I am 25 yrs old and For the last 2 months I've been dealing with severe anxiety, depression, and severe panic attacks that I can no longer control without taking medication to calm me down... I had my thyroid tested a little over a month ago because it was enlarged and the doctor I was seeing (mine was out of the country at the time) wanted to check it due to the symptoms I had. She ran a tsh, t4, t3, and tpo.. Results were tsh-1.67 (range 0.450-4.500) t4-1.11 (range 0.82-1.77) t3-28 (range 24-39) tpo-296 (range 0-34). I was referred to an endocrinologist who indicated hashimoto's, and said my thyroid had some irregularities when she did an ultrasound and a goiter. She said my symptoms were a separate cause and not thyroid related. She said I didn't need to come back but just get my tsh checked yearly. She went ahead and did another blood test for tsh levels and they came back .57... I'm feeling like crap still and can't understand why I have high thyroid antibodies, irregularities to my thyroid, and a drop in my tsh...Every time I go to the doctor they want to shove anti-depressants down my throat... I've been on 4 different ones and nothing is helping! My mom seems to think maybe I don't need them! The only thing that keeps me in a decent mood is Xanax.. I only use it once a day and 95% of the time I go to sleep on it, and I told my dr I don't want Xanax to make me feel better! I feel like I am being poisoned with unnecessary drugs! Did anyone have to fight to get diagnosed?
Re: Thyroid tests "normal" but I still feel crappy!
The endo you saw is like most of them in regards to thyroid disease. Never assume that just any endo will give you a diagnosis and treatment. There are a few apples in that barrel who aren't rotten, but they are extremely rare. I saw an endo when my primary would not give me a diagnosis. To her credit, she did give me the diagnosis, based on positive antibodies and symptoms; but she employs only one treatment from which she won't deviate, and it didn't work for me. I moved on to a thyroid-experienced family practice doc and am getting everything I need from him.
Thyroid diagnoses are not black and white. You need to find an MD who understands all the shades of gray and who will interpret your test results with an open mind. Don't quit looking until you find that one.