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Hello Everyone,

I haven't been here in awhile, actually haven't posted anything since last year. Anyway, wanted to see if anybody else has had anxiety probs/anxiety attacks that might be in a similar situation that I am in.

I am a healthy 24 year old male who had a complete thyroidectomy in 1997 when I was 17 due to follicular thyroid cancer. I have always been active, played sports and I currently work out between 4-6 times per week. My first endocrinologist started me out with Synthroid only and since I was young and rather uneducated about what was going on, I lived with my Synthroid-only dosage (between .150 and .250 throughout the years). . that is until recently. I surfed in and out of depression throughout my college years, had lower-than average energy levels and just never felt up to speed like I did before everything happened. I just accepted that this is my body and this was how life was. . . Good enough to look forward to fun things, but nothing great. . . That is until I moved to a bigger city and changed doctors.

My old doctor recommended a thyroid cancer specialist, actually one of the best in the nation, to continue my treatment with. It was last September, the first time I went to him. I made a point to share with him my past 6 years and some of the feelings that have invaded my life since I had my thyroid taken out. . . Depression, anxiety, low energy, lax concentration, hair falling out, bad memory . . . After hearing some of the symptoms, he took some tests, lowered my Synthroid dose to .150 and had my start taking 5 mcg of Cytomel (T3) twice daily. He said that this therapy had been quite successful in some patients with similar symptoms.

After about 1-2 weeks, many of the symptoms subsided and have yet to come back. This was back in September 2003 when I started. It was great b/c these depressive symptoms were elevated into a more constant mood, and for me, this was a big deal after living the past 4-5 years in and out of mild depression and being anxious. During this time period, I was put on several different anti-depressants, only to feel worse after taking them and eventually stopped taking them altogether

Anyway, just recently, I have had several panic attacks and have wondered what is bringing them. I am in good shape, relatively stress free may be a little more anxious than most...anyways, when I have these attacks, I feel like my heart is going to beat out of my chest, I get lightheaded and also feel like I am going to pass out. They have come out of nowhere and have left me clueless. I saw my doc and they ran some heart tests and blood tests to see if it is my heart and/or thyroid T3 count being low. . . I haven't gotten the results yet from the blood tests, but the heart tests were nothing out of the norm.

My question is, has anybody ever heard anything about anxiety & anxiety attacks being linked to hypothyroidism/low T3 or with any of the meds I am taking? Has anybody had similar experiences? Please share.

Thanks,
RJ
Thanks for the replies. That is what I am figuring out will happen here. I just don't want to get a lower dosage and then start feeling like I did when I was on Synthroid alone. I guess I will have to wait and see.
[QUOTE=RJ Bux]Thanks for the replies. That is what I am figuring out will happen here. I just don't want to get a lower dosage and then start feeling like I did when I was on Synthroid alone. I guess I will have to wait and see.

agree with the other two: your T3 may be too hi for you (but w/in range!) ....do you take cytomel? that could be causing your possibly-high T3 ... also, anxiety attacks go along with being hypo (it's one of the symptoms, and i had them before i was DX'd), so as your body inevitably changes, your symptoms might too ...

by the way, your attacks sound more like panic attacks than anxiety (not that it makes any difference to you or your condition -- just clarifying) ... my anxiety attacks cause anxiety (duh -- like my abdomen is going to shut down), i can barely breathe, and i get all hot ...

jb
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agree with the other two: your T3 may be too hi for you (but w/in range!) ....do you take cytomel? that could be causing your possibly-high T3 ... also, anxiety attacks go along with being hypo (it's one of the symptoms, and i had them before i was DX'd), so as your body inevitably changes, your symptoms might too ...

by the way, your attacks sound more like panic attacks than anxiety (not that it makes any difference to you or your condition -- just clarifying) ... my anxiety attacks cause anxiety (duh -- like my abdomen is going to shut down), i can barely breathe, and i get all hot ...

jb


I do take Cytomel, and yes these attacks are probably more of panic, but I don't panic during them (if that makes any sense) , that is why I am saying anxiety, because I feel more anxious during them than anything else. Either way, I have never had them before until recently in the past few weeks. I have been on my Cytomel/Synthroid combo for close to 6 months and haven't had any major probs before...
[QUOTE=RJ Bux]I do take Cytomel, and yes these attacks are probably more of panic, but I don't panic during them (if that makes any sense) , that is why I am saying anxiety, because I feel more anxious during them than anything else. Either way, I have never had them before until recently in the past few weeks. I have been on my Cytomel/Synthroid combo for close to 6 months and haven't had any major probs before...
still, you should have a thyroid panel incl. an FT3 test and see if your T3 has risen ... one's T3 also gets dragged up very slowly by the T4 (synthroid), so after 6 months, i can see it happening (the T3 gettting a bit high) ...

alternatively, it could just be one of the many symptoms of hypo that one has from time to time (last fall, my face and shoulders itched for about 6 weeks, then gradually eased off; and this time last year when i was first DX'd i was SO cold all the time -- i now walk a razor's edge between being cold/HOT) ... also, when i get the flu' i get so hypo (incl. the dreaded anxiety attacks), or i'm stresssed for some other reason (even seasonal changes are stressors) ...

our bodies change over time, and it's always a bit of a balancing i'm afraid ...

and i know what you mean when you say you don't panic during (if it were a true panic attack, you'd be afraid of losing control during the attack, or actually lose control) -- then you panic after for some reason -- anyhoo, i'm just hairsplitting and one man's panic attack is another woman's anxiety attack ...

jb