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Old 05-21-2002, 09:42 AM   #1
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Be Aware of Thyrotoxicosis

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Hi this has just happened to me so I can tell you first hand from experience.Here goes.

I had been taking 150 mcg thyroxine and 20 mcg off Tertroxin since last July up until November when my private doc upped the Tertroxin by 10 mcg to 30mcg splitting the dose.

I hadn't realised it but I was gradually becoming Hyper slowly over the last six months.Until last weekend I felt absolutely awful with racing pulse,anxiety and panics that I never want to experience ever again.I also have been losing weight intentionally for the last 8 weeks,where up to tuesday I have lost a total of 19 pounds.I have been having a real battle to lose the weight,of course me going Hyper added to me losing even more.

I stopped the tertroxin straight away Sunday,and visited my GP on Moday of this week..Who immediately demanded a aThyroid Blood Test,and put me right away on Beta Blockers to slow everything down and make more more calmer.

It's only today that I feel,somewhat better than I did. The worst part I found was coping with the anxiety and panics where I thought I was losing my mind.

I go back to my GP on Friday for the results and a check.The Beta Blockers are finally working for me to feel a little better.WhatI have is Thyrotoxicosis,whereby the Hormone has become toxic in my body.AND I NEVER WANT TO GO DOWN THAT ROAD AGAIN !!!!!!

So everyone be very aware of what could happen to you.

Sue in the UK

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Old 05-22-2002, 07:34 PM   #2
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Re: Be Aware of Thyrotoxicosis

Anyone have any thoughts on this? How is it possible to tell the difference between going hyper and having the hormone be 'toxic' to her body?

Old 05-22-2002, 08:31 PM   #3
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Re: Be Aware of Thyrotoxicosis

Hi ENUF. I believe that thyrotoxicosis is another name for hyperthyroidism. In this case, it sounds like it was from overmedication and not from her body's natural hormone production, so I assume dally's original condition had to do with hypothyroidism. Once the doctor reduces dally's Thyroxine (T4 -- Synthroid is a more common brand in the states) and Tertroxin (T3 -- Cytomel is a more common brand in the states), the beta blockers should not be necessary.

According to the sources I'm finding, the naturally-occurring form of thyrotoxicosis is called Basedow's disease in Europe, or Grave's disease in the states. Sounds like plain old hyperthyroidism which, in a way, is when the thyroid hormone becomes "toxic" as it's too much for the body. [Please correct me if I'm wrong...]

Since the doctor increased dally's prescription after July, she must have still been hypo at that time. It sounds like the proper levels for her may be something in between her July and November dosages.

Sorry to hear about what you're going through, dally. Hang in there and be persistent with your doctors.<p>[This message has been edited by ArtfulD (edited 05-22-2002).]

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