my uncle has sarcoidosis. he's about 60. in the past several months, he's developed neuropathy. they've done scans, checked him for diabetes, etc. all have come back neg. however, his tsh has consistently been 5. the neurologist and gp insist thyroid has nothing to do with neuropathy. they haven't check thyroid antibodies. do you think they should be going down the thyroid path? maybe try synthroid?
Yes, I think they should do the thyroid tests, because some people have had neuropathy associated with thyroid issues. They need to test TSH, Free T3 and Free T4, as well as thyroid antibodies, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOab) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TGab).
TSH of 5 is higher than AACE's recommended level of 3.0.
They should also test vitamin B12. Deficiency of B12 can cause neuropathy. I have pernicious anemia, that went untreated for many years, and have permanent nerve damage in my fingers/feet/legs from lack of diagnosis/treatment.
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