None of the pieces fit....
Hello everyone! What a relief to find this site, I've been so stressed and paranoid about the possibility of having hyperthyroidism and/or Graves! So starting at the beginning...about a month ago, I had a very busy week. I danced 4 times that week, had meetings, and work, then decided to relax by going out with friends. Sat night comes, I have fun, then the next morning, I feel TERRIBLE! I thought it was a simple hangover, but I had THE worst sore throat--so bad that I couldn't swallow without wanting to cry--and THE worst headache, so bad I couldn't even stand up without wanting to curl into a ball. Also I had somewhat cold symptoms and painful facial pain, so I took Advil and some sinus medicine (which I normally get is sinus problems). This lasts the rest of the week, I had to call in sick to work, and I go to the doctor who says I have hyperthyroidism but it may be caused by mono or a sinus infection. My tests results:
Free T4: 3.4
I had an appt with an endocrinologist last week. First I see a doctor completing his fellowship, I tell him my story and he even thinks its viral thyroiditis. (Yay!) Then the specialist comes in and looks at my eyes and does some measurement. "You have Graves. Yep, you definitely have it." What? First she lists some numbers, for African American, Asian, and Caucasian. I am half African American, half Mexican. My eyes are just very very slightly above the numbers she listed as "normal," but she takes no mind at the fact that I tell her my whole family has large eyes, and they do get bloodshot normally, ever since I was little. Now I'm on Beta Blockers, but after 1 week of those bad symptoms, they were gone and now I just have an enlarged thyroid. I've done research and I personally think I had a virus that one weekend. Plus I just moved to the Pacific NW 2 months ago, after being stressed out about getting a job after college. I go for the uptake test next week so hopefully its nothing.
But has anyone experienced this kind of thing? I've seen varying experiences with thyroiditis, but I'm still wondering if mine is worse than others? Thank you for anyone who replies and sorry about the novel I have written!!