A little background, I'm a 37 yr F, who has been experiencing odd weight changes and heart palpitations for the last 7 years or so. I was originally misdiagnosed and put on antidepressants. ha ha ha. Anyway, I'd developed a goiter. When I gained alot of weight, I thought I was just getting heavy, since I went from my normal 105 to 172. Then, the goiter disappered and I lost tons of weight without trying, back to 115. 2 years later, the goiter is back and I am gaining weight, up to 122. (in 2 months). Also, some strange eye things which might be Graves opth..? (I look like a frog suddenlY) Is Graves Opth. reversible?
I finally went to see an actual endocrinologist, and not my insurance sponsored PCP, and we are waiting for the test results. He predicts Graves AND Hashimoto's??
I got back the test results from the lab, but haven't heard from my doc yet, anyone have any thoughts on these? They're pretty high. What's with the Liver panel, too? ( I don't drink?)
The labs are clearly pointing hyper at this point in time. I think you'll also find that not all hypers lose weight and some in fact do gain. The other thing pointing to hyper is the liver enzymes which are sometimes off with hypers. Also, some other drugs are capable of raising the liver enzymes. You taking any meds at this time, including any over the counter? The big thing pointing to graves is the eyes.
Other than the eyes and the weight changes, do you have other symptoms?
Are the lab test results you are awaiting the antibody tests? If they are, they will more accurately pinpoint the diagnosis if hashis is involved. But hyper labs plus graves eye signs are enough to diagnose graves in and of themselves.
I think the answer to your question on the eyes is sometimes. Since I'm a hyper that doesn't have graves, I'm not real sure on that one but I'm sure someone who knows for sure will be along soon.
Oh, also welcome to the board. I think you're going to find an awful lot of help and support here.
Hi Helen, Thanks so much for getting back to me! I've been going in circles with the contradictory information available on the net...
As for meds, I just got off a 10 day course of cipro for a kidney infection and I take diphenhydramine HCL 75mg for sleep every night over the counter.
I do have other symptoms: Goiter, dry skin, ravenous appetite that nothing satifies, heart palpitations, pulse of 125, very tired, insomnia, nosebleeds, headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, twitchy hands, random sharp pains in legs, shortness of breathe, temporary loss of hearing, puffy tissue under the eyes, frog eyes, constiptation interspersed with wacky diarrhea, weight gain around the ab, glutes and thighs and finally, if I don't eat every 2 hours religiously, I get a serious headache, break out in a cold sweat, get pounding heart and lose my hearing, (like I have serious swimmers ear.)
Sounds typical hyper to me. Hopefully you won't be hyper long enough to learn to use the ears as a barometer. Quite handy for predicting the weather after you get used to it.
Doesn't sound like the meds you're taking could cause the elevation in the liver enzymes. I'd say blame it on the thyroid for now. They aren't really that high and will often fall back in line once the thyroid is under control.
I think you'll find a lot more info here than you'll find anywhere else on the internet. You're going to find a lot of people who have been thru what you're going thru and will be able to help guide you thru the process.
We hypers like to laugh a lot too so you're going to need a good sense of humor too. It'll help.
hey Miss...yes Helen is right, you do sound hyper and your labs show it too. How old are you(I forgot if you said) and when did you start with these symptoms? I was diagnosed with t-3 toxicosis,(a form of Graves) but don't really have eye involvement as far as the buggy eyes.Are they also dry and do you have trouble with double vision, or driving at night? Does the benadryl help you to sleep, didn't help me, I tried a lot of over the counter stuff,but when I got bad last year,I used to dread laying down, it seemed worse then.I had such a hard time relaxing in bed, my heart would be beating like a rabbit and I would drop off and wake suddenly with a panic feeling. it was HELL. I finally tried Lunesta, and even though I don't sleep for more than 6 hours, it's been a lifesaver for me. I'm leveled off with my labs now, but I still take the Lunesta,even though it's not narcotic, I probably couldn't sleep without it, I'm afraid.Hyper sucks!
LOL. Gad, yes the insomnia! Lots of nights crying and punching pillows! They kept telling me it was all in my mind! I have had this for at least 10 years, been misdiagnosed over and over, finally, i got the word back today, it is Graves and Hashimotos. I tried ambien, but i would wake up in a fod and forget what i had done the night before. I'd rather suffer with the insomnia. Ambien should come with a clear warning label or be taken off the market in my opinion.
This last round of testing started when i went to the eye doc complaining of bad night double vision. She took one look at my neck, and said, "It's your thyroid." Too bad my pcp or ER doc did not catch this long ago. Does the lunestra work? Is it like ambien?