Susan asks…

I am always tired and I’ve tried EVERYTHING over YEARS of time?

Here are some things I’ve tried in my diet/life:

I take a multivitamin, 1000mg fish oil, b-complex, and 500mg of C every day.

I cut out all sources of caffeine

I don’t drink soda. Ever

I’ve tried less sleep/more sleep

Got blood work from the DOC for Lyme, Thyroid, cholesterol, etc. all came back negative/perfect

I eat healthily, cheat every now and then

I go to the gym (when energy is there, grrr)

I made everything white into wheat (bread, pasta, rice, etc)

The worst thing I do is 2 splenda/day

In the morning I like to eat instant oats with cinnamon and honey (note all natural)

For snacks I eat yoplait light yogurt, apples, bananas, apple sauce with cinnamon etc.

I’m tired, and I don’t know why. I’m going back to the doctor to get deeper into checking what the issue could be. The other day I said “screw my energy level I really want to go to the gym!” by the end I was shaking and nauseas.

I can’t imagine what the hell is wrong with me but I know something has to be up. I have felt this way for at least 5 YEARS.

I had poison ivy recently and had to get a cortisone shot. The day of I felt like crap, the next day I had the most energy I have ever had as far back as I can remember. A couple days later my energy levels dropped back to normal. Is this a natural reaction or an indication that something is up?

Any ideas? Because I’m out.

Helen answers:

“blood work from the DOC for Lyme, Thyroid, cholesterol, etc. All came back negative/perfect” When it comes to thyroid, I would not count on this being the truth….You need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. 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).

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

God bless

Laura asks…

Soft, bendy, peeling fingernails, sunken eyes and dark circles, hair falling out?

I am 20yo female. I know that I have a fairly poor diet. I don’t eat vegetables or meat. I subsist mainly on grain products, dairy, and juices. I know that is terrible for me but I haven’t had any health side effects for my entire life.

I noticed a while ago that my nails were becoming softer and softer, but it has gotten to the point I can’t untie my shoelaces without the shoelace tearing through the tips of my nails. They just sort of peel in layers.

I have always had fairly dark marks between the corners of my eyes and my nose, but it is even more sunken and black than it has probably ever been.

I am aware I probably have some sort of vitamin deficiency, I was wondering if anyone had any insight into that?

Is it something I should visit a doctor for soon, or try to start incorporating more protein or whatever into my diet and then if it doesn’t get better, see a doctor?

If it also matters, I have been accidentally losing weight, about 8-9 pounds in the past month. I am the thinnest right now I’ve been for years. I am 5’6″ and weigh 123 lbs

I’m terrified of doctors and getting my blood drawn :(

Helen answers:

Have you had your thyroid tested? You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. 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 (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

David asks…

A diagnosis? ( Maybe a doctor)?

This will be long, but please!

I’m fifteen, female, average weight (though I admit I don’t eat a healthy diet at all). For the past week and a half, I’ve been having chest pain. Sometimes they’re sharp and quick, other times more dull and constant. A couple days later, they started getting worse and spreading to my neck, arms, and occasionally legs. The first couple days I had panic attacks at night because I thought I was having a heart attack and my mother refused to take me to the doctor. When she finally took me everything seemed normal, but the pediatrician sent me to the ER to get an EKG and chest x-rays (to ease my mind, I guess). They both came out normal. But then the symptoms continued to get worse. My appetite is almost completely gone, and I’ve lost almost ten pounds. Also, I feel almost constantly lightheaded (or have a headache), and, not sure if this is relevant, but my joints (including jaw) seem to be popping more often than usual, and feel stiff. I know this is probably irrational, but sometimes in my arms, legs, and feet I can feel my blood pulsing (WITHOUT feeling for it), and it really scares me, like there might be something wrong with my circulation. The only thing I didn’t tell the doctor, because I couldn’t really describe it at the time, was that there’s this feeling in my throat, like there’s phlegm or something, but I don’t have any other cold symptoms. This is probably stupid and irrational as well, but for several years now my right tonsil had been bigger than the one on the left, and lately (past three weeks) it feels a bit irritated (best I can describe it), but only sometimes. It doesn’t hurt when I swallow, it just takes more effort than usual, and though at first I thought the shortness of breath I’d had was due to the chest pain, now it feels more like it coming from my throat, trachea I guess. I feel constantly tired and stiff. There was diarrhea (sorry) yesterday. A couple days ago there was tingling around my face, hands, feet, and once, my whole lower left leg. My mom took me back to the doctor today, and he sent me to have a few more blood tests, but said that if they were normal that his diagnosis would be fibromyalgia. I was afraid it might be tetanus (maybe an overused razor or something), but the doctor shook his head when I mentioned that (said he’d never seen it). I haven’t my boosters yet. However, the results don’t come back until tomorrow morning, and I am terrified that if I go to sleep I won’t wake up again. Also, I know most of you will tell me that I shouldn’t be asking something like this on the internet, but I’m just grasping at the chance that someone will recognize any of my symptoms and tell me what is wrong. I need a diagnosis!

Also, because you’ll probably be suspicious of the panic attacks, this has never happened to me before.

Helen answers:

Have you had your thyroid tested? You need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. 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).

WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find 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

God bless

William asks…

symptoms of…?

the last few months i have been experiencing the following symptoms:my breasts have shrunk a cupsize and are always swollen (esp.in the mornings,evenings),my eyebrows and lashes are falling out,feel shaky if i havent eaten enough,
stomach rumbles and gurgles a lot,cant get to sleep at night,am getting a bit thinner (not much but it seems a bit strange cos i havent changed my diet at all and sometimes eat more cos of the shaky feeling if i dont)are these symptoms of anything particular?i am 15,havent changed my diet,taken medication,my periods are regular.hope someone (semi)profesional with experience could answer this question please!
thanx

Helen answers:

Hi:

These could all be symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overfunction of your thyroid gland). Given some of the symptoms that you described, you may also have a form of autoimmune thyroiditis such as Grave’s disease, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, … Later on, thyroid underfunction would be possible (hypothyroidism) after the thyroid inflammation “burns out.”

Another possibility would be celiac sprue based on some of the intestinal symptoms.

You should definitely check with your doctor, and possibly also with an endocrinologist.

All the best!

Maria asks…

I think I have a thyroid problem?

So I have been having a lot of health issues the past year and a half, and while individually they’re insignificant (To me) when I add them up it seems to point to a slightly more serious issue. Dry skin, muscle cramps, weight gain regardless of change in diet/exercise habits, severe fatigue, lots of sweating, depression, shortness of breath, snoring, irritability, and the list goes on.

My father (And his side of the family) has had issues with their thyroid in the past, which led me to believe that might be the case. Unfortunately I don’t have the time at this exact moment to go to a doctor (Unless I absolutely have too obviously.)

Still it’s a problem I’m concerned about. Are there any stop-gaps I can do to keep it in check if it is a thyroid problem? How important is it to get a doctor to check? If it’s a thyroid problem how can I remedy the weight gain and fatigue (As those are the ones bothering me most.)

Thanks

Helen answers:

These are all possible symptoms … This IS serious.

You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (…OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

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

ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

God bless you

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