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tazechip, Board Certified Physician
Category: Endocrinology
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Experience:  Board certified in general practice with years of experience treating diabetics with multiple other medical conditions
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I am seeing an Endocrinologist next week in the area for

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I am seeing an Endocrinologist next week in the area for possible Hypothroidism. I've been bothered with excessive weight gain over the past 3 years. I have gained 70 pounds and I don't know why. My eating habits have not changed and I eat fairly healthy My primary care physician ran lab tests and here are the numbers:
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: T4 Free .86 ng/dl Thyrogobulin Antibody <1.0 IU/ML Anti Thyroid Peroxidase <6 TSH 1.520 uIU/ML T3 Free 3.4
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I do not know how to interpret these numbers. But I do have all of the classical symptoms of Hypothyroidism to include: weight gain, fatigue, weakness, increased difficulty losing weight, dry skin, cold intolerance, muscle aches, constipation, depression, irritability, decreased libido
JA: Do you have a fever? Do you have any other existing medical conditions?
Customer: I would like to get to the bottom of what my medical condition is. My primary care physician doesn't think there's anything wrong and that I need to change my diet. But I know that something is absolutely wrong and I'd like to find out what it is.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I have chronic neuropathy and chronic radiculopathy. I'm taking 1200 mg of gabapentin daily along with 800 mg of motrin. Both to help ease pain. I am 100 percent disabled, permanent and total from Veterans Affairs. But the excessive weight gain is bothersome.
Expert:  tazechip replied 9 months ago.

Hello and welcome. I'm Dr Chip.

Did you also have your AM and PM cortisol levels checked?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
AM and PM cortisol levels were not checked.
Expert:  tazechip replied 9 months ago.


Those definitely need checking since you likely have Cushing's syndrome--too much cortisol production.

Hopefully the endocrinologist will do that so your condition can be treated.

Please let me know if you need any more information