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    Confused About Symptoms

    A bit of background on me before I start: I'm a 21 year old male that has been struggling with low energy, and libido and tendon issues for the past few years. In the last 4 months or so, my symptoms have become much worse, with other symptoms appearing as well.

    Anyway, since last summer I've started having chronic pain in tendons all over my body, as well as my spine, and my energy and libido started dropping significantly. I've also started experiencing very bad brain fog. I had to quit going to the gym completely for a couple months leading up to christmas, and there was no change in the pain. It got to the point that I didn't even feel like moving because I was so fatigued and my whole body was killing me. In addition, I've been feeling very depressed and my mood has been unpredictable. I've been seeing my doctor, and according to him, I have borderline deficient thyroid, borderline high TSH, as well as thyroid nodules that showed up on ultrasound. My bio avail testosterone, blood sugar, and cortisol were all normal. He keeps sending me in for more blood tests, and the whole process seems to be taking a while. He's also going to refer me to an endocrinologist next time I see him.

    After doing some reading, I decided to quit eating gluten about a month ago. Surprisingly some of the pain went away and my fatigue attacks haven't been as bad since, but I'm still experience terrible brain fog as well general low energy to the point that it's sometimes making it difficult to get through my college classes or interact with people. I also still have a generally low libido and my tendons still hurt as well, but at least I can do some light lifting at this point.

    Basically what I don't understand is why I have such pronounced symptoms when my thyroid levels are only "borderline"? Could it be that I have an underlying autoimmune disorder that's effecting other parts of my body as well? I feel like I've been a zombie for the past four months, living in a fog. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hello @Ambugaton , welcome to the forum.


    Having gone through different phases of doctors, thyroid tests and even people, I honestly can say that you have to take care of yourself if you want to win back your health. For some people, they put all their trust in the doctors and they never recover. Doctors treat thyroid patients like one time visiting ones and it doesnt work in that way....everytime you are met with a new doctors etc and you have to repeat whole story again and again.


    You'll go to the Endo and he'll repeat the tests again, will give you 8 weeks of gap and then who knows what happens next. Sorry dont want to scare you but want you to be aware what's coming ahead.


    Having said that, you have to understand your thyroid system. Borderline could mean a lot to someone or very little to other one. So it all depends. Start with the test results....ask for it. Check the numbers yourself and see how borderline are you? For me every TSH of 2 doesnt work....and the range finishes at 5.5....I feel better at 0.5. Now you see at 2, I am not even borderline but I feel pretty bad.


    Food allergies are quite common as well and it could well be your food allergy. I have done hair mineral analysis, IgG York test, and other anitbodies which identify gluten allergy etc. Hair mineral analysis and IgG food sensitivity tests came positive but GP's and specialists tests came negative. I have gone on diet and have felt a lot better. You have to cut different foods to check which one you are sensitive to and after 3 or 4 months of dieting, you can re-introduce those foods again.


    I hope this helps but shout if you need more help or info

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    for the response, Mike! I'll ask him for the actual numbers next time I see him. (hopefully this week) I just hope these symptoms will subside with treatment, no matter how long it takes for me to get it...

 

 

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