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Since i was 21 (now 41) i have suffered from lower leg heaviness - brought on with activity and often warm temperatures. The symptoms were sudden. The symptoms peaked in my mid 20's but are still with me and upon any moderate exercise quickly reappear leaving me with very heavy, lead-like legs. The same thing happened to my arms a few years later and again worse in warm conditions. I have had a fasciotomy, biopsies, back scans and tried many alternative remedies. I am trying to do what i love which is running and swimming and both are curtailed considerably. Some days after a short run my legs feel like they are about to explode. Just walking up stairs makes my legs throb. Bizaarly i tried an iron supplement (following on from lowe levels of iron in my bloods - see below) which did have a temporarily positive effect on my ache.
My other main sympton is a perplexing speech problem. Feels like i just don't have any air to get the words out. Is this air hunger? It's not a stutter but it may sound like one. It's worse in the morning when i struggle to string out a coherent, fluent sentence and is also worse when i talk for more than a few minutes. I have tried speech courses and for the last 15 years do speech warm up exercises every day which has made a little difference.
Difficulty swallowing - infrequently and usually at bed time i am gripped a Sudden intense bout of panic as i struggle to swallow.
Dizziness upon standing
cold and often white extremities
T4 - 14.2
TSH 7.60 (was 4.88 last year)
RBC count - 4.43
Haematocrit - 0.41
My doctor thinks it's all normal yet these symptoms whilst not debilitating (though they were in my 20's) significantly hamper my life's goals - i want to be a good runner and be able to socialise properly but strugle on both counts despite 200% determination. I am running out of ideas but the high TSH is the first indication that maybe it could be the thyroid.
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