Ukraine patient with misdiagnosed Thyroid gland failure
Mrs. N. B., (46 years old, married +2 ) from Kremenchug, Ukraine, suffered for some two years a variety of symptoms that hurt her day to day life. During the last six months her condition worsened. She suffered from strong daily headaches, fatigue and weakness, specially from the left side – that made almost impossible for her to do her daily chores. Her analysis showed high levels of hemoglobin and cholesterol, she had a very dry skin, slow speech, weak hands – it was difficult for her to do the dishes, weak legs – she couldn’t walk for long distances, problems with her joints.
Mrs. N. B. physicians gave her a lot of tests, and was diagnosed with neurological problems and was given according treatment.
After contacting iMER, she was referred to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem for evaluation by Dr. E. Linetzky, a Neurologist, that begun testing her for Multiple Sclerosis. He started the neurological tests and blood tests in parallel.
The blood tests showed a serious deficiency in the performance of her Thyroid gland: Mrs. N. B. was sent for urgent consultation with Prof. D. Gross, Associate Professor of Endocrinology.
Prof. Gross examined her and found that her Thyroid had stopped working at all. It was like “a dead organ”. As a result of that, Mrs. N. B.’s entire body was traumatized and all her systems were on the verge of collapse, which was the cause of all her symptoms. Prof. Gross begun to medicate her with thyroid replacement drugs (November 2008). With this medication, it is expected that all symptoms will disappear in a few weeks and Mrs. N. B. will resume her normal life.