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Infertility, thyroid
Posted by: Galina
Date: February 21, 2007 3:15 AM

I am a 24-year-old female, 5í6Ē, 160lbs. I do not use alcohol, drugs, and do not smoke. I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years. Last February I had surgery to remove large cysts on both ovaries. Symptoms: fatigue, low energy, donít sleep well, frequently wake up tired. Headaches, back pain, unstable appetite, get boating, gas, constipation, sometimes pain in different areas. Mood swings-frequently depressed, easily irritated, no motivation, feel like my brain is sluggish, canít seem to get going, some anxiety. Get cold easily, cold hands/feet, sometimes blood pressure falls - dizziness with that, frequent sinus congestion. Low sex drive, especially around ovulation (when in should be up). Last 6 mo. I have researched alternative medicine. Switched to organics. Started seeing a chiropractor Ė helping. Saw infertility specialist. My ovaries, uterus, cervix OK, periods are normal. I have not checked fallopian tubes for blockage yet. Thyroid blood work: low TSH and high thyroid antibodies. Progesterone level low. I checked body temp on 3rd day of menses: 97.7. Iíve read the info on your site a lot fits. Not sure what to do, where to turn, want to see someone who can help me with everything. Need help.

RE: Infertility, thyroid
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: February 21, 2007 4:06 AM

I cannot diagnose you in this forum, but I can tell you that the symptoms and .lab reports you have recorded are consistent with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. If that turns out to be the case, the first order of business is to get that handled. If you are still ill after that, and if you presented in my office, I would be looking for heavy metal toxicity and damage to the digestive/immune system - which may have dropped your metabolic rate accounting for fatigue and low body temperature. If you need me, I am available, but if it is a long trip I suggest you get the thyroid taken care of first because there are many docs out there who can handle that. There are precious few docs who can deal with the rest of it.



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