My strugge: Hyperthyroidism as the source?
April 16, 2012 4:50 PM Subscribe
I need some guidance/opinions on my situation with hyperthyroidism because I am losing faith in my doctors.
posted by iz0rz to health & fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I will try to make this as clear as possible.
* 27 Male, no major health issues
* 165lbs (always thin)
* low blood pressure
* pulse resting is 85ish and otherwise averages during a normal day 95 to 100
* always have been very tense and unable to relax
* HRV (heart rate variability) tests through my iphone always show I am under extreme stress (just throwing this in since I feel its relevant)
* history of persistant general anxiety for a long time but meds have never really helped and neither has CBT.
* taken zoloft, celexa, and effexor(current) but never any real benefit in my opinion
* also diagnosed inattentive ADHD and on adderall - I always felt overwhelmed and got tired very quick before
* Dad, grandmothers on both sides of family have thyroid problems
* Note: the lab results below are word for word from copies of actual lab work results
2009 - Lab work and first thyroid test (at my request because of my family history)
TSH - .20 (scale = .27 to 4.20)
T3 Free - 24.4 pg/dl (scale = 2.3 to 4.2) - I assume the scale is divided by zero but either way I am six times the high range
Thyroxine Free - 2.0 NG/DL (scale = 0.9 to 1.8)
- based on this test I was sent to endocrinologist and had a iodine uptake test. it was concluded I was in low normal tsh range and to observe
2011 - Lab work (thyroid hormones not tested for some reason)
TSH - .80 (scale = .34 to 4.70)
2012 - Lab work (again hormones not tested)
TSH - .02 (scale = .34 to 4.70)
So now I have an appointment to get another radioactive iodine uptake test scheduled.
What I hope is going on
In 2010, I posted a question here about a two month period of relief that I thought was from fish oil (because it started at the same time). Now I am starting to think that could have been (assuming my problems are caused by my thyroid) that my thyroid levels were fluctuating and "evened out" for that short period which caused me to feel really swell.
Cynical conclusion of post
I have spent a lot of time and so much mental energy into feeling better and figuring out why I am so anxious to zero results - just see my old post about fish oil and feeling good its almost pathetic how crazy it sounds.
My parents don't really buy into problems like this so while they definitely support me in anything it is really frustrating for them to deal with me because they can't understand it. My old therapist told me I needed to go on medication to get better (so I quit seeing him) but nothing has helped me at all. The psychiatrist is just basically making me go through SSRI's and I am starting to seriously doubt him.
Oh and my question is:
Could it realistically be a life-long thyroid problem causing all this? Is this a stretch based on my test results? Anyone with a similar experience or knowledge on this please share any opinion or feedback. No "i am not a doctor" disclaimers necessary either guys - I generally assume you aren't :) Thanks for any posts!