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Old 02-15-2014, 05:56 AM   #1
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Maybe newbie with a question

I usually feel good and have energy to spare.

But, periodically, every six or eight months, I become symptomatic for something. Symptoms include heart beating hard (but not fast), all-over achey/weakness, unexpected fatigue, weight becoming extremely unstable (bouncing up and down about 4 pounds when I eat foods that usually keep me very stable), jitters. It really disrupts my life for - historically - about a month.

My doctor suspects thyroid and, for the third time in about a year and a half he is running a TSH test.

I was recently DXd as being prediabetic. LCHF eating kept my BG below 105 for about six weeks (no meds, eat-to-your-meter testing). Now, accompanied by the symptoms, my BG is trending up.

This time I guess I am paying more attention. I noticed I feel fine in the morning ... until I eat breakfast. For several hours (I am an early riser) I drink coffee and HWC and feel fine. About half to an hour after eating solid food, the symptoms start. This is at a different time each day.

Is that pattern normal? Does eating play into thyroid symptoms?

I think am going to eat and elimination diet - just to see if some specific foods are involved.

ANY advice, questions, or theories will be greatly appreciated!! In less than a month I leave for a long cruise. I really want to feel good.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:53 AM   #2
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I have never heard of thyroid symptoms appearing only periodically. I went undiagnosed for over 5 years, but my symptoms steadily escalated. I've never known them to come and go as you report.

The fatigue and 'jitters' are two different types of thyroid symptoms--the first reflect hypo and the latter are more hyper. Do you go back and forth with this? That can be thyroid as some people with Hashi's go back and forth between hypo and hyper. But, again, there's no time when there's an absence of symptoms. If the thyroid is malfunctioning, you are always symptomatic because your hormones are awry.

I also don't know of any response to eating that's thyroid related. In fact, I just had to have a blood draw for my 4-month check up, and it's usually fasting because my endo likes to also monitor blood glucose and lipids. But because of a snowstorm, I couldn't get in until afternoon, and it was fine to do a non-fasting for just the thyroid because the hormone level is unrelated to food consumption.

Could your symptoms be related to your recent blood glucose issues?

Finally, keep in mind that few doctors are really good at diagnosing thyroid problems. I have an excellent primary doctor, but he insisted my thyroid was 'fine' for the 5 years of my progressive symptoms. Only when I self-referred (in desperation) to an endo (who fortunately turned out to be one of the good thyroid physicians) was I diagnosed and treated.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:35 AM   #3
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Hey Leo41! Many thanks for the fast and comprehensive reply!

My symptoms definitely arrive, hang around, then vanish for months. And, during the interim I tend to be about as healthy and energetic as a mere mortal can be.

It would be nice if this is not Hashi. Because I am getting dang tired of the doctor running the same test over and over...just to see if the results are different this time. (Sigh, we live most of the time in a rural community. He is heads above any of the other doctors we tried before.)

Actually, today I ate completely different foods than I ate over the last few days. And I am feeling pretty good. So, I am wondering about food intolerance/allergy. I plan to do some serious elimination eating.

It sure would be nice if this did not lead to balancing medications and having to research endocrinology.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:25 PM   #4
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I wish you luck in getting a diagnosis. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing that 'something' is wrong and being unable to get a diagnosis and treatment.

We had a wonderful family doctor when I was younger (he's long retired now), and he used to say that physicians really can't diagnose most things when the symptoms are vague and/or unusual and don't show up on standard lab tests. He said that in most cases either the problem resolved on its own (body healed itself) OR the symptoms became so severe and specific that the diagnosis became obvious.
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