Has anyone noticed a connection between stress and an increase in your hypothyroid symptoms? I spent most of today in the emergency room with one of my kids (he's going to be fine) and now I am incredibly tired, fuzzy headed, no appetite, and my throat feels like something is pressing on it. When I think back over the last few years, whenever something stressful has happened I've been exhausted. Feels like I have no thyroid function left. Any thoughts? Blaze
Glad to hear that your son is going to be fine. There is definitely a connection between stress and how we are feeling with thyroid disease, and it can increase our symptoms. Stress also increases our cortisol levels (adrenal stress), which can lead to symptoms similar to those of thyroid disease.
I found a website that stated "Depressed thyroid and depressed adrenal symptoms are very similar. Cortisol, a primary adrenal hormone that is elevated under stress and depressed when the adrenal gland is exhausted, alters TSH and thereby T4 and T3."
Many of us take Vitamin B-complex on a daily basis to help out in stressful situations. It's not a cure-all, but does provide some support.
Thanks ArtfulD, that makes sense.
My first 6 week recheck blood test is scheduled for Friday. During diagnosis my Doctor had told me that if he could get my TSH down to 3 or so he'd be happy. But--- now that I am a little more informed I may have to change his mind about that. I am not freezing anymore (Spring may have something to do with that <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">) but the squeezing feeling on my neck seems worse instead of better.Still tired too but seem to have a bit more zip early in the day. Thanks for your guidance. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Whoof. I'd be really ill if my TSH was as high as 3.0. Personally, I feel best when my TSH is below 1.0, but it varies for each individual.
You'll probably get another dosage increase in the near future to help address the neck squeeze feeling. At least you're not as cold any more -- a little progress is better than nothing. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">