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MS Symptoms are from Hypothyroidism
Annette Nay, Ph.D.
Copyright © 2003

Since MS can mimics a lot of illnesses, because a lot of diseases are stepping stones towards MS and Hypothyroidism where the thyroid is not working properly. To understand this problem and what is or will happen to you, read my article Untreated Allergies causes Many Illness, Autoimmune Diseases, Hypothyroidism, Cancer and Ultimately, Death.

In 4 months I gained 100 pounds. I tried everything to stop it, but still it came. What I didn't notice was increased fatigue & muscle cramps, tingling in the fingers, loss of equilibrium, dry itchy skin, cold intolerance, memory and mental impairment, decreased concentration, irregular-heavy menstruation, drooping swollen eyes, and a slowed heart rate. I blamed it all on MS, but it wasn't, it was hypothyroidism and MS. The MS cause the signals from the brain to get scrambled and cause the thyroid not to do it's job correctly.

Doctors often forget to tell people with MS is they are highly susceptible to hypothyroidism. I have included the following information so you will recognize what's going on instead of being in the dark as I was.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism has many levels, ranging from borderline to the more severe, Hashimoto's disease. The severity of the disorder is characterized by the amount of decrease in the hormones secreted by the thyroid. The symptoms that occur with the disease vary depending on the length of time the body has been deprived of the proper amount of hormone.

Mild cases of hypothyroidism usually have few symptoms and patients feel fine. However, after being treated report that they do have an improvement in the way that they feel. Because symptoms are not present, or are usually so vague, treating or diagnosing mild cases are often very difficult. Testing levels of TSH (thyroid - stimulating hormone) in the blood stream along with the reduction in the amount of thyroid hormone levels, is the only definite way to diagnose mild hypothyroidism.

More severe cases of hypothyroidism are easier to diagnose. Symptoms include fatigue and muscle swelling or cramps (mainly in the arms and legs), tingling in the fingers, loss of equilibrium, weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight, dry sometimes itchy skin, cold intolerance, coarseness or loss of hair, husky voice, constipation, memory and mental impairment, decreased concentration, goiter, depression, irregular or heavy menstruation, infertility or miscarriages, drooping swollen eyes, and a slowed heart rate. The two most common symptoms are fatigue and cold intolerance. Not all of these symptoms may occur, usually just a few, but with the severity of the disease the more will be present.

Symptoms usually disappear after treatment has taken place. Since hypothyroidism is a deficiency in thyroid hormones, treatment includes the replacement of the hormones the thyroid should secrete. Once diagnosed, the treatment is easy, the most difficult part is trying to determine if the deficiency is present, and to what degree. Many of these symptoms occur naturally with age. The presence of two or three symptoms should be of no concern. However, if several of the symptoms are present, you may want to have your hormone levels checked.

The key signs to secondary hypothyroidism are a history of absence of menstruation of three or more periods in a row (known as Amenorrhea). In secondary hypothyroidism, symptoms include low blood pressure, hypoglycemia (often found because of a concomitant adrenal insufficiency or growth hormone deficiency), a reduction in breast size, skin depigmentation, and dry skin and hair.


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