It's been more than 5 years since I was finally diagnosed and treated for hyperthyroidism, but I haven't experienced the great relief that many of you have. I still feel weakness in my legs, although certainly not as bad as it was. More disturbing, I still have some sort of spatial perception problem that makes it difficult for me to negotiate a flight of stairs without holding both railings and makes it nearly impossible for me to drive. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Have they persisted despite normal TSH readings? Do you think that prolonged hyperthyroidism could cause lasting damage? I'd really appreciate anyone's input.
Thanks for your reply, Tree Frog. Yes, I have been treated. I had the iodine treatment about six years ago. Right now my TSH levels are normal (I'm on Synthroid). I went undiagnosed for some time and when I was finally diagnosed I was critically hyper, and my doctor nearly had kittens when she saw my lab results. Is it possible that all that extra hormone could have caused some sort of damage that might be permanent. If not, then maybe the problems I'm having may be from something else.
Hi Tree Frog! My TSH was tested in November of last year and was normal. I'm on 0.2-mg of Synthroid which is a fairly high dose from what I've been told. As I said, my TSH level is right smack dab in the middle of the normal range, so I can't blame that. My doc is very good about keeping close tabs on me. I see her every three months. I also have diabetes and hypertension for which I'm on medication - Glucophage, Avandia, and Hyzaar. The vertigo and weakness predate my developing those two illnesses, and they remain pretty constant, so I don't think the newer meds have affected them. Maybe it's just my body that's to blame. Thanks for your interest and assistance. If you find any more info on the subject please let me know.
I was treated for Grave's with RAI in July 2000 and am currently on Levoxyl and still in the tweaking process though my TSH levels are in the normal range. (I've just had an increase in my dosage to try to get my TSH below 2. I too, have had spatial perception problems that have resulted a couple of trips to the emergency room with a badly broken toe, a deep gash over my eye. I often have bruises due to my "miscalculations". The problem I notice the most is missing the handle of the refrigerator as I reach out to open the door. I have had my eyes checked, have recieved new prescriptions for both glasses and contacts and still the problem persists. I currently have a huge bruise on my right breast and I won't even go into how I got that one! I had never been klutzy before Grave's and have had to be extra careful in my movements since. I have wondered about this problem too though it doesn't seem to be as severe as what you are experiencing. I'll let you know if I find any new data on this particular problem related to thyroid disease.
Hi Sally04609! I was hypothyroid for several years, and then becam hyperthyroid with a goiter. I think it was due to stress. One thing I noticed, which I never related it to thyroid problems until I read your posting, was the difficulty I was also having climbing steps. I have increased muscle weakness and get very short of breath when climbing stairs. I also suffer from alot of anxiety now. I had the iodine treatment back in 1998, but really have never felt like I did before I had thyroid problems. I also developed Restless Leg Syndrome, which is really the worst thing I've experienced, but don't really know if there's any connection.
Hang in there,
While I can't relate to the specific symptoms of vertigo, etc., I can certainly sympathize. (I have a handful of unpleasant symptoms from hypothyroidism.) I just thought I would suggest the possibility of switching off of the Synthroid to another brand. I was on it for a few years with no success. Plus, as I am sure you know, there have been many concerns recently about the consistency in the potency of the drug.
Just a thought ...
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