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Can you switch between HypERthyroidism and hypOthyroidism

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Old 07-01-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Can you switch between HypERthyroidism and hypOthyroidism

Is there such thing as your thyroid being unstable? What I mean is, can you bounce between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism? I ask this because I have had different periods of time where I seem to have symptoms of hyperT and then hypoT.

My symptoms are mostly hypoT, but I have had some hyperT symptoms in the past. Also, I recently had my TSH tested (3.89) and am seeing a doctor that just ran some thyroid tests on me to see what going on. I'm just curious as this is all new to me...

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Old 07-02-2008, 04:48 AM   #2
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Re: Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?

yes with Hashimotos you can switch between the two - what other tests have you had?
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:06 PM   #3
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Re: Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?

The other tests that I just had done are:
-Free T3 & free T4
-Thyroid antibodies
-Free testosterone
-Retest of my TSH

My symptoms:
-heavy and VERY painful periods
-Hair falling out
-Low basel body temp (97.3-97.6)
-Sort of low blood pressure (ranging around 95-110 over 60-75)
-I'M COLD ALL THE TIME and it's annoying

These were temporary symptoms that I had a few times:
-Went through a couple of periods of time where I lost weight (I was down to 105 Lbs and I'm 5'7" - normal weight is about 115-120 Lbs)
-Breasts shrunk down to about a B cup (I'm about a D/DD cup normally)
-A couple of times had a period that lasted 2-3 weeks long

-Low progesterone (6.97)
-Elevated testosterone (89.7)
-Kidney stones (3 epidodes, passed 2-4 stones each time)

Old 07-03-2008, 10:39 PM   #4
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Re: Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?

Boy does that sound familiar. Yes, absolutely you can be hyper to hypo and back again. Weight gain, weight loss, hot, cold, manic, tired, heavy period, no period. What a way to live. I was diagnosed with Graves AND Hashi's last year. I was misdiagnosed for 15 years because my sympoms were all over the place. Best advice I can give you is to go straight to a board certified endocrinologist and have her run not only a TSH but Free T3, Free T4 and AB tests as well. You won't be off the rollar coaster anytime soon, but at least you'll know what's wrong with you and that you're not totally off your rocker. Good luck!

Old 07-05-2008, 09:40 PM   #5
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Re: Can you switch between HypERthyroidism and hypOthyroidism

I have hashimoto's too---and my roller coaster symptoms were ignored for years due to my "normal" lab numbers.
I finally got sick of the know nothing endos and went to a pituitary specialist---and they found that my thyroid problems were also coming from my pituitary.
When I was on enough thyroid---and felt good, the dumb endos told me that TSH was too low----and they would cut back the thyroid---which then threw me into a pseudo-cushings state.
Not fun at all.
I went through this for more than 10 years---couldn't work, couldn't do anything.
If your TSH is "odd" and you have other hormone levels bouncing around---I'd look for a good neuro-endo to make sure that your HPA axis is working properly.

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