations, for example, a biopsy cannot distinguish between localized and systemic disease. As mentioned above, the systemic sclerosis type of scleroderma can also affect internal organs as well as the skin. There are many possible symptoms and problems that may develop with systemic sclerosis because the extent and severity of the disease can vary greatly from person to person. People with systemic sclerosis should have regular monitoring of blood pressure, blood and urine tests, and lung function, and should report any unexplained symptoms promptly to a doctor. Systemic sclerosis cannot be cured, but there are various treatments which can help. Newer treatments have improved the outlook for this condition. You would be advised to research a doctor who specialises in this subject and, if it is not your specialist/doctor, endeavour to obtain a consultation. I wish you well.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  49. QUESTION:
    What autoimmune disorder(s) do you think I am most likely suffering from?
    I am currently waiting on lab results and am wondering if you could help me pinpoint which auto-immune disorder(s) I am MOST LIKELY suffering from??

    I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease with Hypothyroidism and most recently, Fibromyalgia. I am currently waiting for the results on a ton of bloodwork, but wanted to get some opinions if anyone is knowledgeable about this stuff. I will leave you with my master list of symptoms that i have compiled over the last 2 months:

    I am unable to sleep less than 10 hours a night. If i do, i wake up completely sore, exhausted and crabby.
    My weight fluctuates greatly. Last week I weighed 145, this week 152.
    Have been trying to conceive for 3 years with no success using charting/opks and perfect timing for over 30 cycles (without medical intervention)
    Dermatitis on right foot, scalp and behind ears
    Extreme sensitivity to cold, anything below 76 degrees causes numbness and pain in extremities
    Sensitivity to light (prefer to sit in darkened rooms, have been this way since i was a child, can't stand bright lights or glare)
    Night blindness (unable to drive at night, no depth perception at night, etc)
    Irregular periods made less irregular with Synthroid, but still different lengths every cycle
    Very delicate skin, light touch causes bruising, always have bruises. Some of them are without pain.
    (severe)Mental fog, extremely bad memory and worsening. Unable to do mental math. I can set something down and then spend two hours looking for it and this happens every day. I also
    forget what i am doing ALL THE TIME!
    Have had a slight studder since I was a child.
    Sometimes I read numbers backwards
    Have to reread sentences or paragraphs to comprehend it
    I write in an "uphill" fashion, i cannot write on the line unless i turn the paper completely sideways, this developed in middle-school.
    (severe)Have problems saying what i mean, the words come out in the wrong order or i will accidently use a word that is similar to what i mean but not exactly and it won't sound right. Husband calls me yoda!
    Constantly crave sweet or salty food, worse with period
    Terrible depth perception, always walking into table corners and door frames and unable to judge distances

    feet hurt (after 5 or more hours of standing activities)
    tingling and cold sensations below knees
    stiff knees
    sore knees
    sore thigh muscles
    aching hip pain
    stiff hips
    (severe)sore hips (feels like walking will pop them out of socket- can't walk straight)
    (severe)stiff & sore forearms (can't lift objects without pain & shaking)
    stiff shoulders
    (severe)sore shoulders
    (severe)sore shoulder muscles/tendons (can't lay on sides to sleep, makes pain worse)
    (severe)unable to lift or flex shoulders due to pain
    (severe)During flare-ups i have immense weakness in hips, arms & wrists
    (severe)stiff fingers
    (severe)pain in fingers (swollen feeling, sometimes unable to move them upon waking)
    shaky hands
    alternating constipation/diarrhea
    abdominal pains
    abdominal cramps
    gas

    MOST RECENT
    popping muscles/tendons all over body
    random nearsightedness
    random chest pain
    left eye twitching at random and happens every day now

    Thyroid Panel is NORMAL, TSH at 0.9. So it's not hypo symptoms :/

    • ANSWER:
      With a list like that, I would expect them to come back and tell you Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, if not also including the possibility of Lupus. I would say I don't want to scare you, but I doubt very much having lived with this much that anything I say would do that. A lot of your list can readily be attributed to Fibromyalgia (which I have, as well as connective tissue disease & suspicion of SLE), including the digestive & female problems. IBS and various issues such as PCOS commonly run with autoimmune inflammatory diseases. So does neuropathy, which you've also aptly described.

      The sensitivity to cold you're describing screams of Raynaud's Syndrome (which I also likely have). Along with all that, if your light sensitivity includes being photosensitive w/ or w/out a malar rash... and you've got an elevated ANA, then your Dr should be considering Lupus. You should be seen by a rheumatologist if you haven't already. You *might* need a neurologist at some point.

      There are treatment options, whatever the case. You clearly look like a classic case of SOME kind of autoimmune disease. No matter what anyone says about it, Fibromyalgia is in that category as well. There is scientific proof of that. It's just that some "professionals" want to turn a blind eye to the genetic markers that have been identified. Hashimotos is already accepted as being autoimmune anyway. Plaquenil is the usual first offering, and it's very effective for a lot of people. If it's tolerated well, it can be a literal lifesaver. Just discuss low-dose options to reduce the risks of toxicity. (Over 400mg is the danger zone for potential retina damage, even though it's not common... why risk it?)

      Be aware that a firm diagnosis can be drawn out and frustrating to obtain. Just take a deep breath and know that it may take some commitment on your own part to get answers. If a Dr doesn't work well with you, move on to another. You may need to repeat labs to catch it in the act as well, as the results can vary wildly... Try to go when you feel your worst or close to it, if they come back negative the first time. Inflammation can be elusive in some people's profiles when it comes to that paper confirmation.

      I hope you get sound medical answers, and I wish you well.

  50. QUESTION:
    unsure of of blood tests?
    i was diagnosed as having iron deficancy anaemia, it was noticed in a full blood count test, i had to go back for another blood test and my ferritin levels came back as just under 3 (2.9).

    I was wondering whether this was just due to poor diet or could it be a sign of another illness.

    the reason i want to know is there are autoimmune illnesses in the family, I had a crp test done because i thought i may have rhemitoid athritis (?) as a family memebr developed similar symptoms i was having so i wanted to be checked out, but that came back normal, is it possible that I could have this or some other disease if thats came back normal?

    I already have a diseased thyroid which took me 2.5 years to get blood work done for it, due to my age (15 at the time), I know anemia can be caused through a thyroid if it isnot regulated but mine has been stable for 3 years now.

    any one with any info greatly appreciated.

    i cant get more bloods done because my doc says there is nothing wrong (that doesnt mean i am not going to stop nagging to check everything out), and i cant change doc as the only other one in my catchment area is full and has a waiting list

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      hi

      im from pharmacutical industry. what i feel is that you have a imagination about you illness bcos u think that you family also had the same symptoms.

      ur argument is k bt wht i think is dat u better stay 4 a while and engage with ur daya to day activites if the symptoms arrived again u knw wht to do go to a doctor

      dont worry everthing will b fine

      TC

      Clive