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Where do I start? Back in 2011, I was diagnosed by my primary care GP back in the UK as having hyperhidrosis. Armpit, back, feet. She had mentioned that the back sweat was unusable as larger areas that sweat like that usually are due to an underlying cause. She did not request blood tests or further examination. For a quite some time it didn’t bother me, I lived with the condition well. Only really became as nuisance in hot weather, I didn’t sweat all the time like Hyperhidrosis sufferers do. No one in my family has this condition, and I’ve done some thorough research on both sides of the family, plus looking back as far as my great grandparents. Which makes the condition even more strange? It also started when I was 20-21. Again, late development. Strange.
However, as time passed I noticed I began to suffer from a magnitude of other symptoms, I started to doubt that hyperhidrosis was the condition. My sweating became more widespread. Now I sweat from head, armpits, back, chest, abdomen, feet, and hands. My dermatologist said this is called generalized hyperhidrosis, which is usually caused by a secondary underlying condition. My symptoms I suffer from now:
- Sever Heat intolerance
- Heavy sweating (heat intolerance, and nerves)
- Heavy achy joints
- Always tired, even after 7-8 sleep as night
- Dry, itchy, flaky scalp
- Premature grey hair
- Hot flashes
- Short term memory problems
- Brain fogg, lack of concentration
The list goes on....
After a lot of research into potential causes, I decided to find a new primary care GP here in the USA after I moved. I had a thyroid panels done. (2016). Results were:
TSH 0.9 (.450-4.500 UIU/ML)
T4 8.2 (4.5 – 12 UG/DL)
T3 Uptake 28 (24-39 &
FREE THYROXINE INDEX 2.3 (1.2 – 4.9
T3 111 (71-180 NG/DL)
The doctor had told me these results are normal, and that was it. No further examination. No explanation of the results NOTHING. So, after living with these results and the pain of the symptoms for another two years, they are only getting worse. The heat intolerance now kicks in at the low 70’s for me, anxiety, the depression everything is slowly getting worse. I decided to get another opinion. FINALLY I found an amazing GP who told me that he thinks I may be suffering from Hyperthyroid. So, he said he would run some tests, and even if they came back negative he would put me on a round of thyroid medication to see the effect it has on my symptoms. I informed him of my previous Thyroid checkup, he said the TSH at .9 was low. He also said that treating, diagnosing the thyroid is a challenge. Every bodies optimal ranges are different. So, last week I asked to have my thyroid checked. The results came back as follows (2016): The results that came back were as follows:
Triiodothyronine,Free,Serum 3.4 (2.0-4.4)
Thyroglobulin Antibody <1.0 (0.0-0.9)
Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) 16 (0-34)
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy 34.8 (30.0-100.0)
TSH 1.280 (0.450-4.500)
T4,Free(Direct) 1.58 (0.82-1.77)
Testosterone, Serum 565 (348-1197)
Folate (Folic Acid), Serum 7.5 (>3.0)
Now he’s changed his tune, he said the numbers look great. But I don’t feel great. I’m sure there is something wrong with my system/body. And now I’m at a complete loss ?. From all my research Ive done is that you can be hyperthryoid and your numbers falll in the ideal range? Thanks everyone.
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