to add to this just before xmas i relapsed and had severe difficulty breathing. went to a cardiologiist had a 15 min treadmill test which was fine and says that there is nothing
significant there although i recieved a results letter that says my estimated ef is 38%.
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You could be having multiple endocrine gland involvement. One such possibility is Schmidt's syndrome: adrenal gland failure and hypothyroidism coexist in this. Generally this involves a low pituitary gland function in the brain. Also generally where multiple endocrine glands are involved, it could be an autoimmune process. This is the primary hypofunction or decreased function of the gland.
In secondary hypofunction, either the glands are not stimulated or are directly inhibited. This form of hypofunction is reversible and the glands begin working normally again if the stimulating hormone is supplied or if the inhibiting hormone is removed. This is generally seen in problems of pituitary gland.
I am sure the specialist will run some tests or go through your existing test results and based on the results will be able to sort the problem out. You have to push to see an endocrine specialist. It can also be Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which is an autoimmune disorder. However in 10-15% cases of Hashimotos the test comes back normal. Hence other thyroid antibodies such as antithyroglobulin (anti-Tg), and to a lesser extent, TSH receptor-blocking antibodies, thyroid-stimulating antibody and cytotoxic antibody should be tested for. Also the tests should be repeated after 3 months. Take care!