Hi, I've always suspected I have hypothyroidism due to years of the usual symptoms, but my TSH is always "normal". I have been reading everything I can about thyroid problems for years. Well, I finally had my FT3, FT4 and antibodies tested in June, 2013:
I also have elevated liver enzymes. AST: 95, (range: 4-44), ALT: 150, (range: 5-40)
And I had a SPEP done due to elevated globulin and it came back showing elevated gamma globulins (polyclonal gammopathy).
I have a fast pulse, over 100, and heart palpitations (strange because hypo usually causes SLOW pulse). I was prescribed Metoprolol. It brought my pulse down into the 80's.
Here's where it gets really strange: I had some red patches on my shoulders and was prescribed Clotrimazole-Betamethasone cream for it. When I started using the cream I immediately noticed a COMPLETE ELIMINATION of some of my symptoms: For the first time in my life I was falling asleep and waking up early without an alarm, and only sleeping 7 hours a night instead of 10-12! My blood sugar stopped crashing and I didn't have to eat every few hours, my pulse came down into the low 60's and the HIVES I normally experience several times a day disappeared!
I'm guessing this happened because of the corticosteroid in the cream. Could this mean I have a cortisol problem? Adrenals? Pituitary? Or could it be something else? I don't have any diagnosis yet. Thanks!
It is very common to have normal thyroid function with positive TPO-ab's. Your symptoms are not likely thyroid. Topical betamethasone should have little systemic effect, but you could explore the adrenal function with your doctor to confirm.
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