Woman undergoes several misdiagnoses before thyroid problem pinpointed

Published: Sep. 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2016 at 5:51 PM CDT
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Brandi Edmiston says she knew she had a medical issue long ago, but it took several...
Brandi Edmiston says she knew she had a medical issue long ago, but it took several misdiagnoses before her thyroid problem was confirmed. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A thyroidectomy is the removal, or partial removal of the thyroid gland. How much is removed depends on the reason for surgery. Thyroidectomy is used to treat thyroid disorders, such as cancerous enlargement of the thyroid, or a goiter and overactive thyroid....also called hyperthyroidism.

Brandi Edmiston says she knew she had a medical issue long ago. She said she learned she had a thyroid problem in 2002.

She said she tried several medicines off and on, which were supposed to give her energy, but her problems got worse.

"In 2008 my throat had swollen so bad it had swollen into a goiter," Brandi said. "I was having problems breathing. When I'd wake up my lips would be purple. My finger nails would be purple. And eventually had to go to the emergency room."

Unfortunately she was diagnosed with the wrong illness. "I went to several doctors and I was diagnosed with asthma for the first time," she recalled.

Brandi said she was able to take that misdiagnosis, get it corrected and finally be treated for what was really ailing her. "And eventually I went to a lung specialist and he's the one that diagnosed me with Thyroid Disease, (also called) "Hashimoto's Disease."

Severe pain in May of this year sent her back to the hospital. She eventually had a thyroidectomy by a specialist at UAB. She said it was successful.

"Life now is much better," Brandi told us. "I mean when I wake up in the morning, I do not feel like I haven't had any sleep for days. I feel like I can just get up and go. The body aches, the feverish chills that I had... I don't have that any more. Sensitivity to heat and cold, I don't have that any more."

She said she gets her blood tested every six weeks to make certain the synthetic hormones are doing their job.

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