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- Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:10 am
I am 33, female, overweight, smoke, do not drink.
In 1994 discovered a goitre, GP did a TFT and said it was normal. I gained approx 56lbs in 3 months, was cold intolerant, always tired, depressed etc. in 1994 had a sub-total thyroidectomy as goitre was restricting my breathing and eating significantly. All TFT's were normal (I was never informed of the actual level) and I began to feel better than I had in years and lost half the weight I'd gained. In 1997 discovered I had a 2nd goitre. Again, TFT normal. 2.5. Started putting on weight even though exercise was the same and food intake did not increase.
In 2002 things became worse. This time I'm heat intolerant. Hands shake. One morning I awoke, opened my eyes and the room was diagonally spinning and I couldn't tell where I was because of it. It lasted only a few minutes. I arose and 2 mins later it happened again. This time I was sitting erect.
Since then, I have developed facial hair in the form of growing a fine beard either side of the chin. My menses cycle ranges from 18 to 47 days, lasting between 1 to 7 days. I have what I call vertigo (spinning, falling, about to spin sensation) I also get zig zags in my eyes, centre of vision gets blurred, these I suffer with on a daily basis. 3 times lost sight completely for 1-5 mins, 2 x black outs, memory problems, I have palpitations which occur upon waking. Not panic attacks. I don't get headaches.
I have had a head MRI, which the opthamologist says is normal (I saw him because a doctor saw papilloedema). An ECG-normal. last TFT was 1.1. Unrelated but history anyway, in Jan had lapcholy and in June had acute pancreatitis, unknown cause.
I need help because my GP suggests it is all because I am overweight. Somethings yes, but not all of it.
- Mon May 01, 2006 8:07 pm
As an update, after 3.5 years of struggling I now have a diagnosis. It is not endo related but was always queried because of the goitres.
My diagnosis is B12 deficiency (pernicious anaemia).
Cross fingers the treatment helps me get well again.