Originally Posted by Trixibel
Christine how was your thyroid diagnosed? I've had thyroid tests but they always come back normal and yet I've looked up the symptoms of hypo/hyperthyroidism and I've got so many of them! I suffer from massive anxiety attacks, have had generalised anxiety disorder for nearly as long as I can remember but I've also had periods (especially after having the children) when I'd get terrible anxiety/loss of appetite/racing heart for no apparent reason. I'm so tired of going to the doctor and saying 'test me for this!' Everyone thinks I'm a nutcase anyway - my file at the doctors must be huge. They must all roll their eyes when they see me coming! I'm so tired of feeling 100 when I'm only 40.
My thyroid issues were a little different. When I was 31, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had my thyroid removed. It has been almost 14 years now and I am monitored every 3 months with labs. Occasionally, for no real known reason, things will get wacky. I think once my iron was corrected, it did something to the way my thyroid pills are absorbed and, all of a sudden, I was getting too much. So, the heart palps started.
I will tell you--I've been ALL over the map with my TSH and T4 and T3 numbers with very little effect on how I feel in regards to anxiety (and I do have anxiety). I get more physical type of symptoms when my thyroid levels are off. Hot flashes, sweating, crankiness
. I don't think it has ever made a difference in my anxiety. I think that is just *me*.
Anyway, if your thyroid has been thoroughly tested, you have to stop thinking that this is the cause. Thyroid is the "disease du jour" right now and people blame it for EVERYTHING, even when their's is normal. It is not nearly responsible for things as the internet would have you believe. After I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and I was feeling bad for years, it was so easy to blame my thyroid for everything. I had support from several thyroid support groups and some endocrinologists and finally got it out of my head that the loss of this gland was the culprit for all my troubles. It wasn't. I think I blamed my thyroid for so long that it truly did delay getting my anemia and low ferritin diagnosed.
Now, I have to be very careful not to blame low ferritin for everyting that comes up nowadays.