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Old 06-15-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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Help! I'm new to this.

I'm 36 yrs old. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Feb 2005 after I noticed a large lump in my throat. My doctor acted quick and sent me to a specialist who immedialtly gave me the radioactive iodine treatment. I started feeling like pure crap at the end of May. I went back to the doctor who said I was certainly "hypo" now and could start on the synthroid. I took .50mg for a week, .75 for a week, then .88 for 3 weeks. i was suppose to stay on that for 5 weeks but I felt sooooo bad I went back to my original family doctor who said she can now treat the hypo, and we don't need the specialist anymore. She did a test and said my TSH level is 0.06 and she lowered my synthroid dose back to .75. I do feel a little better. I'm packing on weight like there ain't no tomorrow. Life is no longer any fun. I don't have the energy to do anything. I don't enjoy doing anything either. I hope I don't lose my job but it's getting real hard to get up in the mornings. I sleep a lot now. I feel better at night although I have minor chest pains and sometime my heart feels like it's not beating right. Very scary!! My hair is dry and so is my skin. My husband thinks I'm just lazy and need to get out and exercise!!!
What's the deal with the TSH levels? Is 0.06 hyper? Where do I want to be????

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Old 06-15-2005, 12:15 PM   #2
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Re: Help! I'm new to this.

Hi there. I dont think your tsh is very reliable after radiation. If you haven't had them tested- you need to test your free t3 and free t4 which would be a better indication of hypo or hyper thyroid.

So just b/c your tsh is .06 doesn't always make you hyper.


Old 06-15-2005, 12:52 PM   #3
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Re: Help! I'm new to this.

Your thyroid cells may still be dying off from the RAI, so that can make you hyper and/or toggle you all over the place. Once your thyroid is totally gone and your meds are adjusted properly, all the crummy effects should stop. Until then, your levels may still fluctuate as thyroid cells are probably still dying off from the RAI.

As for the weight gain, it is to be least a little. Before your system was abnormally running fast and now, or soon, it will be running correctly. You will most likely not be able to eat like you were when hyper. You will now no longer have that "lightning fast" metabolism you might be used to from being hyper but you should be able to maintain a healthy weight once your levels are good.

Give yourself some time. Once your levels are good, you will be right as rain again. Being ramped up all the time as you were is hard on the body so believe it or not, this is a good thing. I've been told by a few people that used to be hyper is that the hardest thing to get used to is not zipping around all the time like they were on fire, which is a direct result of being hyper. The new, slower, more healthy you will be much better for you in the long run.

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