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October 16, 2016 at 10:38 am #1049MJParticipant
In a recent ultra sound, just checking on a small adenoma from a year ago, they found my right thyroid lobe to be mildly heterogeneous, intensely vascular and the small adenoma about the same size. My TSH, T3 and T4 were normal at the time of the blood work, They also discovered that my carotid arteries have intimal thickness, I have gained about 10-15 pounds of body fat and I am extremely bloated. I look about 5 months pregnant, even after just a glass of orange juice. It should also be noted that my gallbladder is 5 mm thick, which was presumed to be acalculus cholecystitis, a few years ago, but there are other causes.
I am wondering if my POTS could be caused by untreated Hashitoxicosis. And now after 20 years of untreated Hashitoxicosis, my body is damaged. This could explain the carotid thickness, low “good cholesterol” and possibly my fare-ups of red, hot, inflamed hands and feet with severely distended veins. When this happens, I am short of breath, heart pounding hard and fast and SEVERE weakness. I know people go to the hospital for Hashitoxicosis, but I am used to my symptoms and used to not being taken seriously, so I suck it all up and suffer through the flareups.
My other theory is I could have cancer. Can cancer cause POTS and other dysautonomias? My Electrophysiologist tested me for neoplastic somethingorother a couple of years ago but it came back normal. Special testing so blood was sent to the states.
People with Dermatomyositis are at increased risk for cancer, and I have been waiting for 2 years for a second opinion, only to be told my referral was declined. So, I am now on a cancellation list with someone else. My geneticist believes I have Dermatomyositis, and it was Dr. Driscoll that suggested it to begin with. So thank you Dr. Diana!
Thanks for listening.
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