Husband diagnosed with GB in hospital but tests negative on spinal tap and EMG

May 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Hi and welcome 3tinks and husband. I was diagnosed with GBS in July 2007, but was diagnosed first with hypothyroidism (low thyroid), because my TSH level was severely high. When I was treated for the thyroid condition, my symptoms of numbness, tingling, etc. did not improve and actually worsened. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can mimic GBS symptoms up to a point and my neurologist admitted that the hypothyroidism threw off a diagnosis of GBS in the beginning. Thyroid problems usually affects more women than men. …Have doctors done any tests for thyroid problems? If not, then your husband’s doctor may want to check his thyroid, but make sure they run a TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone test along with the T3 & T4. The pituitary gland produces a hormone to stimulate the thyroid when it’s not doing it’s job, i.e. the high TSH level. An under-active thyroid can lead to serious, sometimes deadly consequences. Sorry, not to scare you, but wanted you to be aware of it.

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