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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
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User :   I have a question about thyroid.
My doctor seems to not even consider this even though Both my siblings and other relatives are hypothyroid. My sister had normal tsh several times and finally had a reading that indicated that she had a severe problem. I mentioned this to my doctor - he ordered the TSH test, refused to order any of the others. Of course it was normal the day I had it done. (don't know the value).
I have resorted going to a naturopath, and will be doing the temperature test.
My symptoms: long history of depression, have been diagnosed with ADHD because dexedrine seemed to be the only thing that worked on me, exhaused in the mornings ( even after taking 10mg dexedrine), intolerance to heat ( this one confuses me), thinning sides of eyebrows, unable to lose weight, fogginess....
In regards to the heat intolerance: I went to Mumbai 4 times for 3-4 months at a time. Each time when I returned I had a dramatic weight loss within two or 3 weeks - didn't matter how much I ate. The last time, last year my trip was extremely stressful(death of friend was involved), when I returned, my weight was dropping so fast - I went from a size 32 size to a size 28 within 3 or 4 weeks. I eat under stress so this was not the cause - was infact eating more than usual because I was worried. Shortly after the weigh came back and I could not lose no matter what. The first time I went, I came back with swollen legs and ankles(looked like I had elephatitis). My doctor just said "I see you have been to a hot climate".
I took my temp this morning, upon waking and it was 96.2(orally)
Does this seem like a thyroid problem - my inability to lose weight despite cutting down, walking 4 miles a day, gym for 3 months , is getting discouraging.
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   give me a min, let me go thru your query
Doctor :   may i know your age please /?
User :   59
User :   female
Doctor :   when was the TSH test done
User :   about 6 or 7 weeks ago - didn't ask for the result because doctor seemed to get annoyed if thyroid was mentioned even though I have never mentioned it to him before
Doctor :   i dont think the doctor should get annoyed, its your right to know your results
User :   also I am hardly in his office because I hate going to doctors unless nec.
Doctor :   from the symptoms you have told me , yes it surely does sounds like a thyroid issue and with a history of family the chances are more
Doctor :   can you tell me what all medications are you on right now ?
User :   just dexedrine
User :   sometimes I forget to take it 10mg
Doctor :   also i will suggest that if you are not comfortable with your physician then you can and should always go in for a second opinion
Doctor :   if you want i can guide you in helping you in finding a physician in your city
Doctor :   i would suggest the repeat of test and a complete aloof profile to be done
User :   I live in a small town in Northern British Columbia so it is not easy to find another- he usually is pretty compassionate
User :   aloof profile?
Doctor :   sorry it was a typing mistake
Doctor :   i meant a complete blood profile
User :   ok
User :   does the heat intolerance make sense
User :   could it be Hashimoto
Doctor :   heat tolerance, weight gain, fatigue are typical thyroid abnormality symptoms
User :   I had alwways thought it was intolerance to cold
User :   thaNK YOU
Doctor :   hypo OR hyperthyroid will work in opposite way.. but the over lapping of symptoms are common
User :   thank you for your help
Doctor :   there for we do repeat the test if the symptoms are present
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   bye
Doctor :   bye bye
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