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1. You Pay the Price if Your Doctor Misdiagnoses You by
Suzy Cohen, RPh
2. Diagnosing Nutritional
Deficiencies Through the Eyes
3. Focal neuropathy, what is it?
4. Your Dental Health
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You Pay the Price if Your Doctor Misdiagnoses You
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
I bet you’ve been told some pretty awful stuff by your doctors over the years. Maybe they’ve told you that you’re crazy, or that you have depression or bipolar. Maybe they’ve written off your symptoms to normal aging or menopause, or that your anxiety, fatigue or brain fog are all in your head.
I felt inspired to write this today because one of my daughters shared a story with me. She works at a clinic in Connecticut. She encountered a patient, let’s call her Beth, who came in seeking the advice of the doctor there. Beth had hallmark symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, hair falling out easily, dry skin, fatigue, neuropathy and anxiety.
Beth’s biggest concern was the anxiety which manifested as mild social phobia, a sense of despair (mainly about her declining health), and constant worry. The physician diagnosed her with hypothyroidism and gave her Levothyroxine immediately. He should have ordered a complete thyroid panel including levels of thyroid antibodies. But he didn’t; instead, he just handed her a prescription without getting a baseline.
Beth’s symptoms sound to me like autoimmune thyroid disease, particularly Hashimoto’s, which has anxiety as a primary symptom. Again, no tests ordered.
The scariest part is he also prescribed a benzodiazepine drug, alprazolam 0.25 mg, to be taken up to three times daily if needed. And he gave her a two month supply!
Alprazolam, a commonly-prescribed sedative that treats anxiety and panic disorders, will make Beth feel really good. She will no doubt want more and may become physically dependent in as little as 3 weeks. A trial run of thyroid medication alone could have worked, because when you normalize thyroid hormone, anxiousness stops. Personally, I believe he should have prescribed an NDT drug that combines T3 and T4, rather than just a pure T4 drug (Levo), or even better, a short trial of a pure T3 medication like Compounded T3 or Cytomel. The reason is because Levo preferentially forms reverse T3, which is not biologically active.
So now, poor Beth is on a track to hell. She is not being tested for Hashimoto’s, so nothing will be done to reduce the attack on her thyroid gland, which will die little by little. She was not offered the opportunity to improve feelings of anxiety using just thyroid medicine, and because she’s on a benzo now, she will be referred to a psychiatrist for a psyche eval, who will undoubtedly prescribe more psychoactive drugs for that “depression” they sense when she begins crying over her awful state of affairs.
Do you relate? Do you worry something has been overlooked in your treatment? I’ve covered this topic of thyroid and anxiety very extensively in my paperback book, Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine, available at Amazon
(also on Kindle)
You can find a link to this and other information at Thyroid
I’m fired up about this because it almost happened to me. If you don’t
you might be labeled with bipolar, Lyme, depression, you name it. Your physicians want to give you a quick fix, and will prescribe what they think are the appropriate drugs to address these problems. What if you’ve been misdiagnosed?
If your doctors are wrong, the only person who pays the price is you.
Cohen, RPh (link to her website)
Deficiencies Through the Eyes
You can tell a lot about the body by looking at one's eyes.
Here is a short video showing you how to do this.
Focal neuropathy, what is it?
Definition of focal: occurring in one particular site in the body.
Focal Neuropathy means that only one (or at most a few) nerves are injured. The pain, numbness and/or weakness are confined to a single limb or a small area of the body or the head. Focal neuropathy is far less common than peripheral or autonomic neuropathy which means that many nerves may be involved.
Focal neuropathy is usually caused by compression or trauma. Basically, one nerve gets damaged. The best known of these is carpal tunnel syndrome where the median nerve (the nerve that goes down the arm and through the carpal tunnel which is in the wrist) is damaged by compression of that nerve.
Focal Neuropathy can cause sudden weakness or pain. It can lead to double vision, a paralysis on one side of the face (called Bell's palsy), or a pain in the front of the thigh or other parts of the body.
A focal neuropathy results from an injury to a peripheral nerve at one site. For every nerve there are anatomical weaknesses making injury more likely at a particular location, typically this is where a nerve runs beside bone or across a joint.
Nerve injury can occur from:
External occurrence: This can be direct trauma, including prolonged external compression (edema from pregnancy, prolonged unconsciousness, etc.), repeated minor trauma, traction, injection, cold, burns, radiation
Internal entrapment or compression: examples would include entrapment of the median nerve (nerve in the arm) in the carpal tunnel (in wrist) or the ulnar nerve (arm) in the cubital tunnel (elbow). It can also occur with compression by tumors, deposits or vascular malformations
Intrinsic lesion to the nerve. It is a blockage of the nerve function It can be from an infarct, or blockage of blood to a nerve. It can be caused by, a nerve infarct caused from inflammation of the blood vessel, an area where the nerve impulse is blocked, etc.
Increased susceptibility to nerve injury—for example, in diabetes—combined with minor entrapment or compression.
Diabetic focal neuropathy, sometimes called mononeuropathy, affects a single nerve, most often in the wrist, thigh, or foot. It may also affect the nerves of the back and chest, as well as those that control the eye muscles.
Pain in a single, limited area of the body, such as a wrist or foot.
When focal neuropathy causes nerve entrapment, soreness and pain may develop gradually over several weeks or months.
Pain in and around one of the eyes, problem with moving the eyes and double vision. This occurs when one of the
cranial nerves is affected.
Pain that occurs in a band-shaped area around the chest or abdomen.
Weakness and pain in the lower back, often extending to the thigh (femoral neuropathy), sometimes causing paralysis.
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