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KristenS

Member Since 10 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Aug 25 2014 10:48 AM
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Thyroid Or Is It All "in My Head"?

25 August 2014 - 08:28 AM

Diagnosed Celiac by biopsy 1.5 years ago. After diagnosis & gluten free diet my body started to go haywire. Everyone chalked it up to my gut was healing, and that it was a good sign. Just wait it out they said. It will get better they said...

Then things didnt get better. Everything has persisted, and some things have gotten worse.

 

Symptoms:

Weight gain (going from 140lbs to 170lbs. 31 year old female, 5'10") Controlled diet, under 1300 calories a day. Active city dweller without a car. Walk 10-15km/day. Minimal processed foods.  No cross contamination (believe me, I know, I will vomit profusely with a spec of gluten.)

Swelling of hands and feet (and sometimes face)

Extreme lethargy, especially in the legs (having trouble going up stairs & lifting feet)

Acne

Ridges on my nails

Anxiety (which fluctuates)

Perodic night sweats

 

I have persisted with my doctors, and was told last week that my thyroid levels were within the normal range, and that the only thing they could do to help me was put me on antidepressants if I wanted. I obviously dont want antidepressants as I dont think I'm depressed. I have a big problem voicing myself in doctors appointments, and often will end up in tears. I dont think thats helping them take me seriously. I feel overwhelmed. I am at the end of my rope right now. The only other tests they scheduled me for are a heart echo and a lung xray (they wanted to make sure my lethargy/shortless of breath wasnt heart/lung related.)

 

I had previously had IV iron infusions, and I get a monthly B12 shot.They say my iron is good enough right now. My doctors do not tell me any of my test info or levels. So I have no idea what they are.

It took them 3 years to diagnose me Celiac as my only symptoms prior to diagnosis were malnutrition and anemia.

 

Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? Any suggestions on how to get them to take me seriously? Everything I google comes up thyroid.