Life can be so confusing. Many of you are already aware that I suffer from insomnia. I've been ignoring my headaches, fatigue, weight gain, foot pain, and swellings for a long time, assuming it is due to lack of sleep. I had some blood tests a few days ago, and today I received a message from my doctor saying they found traces of thyroid and anemia in my blood. Because the doctor is unavailable for now due to appointments, they recommended that I take some medications for 6 months and repeat the test in a few months.
I'm not sure what type of anemia it is or what stage of thyroid, but I think no one should ever ignore any physical symptoms they experience.
Take care of yourself gal.
I myself ignore alot because I'm tired of going to doctors who won't work together...
Which causes more problems.
Eat better. You're not getting enough iron.
Thank you, Bredz. I hope I'll be alright soon!
Much Love and Blessings!
Hey gal. ..
After reading more about your issue...
I do think you need to at least see the doctor in person.
Please listen to your fellow hubbers.
Hey, Bredz. I just received an update from the hospital for an appointment they scheduled for 10/10/2022, Monday. If I don't feel satisfied, I'll see another doctor, but I'd prefer to meet this one first. I've started the medicine they prescribed.
Don't worry. I'll be fine. I have no plans of leaving you so soon!
You best keep this promise.
I have no plans on losing you yet!!!!
Please get feeling better
I keep my promises, Bredz. I visited the doctor for a check-up today. See I am still fine
I hope the medications help your thyroid problems and your anemia, Misbah. Best wishes to you during your treatment!
It's smart to go to the doctor when you have a health concern. Personally, the doctor seems a bit reactive and not looking at your overall situation. I'd get another doctor to look at the blood panel. The symptoms can be remedy with diet, exercise and nutritional supplements. It also sounds like your hormones are unbalanced. Sorry if this is off base. It's just that I research this stuff and have an awesome doctor who has helped me a lot.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful response, Kenna. You are right.
The doctor is actually from a government hospital. They have all of my previous records dating back to 2016. I've never had any health problems before, except for a kidney stone around a year ago, and I do suffer from insomnia and seasonal asthma.
Much Love and Blessings!
I'm sorry to hear you've been having health issues. People here have posted some good advice. My bet is you need to talk with a dietician. Keeping a journal of what you eat might help you to figure out what's not working.
I find moving more throughout the day helps me to sleep. If I get 10,000 steps a day, I usually sleep better. Sometimes... that's just me pacing in my living room at the end of the night watching TV.
Andrea, thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I used to do a lot of exercise, but for the past 3 or 4 months, I feel so tired that I don't enjoy doing it much. I take care of my diet but I dislike eggs and milk. They are always out of my diet
Take care and keep smiling.
Much Love and Blessings!
Did the doctor say anything about inflammation?
No, Andrea. I haven't seen a doctor yet. I received a message from the hospital instructing me to start taking the medicine and then make an appointment with the doctor. They say that the doctor cannot see me without an appointment because she is already very busy.
I am sorry to know that you have developed some health issues. It’s wise to take a second opinion to determine the intensity of the problem. Though, I believe that thyroid and anemia can be managed by appropriate medical advice and effective lifestyle changes. Feeling tired or fatigued, weight gain can be one of the symptoms of thyroid disorder. Thyroid issues have become quite common, especially in women. But the good thing is that there are medications available for all of your health issues.
I agree with you that we should not neglect our health and get regular health check ups done, irrespective of age.
My best wishes to you. Take care.
The thyroid is an organ in the neck and typical disorders are hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or goitre (often due to lack of iodine in the diet).
Usually you can get a printout of the results of blood tests which show the values of parameters tested for in the blood and the upper and lower limits that the should be between.
Hi Misbah, I understand your reluctance to consult a doctor until you are certain something is wrong, but it is best to be seen as soon as possible to avoid stress and worry if nothing else. I hope the medication works and when you have your next test things have stabilized. What medication are you on..Thyroxine (Eutroxsig.) Have you also been tested for sleep apnea?
Hello, John. Thank you very much for your thoughtful response.
They prescribed me Tardyferon for 6 months. Yes, I will schedule an appointment as soon as possible; I prefer going to this doctor because they have all of my previous medical records. No, I've never had a sleep apnea test.
Take care and stay blessed!
Take care Misbah.You did a sensible thing in consulting the doctor before things would have gone out of hand.I pray that you come out of this situation healthy and back to normal.
I agree with you that one should never ignore the signs our bodies give us.These are the signs that help us to nip any problem in the bud .Thanks for sharing your life experience.
I am writing in the dark my overhead light is out. Please get a second doctors' opinion. This is very serious with all you are going through. You need a doctor who will take time to care for you properly. I send you my best wishes for a speedy well mind and body. You are very important to your Hub friends on here. Get another doctor--who has time to care for you,
After thinking about the situation for a while, I agree with people who say that you should see another doctor and get their advice if you can’t get an appointment with your own doctor very soon. I may be misunderstanding, but it sounds like your doctor is basing their decision on just a blood test and hasn’t examined you or discussed the situation with you. If this is the case, it may not be wise to wait six months for the next blood test without seeing a doctor in person. The problem may be relatively minor, but you won’t know this unless you get the correct explanation for your symptoms. I’m not saying that your doctor isn’t correct, but I think a personal consultation is important.
Linda, you are so caring and thoughtful friend. I am grateful for your kindness. Yes, the doctor prescribed me the meds based on blood test results without seeing me in person. I guess all of you are right; I should try to see another doctor. I'll try to get an appointment soon. Thank you so much for all your love and care. Much Gratitude!!
Many blessings and love.
Sending healing hugs to you. I trust that you will be okay with monitoring of your symptoms and medical follow up. A second opinion would be helpful. I also know that lack of sleep is directly related to just about every ailment of the body and mind. Have you been prescribed anything for sleep? Sleep allows the body to rejuvenate and heal. Take good care of yourself and be blessed!
Thank you so much for those healing hugs, Janis
Yes, I will take care of myself and will see another doctor if I am unable to book a quick appointment with this one. Yes, for sleep my doctor prescribed me Valium a few months ago. I don't like taking it very often.
Take care and keep smiling.
Much Love and Blessings!
I am sorry to hear about your health issues, Misbah. Like Brenda, I also think you should eat better and that you are short of iron. Hopefully, the prescribed medication will work for you and you can test again.
Sorry to learn that you have not been feeling well. I see in the comments that you’ve been given lots of thoughtful advice here. I hope that things start to improve for you very soon. All the best.
You have already been given some wise advice from others. A second opinion is always a good idea if you have any doubts about a medical protocol. My best wishes to you for improved health going forward.
Hello Peggy, happy to see you back. I hope you are doing well. Thank you so much for your kindness and well wishes. I would see another doctor, but I prefer to meet this one in person first before visiting another.
Take care and stay safe!
Much Love and Blessings!
Misbah, I’m sorry to hear what you’re going through. Please take the advice of everyone here to get a second opinion. Especially find a doctor willing to give you a copy of your bloodwork panel. That information is your property and you deserve to have it.
My doctor always gives me a copy so I can compare year to year how things are doing. As Eugene mentioned above, that report shows you the upper and lower limits of each item so you can see if something is going too far to an extreme.
Mr. Glenn, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. I'll try to obtain the test results from the hospital, but first, I need to see this doctor and discuss the problem as I have not met her yet, and she prescribed the medication via text message. I'm guessing there's something serious going on, which is why she felt the need to give me medicines so quickly.
When a patient visits an emergency room, they give the test results, but in regular checkups, they keep the results in the patient's record history.
I just received an update from the hospital. They have scheduled a doctor's appointment for 10/10/2022, Monday. If I would not feel satisfied, I will see another doctor, but I prefer to visit this one first.
Thank you for all your love and support, Sir. Your kindness is very much appreciated!
Take care and keep smiling
As I understand it, iron deficiency can cause problems with the thyroid. People here are right to encourage you to get a second opinion but you might also try including more iron-rich foods in your diet - beans, red meat, dry fruit etcetera.
Always follow a doctor's advice though.
Get better soon.
Hello, my dear friends.
You were all concerned about my test results. I collected them from the hospital, and the doctor advised me to continue taking the medication for the next six months. She says she doesn't want to give me Thyroid treatment for now because the level is presently 7.22 mu. int/L, but if it increases to 10, she will have to prescribe a medicine that I will have to take for the rest of my life. She adds my iron level is pretty low for my age; it should be 50 ug/L or above, but it's just 18.5 ug/L right now. So I'll have to keep a close eye on my iron intake. She also advised me to use iodine salt.
That sounds a bit serious. Please keep your eye on your health.
You've got to get that iron up or you will feel tired all the time.
Same with those thyroid issues.
But at least you have actually met with the doctor.
Thank you for keeping your promise.
I plan on meeting you in person one day so stay healthy.
I'll do my best over here across the universe.
Awww... Bredz, my beloved friend. I'll look after myself only for you. You are much more sweeter than you think. Don't worry; I'll be OK. It's nothing serious.
You, too, take care and stay healthy.
Sending you bundles of blessings and Love! ❤️
It sounds like you're in good hands. You're in my prays!
Thank you so much for your kind prayers, Kenna. I know they are super powerful. It is always so soothing to see my friends love me so much. I am blessed to have you all. Much Love, Kenna!
Take care, and stay blessed!
Good to know that your doctor hasn’t felt the need to put you on medication for thyroid, for the time being. I am sure that you will be able to manage it (and reduce the levels further) by lifestyle changes.
Be conscious of your diet and other necessary guidance by the health experts. Wish you the best of everything in life, and good health is a priority for that.
God bless you.
Di, thank you so much for your kind wishes and prayers. You are right; I must make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes. I am trying, I hope I will manage it correctly. Your love and care mean the world to me
Please take care, and keep smiling always!
Much love and blessings!
Glad you are finally getting some answers. Prayers going up for you.
Hi, I just logged in and I am happy you got an opinion; however, the big question is, "How do you feel?
Take care and keep us posted. Do something nice for yourself and enjoy every second.
Happy to know, Misbah, you finally met the doctor and you know now what actions to take. Prayers and wishes that you have a speedy and good recovery. Take care of yourself.
Please take good care of yourself , stay strong. Wishing you the best with your medication.
That's interesting, so sorry to be nosy, but do they think you could have an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism)? My mother developed this when she was around 70. Also I wonder do you live in an area in Spain where there is little iodine in the drinking water, which can cause goitre? Anyway they can "fix" you, so that's good
Thank you, Eugene. She hasn't mentioned hypothyroidism, but she claims I have mild thyroid abnormalities that don't require treatment if the level does not exceed 10. We were using regular Spanish salt in Spain, which has less iodine; strangely, I had never thought about that before. I'm in Barcelona. We only drink bottled mineral water because the water here is unsuitable for drinking. Here's the report if you would like to see it.
I tried to translate the paper with Bixby.
Maybe you can tell me something based on your experience. Thank you!
"Tirotropina" translates as thyrotropin or thyroid-stimulating hormone. (TSH). It's a hormone produced by the pituitary gland which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxin. If you're Googling any information about it, it's probably a good idea to find a reputable source such as a government health website. The range of values on my blood tests for TSH are a bit different, but those can differ from country to country.
Thank you so much for your kindness, Eugene.
Yes, I guess the range of values on the blood tests can vary from country to country. Take care and stay healthy.
By the way, it's nice to see a fresh dp of Mr. Eugene after so long.
Lots of Blessings to you always!
Thanks for the updated, Misbah. I trust your doctor will monitor your progress and you will be okay. Take good care, sending you prayers for good health. Blessings!
Thanks for the update on your health Misbah. It is good that the doctor found some irregularities has given you medication and is monitoring you. Here is Australia, iodine is added to all bread and we have the option of buying iodised salt as well.
Hopefully, everything starts improving. Blessings.
Hello John. Thank you so much for your kindness, my friend. In Pakistan, iodized salt is so common, but it is not easily available in all local superstores here in Spain.
Yes, I am on Medication; hopefully, everything will get alright; you know I am stronger than this illness
Take care and keep smiling
Good to know Misbah and things are not very serious, and a lifestyle change with iron and iodine intake should help. Please take good care of your diet and health; I am sure you will be healthier, fitter, and more buoyant in no time. My prayers and best wishes are for your healthy life.
I would also like to add my very best wishes. Good that it was discovered early.
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Misbah dear -- As you know I am 78, and I haven't seen any doctors for over 16 years. I am using a "blanket prevention" for all possible illnesses -- insisting on a good mood throughout the day, and not allowing the world to get under my skin. I call it my personal sovereignty. I know, my satires are not suggesting that, but you would be amazed how impervious I am.
Now, being quite knowledgeable in matters of mind-body medicine, I can't tell you in this short note how much scientific evidence exists saying how our most predominant emotions are affecting our body -- notably our immune and endocrine system, there thyroid being included. I wouldn't dare to elaborate on your case, but one thing I have noticed is that you are a very delicate personality, with a big heart, deep soul, and that alone could also be affecting your insomnia, and from your lack of sleep could have come this endocrine imbalance.
Body is just another aspect of our mind, and maybe some stress management could be in order beside everything that doctors are suggesting.
From all the scientific literature that I have learned my stuff -- there is a huge evidence of people even curing cancers and other heavy diagnoses by changing their mind-styles -- which they call "spontaneous remission."
I don't want to play too much of a smart ass here, but on the other hand I want to help somehow with what I know and what I use myself.
You know yourself best, sweetie, better than any of us hubbers, and better than any doctors, who are not treating us holistically, but as biological machines. We are more than that -- you are more than that, my friend.
I don't like giving some overly-optimistic prognoses, but in my mind your issue is not serious at all, it's functional, not anatomical, which is great.
Take care querida, you are much, much, much, much stronger than you may think. Don't let any diagnoses scare you. Do some breathing exercise, that takes care of activation of your parasympathetic nervous system which lowers the stressful response of the body. Basically breathe slightly deeper and regular. Especially do that at bed time.
O.K., I am sorry if I am yapping here too much -- just wanted to help somehow, rather than just pray for you. The Dude up there loves you already enough, for, if he wouldn't love such a big heart of yours, then the rest of us sinners are doomed.
This was sweet, Mr. Val. Thank you incredibly much. Yes, He loves us all.
I enjoyed reading your interesting and helpful comment. I'm doing well now. I guess someone commented on this post, and it reappeared in the feed.
Take care and keep smiling.
Dear Misbah, all your symptoms can be a result of your thyroid problem and I think what you probably have is hypothyroidism, meaning you are deficient in thyroid hormone. Your weight gain, insomnia, anaemia, and leg swelling all can happen due to hypothyroidism. The good thing is if you take the hormone supplement, ie, the medicine, prescribed and keep the level within the normal range, then these other problems will not last too long. What your doctor has prescribed is thyroxin if I am not mistaken. Did he/ she advise any other tests? Just continue taking the medicine as prescribed. May ALLAH bless you with good health.
Just saw the test result that you have attached. You have mild subclinical hypothyroidism. So that’s good In a way because it is not full-blown hypothyroidism. Anaemia is one of the first features of hypothyroidism. It is called anaemia of chronic disorders. You also have iron deficiency. So it could be a combined effect. Anaemia in turn will cause fatigue and tiredness. Your thyroid hormone is still within the normal range. So your doctor has given you the right advice. You can wait for the hormone supplements, though this part is a matter of clinical research and conclusions on whether to start the hormone supplements or not or when to start them, keep getting updated based on the research results. But to make it simple, don’t worry, just continue with the advice and don’t skip your follow-ups and see your doctor if your symptoms get worse. You will be fine IN SHAA ALLAH....
Insha'Allah! Farah, thank you so much for your love and care. Your kindness is much appreciated, my friend.
I'm feeling much better now. The doctor prescribed the medication for 6 months. I've been taking it regularly for more than a month now. I feel much better.
I hope you are doing well. Take care and keep smiling.
Much Love and Blessings!!
.... And that’s a very pretty picture you have as dp! Blessings to you
Thanks a lot, Farah. It's me.
I wanted to inform search engines that I am a human, not an AI. (HP asked us to use our own photos.) Well, after putting that, HP rewarded me for being a popular hubber. I believe search engines liked me— the dp greatly helped. lol!
Much love and blessings!
I am happy to know you are feeling much better, dear Misbah. Even without the photo as proof, I had not doubt that you are a beautiful person inside and out and you certainly deserve the popular hubber award. Congratulations!
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