Dealing with high thyroid
July 16, 2014 4:24 PM Subscribe
My doctors (GP and endocrinologist) are currently investigating my thyroid. Historically it's been low then levelling to normal but last blood test was high, and with a follow up 2 week later was high again. I'm booked in for a nuclear scan on Monday. But how do I deal with the symptoms?
posted by geek anachronism to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
I've got the racing heart (periodically, and with exertion), anxiety, I can hear my heart pounding in my ears fairly frequently, and I've just started getting a tremor. I've been advised to hold off on any exercise other than walking (MY GAINS!) but until the scan we can't tell if it's a Hashimoto's thyroid having one last flail, a nodule, or Graves, or something else which means we're holding off on treatment until we work that out as well. Part of this is the fact my blood pressure and resting heart rate are normal (albeit high compared to my standard) so most treatments are a little pre-emptive. Particularly with my co-existing anxiety disorder making 'racing heart' and 'anxiety' something I'd written off until the blood test.
BUT, I have a wedding tomorrow, for most of the day (as a family guest). And I get really anxious in social situations anyway. I'm finding mindfulness meditations extremely difficult at the moment, and I'm constantly grumpy from the heart-racing, anxious spirals and general feeling like shit from lack of sleep. I'm doing okay at mindfully not picking fights with my partner, or being a jerk to my daughter, but it's a constant struggle and getting irritating. I need to get through the wedding and staying with family without panicking into a heart attack or turning into a rabid bear snarling at everyone. I'd dearly love to calm the fuck down in general too.
Any suggestions for non-medical things I can do to get through the weekend. I've cut out caffeine (one cup of tea in the morning, decaf for the rest of the day), should I cut out/down sugar too (wedding!)? I'm going to try and sit through a couple of meditative tracks in the evening. Peppermint tea? Valerian tea? Anything?