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    Old 08-29-2007, 03:20 PM   #1
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    Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    This may be a bit long. Sorry.

    Here is a bit of history.
    I AM 26, male, and I was active healthy and happy

    Overview:
    June 29th '07, i had gone to the ER with palpitations and high blood pressure(217/120).
    Prior to this date, i was perfectly healthy. Never been to the ER and never knew what a palpitation was
    After 5 hours in the ER, the doc said that all my palps and hypertension was caused by GERD?
    (again, prior to this, what is GERD? I never knew what it was and didnt care)


    Details:
    We were in the car heading back from my sisters house about 40 mins from my house. On route, i felt a stinging/pinching in my neck then BOOM... i cant sit still, my heart is beating so hard and fast..... my ears begin ringing..... My wife is driving and is trying to calm me down. It felt as if I had just downed 50 Red Bulls in one sitting. (I dont drink that crap, tastes like battery acid)
    We get home and i try to lay down... I try to calm down... i cant, i cant sit still.. basically, i go to the ER and the rest is in the overview.

    Since this little experience, my blood pressure has NOT once returned to normal on its own. I am now on all kinds of meds for anxiety, gastritis and hypertension. I never had prescription anything before...

    Well, general doc is no help... i seek help from a cardiologist,, he does a 24 hour urinalysis which the results came back elevated for catecholamines and metanephrines... now they suspect a Pheochromocytoma or other type of endocrine tumor.

    Well, come to find out, i did the 24hour test wrong which caused a false elevation in these hormones... I find this out after two,(thats right) count 'em, thats TWO CT scans of my abdomen searching for adrenal and any other masses in there. both negative...

    Well, throughout this whole ordeal, i am twitchy, panic-ed, cant sleep well, high blood pressure, tense, lethargic, weak.
    I am 6'4" and was really active. I hit 260lbs about mid last year. (my heaviest ever). i liked to remain fit and healthy.

    Since mid-June I have been losing weight. like i said, i was 260lbs.. now i am 220lbs. I contribute part to lack of appetite to gastritis. Come to find out, I didnt have GERD.

    Anyways, one common factor since the day I went to the ER, i have been having a brused-like feeling on the left side of my lower neck (under the adams apple). Come to find out, thats where a little gland called the thyroid lives. ( i never knew what a thyroid was or where it even belonged in my 26 years on earth, till now.)
    I have noticed that sometimes my thyroid would get a bit bigger, tightening my throat. Sometimes it would feel bruised like someone hit it.

    I finally requested that a doc ultrasound my neck. He decides to CT my neck.
    They find a 4-mm possible cyst on my right thyroid area.

    Well, i finally sought the advice from an endocrinologist last week. He took a TON of blood tests, including the FULL thyroid test, not just the TSH.
    Also metanephrine, catecholamine and pituitary tests. He thinks i may have had a thyroid storm followed by elevated levels of some thyroid related hormone causing hypertension, anxiety and contributing to weight loss and lethargy.

    However, I go in tomorrow (thursday Aug 30th) for the follow up on my test results and an ultrasound of my neck.

    I have my hopes set that my thyroid is the cause of all of my ailments. I sure hope it is. I hate my blood pressure being so high and having to be so dependant on all these meds. I feel so crappy.

    I would expect this about 40 years from now, but I feel too young.

    I have felt so bad the bast 2 months that i need to do this to raise my spirits.

    Here is a list of everything i feel fortunate for:
    -My Wife for taking care of the house, me and the kids.
    -A site such as this to read and share our ailments (thereputic and educational)
    -my work for allowing me to work from home the past 2 months.

    Anyways, back to the question at hand

    Has anyone either gone hyper or hypo and suddenly found themselves with elevated blood pressure?? If so, did treatment of the thyroid issue result in normal blood pressure??

    Thank you for reading and your response is much appreciated.

    Jim

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    Old 08-29-2007, 06:03 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    Yes. My blood pressure, actually, is what skyrocketed and caused me some symptoms that forced me to get in to see a doctor. It was 171/98. Mine has always been on the low side (if anything).

    She did a full blood panel on me and my thyroid was the culprit of high blood pressure and LDL cholestrol. I was put on felodipine for the blood pressure (which I'm still on). My blood pressure stays consistently around 124/73 now. I attribute that to the felodipine, thyroid medication and the South Beach diet. I changed the way I eat several months ago. I lost 20 pounds and most importantly eat correctly. No processed or fast foods. I eat whole grains, lean meats, egg white omelets, lots of vegetables, fruit and yogurt. I stay away from the cabbage family foods that can aggravate the thyroid (only cooked and in moderation).

    I can't say that the thyroid medication took care of the blood pressure. It probably is possible but I was put on the blood pressure medication while waiting a week for the blood work. Once we got those results and the thyroid issue showed up then I was put on the thyroid medication. I can tell you that my blood pressure went down on the blood pressure medication and taking the thyroid medication did not seem to lower it anymore. My blood pressure medication is a calcium channel blocker.

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    Old 08-29-2007, 06:17 PM   #3
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    Thank you for your reply.

    I am just hoping for a glimmer of hope. I wonder if a thyroidectomy or hypo with replacement hormones would be enough to constitute a change of BP without needing meds.

    I would imaging you are HYPERthyroid Barbara_Ann?

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    Old 08-29-2007, 06:55 PM   #4
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    No, to the contrary, I'm actually very hypoT. I'm on 100 mcgs of levothyroxine.

    It doesn't matter if you are hypoT or hyperT, your thyroid can affect your blood pressure. Actually, it can affect every part of your body.

     
    Old 08-29-2007, 07:38 PM   #5
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    Mine all happened at once.........

    I was thin, happy and healthy............suddenly at 47 I became depressed, gained 30 pounds in 1 year.......sudden high blood pressure and failing thyroid..........unfortunately it has taken 7 years to figure it all out..........
    My pressure went from 90/50 to 200/100 suddenly.........now it runs 120/70 on meds........

    Good luck...........I am on BP meds, thyroid meds and blood sugar meds........I am doing really well now............Anxiety is down to a dull roar......

    Oleander

     
    Old 08-30-2007, 10:27 AM   #6
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    Oleander .........luv that description, couldn't have described it better myself - dull roar - that's it!

    What blood sugar med are you taking?

     
    Old 08-30-2007, 12:41 PM   #7
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    Yes, my BP was elevated when they found out I was hypo. That was 9 months ago. It did not go down immediately, in fact I was on 3 different BP meds at one point. But for several months I have only been taking a smaller dose of Toprol XL. I do think my BP is stable enough I could go off completely, but I still have heart palps and I think the Toprol XL is supposed to help suppress those too, so I am reluctant to go off completely. When I was diagnosed I was very ill and the thyroid issue had wreaked havoc with my digestive system as well. I was VERY bloated, had no appetite and severe indigestion. This has also gotten much better. And I can relate to the anxiety - that was not fun at all, but I have to say that I don't have those episodes anymore either.

    Hang in there, it will get better.

     
    Old 08-30-2007, 01:11 PM   #8
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    It didn't even occur to me that my sudden raise in BP could be due to a thyroid issue. I'm still as of yet undiagnosed with anything official, but that just gets added to my list of symptoms. I mentioned in previous posts, I have an enlarged thyroid and numerous nodules, but since my TSH was "normal" (borderline hyper) the specialist just blew off all of the rest of my symptoms. I've always been below 120/80, and in the past few months, it jumped up to 140/90, 150/100 etc.
    I'm trying to get in to see an endo ASAP because I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired....but my primary doc's office staff is really getting in the way, which I'm sure isn't helping my BP....
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    Old 08-30-2007, 06:45 PM   #9
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    Hi Jim...My blood pressure was always low.Suddenly it went up.Am pretty sure that I was hypothyroid long before this happened.I am now taking blood pressure medicine and Levoxyl 200 mcg.My thyroid has also made my cholesterol go up.A thyroid ultrasound is a good thing to have done.Hope you are feeling better soon.Wishing you all the best...pinkprincess3

     
    Old 08-30-2007, 07:00 PM   #10
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    Thanks for all the replies everyone!

    Well, my visit with the endo was bittersweet.

    Not really what i wanted to hear, but i feel better with our process of elimination.

    I had ultrasound of thyroid and doc said looked ok. The cyst i have is just that, a cyst. only 4mm and nothing to worry about. Just keep an eye on it.

    Basically all of my test results were within spec, Including thyroid TSH, FT3 and FT4.
    Full metabolic panel seems normal.
    Urine metanephries were normal.

    The only red flag is urine cortisol test.
    Results: 115.0 Reference range: 4.0 - 50.0

    Funny thing is that i had an MRI of my head prior to the visit with my Endo at the request of my PCP.

    The Endo said since the cortisol is NOT 3x above the max reference range (150) then he doesnt want to call it Cushings yet. I have to repeat the urinalysis in 2 weeks along with a serum cortisol and ACTH test.

    I have muscle weakness, lethargy, weight loss, irritability, hypertension, headaches just to name a few.

    i hope there can be a resolution to this soon.

     
    Old 08-30-2007, 08:15 PM   #11
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    Re: Anyone with Hypo/Hyperthyroid also suddenly get high blood pressure?

    I had all those symptoms including the high blood pressure and after numerous test, ultra sounds, different specialists, and an echocardiogram it was all tied to hyperthyroid. If I had a better primary care physician it probably would have been caught before alot of the tests and specialists. I am now on methimazole to correct the thyroid and am doing my best to stay away from the RAI. Good luck!

     
    Old 08-31-2007, 06:42 AM   #12
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    Barbara Ann, to answer your question.

    I am on Metformin for Insulin resistance.........unbelievable how it is knocking the weight off of me............ My blood sugar is normal but my insulin is too high........High BP + High Insulin + high triglyerides = metabolic syndrome.....
    He also says the low thyroid is tied into it all............Oleander

     
    Old 08-31-2007, 09:51 AM   #13
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    The Thyroid I've learned, is an amazingly power little organ. Manages to affect virtually everything one way or another. I know my doc and my mother's doc both like to keep a watchful eye on our sugar levels since we have thyroid disease.

     
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