Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Hound dog, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    We all know how rarely I watch tv.

    However, tonight I caught the show Mystery Diagnosis. They were telling about a woman with so many symptoms common to yours, who just kept getting worse and docs couldn't figure out what the problem was.

    I won't go into all the details. But do you have really dry hair and skin?

    And has your doctor looked into Hashimoto's Disease? It's a disease that affects the thyroid. It causes extreme fatigue, headaches, joint and muscle pain.

    This woman had every test under the sun and a mob of specialist missed it. She finally found one doctor willing to look at all her history who figured it out pretty quickly. (I'm guessing had also seen a case of the disease sometime before) The doctor was an endocrinologist.

    Her thyroid test didn't come back drastically altered. Which is why it had been missed. But it was the results in combo with her history and symptoms that cinched the diagnosis. Andit is easily treated with great relief to the patient.

    I know you've been having a particularly hard time of late and wanted to pass this on just in case it might be helpful to you and the docs.

    I dunno if you could look the show up online to see the episode or not. Actually, the show is still on. It's just moved on to another case It was on TLC.

  2. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest


    Thank you so much for thinking of me. I've seen Mystery Diagnosis a few times and I think I've seen that episode. Did the woman have this beautiful curly hair and the symptoms started right after she gave birth?

    I haven't heard from the endo yet. I'm going to have to call my GP's office and find out what's going on. I was going to do that today, but I slept like 15 hours - slept for 10 hours, was up for 2 then slept for 5 more hours.

    My skin is more dry than normal, but my hair isn't dry at all. Still worth looking into.

    Thanks again. :D
  3. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    Here are the signs and symptoms...of which I have most.


    There is so much overlap of symptoms, though, it's hard to tell. I don't have the menstrual issues because I take progestin. However, (and this may be too much information) I started spotting today. I don't have periods or spotting because I take the progestin every day and I haven't had periods or spotting EVER since I started this medication several years ago (2004 or 2005).

    Thanks, Lisa. One more thing for me to print out and keep in my file of things I match.
  4. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and yes, it can mess you over pretty thoroughly.

    It is diagnosis-ed by a blood test for anti-thyroid antibody, and biopsy of the thyroid gland.
  5. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Yes, Heather, that's the one. :)

    As soon as the segment was over I knew I had to post right away or I'd forget what the heck it was called.

  6. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I love that show! I wonder how one submits a patient to be on that show. I think Heather would be a good candidate.