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Vision floaters, numbness, loss concentration
Posted by: Anne
Date: February 1, 2005 4:50 PM

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis about 5 years ago. Years before, I developed a rash, swollen lymph glands and a fever.. After the rash disappeared I developed severe cough and mucous. The cough was so bad that I would sometimes throw up while coughing and it would keep me up at night. I couldn't even talk without coughing. Around this time I noticed a marked decrease in my energy level and my acne got worse. The cough was not accompanied by any other symptoms - no runny nose, fever - just a cough and mucous. The doctor diagnosed it as Atypical Bronchitis. It took a good 4 months to feel better and I have not been the same since! The first thing I noticed was no get up and go - I had a severe loss of energy. I was able to carry on throughout my day, but I didn't have the same energy I had before. Then I noticed my concentration dying and my grades fell in college. It took a while before I sought medical treatment and finally diagnosed as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
I was put on Synthyroid. My complaints now are daily bouts (I have had this problem for years and don't remember if I got these symptoms before Synthyroid therapy or after - but I know I had eye floaters before Synthyroid therapy) of numbness that start in the left hand fingertips and sometimes gradually makes its way up to my left wrist. Sometimes but rarely I will feel this in my right hand. Sometimes I feel numbness in my left toes that also gradually make its way up to my ankle. I also get numbness around the mouth and nose area. When these attacks happen, I also notice a big increase in vision floaters to the point that it is very annoying. Sometimes the floaters start, then the numbness and concentration loss. I also feel I can't think when this happens. Sometimes I can't speak right because of numbness in upper lip and concentration problems. These bouts are sometimes accompanied by a headache. I have switched to Armour Thyroid hoping this would help. Since on Armour, I am also experiencing episodes of dizziness and fear that I am going to faint and I feel a pressure on the top of my head along with all the other symptoms. I saw a neurologist he says that it is Complex Migraine and wants me to get an MRI. I still have to schedule it.
What do you think?

RE: Vision floaters, numbness, loss concentration
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: February 2, 2005 12:00 AM

I would follow through with the MRI. You want to rule out the most immediately dangerous things first. Then you want to think in terms of toxicities - organic (pesticides, etc.) and/or heavy metals (mercury, lead, antimony, and all the toxic heavy metals) and then infections. Think of Lyme disease, but not to the exclusion of other possibilities of chronic infections including syphilis, hepatitis, gut wall, cavitations, etc. As to floaters, if they are large and numerous that means the vitreous body has separated from the retina and left a few pieces of the gelatinous vitreous floating in front of the retina. Surgery can be done for that, but you must have a very serious problem with it before any eye surgeon would touch it. Serious floaters usually do not happen under the age of 45 and one just gets used to them and stops looking at them after a while unless, of course, one is of an obsessive personality type in which case the make a good target to obsess on. I take it that you are rather young and therefore it is not likely that you have circulatory problems to account for your hand numbness. The fatigue makes one think of infectious or toxic problems. That is about the best I can do without seeing you in person.

RE: Vision floaters, numbness, loss concentration
Posted by: Anne
Date: February 3, 2005 7:35 PM

I was tested for Lyme disease twice - negative. How about hypoparathyroidism or adrenal insuffuciancy? I forgot to mention I also get bouts of dizziness sometimes. I also noticed when I get headaches, my temp will rise to 99.2 or more and I get neck pain too. The headache starts in the neck and circulates to one side of my head. They rasied my level of Armour Thyroid. Since, I haven't had headaches as frequently. The main thing now is dizziness and numbness above upper lip. I notice pain when I apply pressure on right eyebrow by nose. When I press on this area I get dizziness and the rush of floaters I mentioned.

RE: Vision floaters, numbness, loss concentration
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: February 3, 2005 9:07 PM

One could think of all kinds of other diagnoses, but I really can't think of anything to add to my previous comments that I would consider reasonably relevant.



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