Posted 10/28/2007 2:17 AM (GMT -6)
One thing I would suggest is that you get your anti-thyroid antibodies (TPOs) checked because your symptoms sound endocrine related and even if your TSH (thyroid level) is normal you can have very high antibodies and have autoimmune thyroid disease (graves or hashimotos) and it can be destroying your body. It causes low temperatures and my head hurst like a fever and I get chills with a severe low temperature. I also have other endocrine deficiencies and you may as well but the thyroid is a place to start. I would ask specifically if your doc could run this one particular blood test for anti-thyroid antibodies(TPOs) because I've always been euthyroid (had relatively normal TSH -- thyroid level-- and have a lot of now permanent damage and my antithyroid antibodies were really really high). I take thyroid supplemet and I'm doing much better and it's brough them down some. Trouble breathing (apnea and dyspnea) are signs of thyroid disease. Arthritis is common with thryroid disease as is neurological damage. The abdominal symptoms you describe could be anything from irritable bowel to celiac disease to fatty liver to gi infection and you need to see a gi doc about that or at least make your primary care run some tests. I got an endoscopy and I've had colonoscopy and one time it was colon cancer and last time it was an unexplained inflammed bloody spot of unknown cause, we are still working on that. I was tested and came up negative for celiac. Also, could be a medicine side effect or part of a sun allergy along with the joint pain. Try staying in for a day and see if your symtoms are less, sometimes mine down't hit me till the next day even. Hope you feel better.
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Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments