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Old 08-07-2006, 07:42 AM   #1
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Thyroid dysfunction - here are my symptoms - pls help

I'm a 44 yo woman who has had two children after the age of 40. Since the birth of my second child and especially since weaning her at age 1, I haven't been feeling myself. I know stress of two toddlers can result in a lot of these symptoms but I wonder if it's thyroid related. I've been under a lot of stress before and never reacted like this. I went through years of infertility and 3 miscarriages (all antibody testing at that time was normal and there was no found medical reason for IF). I eventually got pregnant through IUI with my son and then 6 mos later naturally with my daughter (even though I was still nursing, go figure!). After my DD, I had some tingling and numbness in my feet/toes but a neurologist couldn't find anything wrong. I didn't want to do a brain scan since I was nursing but I went to an orthopedist who found pinched nerves that could be causing the numbness and also frequent back spasms that I've had for years that seemed worse after the second baby.

FF to now - I have insomnia, nervousness, irritability, rapid heart beat, breathlessness and heavy feeling in my chest most days. I have had heart palpitations at times (even though a stress test, heart echo all showed nothing wrong but fast heartbeat when nervous), experienced flushing and warmth in my hands although my hands and feet are usually cool. My cycles have been heavier since having kids and not very much like clockwork anymore. Sometimes they're also lighter or shorter. Just not predicatble. Also, lately when I catch a cold from my kids, I don't get a typical cold sometimes. It's usually mild symptoms and then I get a low grade fever (99+) over a week later that lasts several days. Occasionally I wake up with little red dots on my palms that seem to go away as the day goes on. Strange...I think they're eczema related (I get some small patches on my elbows that I treat with OTC cortisone) but I figured I'd mention it too.

I don't know whether this is all perimenopause related, stress, fibromyalgia, thyoid or a combo. I'm sick of going to Dr's and not getting anywhere. I've gotten sleep Rx but that doesn't help. I need to sleep but never seem to get enough....like I never get in a deep sleep.

My internist ran bloodwork last year when I went to him about my shortness of breath and insomnia and my TSH was 1.03 (0.40-5.50 range) and he said my thyroid was fine. That coupled with previous thyroid testing during my infertile years made me not pursue it further. My potassium was high but he said that was probably because the specimen wasn't handled properly. Actually, years ago my internist ran a thyroid test on me during a routine exam because he thought my eyes were very big...that's just me and the test showed nothing. I'm thin but I just attributed it to luck. I've always been that way.

I just know I don't feel normal. I've been to a psychiatrist, internist, neurologist, orthopedist. They all give reasons why I feel like this but I just wonder if someone is missing something because I still feel lousy.

With thyroid problems, can you have some symptoms and not others? Some days (infrequently I feel normal) are better than others but I just know this isn't normal. Then I get scared and wonder if something is really wrong. I'm stressed but I'm not the only woman to have two young kids.

I know my internist would run more tests if I ask him but I just am hesitant to go back because it's just so hard to keep going to these appts. Frustrating too. Any suggestions as to whether this would really be thyoid related would be appreciated. I'm assuming it's hyper but I don't know. Thank you.

 
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:53 AM   #2
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Re: Thyroid dysfunction - here are my symptoms - pls help

i seem to have a lot of the symptoms you have not the red spots in hands but being tired all the time and my leg's and feet go numb as if they was just frost bit and the feeling is coming back?i am in my 40 and going throe the change,if i hear any thang on this after i go to the thyroid specialist i will for sure let you know i hope the best for you ty judy

 
Old 08-07-2006, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: Thyroid dysfunction - here are my symptoms - pls help

You are so blessed to have your babies! But I know how hard it is to really enjoy them when you just don't feel well. Like you, I had years of not getting pregnant, then when I did get pregnant, it was a nightmare of a pregnancy. They hospitalized me twice, ran tons of tests, but couldn't find anything wrong. Fast forward 15 years, and they FINALLy figured out it was my thyroid - which they never checked during my pregnancy!

But, it WAS checked, year after year, as I became sicker and sicker. I was told it was fine, since my TSH's were always "normal." Around 1.6 - which completely ruled out any further thyroid testing. But, as it turns out, it WAS the problem! Very high antibody titres (both anti-microsomal and anti-thyroglobulin), and a nodule that is "cold" (needs to be checked by biopsy regularly bc can turn cancerous).

My symptoms were like yours (and quite a few more, especially overwhelming fatigue and muscle/joint/ soft tissue pain) - but I was dx'd with "Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue" - which was convenient for the docs, because every time I had another new symptoms arise (like hair loss, or very dry skin), they could say, "Oh, that's very commone with fibromyalgia." Well, it's very common with thyroid disease, too, so I urge you to get more testing on the thyroid before you allow them to rule it out - as I did for 15 years.

Ask for thyroid antibodies and at least Free T3 and Free T4, if not uptakes and ultrasound scans to look for any nodules or goiters. Pregnancy CAN bring out thyroid issues (I think it's like 30% of pregnancies will have some thyroid difficulties).

Good luck, and keep us posted!

Blessings!

Ora

 
Old 08-08-2006, 04:24 PM   #4
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Hi , My Name is Tom and i suffer with hyperthyriod problems . I was dignosed with it 10 yrs ago and it is one of the hardest things to deal with. I find myself working hard most of the time and managing stress , but sometimes i don't know what happens until im down and in bed for atleast three to four days ..

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You are so blessed to have your babies! But I know how hard it is to really enjoy them when you just don't feel well. Like you, I had years of not getting pregnant, then when I did get pregnant, it was a nightmare of a pregnancy. They hospitalized me twice, ran tons of tests, but couldn't find anything wrong. Fast forward 15 years, and they FINALLy figured out it was my thyroid - which they never checked during my pregnancy!

But, it WAS checked, year after year, as I became sicker and sicker. I was told it was fine, since my TSH's were always "normal." Around 1.6 - which completely ruled out any further thyroid testing. But, as it turns out, it WAS the problem! Very high antibody titres (both anti-microsomal and anti-thyroglobulin), and a nodule that is "cold" (needs to be checked by biopsy regularly bc can turn cancerous).

My symptoms were like yours (and quite a few more, especially overwhelming fatigue and muscle/joint/ soft tissue pain) - but I was dx'd with "Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue" - which was convenient for the docs, because every time I had another new symptoms arise (like hair loss, or very dry skin), they could say, "Oh, that's very commone with fibromyalgia." Well, it's very common with thyroid disease, too, so I urge you to get more testing on the thyroid before you allow them to rule it out - as I did for 15 years.

Ask for thyroid antibodies and at least Free T3 and Free T4, if not uptakes and ultrasound scans to look for any nodules or goiters. Pregnancy CAN bring out thyroid issues (I think it's like 30% of pregnancies will have some thyroid difficulties).

Good luck, and keep us posted!

Blessings!

Ora

 
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yes, yes, listen to what Ora told you! You need more thyroid tests, not just tsh! You definitely have hyper thyroid, you have all the symptoms, ask for the tests Ora told you about. I think they are expensive and doctors don't like to do them (or can't). Go see an Endo, don't take no for an answer,this disease isn't funny, it can be helll, anybody who's had it knows. You have two little ones to take care of, you need to be helped.

 
Old 08-08-2006, 07:49 PM   #6
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Re: Thyroid dysfunction - here are my symptoms - pls help

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Hi , My Name is Tom and i suffer with hyperthyriod problems . I was dignosed with it 10 yrs ago and it is one of the hardest things to deal with. I find myself working hard most of the time and managing stress , but sometimes i don't know what happens until im down and in bed for atleast three to four days ..

Thanks for listening, Tom
Hey, Tom! So sorry for your struggles. There are a lot of people here who can help make it more bearable, so keep posting!

Regards,

Ora

 
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