I am a 39 year old male and up until July of 2005 had minimal health problems, mostly seasonal allergies. I am a National Age Group triathlete and have been in great shape most of my life. In March of 2005, I had a vasectomy. No complications, no swelling. All went well. In July of 2005, I had my annual checkup and bloodwork came back with a high TSH level - doctor put me on Levoxyl. It has been a nightmare every since.
10/05 - Extreme headaches with numbness and tingling. Brain MRI, Cervical MRI, Brain CT and several other nuerological tests. All negative. Doctor sayed could be stress related.
2/05 - Began having stomach problems. Gas, bloating, constipation with some upper adominal discomfort. Ultrasound and Endoscopy, both negative. Once again, stress related.
I have asked several doctors if any of this could be related to the vasectomy and/or if these recent problems could be caused by the Levoxyl. I've seen several websites where people have had similar problems. Everytime I bring these issues up, doctors seem to laugh and blow it off. I know that some men have problems with sperm getting into the bloodstream.
1. Could the vasectomy be the cause of the inactive thyroid problem(Autoimmune).
2. Could the Levoxyl be causing the headaches and stomach problems?
I am greatly frustrated but cannot get any answers as to the causes of my problems.
To answer your questions:
1) Although possible, I am not aware of a vasectomy being associated with autoimmune thyroid problems.
2) Headaches, abdominal cramps, appetite increased, diarrhea, vomiting can all be side effects of Levoxyl. You can try another thyroid replacement medications (i.e Synthroid) to see if it is better tolerated.
This option can be discussed with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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