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I was diagnosed about 5 years ago however, I had been having 'symptoms' for years. Finally I found a doctor that would listen to me and wouldnt keep trying (I refused!) to put me on anti depressants, she diagnosed me with a underactive thyroid I now take 125mg of thyroxine.
I have been fine for the last 5 years or so......... apart from the usual thyroid associated niggles. However last year the muck really did hit the fan with my health. It started in April when I woke up one morning to find that my tongue had swollen to 3 times (not a pretty site at 2am :lol: ) its usual size. Anyway I carted myself off to the hospital and they (after then having an anaphylaxic episode) ended up pumping alsorts of drugs into me and diagnosing me as having an allergic reaction to 'something'
Stay with me I really am trying to keep this short :shock:
I was then sent for the usual reaction tests and it came up with zilch, nada, nowt, NOTHING. Gave me an epipen, inject that if you have to and signed me off :x I did some 'tests' myself.........ate peanuts etc, most of the things that you may have a reaction to but, nothing happened and I became convinced it had something to do with my thyroid. BUT, would they listen? Would they heck as like.
These little episodes went on for about five months, I was also having strange sensations in my fingers and experiencing pain in the balls of my feet. Doctors again poo poed this and were fairly dismissive AND, as I was kickboxing at the time just put up with it.
Come September however my body really let rip, I was in so much pain......everywhere, hands, feet, elbows knees, you name it...........it hurt. Again was send for tests and nothing was coming back. I did some research of my own and just KNEW I had rheumatoid arthritis but how I was going to convince the powers that be that I was right!!
Anyway.........eventually the blood tests DID prove I knew my own body better than they did (they NEVER apologise either, have you noticed?) and I am now on Methotrexate (not a very nice drug BUT...........) and am feeling much better.
The bottom line is (because I COULD write a lot more but dont want to bore you much more!!) I am CONVINCED that all of these problems are related to the fact that I have an underactive thyroid and I would like to know if any of you have had similar problems? I really would be interested in hearing from you.
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