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Old 09-05-2007, 11:21 AM   #1
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Blood Test Results: High Thyroid (T3 and T4) Levels

20 year old female here

A week ago I went to my doctor because I was feeling a little dizzy for a few days, exhausted, and I'd had anxiety issues for a while. I thought I had diabetes or cancer or something and I was so afraid to hear my blood test results. Today I called for them and my doctor said everything was within normal levels except that my thyroid levels were significantly elevated. Now he is referring me to an endocrinologist. After reading the symptoms of hyperthyroidism I find that its hit or miss. The symptoms I got off a website are:

# enlarged thyroid gland ----- Can't tell if I have this

# nervousness ---- I'm nervous 95% of the time.

# mental impairment, memory lapses, diminished attention span -----I've noticed I have a worse memory than I used to and I space out a lot.

# irritability --- my boyfriend notices this

# trembling hands ---- when I'm holding something with difficulty or trying to keep my hand very still...

# fatigue ---- often

# insomnia ----- mildly

# diarrhea ----- 50% of the time

# itchy skin ----- yes

# unexplained weight loss despite increased appetite ----ive always thought I just had a high metabolism

# heart palpitations ----- I get these and I also have an irregular heartbeat

# heat intolerance ----- can't STAND being in heat for too long. fainted 2 years ago.

# increased sweating ----- Always have sweatmarks under my armpits

# muscle weakness -----so so

# hair loss ------ I shed a lot

# increase in bowel movements ----- more than I used to

# decrease in menstrual periods ----- on the CONTRARY They were normal and heavy at times BUT since taking YAZ they are short. I've just quit YAZ so I can't tell on this one.

# eye irritation ----- My eyes are often a little bloodshot and scratchy but I always thought it was an allergy or from my contacts

# protruding eyeballs (Grave's disease only) ------ nope. I guess I don't have grave's disease.




----- So basically, I don't know. I feel I have these symptoms... but its just been ME and my little quirks for so long that I can't get myself to believe that I have an overactive thyroid.

Is it possible that my thyroid levels could have been temporarily heightened by stress or by my birth control pill? My doc said YAZ wouldn't interfere with a thyroid test though.

So I guess the next step is to find out what is CAUSING my thyroid to produce "significantly high" levels of thyroid stuff.

If you have hyperthyroidism, can you share what you noticed of your symptoms before being diagnosed, how you were diagnosed, what tests you had done, etc. I'd really like someone's support! There's not much to read on the internet about causes of a heightened thyroid level that I can find.

I suppose it's wonderful news that this is what is wrong with me and its not something life-threatening. It's wonderful that this can be treated properly. I just hope I can find the best doctors to help me with this because I'm sick of dealing with ignorant ones! (Been through a lot with these symptoms, especially the heart ones.)

How is everyones treatment going for this condition? Do you feel better? How long did it take???
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Old 09-07-2007, 12:23 AM   #2
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Re: Blood Test Results: High Thyroid (T3 and T4) Levels

........aannnnyone??????

Have an appointment on the 18th with an endocrinologist.

What should I be prepared for?
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Re: Blood Test Results: High Thyroid (T3 and T4) Levels

The most frequent cause of hyperT is an autoimmune condition known as Graves' disease. You should have a TSI antibody test to look for the ABs that cause it. Stress is known to aggravate Graves', but I don't think it directly causes it.

Another cause is a "hot" nodule, an abnormal growth on the thyroid gland that produces excess hormone.

Excess thyroid hormone can cause all the symptoms you described.

Treatment varies according to the cause of the hyperT. I recommend you get a copy of Thyroid for Dummies by Dr. Alan Rubin, which will explain everything in easy to understand language.

Not much preparation is needed for an endo appointment. He/she will do a basic physical, heart, lungs, reflexes, etc, and ask about symptoms. Blood will be drawn again, probably. One thing you need to be aware of: If you're found to have Graves', some endos will automatically and immediately push you to have your gland destroyed with radioactive iodine (RAI) in order to control the disease. I urge you not to immediately agree to this without exploring your alternatives. I only mention this because I once read an experience here where someone saw an endo one day, and he scheduled RAI for the very next day. That's unprofessional and never necessary.

After you find out why your gland is working overtime, let us know... especially if you get a Graves' diagnosis. Someone will help you decide upon your options, if you want that.

Sorry you got no response to your first post. HyperT is 8 times less common that hypo (which I am), and so there are fewer hypers here to help at the moment. I try to leave hyper questions to others, since I have no experience with it. But I hope this helped some.

 
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