Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Diagnosis - Thyroid
I was thinking that things have moved very slowly. It has been 3 months, and I still do not have a definitive diagnosis from the doctors. The best they can do so far is “suspect” a diagnosis of BVFTD. This is very frustrating. Then I did a little research and learned of others who went through 9 doctors, and a year or more of agony trying to get someone to finally believe they had something wrong and were not just slackers or depressed. So, what was different for me? My doctors are good, but they are just doctors like all the rest. I do not really think they are better, but they certainly are not the worst out there. Maybe it is because of an accident. Pure happenstance. When I got my blood tests from the neurologist it turned out that I had Hypothyroidism. One of the symptoms of that is problems with memory. I think my low thyroid caused some memory issues that were already present to get worse. Of course this is just a thought from a broken mind. I am now taking medication for my Thyroid, and it has not seemed to have any effect on my memory so far. I had a few seconds of hope when I first heard the news about my thyroid because it is generally reversible. Those hopes were dashed when my neurologist pointed out that low thyroid does not cause “sever general brain atrophy” as shown on my MRI.