48786RE: [FH] Re: HyPOthyroid- heart issues connection
- Aug 25, 2013Brenda,
Is his albumin reading low?
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On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM, Maggie Wilson wrote:
> Thank you so much for responding, Judith. I'd really like to ask you
> more questions. I've been a member of all the thyroid groups +
> adrenals etc- to learn as we've been dealing w/ endocrine issues since
> Dec 2010 but it seems you have some different info.
> Hemopet and Dr. Dodds has been on Miles' case since the beginning.
> Lately I've been communicating w/ her daily as we recently began Miles
> on 1/4 grain Armour. No one can figure him out. He's reacted to the
> synthetic hormones including T3-cytomel.
> She said it will take several wks until retest so I'd like to know
> more about what you know w/ animals responding quickly, not building
> systemically, etc. when you get a moment.
> He's building fluid very fast-pleural effusion w/ RCM- yet his recent
> last echo says his heart is 'surprisingly' almost the same-just slight
> worsening since d/x in April. The cardiologist was surprised so this
> very fast fluid build-up- and I mean w/n hours of a tap, he's
> respirating again. So this fast fluid build-up is making me look like
> I'm a crazy cat lady b/c the vets (5)- and one in particular, keeps
> debating me even though she sent us home twice only to tap 180 ml 2
> days late all the while I was giving 30mg injection lasix a day.
> Miles can't handle much more than that dehydration wise and I've had
> to up it again w/n the last few days.
> I don't want to waste time here, but the lack of care in my area is
> atrocious. They think of him as a certain age and don't even read the
> BW- so I'm trying to treat his low electrolytes, read about high WBC's
> myself. Because the vets think this fast fluid build is impossible, I
> believe there is something causing it and underlying the RCM
> (idiopathic of course). Low thyroid being one- possibly lung
> infection as another.
> I very very much appreciate anything anyone has to share. You never
> know when your experiences will help someone. I've been helped
> tremendously through everyone's stories.
> Thank you Judith for taking the time.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "JudithG" <goldbe50@...> wrote:
>> Yes, hypothyroidism affects heart function. It affects the entire
>> body and the personality. Untreated will lead to death.
>> My angel Bianca went hypoT after I-131. Even with full thyroid
>> panels, it didn't show. Being hypoT myself (which is why I always
>> asked for a full panel) and it taking almost a year until diagnosed,
>> I've always felt I should have caught the symptoms. At the time,
>> there wasn't much info online about post I-131 treatment problems
>> plus it isn't done where I lived. I later found out hypoT after I-131
>> is very common.
>> Is Miles on thyroid replacement hormone now? He should be. The dosage
>> is huge compared to human dosage and often needs to be given twice a
>> day. A consult with Cornell Feline resulted in the suggestion to test
>> twelve hours apart, the same day, to ensure the dosage is correct.
>> With humans, the hormone is systemic, builds up in your system. Not
>> so with cats (and dogs). Plus factor is you don't have to wait 3
>> months to feel better. Works fast. Bianca went from depressed to her
>> old self in no time.
>> You might join the feline hyperthyroid group to get further
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