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Thyroid Problems!

Princesss04
May 4th, 2005, 01:57 PM
Okay I have a doctors appointment on Friday at 12:00 p.m. I have a really fast pulse but normal or low blood pressure. I have been reading on the internet and talking with my sister in law, who has a hypothyroid problem, and it looks like to me that it might be a thyroid problem. I have symptons or hypo and hyper but I think I would lean more toward hyperthyroid but I am not sure. Just wanted to see if anyone else had this problem and could give me some tips, etc. They will check my heart and blood pressure and order blood work. So we will go from there. Just wanted to see what you all thought. :D

SnowDancer
May 4th, 2005, 02:24 PM
I have a slow metabolism - always have. EXCEPT at the age of 47, my right thyroid went hyper which resulted in considerable weight loss, very swollen eyes and extreme cystic acne and my already thick, coarse, dry hair became coarser. First test was for diabetes since it runs in the family but not the case. Doctor checked thyroid and sure enough blood tests came back positive. So I had to report to a hosptal lab for 2 mornings in a row - something was given to me on day one - and checked on day 2. By this time it was possible to feel the swelling on the right side. During all of this my blood pressure remained perfect as always - go figure - must be all those dogs I have had - and I did not experience difficulty breathing. I did see a specialist and thyroid was checked to ensure a malignancy was not present. I did not go on medication. I am allergic to so many things that the doctor said to wait and see how things played out - but to let him know immediately if breathing became an issue. They expected it might be a temporary condition that would eventually right itself. It did - 2 YEARS LATER. I expect that your doctor will do as mine did - take an initial blood test and wait for the results. If they show a potential thryoid disorder you will then be given the further tests to determine level of disorder. Hopefully if it is your thyroid your problem will correct itself as mine did - and hopefully sooner than in 2 years. The hardest thing for me to deal with was my skin and the comments from people. I am now about to turn 55 and am concerned that hormonal activity will cause similar symptoms. Even though I am not as yet in menopause, one thing I do know is exactly when my testosterone and estrogen levels fell - during the 2 year thyroid period. Best of luck at your doctors. Try not to diagnose yourself over the Internet. I know it is tough to resist the temptation. In my case I would have been looking at everything to do with diabetes and completing missing the real issue.

Princesss04
May 4th, 2005, 02:49 PM
Thanks, I will try not to. Here are some of my symptons some match hyper and some match hypo so I am not sure.

1. Rapid weight gain (which is uncommon in hyper but 10% of all women do gain weight fast)

2. Irregular periods (has been this way all my life) (lite cycles) (hyper)

3. Tired alot of the time. (hypo and hyper)

4. Fast pulse and heart beat (hyper)

5. Feet and hands cold all the time (which is hypo not hyper)

So I am not sure but sounds kind of like it. I do not want to say what I do or do not have. Just wanted to see what you all thought. Thanks again for your help Snow Dancer! :D

SnowDancer
May 4th, 2005, 02:58 PM
Actually, many of your symptoms describe life as usual for me! My hands and feet are always freezing (I do like it warm - no sun though); I gain weight on the bottom only - very fast; I have a prolapse valve so do get the sudden rapid heartbeat - but one in 8 women have it - no big deal and no meds required; I am an insomniac so of course am always tired - sleep medications of any sort, prescription or OTC wake me up. I don't drink coffee so it is not caffeine - it is just me. Your condition does sound like you could be leading either way - hypo or hyper - or be developing same condition I had - hypo on one side and hyper on the other. Only benefit of the hyper was the amount I could eat - the rest definitely not. Hope all works out for you - might turn out just to be something really simple. Re being tired, don't be surprised if you end up be told to take a really nasty Iron supplement that you have to ask the pharmacist to get for you from behind the counter. My blood is now good, but I can't give up the iron - I asked. HUGE capsules. Palafer by brand for me.

Princesss04
May 4th, 2005, 03:03 PM
Oh Snow Dancer I hate taking large pills. Wait I hate taking pills at all. LOL :D I will let you know what they say Friday. I hope it is something that can be fixed easily. I know that thyroid can make it hard to get pregnant and you can misscarry. I know we misscarried once already so we will se what happens. I know what you mean I have symtons of both. LOL I said my luck though if I am hyper they say most woman are super little (weight wise) I would get in that 10% that gains weight. :D

jackieb
May 4th, 2005, 03:23 PM
im hypo
im very tired all the time
weight gain is a common sympton i gained 10lb but some people Gain alot but have since lost it
Heavy periods is a comon sympton
heavy periods now completely all the time
constipation is a sign
always cold

It can make you depressed

I have to take tablets and im seeing a specialist soon as my thyroid is now working but the chemical from the brain isnt working as well

Princesss04
May 4th, 2005, 03:29 PM
im hypo
im very tired all the time
weight gain is a common sympton i gained 10lb but some people Gain alot but have since lost it
Heavy periods is a comon sympton
heavy periods now completely all the time
constipation is a sign
always cold

It can make you depressed

I have to take tablets and im seeing a specialist soon as my thyroid is now working but the chemical from the brain isnt working as well


Jackie, I do gain weight I use to be so little but not here lately have gained weight. I have super lite periods when and if I have them. I have never been constipated, I seem to be more the other way (although I do not have the diarhera (spelling) I do have cold feet and hands. So I think I have hypo and hyper. LOL Just kidding. :D

Shamrock
May 4th, 2005, 03:50 PM
Hi Princess, good luck at the doctor visit. I know.. its extremely tough to keep from the old online diagnosis..lol. This feature of being able to research eveything is really a double-edged sword in some cases..
The symptoms you describe could be from so many things, really. I do have to say... you are very young to develop a thyroid problem, - but of course it could be.

I was diagnosed as hyperthyroid some years ago. My heart was racing, even when I woke up. My cycle was completely off-kilter, I remained rail-thin while eating everything - my system was on "over-drive". A specialist confirmed this with indepth testing and I began a one-year treatment on meds. It didnt alter it enough. I did another six months with pill treatment, and ultimately had to opt for the drastic and permanent measure - the iodine treatment.
I now take one pill every day which has keeps my thryoid function normal and stabilized, and yearly checks monitor it.
Of course, some weight gain followed at first. I soon realized I simply couldnt eat as I had when my metabolism was in high gear.

Let us know what the outcome is, Princess, best wishes to you!

jackieb
May 4th, 2005, 04:07 PM
good luck maybe its not enough for them to worry

i suffered my thyroid problems at 28 after my 3rd chid

Princesss04
May 4th, 2005, 04:14 PM
Shamrock what is the iodine treatment? :D Or do I want to know. I am 21 my sister in law is 24 and she is hypothyroid. She has two kids and has ALOT of other medical problems. I hope this is not what it is, but I also hope it is nothing anymore seroius. :D

Shamrock
May 4th, 2005, 05:05 PM
LOL, Princess.. yes that sounds a bit vague doesnt it... if you dont know what it is. :confused:
This treatment is a radioactive iodine drink that permanently destroys your thyroid function. This is then managed by taking one pill a day - tiny, inexpensive pills with really no adverse side affects. But - you must take them forever. :sad: There is no recourse for that.

As you I'm sure know, the thyroid function is considered the "regulator guage" for your whole system. When its out of whack, other treatments can usually get it corrected.
But sometimes the body simply cannot do this - your thryoid function will continue to fluctuate...and can present a serious health risk over time. This measure effectively puts the "meter" at zero... and you control the "level".. with a synthetic thryoid supplement.
Because this is permanently disabling a natural bodily function, it would only be considered when all other treatments had been pursued without success
Though I was "very" hesitant, it has worked to stabilize this condition.
I've not had one instance of irregular thyroid activity in fifteen years.

Karin
May 4th, 2005, 05:18 PM
Wish you the best but,...step away from the computer and take a deep breath.

I'm sure you will be fine.

Princesss04
May 5th, 2005, 10:38 AM
Thanks Karin I know I will be okay! :D I will let you all know! :D

happycats
May 5th, 2005, 01:36 PM
OMG I,m sitting here crying!! I have had all these symptoms (and almost every one listed on a thyroid problem website) My doctor has been telling me for years there is nothing wrong with me (has never tested me for anything) and told me my problems are called LIFE!!
I am making an appointment right now!! I can't believe I have spent so many years thinking this was all in my head!!

Thank you so much Princess, you are a life saver :angel:

Princesss04
May 5th, 2005, 01:52 PM
They will order blood work and can tell you from that. What are your symptons?

happycats
May 5th, 2005, 02:35 PM
My symptoms are:
weight gain
heavy periods
cold all the time
cold hands and feet
heart palpitations
shortness of breath
anxiety
tired all the time
no motivation
weakness at times
dizzy at times

Eleni
May 5th, 2005, 03:06 PM
happycats you should get a new doctor.

or at least a second opinion, in everyday life healthy people dont get heart palpitations or shortness of breath


Eleni

Princesss04
May 5th, 2005, 03:32 PM
Happycats that is not normal everyday life. I would order blood work and if they refuse get a new doctor. Sounds like something is wrong.

Jackie467
May 5th, 2005, 03:46 PM
Sorry I don't have a thyroid prob. but that doesn't sound right to me happycats, that isn't normal day life. I'm animic, which is not as bad as a thyroid problem but without my daily iron pills i'd never make it through the day. I'm always cold (iron helps bond oxygen to your blood and oxygen helps your body heat itself), have low blood pressure but i'm not sure if that is caused by the animia, and am often short of breath. anima also cuases severe fatigue in bad cases such as mine. Without iron suppliments I wouldn't be able to do anything. The severe fatigue is what got me to the doctor in the first place. I wish you all luck.

happycats
May 5th, 2005, 03:52 PM
Thank you so much everyone!
The tired part is just driving me crazy! not to mention all the diets that don't work!!
I will make sure I get results this time with the doctor, If not I will find a new doctor!

Princesss04
May 5th, 2005, 04:01 PM
Happycats if you type www.google.com and type in hyperthyroid or hypothyroid it will tell you some more. Some of the symptons are the same some are a little differant I would call your doctor. :D

Shamrock
May 5th, 2005, 04:21 PM
Happycats, good luck with this! Insist your doctor do a thorough and complete blood panel. Thyroid, cholestrol, blood sugar - any and all tests that that can help track down the cause.
I am shocked that he hasnt done this already,. and is calling it "life".( nothing)
Surely there must be a reason for all these symptoms- and something to help you.
All medical possiblities need to be ruled out before it can be declared to be not from a physical cause.
Some doctors are far too quick to dismiss symptoms - especially from women. :mad: as non-specific, vague complaints that have no merit, no basis for followup.
I'd definitely see doctor another if you dont get satisfaction, Happycats - for your health and for your peace of mind.
It's NOT nothing.. its "something". Something that affects your health deserves to be explored fully.
My best wishes to you.

shannon1233A
May 6th, 2005, 09:45 AM
Same here as with Shamrock! I was 28 with 3 kids( now 51) when I had to take the Iodine treatment. I'm also taking Levothyroxin on a daily basis for the rest of my life. The only difference is my thyroid still fluctuates and I have blood work done every 3 months. But, it's my fault...I''m really bad at taking my pill every day, and if you miss them, it does really make a difference. The Ioding treatment is painless, they put you on a type of gyger (sp) machine, it takes a "count" then you drink the iodine, and they take another count. The pills are tiny, and very cheap, at least here in Canada. The worst part is the blood test for me, as I have terrible veins, they "roll" or "collapse". It's not uncommon to take 3 or 4 stabs at it :mad: Sometimes, they'll take the blood test from my feet which is much more painful, but only when they've tried from both arms a couple of tiimes.

Really hun, although thyroid problems can be serious, if I had to have a serious disease, it would be this one....it's really not that bad if you take your pills every day and keep aware of any changes in you system!

Copper'sMom
May 6th, 2005, 10:38 AM
Good luck today Princess! I see you're offline, so u are probably on your way! :grouphug: Thinking about you!

Happycats, I too have symptoms like yours - except I'm under weight! My doctor has tested me for thyroid before but no problems :confused:

kandy
May 6th, 2005, 12:29 PM
I have a friend who doesn't even have a thyroid gland anymore. When she was in her mid-20's, the doctors thought she had a brain tumor. They gave her something that was supposed to shrink the size of the tumor temporarily so that they could get a better look at it and that's when they discovered that her hypothalmus gland (at least I think that was the one) went nuts and ate the thyroid! It apparently had engulfed the thyroid gland and destroyed it. She has been on daily meds for the condition since then, and the only time she has any problems is when they decide to change her dosage. I think she goes in for blood tests a couple of times a year. I'll be thinking about both of you! Good Luck!

Prin
May 6th, 2005, 12:45 PM
I have heart palpitations too. I thought it was stress but now I'm done school and I still have them. It's a little scary...

Anyone noticed that when they put out the list of top sold pharmaceuticals, Quebec has more thyroid issues than other provinces? I thought about it and everything we eat crosses provincial borders except for milk. I drink a ton of milk, so it made me wonder.... :confused:

Princesss04
May 6th, 2005, 03:39 PM
Okay you all I am back, I went to see the doctor first and my pulse was 151 beats and blood pressure was 126/81 so I was there for about a hour and they are leaning more toward hyperthyroid but he sent me to the hosipital to get all my blood work done. They had three differant people try to get my blood and they could not so I got stuck 7 times :eek: . Anyway we are waiting on blood test to get back and we will go from there. The doctor said it would be a guessing game for a little while as far as the treatment. Thank you all for thinking about me I will keep you all posted. :D

SnowDancer
May 6th, 2005, 07:53 PM
They always have trouble getting blood out of me as well. So they are looking at hyper - somehow I thought they might. Did your doctor tell you whether this will be just the stage 1 test to confirm a thyroid disorder and if so if you will then have to go as I did for 2 mornings in a row to a special clinic at a hospital for testing? Since my condition was diagnosed 7 years ago, procedures may have changed. It was the second stage testing that indicated it was my right thyroid that had turned hyper. Then of course the reason had to be determined. As I previously posted, my condition eventually "righted" itself and I did not take medication. Hopefully this will be the case with you as well. If not, hopefully medication will be all that is required - it is getting the dose down pat that can be a problem I am told.

Prin
May 6th, 2005, 07:59 PM
I would have fainted for sure. I pay big bucks for blood tests at prestigious clinics because I have invisible veins too. So far I have never been multiple poked. (No matter how many of you say hospitals are the same... These clinics might just have more time and are less in a hurry and can do a better job. They're probably paid more so have more job satisfaction too...)

Good luck with the results.. :grouphug:

raingirl
May 6th, 2005, 08:42 PM
How was the blood test? How many vials did they take? My doc thinks I have either thyroid problems, or I have reactive hypoglycemia (everything I eat makes me shakey within 20 minutes because my blood sugar drops too fast), or I have both.

I got the blood test request form in January but I haven't done it yet. It's sitting in my purse! My doc is on Maternity leave, and I have been to her replacement before and I don't like her, so I'm waiting for my doc to come back in June.

The part I'm dreading isn't the blood test, but the GTT (glucose tolerance test-the one they use to test diabetes also tests for hypoglycemia). You have to drink super sugar orange sweet water really fast, and sit around for 2 hours. At least I have a few books to read.

Prin
May 6th, 2005, 09:17 PM
Aye aye aye!!! GTT!!! I had one a few years ago, but the long one. 8 hours. 9 needles. 9 cups. Not fun. But if you never do drugs, it's a great way to get wacky... You fast for 14 hours then drink 100g of sugar-- it burns. The guy made me drink it in one shot. Theoretically, you have more time to drink it than that, but he was hovering saying, "Drinnnnnk iiiiiiiittt." And then in a half hour, you'll have to pee like mad but you know you have 8 more cups to fill so you can't let it all out at once... Then when you're insanely high on sugar, they take out some blood, just so the sugar travelling through you has less to swim in so you get even higher...

Good luck with that. Well, if you're getting the shorter one, it shouldn't be so bad, but if you want to be safe, take the bus there. :)

raingirl
May 6th, 2005, 09:22 PM
Yeah...I've been kinda scared to get if for that reason. I wonder if I will even be able to read the pages of my book!

twinmommy
May 6th, 2005, 09:29 PM
we have two here also, the short one is an hour the long one--two. I did it when I was pregnant and it's nothing...bring your books so you don't get bored, I felt totally normal the whole time...(well, almost normal.. :D )

Safyre
May 6th, 2005, 09:34 PM
I did the GTT back 6-7 years ago, at that time it was a 3-4 hour test. Multiple needles, for me all in one arm. Yuck.
I have hypoglacemia, which sucks, but at least its not diabetes like the rest of my family :)
The test was fine, the drink is horrible tasting, sorta like the mcdonalds orange drink, but MUCH sweeter.
Its not too bad raingirl ,you should go have ti done if they are suspecting hypoglacemia, so you can help yourself feel better. seriously. go.

Princesss04
May 6th, 2005, 09:59 PM
They always have trouble getting blood out of me as well. So they are looking at hyper - somehow I thought they might. Did your doctor tell you whether this will be just the stage 1 test to confirm a thyroid disorder and if so if you will then have to go as I did for 2 mornings in a row to a special clinic at a hospital for testing? Since my condition was diagnosed 7 years ago, procedures may have changed. It was the second stage testing that indicated it was my right thyroid that had turned hyper. Then of course the reason had to be determined. As I previously posted, my condition eventually "righted" itself and I did not take medication. Hopefully this will be the case with you as well. If not, hopefully medication will be all that is required - it is getting the dose down pat that can be a problem I am told.


This will be the first test to tell what is going on and than we will do from there! :D Yes they are leaning more toward hyper than hypo but we will see. :yuck:

Princesss04
May 6th, 2005, 10:03 PM
How was the blood test? How many vials did they take? My doc thinks I have either thyroid problems, or I have reactive hypoglycemia (everything I eat makes me shakey within 20 minutes because my blood sugar drops too fast), or I have both.

I got the blood test request form in January but I haven't done it yet. It's sitting in my purse! My doc is on Maternity leave, and I have been to her replacement before and I don't like her, so I'm waiting for my doc to come back in June.

The part I'm dreading isn't the blood test, but the GTT (glucose tolerance test-the one they use to test diabetes also tests for hypoglycemia). You have to drink super sugar orange sweet water really fast, and sit around for 2 hours. At least I have a few books to read.

They took four vials so I was feeling a little sick. LOL :eek: I will hopefull have the results in soon. Raingirl you have better get in and get your test done. Health is something you do not want to mess around with. :D

raingirl
May 6th, 2005, 10:15 PM
Ech....I've been like this since I hit puberty..I figure, a few more months isn't going to kill me!

I just thought I had a fast metabolism, so I brought up my symptoms to my doc (which was really hard because I hate one on ones, hate doctors, and I actually got upset and cried admitting I had these things wrong with me, and I always have a fear that a doc will think i'm a hypocondriac). I told her I had rapid heart beat sometimes, usually after eating, dizzyness (random), tired all the time, despite working out at gym for 2.5 years, lots of cadio and weight training, I haven't lost any weight, I feel like I am always hungry even 10 minutes after eating, shakey after eating and most of the time, really cold hands/feet, cold all the time (I wear sweaters in 30 degree summer heat!), etc etc. She thinks it could be thyroid or hypoglycemia...or both.

My docs replacement I don't trust. I saw her after I lost a prescription sheet for birth control pills. She wouldn't replace over the phone so I had to go see her. I explained that I lost my refill prescription for 14 months, and she wouldn't beleive me. So she only gave me 3 months worth! She said I have to pay for another pap smear to get more (as OHIP only covers one per year) and I don't think that is right. I thought I brought in the prescription to the pharmacy, but they said no. I bet they lost it! I'm waiting until my doc comes back, and if I run out before then, I will go to a walk in and hopefull they will give it to me.

It took me two years to admit to my doc of my problems. She is great. She actually found out i had scoliosis that I didn't know I had (stupid docs never tested me!!) after having 15 years of shoulder and hip and back pain!! I finally am on a treatment regimen to re-align my muscles in my spine to suport the curve!

Prin
May 6th, 2005, 10:40 PM
I'm confused. You use your regular doc for paps? Or your gyno for everything else?

Princesss04
May 9th, 2005, 02:21 PM
Okay the doctor called Saturday and the test for hypothyroid came back negative but the ones or hyperthyroid were positive, as I thought they would be. So I have another appointment today at 6 and they have some more test they want to run and than they will go from there. I will let you all know what happens. :D

raingirl
May 9th, 2005, 02:26 PM
yeah. In ontario most woman go to their regular family physician for paps all checkups like that. Most woman only see a gyno if they have problems or special needs, or are pregnant. Even some pregnant woman stay with the family physician. I probably will if there are no complications. She is a great doc.

SnowDancer
May 9th, 2005, 02:27 PM
I thought there would be a round 2 after initial diagnosis - hope you have as mild a case as possible. Hope your skin and eyes are still as they were before all this started.

Princesss04
May 9th, 2005, 02:36 PM
I thought there would be a round 2 after initial diagnosis - hope you have as mild a case as possible. Hope your skin and eyes are still as they were before all this started.

My skin is black and blue from them taking all that blood on Friday but we will get through it. What do you mean by my eyes. :D

SnowDancer
May 9th, 2005, 02:45 PM
My eyes became very itchy, puffy and swollen - as if I were having a continuous very serious ragweed attack times 2. And since I am allergic to anti-histamine, not good. My facial skin went from being as clear as it ever is - rosacea sufferer here - to being covered in cystic acne. This lasted for 2 years.

happycats
May 9th, 2005, 03:17 PM
I go for my tests this Friday.
A co-worker told me that they give you stuff that makes you radioactive, and that you can't use the same toilet as the rest of your family :eek: (I only have 1)Does anyone know if this is true??

raingirl
May 9th, 2005, 04:23 PM
The thyroid gland itself may be checked using a test called scintigraphy. This involves injecting a radioactive form of iodine. The thyroid uses this iodine to make T3 and T4, which means certain parts of the gland take up the radioactive material and can be seen with a scanner. The dose of radioactivity is very low and is not dangerous.

I didn't see anything about using the toilet though...Oh..here is one:

Urinary radiopharmaceutical excretion is of particular concern during the first 2 days post administration. Patients should be advised to observe rigorous hygiene in order to avoid contaminating groups at risk using the same toilet facility. Patients should be warned to avoid soiling underclothing or areas around toilet bowls for 1 wk post injection and that significantly soiled clothing should be washed separately. A double toilet flush is recommended after urination. Patients should wash their hands after urination.

happycats
May 9th, 2005, 04:31 PM
Thanks Raingirl,
I won't be soiling my cloths, and I don't plan on peeing beside the toilet :yuck: LOL :D , and doesn't everyone wash thier hads after urinating :confused: !

If they do do that injection, then I will get some Lysol disinfectant wipes, and wipe everything down after I use it.

Prin
May 9th, 2005, 04:33 PM
I don't think Lysol gets rid of radioactivity. As long as you don't pee your pants or hover over the bowl or pee standing up, you should be ok.

And statistics say only 1/4 of women wash their hands...

happycats
May 9th, 2005, 04:36 PM
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And statistics say only 1/4 of women wash their hands...EEEEEWWWWWWW :yuck:
Maybe I'll have to strap a geiger (sp) counter to my butt!! :D

Prin
May 9th, 2005, 04:40 PM
Maybe if you drip on your way to the bathroom, it'll glow and make it easier to find your way at night forever!!

happycats
May 9th, 2005, 04:49 PM
Maybe if you drip on your way to the bathroom, it'll glow and make it easier to find your way at night forever!!

LMFAO Prinhttp://bestsmileys.com/lol/17.gif

Princesss04
May 10th, 2005, 10:11 AM
Okay I made it through another doctors appointment. I have Graves Disease (hyperthyroid) they put me on Propythisuracil, (spelling) that is my thyroid meds. I have to take two three times a day. Than he said that the meds would slow my pulse and heart down but not as fast as he would like so he put me on a heart med as well and that is Atenalol (spelling, I am trying to read his writing :eek: ) and I take that one time a day and that should slow my heart down. I have to go back in two weeks for more blood work and than two weeks after that to see how to meds are doing. Than I will have to go in and see him again. I will have to stay on these meds for the next two years and we will go from there. I will have to have blood work done every three months after that to make sure nothing is coming back. He said this will be something I will deal with the rest of my life. It will come and go. Might not have any problems with it for a few months and than it will come back. :D So at least they are fixing it. :D So that is what is going on so far. :D

SnowDancer
May 10th, 2005, 10:52 AM
Sorry to hear that condition will be ongoing. They did tell me I might have a recurrence but since my condition cleared in 2000 I have been as "normal" as I ever was. But that could change. Since I did not take meds, have they warned you about the main side effects to watch out for? I only ask about the main ones, you can drive yourself nuts if you go through the complete list. So often you so ads for meds that have side effects that are worse than the symptoms caused by the disease. Unless life threatening of course, one sometimes is wise to decline meds. In my case nearly everything speeds up my heart - not good. Will watch for updates.

Prin
May 10th, 2005, 02:01 PM
I'm glad you got a diagnosis! (I have only had one thing diagnosed in my life but all they knew was the name of it and nothing else... Doctors..)

It's good that he's thorough enough to put you on the heart med too. I hope you start to feel more normal soon. I just can't imagine having to get poked every three months... :eek:

Princesss04
May 10th, 2005, 02:48 PM
Thanks Prin, I do not like the idea either but I like that fact that he is watching it close. :D The funny part is I really do not feel bad. He said this will make me feel better than what I do so I am looking forward to that. :D He said I will notice a big difference. :D

Prin
July 21st, 2005, 11:09 PM
Okay I made it through another doctors appointment. I have Graves Disease (hyperthyroid) they put me on Propythisuracil, (spelling) that is my thyroid meds. I have to take two three times a day. Than he said that the meds would slow my pulse and heart down but not as fast as he would like so he put me on a heart med as well and that is Atenalol (spelling, I am trying to read his writing :eek: ) and I take that one time a day and that should slow my heart down. I have to go back in two weeks for more blood work and than two weeks after that to see how to meds are doing. Than I will have to go in and see him again. I will have to stay on these meds for the next two years and we will go from there. I will have to have blood work done every three months after that to make sure nothing is coming back. He said this will be something I will deal with the rest of my life. It will come and go. Might not have any problems with it for a few months and than it will come back. :D So at least they are fixing it. :D So that is what is going on so far. :D

Hey, I had to revive this thread... I'm going through it too now. I went for a routine blood test and it looks like I have hyperthyroid. My TSH levels were undetectable...

I also have almost all the symptoms- fatigue, intolerance to heat and increased sweating (I never sweat in my life before a few months ago and then goooshhhh :D :rolleyes: And I also don't turn on the hot water at all, not at all, when I have showers now...), heart palpitations, tremors, weight gain, dependent lower-body edema, exertional intolerance and dyspnea (I thought I was irreparably in bad shape..), muscle weakness, etc etc.

So ya. So I came back to this thread to know what will happen next. I suppose I have to have more blood tests... I have my dr appt on Monday. I just want to feel awake again.


How is it going for you?

Princesss04
July 28th, 2005, 09:26 AM
Prin, they should go in and do a major blood test. They will test it all and than your doc will review it and meet with you. There are differant ways to treat it depending on which you choice and how bad it is. I am pretty sure is hyperthyroid problems you loose alot of weight but in a few cases you will gain rapid weight. That is what I went through. I said man if you have to have this why not have the super little part. LOL :p Anyway he will put you on meds and than you will go back and do blood work again in two weeks and see if it is working. Than, you will go back again in two more weeks and go from there. I am sure they will put you on heart meds to slow down your heart as well. Let me know how things go. I know it is a pretty common problem something that can be fixed and you will have no problem with it forever or it could come back every couple of years or so.

Prin
July 28th, 2005, 06:47 PM
You mean you gained weight too? Blech. I gained 40 lbs in 3 months.

When you're on the meds, what changes, other than the heart rate? Like do you feel less tired? Lose/gain weight? Anything? :fingerscr :confused: I'm so hoping to get more energy.

We'll see when my appt ends up. You never know in Qc- it might end up in December. :yuck:

Princesss04
July 29th, 2005, 10:34 PM
I have gained 39 pounds since I have been married! :yuck: BUT now that I have been taking my meds and I am eatting the same I have lost a lot of weight. I know it is working. I do not feel as tired anymore either. Maybe it is all in my head but yeah if it works it works right. LOL Let me know how things go. :fingerscr

Prin
July 29th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Well the endocrinologists are on vacation till the 2nd, so I'll have to wait to make an appt. I hope waiting a week to make the appointment is no indication of how long I'll have to wait to have the appointment... :fingerscr :D

Thanks for all your help Princess, I really appreciate it.