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Can anybody please help with thyroid issues

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Thyroidhelpplease Mon 21-Mar-16 12:03:29

Symptoms: weight loss (am now 7st 3lbs down from 8st 10). Anxiety, racing heart, night sweats and so hot. Feel manic and hyperactive in the mornings and have a slight hand tremor for a few hours every morning.

My GP thinks this is all anxiety which I do suffer from. She did a full blood test and everything came back 'normal'. I've called to ask what the number was for my thyroid and it was 0.67 which looking at the thyroid website seems quite low, although within the ok range. I think I could have hyperthyroidism but she is convinced it is anxiety.

Does anyone have any advice?

AttilaTheMeerkat Mon 21-Mar-16 12:22:11

Never accept "normal" when it comes to such issues; you are not feeling right at all for a reason.

I would return to the GP practice (see another GP within the practice) and seek a second opinion. If GP is unhelpful I would request a referral to an endocrinologist.

This may prove useful to you:-

Thyroidhelpplease Mon 21-Mar-16 12:24:55

Just phoned back again to check and she said that my FT4 level is 17.4 if that helps

Thyroidhelpplease Mon 21-Mar-16 12:26:44

Thanks for your reply. I think the thyroid people have a helpline, I will call them and see what they think.

Problem with the GP is that as soon as they see anxiety it seems like EVERYTHING is just blamed on that. I 'know' what my anxiety feels like IYKWIM and this isn't it

EssentialHummus Mon 21-Mar-16 12:36:28

That sounds like hyperthyroidism to me, OP. I had the same symptoms when I was over-dosed on hypothyroid meds, and it was seriously unpleasant. Go back to GP. Clarify that you're not anxious situationally / that this doesn't feel like "normal" anxiety, and that the other symptoms don't stack up for you. Push for an endo referral. If it's within your means, self-refer to an endo. Thyroid related conditions seem to need a lot of "activism" from patients to get treated properly IME, which hard when you're feeling rubbish anyway.

Thyroidhelpplease Mon 21-Mar-16 13:45:30

Thanks, yes the symptoms fit as far as I can see. GP won't refer, computer says 'no' as far as levels are concerned. Maybe she is right and it's just anxiety!

Pleasemrstweedie Mon 21-Mar-16 17:08:20

Your thyroid results look damn near perfect start the moment, but it might be a good idea to keep anye on them, especially as your symptoms sound classic,

Thyroidhelpplease Mon 21-Mar-16 18:04:17

Really! Ok well that sounds encouraging.

Thyroidhelpplease Mon 21-Mar-16 20:03:31

Just to add I did have a baby 10 months ago, would that have an effect on levels? I think I had a thyroid test a year ago, I could get those results and compare?

digerd Mon 21-Mar-16 20:29:56

I had an overactive Thyroid gland in my early 20s and as well as the weight loss, night sweats I had day sweating, racing pulse - 160 just sitting still- , and palpitations especially at night and shaking hands all day. I also became very paranoid.

Eventually, I became extremely weak and climbing the stairs made me so breathless I had to stop on each stair and take several deep breaths before taking the next step.
The last symptoms which helped GP with the diagnosis were swelling of the Thyroid into a goitre and my eyes bulging. I was immediately sent to a hospital to see an endocrinologist

I was young and didn't think of asking for my blood results. Gp had previously said it was nerves. My periods stopped but I was not pregnant.

Hope you get some answers soon.

Thyroidhelpplease Mon 21-Mar-16 21:00:52

I haven't had a period since DD was born! Had forgotten that.

I have the breathlessness too

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