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Breathlessness could be due to the infection i.e. the diarrhea that he had, which is the most likely possibility even though it is settled now. It can take up to a couple of weeks energy levels to return back to normal.
I personally do not think that stopping a beta blocker has anything to do with his symptoms.
What was his latest TSH level?
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I don't know that, I'm afraid.
Ok, if he has not had his TSH levels or thyroid hormone levels checked in the past 6-8 weeks he should have those done.
Breathlessness and fatigue is something that can associated with deranged TSH or thyroid hormone levels.
So if his symptoms persist like this a thyroid hormone test is mandatory.
I would also do a complete blood count as well.
Blood counts will give us an indication if any active infection is going on, if the white cell count is raised or low it may indicate an infeciton.
Also if the hemoglobin is low it can also cause breathlessness.
I'm pretty sure that the blood test he had just prior to this would have been levels. We haven't heard anything from his gp or the hospital about changes to his dosage of levothyroxin so assume all ok at present.
I would still like that his tests should be repeated particularly if these tests were done a month or so back.
With the diarrhea the absorption of medications can also be affected.
So the symptoms would most likely settle in a week or so time but I would still like to be safe and repeat tests.
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Yes, I am. Thank you. He had been continuing to take his tablets as normal, in the morning. But then probably within an hour or so either threw them up or fired everything out the other end! Will it take a few more days levels to return to pre-illness readings? How long would you suggest we leave it before contacting our local gp again? I am reluctant to do this as they are already stretched.
Yes it can take up to a couple of weeks.
If symptoms continue even after this period of time then the GP should be contacted.
OK then. Thank you. I feel happier now! Probably just over-reacting! We went through a lot before his op, and it has made me anxious. It's the first time he's been ill since the op, so he has been lucky. Thank you help.
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