Depression, Thyroid, Wilson's Temperature Syndrome
Hello all and Happy New Year
I am here because on this day last year, I began experiencing a number of strange symptoms, and still have not gotten it figured out. I have been in and out of several doctors, my PCP, an endo, and a GI. The endo and GI have recommended antidepressants, but before I go that route there are a few things I want to look into.
My symptoms are:
- NO sex drive (erections are OK but not great, I just feel uninterested in sex completely)
- Almost no appetite
- Very slow digestion
- Bloating after meals, meals feel “stuck” in the stomach region
- Some Constipation
- Acid reflux after big meals
- Constant brain fog
- Inability to concentrate
- Consistent weight gain (went from about 180 to 225 this year) even though I exercise and work landscaping
- Loss of interest in everyday things
- Space out for long periods at the computer
- Some trouble sleeping
- Always tired and sluggish
- Completely drained after physical activity
- Low body temperature usually between 95.5-97.5, with only a few infrequent readings of 98.6+
My first theory was that it was a thyroid problem. A sluggish thyroid can lead to all these symptoms. Plus, I have a family history of hypothyroidism.
However, I did several blood tests, including TSH, Free and Serum Testosterone, T4, T3, Ferretin, and some others. All of these came back normal, except the testosterone was a bit low during one test. Saw the endocrinologist for this, tested again, and the level was fine. No supplementation was given.
In august I went on Nexium for about a month, and it didn’t do anything. PCP referred me to the GI, who did a endoscopy and said my stomach looked to be pumping “slow.” So, we did the barium-based gastric emptying study. The study went “normal” with no problems.
In early December, I met again with the GI and he did not have a solution for me. He recommended an anti-depressant. I saw an endocrinologist and he recommended the same thing.
But, when I checked out some forums, there are a lot of people who get the whole antidepressant recommendation from a doctor, only to find that it just masks their true underlying problems. This is what I DON’T want to happen. Plus, most antidepressants carry sexual side effects which would hurt my cause even more.
I would also like to mention that I get exercise about 3 times a week for about an hour (hockey) and spring-fall I work landscaping. I live a happy, stress-free life and am in a 5+ year SOLID relationship. This makes me doubt it’s depression even more.
Also, there is a medical condition out there called Wilson’s Temperature syndrome (first site when searching it on google will bring up the official page) which shows that there have been many patients with hypothyroid symptoms AND low body temperature but have normal lab results. This sounds exactly like me. These patients, even though their T3 looks normal, respond POSITIVELY to T3 supplementation, most seeing that their symptoms go away with this treatment.
What I really need to know is if anyone has had experience with Wilson’s syndrome, underactive thyroid, depression, or anything else you think it could be. I have some more appointments coming up, and I am really trying to get this figured out. One year is too long. It can’t go on any longer.
Thanks in advance
Last edited by whatever20 : 01-16-2010 at .