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Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby MarilynneT » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:31 pm

Well I finally went to see the rheumatologist on Tuesday. What a wasted visit.

After getting weighed, height measurement and water sample taken, I got to see him. He asked me loads of questions and wrote a lot of stuff down. I mentioned to him about my Hyperthyroidism and could my T3 level be something to do with it. He didn't answer and carried on writing. He then examined all my limbs and twisted them this way and that but as I had taken my Tramadol a couple of hours earlier I wasn't in pain. I also mentioned that I was going to have a cortisone injection in my shoulder in a few weeks and already had one in my hand. These 2 problems are work related and nothing to do with the Fibromyalgia.

He sent me to get a blood test which didn't include one to do with my Thyroid or T3 and then he sent me for an x-ray of both hands.

When I returned to see him he said he thought I had Fibromyalgia and said to make an appointment for 6 months.

I felt that it was a waste of time and nothing constructive was achieved. All he said was to continue with the Amitriptyline.

Well I should be on 3 a night now but I tried that and they made me feel a bit groggy in the mornings so I have stayed on 2. I have tried to cut down on the Tramadol. I should be on 3 a day and managed with 2. One in a morning and one in the evening. I tried cutting the evening one out but tonight after sitting for a while the aches have returned a little for the first time in weeks.

I will have to try another one of the GP's at my practice and hope he might listen otherwise it looks like I will be on the Amitriptyline and Tramadol for some time to come.

I went on a website to see how much a private blood test cost and it can be anything up to a hundred pounds just to check the Thyroid levels.

I wish doctors would listen and just test the T3 level just to see if it's that and to put my mind at rest. :banghead:
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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby Hjp75 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:18 am

Sorry you've not had the answers your looking for and I hope you get them soon, but what is T3 sorry hope you don't mind me asking x

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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby denys » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:33 pm

Sorry from me too, I hate it when they dont even acknowledge a question :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby nutty1 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:37 pm

sounds familiar :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby MarilynneT » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:42 pm

Hjp - I hope this explains what T3 is.

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroid ... reated.htm
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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby MarilynneT » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:10 pm

Well I have been to see another doctor at my practice and he specialises in muscles on joints. He has also confirmed along with the other two doctors and rheumatologist that I have Fibromyalgia. I asked him about T3 and he told me that he has studied it at length and doesn't agree with the T3 and that I should stay on the Levothyroxine. He did say that if the amitriptyline works then I should stay on it along with the Tramadol, although the drug he gives for FM is a different one but I can't remember it's name. I am quite pain free during the day but I think I am ready for the cortisone injection for my shoulder (caused by heavy lifting at work).

I also still get some heel pain caused by stepping on a cable at work a few months ago. A nurse at our local walk-in centre said she didn't think it was broken so it has never been x-rayed but I can't understand why it's still painful. I suppose I will have to live with it along with everything else.

I'm falling apart at the seams but I suppose I will just soldier on.... :(
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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby McVinster » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:11 am

If your heel is still painful it could be just a very deep bruise. The skin on your feet is quite thick but tender in it's deeper layers. My mum had a deep bruise on her foot and it took about 6 weeks to get better, but she doesn't have fibro and I know I don't heal nearly as fast as I used to when I was younger.

It's just an idea though, I may be wrong.
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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby MarilynneT » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:45 pm

Thanks McVinster, I suppose being on my feet all day doesn't help much either.

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Re: Rheumatologist's Visit and Thyroid Check

Postby motherelephant » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:34 am

Hi Maralynn , I also am Hypo and have had Fibro for more years than i would like to remember . Do you know what your TSH levels were when you last had them done ? It is well known that Many hypo symptoms over lap with Fibro .My Endo told me I had to keep my levels below 2 . I have tried to get my T3 done but my ( sorry fog) thats it Lab wont test it even though my gP aslked .In other parts of the country they test TSh T3 and free T4 .How can we get back to some sort of health if our levels are wrong and not being treated .It's driving me crazy constantly battling with the Docs .Hope you get some releif soon .Motherelle .x
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