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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why are Doctors & Specialists so dismissive to Thyroid problems?

    Recent tests indicate I have ANA 320 Speckled, Thyroglobulin antibodies 121 U/ml, low TSH, high blood calcium, high albumin, high copper, low chromium, low magnesium, deficient in vitamin D.

    I have Coeliac's Disease (diagnosed 2004) and Hyperinsulinemia/Insulin Resistance (diagnosed 2012). I maintain a gluten free low carb low GI diet.

    In the past 12 months I have been feeling very unwell. My Symptoms are severe anxiety, mental confusion/fogginess, inability to concentrate, slurred speech, headaches, dizzy, knee & shoulder pains, tightness in throat, weight loss, cough, sinus inflammation, cold tingly hands & feet, palpitations, shortness of breath, swollen tongue with raised white bumps at the back left side, intolerant of stress, irritable, bad night vision, teary gritty eyes, blurred/double vision, itchy scalp, brittle hair & loss. My GP keeps saying I'm ok. I definitely don't feel ok!

    I have family history of Hashimoto's, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Goiter, Chronic Lymphatic Leukeamia
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  • My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    I am sorry to read that you are not feeling well.

    I suggest that you get your GP to give you referrals to a clinical immunologist and a clinical endocrinologist. They, as a team, will be able to interpret your high ANA, low TSH and high thyroglobulin antibody levels as well as your abnormal blood metal ion levels - these are all suggestive of a number of different illnesses.

    They will be able to arrange for more detailed investigations and, depending on the results of those, recommend appropriate treatment(s).

    All the best.

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    Dr Nicolas Oddone Baridon MBBS, MS, MD, FRACS is an accomplished and passionate General Surgeon whose main interest is thyroid surgery (endocrine surgeon). He has … View Profile

    The symptoms you have are very vague and not specific, they could correspond to a multitude of pathologies. I suggest you see an endocrinologist. Dr. Ken Ho would be my first recommendation in Eastwood. You might not be from the area but it may be worth the travel.

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