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    Old 02-19-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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    Hashi's flare??

    Hi, the other day I had a terrible headache (for 2 days) then it became extreme nausea, hot and cold flashes...so I thought it was the beginning of the flu. I took my temperature and it was low, then I noticed my heartrate had jumped from the 70's into the low 100's. This went on for about 6 hours or so when I drifted off to sleep for about an hour and when I awoke everything was gone. But I was incredibly tired the next day and felt like I was run over by a bus When I had my last hyperT flare it lasted for weeks...can a flare last for only hours? And they always seem to correlate with my period and the week off the pill, and when I start taking my birth control pill again they seem to subside a bit. Was that really a flare??

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    Old 02-19-2009, 09:16 AM   #2
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    As hashimoto's progresses the flares or periods of hyperT that you experience will become less and less. I went from weeks to days to the occasional day feeling hyperT. Now that I am on 100 mcgs of T4.. I do not have hyperT flares. My thyroid is about kaput.

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    Old 02-19-2009, 09:35 AM   #3
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    I have to say that I'm thankful that the flares get shorter as I don't think I could handle weeks of hyper flares again. I've never had trouble sleeping in my life and to go for weeks on end with little to no sleep, along with all the other awful symptoms of hyper, was the worst time in my life! . I'm going to the internist in a couple weeks so I will have to see if I can get him to start medicating.

    Thank you!
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    Old 02-19-2009, 10:11 AM   #4
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    Try and make an EARLY morning appointment. this will give you your highest TSH and lowest FT results. Here's to our thyroids dying off quickly and leaving us in PEACE!

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    Old 02-19-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    Thanks for the tip on the blood test times. I'll be sure to do that.

    I never understood why my aunt chose to "kill" her thyroid and go hypo until I experienced it myself. Yuck!

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    Old 02-19-2009, 10:52 AM   #6
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    If my ENT said come in and let me cut it out for you.. I would be there in a heart beat bearing gifts and bribes. These last six years have been a thyroid roller coaster. The logic in keeping the beast and having to spiral into dysfunction and suffer when you could take care of it in one shot still evades my grasp. i under stand some of the logic, but if you have nodules and you have had thyroid cancer in the family and medication stabilization is a female dog you would think that you had a case for removal. BUT than my logical thinking doesn't always mesh with that of others.

    I do think it takes living it to truly understand the Yuck and Blah factor of the pain in the neck known as thyroid dysfunction. SO I hear you and second you.

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    Old 02-19-2009, 11:32 AM   #7
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    I am with MG,
    I would pay ANY amount to never have these feelings again... treating just for hypo would be easier for me, not this up/down CRAP!!

    b1791,
    And I have all the same symptoms, rapid heartbeat, flu feeling, insomnia for days, then it goes away for a while only to return. Some days I feel bipolar... can feel great one day and then horrible the next days.... drives me and my family CRAZY!!
    Maybe we can find a surgeon who will take them out... 3 for one special... I am game!!!

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    Old 02-19-2009, 11:49 AM   #8
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    I hear ya! I would rather deal with one set of symptons instead of a million different ones. One day I'm painting every wall in the house, in a tank top and shorts, because my mind is racing (along with my heart) and I need to keep busy or the anxiety will eat away at me. Other days I sit on the couch, under a blanket, and watch tv for hours on end and don't want to move. My family is learning to live with me, but I soooooo wish this was over. I think the worst part is the uncertainty of how you're going to feel at any given moment....it sucks!!

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    Old 02-19-2009, 04:33 PM   #9
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    Yep,
    hard to plan anything...never know how you will feel. Like I said, I amost feel like I went bipolar- Dr Jeckal and Mr. Hyde move over- here I am!!!
    Good Luck!

     
    Old 02-19-2009, 05:58 PM   #10
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    IS THAT WHAT THAT IS??? I had no idea. Woah. I was DX'd Hashi's about this time last year, so I'm still mostly a newbie. That explains a lot. I had no idea the hot flashes and all that were flares ups. To clarify: They are flare ups of HyperT, not Hashimoto's??

     
    Old 02-20-2009, 05:58 AM   #11
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    If you have Hashis, at the beginning you can have Hyper-t flares slowly dwindling to only Hypo - so your Hypter-t flares are probably your Hashis. Until your thyroid dies completely you may have Hyper-t flares.

     
    Old 02-20-2009, 06:29 AM   #12
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

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    IS THAT WHAT THAT IS??? I had no idea. Woah. I was DX'd Hashi's about this time last year, so I'm still mostly a newbie. That explains a lot. I had no idea the hot flashes and all that were flares ups. To clarify: They are flare ups of HyperT, not Hashimoto's??
    With Hashimoto's your antibody destruction of the thyroid results in periodic unpredictable T4 hormone reserve dumps in your system. These dumps are a kin to just popping a 25-50 mcg T4 supplement at random intervals.. whether you need it or not. The result is a temporary excess of T4 hormone which your body then goes all toddler in a candy store on grabbing and converting to T3 to burn it off as quickly as possible. The increase in T3 results in a 24-48 hour hormone burn off.. as long as more thyroid destruction and dumping is not occuring.. through an elevation in physical phenomena like increased HR/BP, increased body temperature, hot flashes, rashes, migraines and more.

    So yes the symptoms are Hyperthyroid in origin, but the mechanism causing the fluxing symptoms is 100% Hashimoto's.

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    Old 02-20-2009, 09:23 AM   #13
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    Thanks, ladies. I can't believe how this sheds light on my situation. I had no idea.

     
    Old 02-20-2009, 09:32 AM   #14
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    Re: Hashi's flare??

    I can guess. If it is anything like the illumination finally realizing all the issues my seven specialists were trying to patch were the result of one dysfunctional deteriorating lump of tissue in the base of my throat... from that point on I became obsessed with thyroid care and management. One would think that MDs would be better at it; however, I think to truly understand and be good at it.. they would have to be close to someone suffering through it. THAT'S IT! We need to make all endocrinologists have to live with thyroid suffering patients going through medication withdrawl for a month of their residency. Imagine how revealing watching someone that at first appears normal spiral into hypoT of hyperT Hades. OR we could give them a 2 weeks of 50 mcgs of T4 to experience the hyperT effects and then 2 weeks of ATDs to experience the hypoT effects... I like that better.. more personal don't you think.

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    Old 02-20-2009, 10:28 AM   #15
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    LOL, that's hilarious! I think you're onto something

     
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