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Old 06-15-2005, 06:19 PM   #1
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Doc says I have a suppressed thyroid

Hey everyone, I have been reading through the threads and it is such a relief to hear others are going through the same thing! My story is; I went to the Doc because I was having these funny heart palpitations and my heart would just start to race really fast. She did a thyroid test and my TSH was low. She then sent me to have my T3 and T4 tested 2 weeks later and they came back normal, even though my TSH was still low. So, she said come back in about 2 months and get it tested again, and if nothing shows I will send you to a cardiologist. The thing is, I don't think I can put up with these symptoms any more. I get the palpitations everyday, I have lost 5 kilos (I am only now 49kgs), loose bowel motions and generally feeling bad. I walked up some stairs the other day and my heart was going so fast I couldn't even count it and became pretty short of breath. My family has loads of thyroid problems, hyper and hypo. Would the suppressed TSH cause the symptoms to be this bad when everything was normal? Also, does anyone else with hyper have a pulsating feeling in the front of their neck?? I am so worried and sick of feeling like this. I am only 21!! I shouldn't be feeling like this!

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Old 06-16-2005, 12:22 AM   #2
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Re: Doc says I have a suppressed thyroid

Welcome to the board and sorry you are not feeling well!. Yes you just may have a thyroid problem....especially with a family history for it. You might really need to find another doctor I endocrinologist is the specialist and will be able to order the right tests, but many here prefer holistic doctors, osteopathic physicians (D.O.'s after their name) as they seem to be good for treating the thyroid and the body overall. My doctor is an endocrinologist who may be rare in that she is not just a lab numbers person.

Once you have a good set of labs (you may have then already) post your lab lab results here with the lab normal ranges and we can give you a few hints. Lots of people in the "normal" ranges are not normal at all and need treatment. If you haven't had these test make sure you get them: TSH, FT4, FT3 and get the test for antibodies for Graves Disease (which is what I had) and Hashimotos (you can go up and down with this one)-- you can have "normal" numbers but if you have the antibodies be very symptomatic and need treatment...

Don't worry, yes, you should not have to wait and not feel well. Start with the proper labs and then you can go from there and meanwhile read all you can about the will help you to be able to discuss you options clearly with your doctor. Hope this helps!

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Old 06-21-2005, 12:58 AM   #3
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Re: Doc says I have a suppressed thyroid

Hi there, thanks for replying. I got my lab values as follows:

TSH 0.3 (0.4-4.00)
fT4 14 (10-20)
T3 5.3 (2.8-6.8)

My doc said everything was okay except the TSH. MY heart is constantly racing in the 120 range. It makes me feel so sick, I don't know, but what can happen if your heart is in the 120 range all the time, can it cause any heart problems?? My doc is on holidays now and won't be back for a month. She said come back in a month and get a recheck of all the levels and we will go from there. My mum wants me to get a second opinion because my heart is still palpitating. I was reading up on thyroid disorders and I read about something called subclinical hyperthyroidism. It is where your TSH is suppressed but the fT4 and T3 is normal, so I am thinking maybe I have that. I couldn't find much about the treatment on it. I have had really bad days the last 2 days, usually my heart palpitations come and go but they have been constant for 2 days now. I am just sick of being sick. And from reading all the threads, if I do have hyperthyroidism, I had better get used to this feeling. Oh well, such is life!!! Any replies would be greatly appreciated, I would like anybodys opinion on this as I dont know what to do!

Old 06-21-2005, 06:03 AM   #4
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Re: Doc says I have a suppressed thyroid

Originally Posted by Nataylia
if I do have hyperthyroidism, I had better get used to this feeling.
Hi Nataylia--
Sorry to hear you're feeling unwell. I hope you can get to a specialist soon so that they can help you out. It sounds like you could be hyperthyroid--your body is producing too much thyroid hormone and it is having an effect on different tissues in your body...depending on the number of symptoms you are experiencing, it may not be considered subclinical anymore. Weight loss, heart palpitations, tremor, insomnia, breathlessness,feeling warm all the time and nervousness are some of the main symptoms. Whether or not it's caused by autoimmunity has to be tested by looking for antibodies.

I don't think hyperthyroidism should go untreated. There are some ways it can be treated depending on the type you have (if you have it).It can cause a lot of health problems if it is chronic, like Graves' disease. But if it's a temporary form, you can be given beta blockers to help with the palpitations. Only a doctor's analysis can tell you for sure ...that's why you should try to see an endocrinologist or a specialist who is familiar with these treatments.

Hope you can get some help soon so you can start feeling better!

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