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Brain trauma = changes in body, thyroid
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Brain trauma = changes in body, thyroid

I am a 31yo male that was in a motorcycle accident late 2009. I had 2 cranial fractures on the occipital region. Surgery went excellent considering my 20% chance of living.

Here's the facts..... Pre-acccident body temp normally hung around 99.1-99.3. High but normal for me. Constantly kept body weight healthy and averaged around 220. Built very strong and muscular.

Post accident.... Body temp 95.2-96.2, very hard to loose weight. I was laid up for 3 months and gained 40-50lbs. Since then very hard for me to loose anything.

Went and had a physical done, everything within norms. That being said not sure on my thyroid hormone level, but within normals of this physician.

I am a paramedic and understand that the physiological response is probably normal but wonder about my problems. 3 degrees is a huge difference. Trying to loose weight is going to be 3,4 times harder for me since my low temp. Plus to add s/s of hypothyroidism are present if family. I have an older brother who started turning grey at the age of 15-16. Mother has hypothyroid. Aunt on mother's side has a non-functioning thyroid and was taken out. I know about T3 and T4 but don't want to explore unless it is indicated.

So there's my questions, any advice would be of great help!
97953 tn?1440868992
"Thyroid symptoms" are very nonspecific and cannot be used to make a diagnosis - would rely on TSH and Free T4 to assess thyroid-pituitary axis.
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1756321 tn?1377771734
With classic hypothyroidism symptoms, central hypothyroidism due to traumatic brain injury is a good possibility. It's worth testing TSH, free T4, and free T3.
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