Hey everyone. I've been feeling pretty frustrated and upset since yesterday's doctor's appointment, during which I discovered something I've suspected for a long time: I am very close to being hyperthyroid. The problem is my doctor doesn't want to treat me.
He says I should just exercise to relieve myself of the excess energy. That's his solution to everything. I'm a fitness fanatic, and I still feel like crap. Unless I am more outside the range of normal, he wont do anything.
I read a lot around here that you can't really trust lab normals when it comes to thyroid results, and that often doctors will ignore women with significant issues. I wish I had a copy of the results, I am just going by memory, but my TSH was something like .5? and T4 18 (not sure if free or what units or whatever, sorry) with a range of 4 – 19.
I have had symptoms for so long. The birth control pill makes me feel better. I read that estrogen slows down the thyroid so it supports the idea that I am having problems with it. My number one issue is anxiety and nervousness. I had been getting very frequent panic attacks before I started my anti-depressants. My whole body just feels so wound up all the time. I can feel a crawling or buzzing electrical feeling under my skin all the time.
I feel worn out but at the same time restless. I get very weak and my hands ALWAYS shake and I am known to drop things frequently and at times things seem to just fly out of my hands. I can never sit still and am always fidgeting. I pee all the time and have many bowel movements a day (sorry for the TMI). I can't stand heat and sweat a lot. I GET HEART PALPITATIONS ALL THE TIME. I hate this one so much. When I was not on the pill, my periods were once every 6 weeks or so and they'd last 2 or 3 days, even with a copper IUD.
I even developed a bit of an eating disorder because once I started tracking my calories I realized that I eat A LOT, like almost 3000 calories a day. I was not gaining weight but I was so upset by this that I tried restricting them but failed, leading to a lot of problems with eating. I am however quite slim.
My boyfriend has more than once said I resemble a squirrel.
Ugh! I don't know what I can do about this. Is this all in my head? Is it really okay to be that close to the edge of normal? I've been struggling to feel okay for years… the anxiety pretty much took over my life. I feel so hopeless now. Nobody understands, they just get annoyed with me, tell me to 'just relax'.
As I mentioned, I am taking anti depressants to help my anxiety. It is improving things, but I don't think it makes sense to take them if the thyroid is the problem… it seems like I should be treating that, right?
Long and rambly, not sure if anyone can help or how they can… but any advice or comments are appreciated. Thanks.
also posted to the thyroid community.