Hi alfers. I am sorry you are having this, I know it is scary. Heart palps can also be thyroid related. If you are also experiencing intolerance to heat, greater hunger than usual, weight loss, insomnia, and/or sweating you may be on too much thyroid medication.
Believe it or not, some people experience palpitations with hypothyroidism. I was one of them. Mine was worse when laying down to go to sleep. I did not have any of the hyperthyroid symptoms, so I knew it was not that. This has gotten better for me with more thyroid medication.
Below is a list of hypothryoid symptoms from http://www.drlowe.com/geninfo/hyposymptoms.htm I am using this list because it includes the heart related symptoms (which I bolded).
68 Most Commonly Reported Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
As I have said before, it is my understanding that saliva testing is more reliable than blood testing. The lab my doctor used for this is ZRT http://www.zrtlab.com/ To find a knowledgeable hormone doctor, I recommend calling a compounding pharmacist in your area. Many hormone meds are made through these pharmacies so the pharmacists know who prescribe them.
I hope you can find out soon what is causing this.
Hi KO-LD. Many doctors use the outdated TSH range that goes to 5.5. I believe the high end of the new range is 2.5. Normal results may not be optimal for you. Too many doctors rely solely on the TSH result. It is important to monitor the Free T3 and Free T4 levels. There are also T3 and T4, but from what I understand the Free Ts are more accurate.
If you have thyroid antibodies present, this indicates Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which is an auto-immune thyroid disorder. People who have this can have normal results but treatment is warranted. This happened to me. For years I knew I had a thyroid problem. Doctors repeatedly ran the TSH, T3, and T4. I was told the results were normal and nothing was wrong. Meanwhile, my thyroid symptoms kept getting worse. Finally, my Lyme doctor tested the antibodies. The normal range for one of these tests is 0-34, and mine was over 1000!
There are T4 only meds such as Synthroid and there are T3/T4 meds such as Armour. Armour is natural and used to be the only one prescribed until the synthetics were created. Then many doctors wanted to prescribe only those. I started off on Synthroid, but I wanted to switch to Armour. It took some time to find a doctor willing, but I did and it works much better for me. Some people do better on T4 meds, some do better on T3/T4 combo meds.
During treatment, some people's TSH becomes suppressed. This happened to me even when my Free T levels needed improvement. Many doctors will then decrease the meds solely on what the TSH result is. Many people who have hypothroidism feel the best when the Free T levels are in the upper 1/3 of the range. This is what I am trying to achieve. It took a long time, but I have finally found a doctor (not an endo) who is working with me and it is helping. In my experience, endos are the worst to see for this. For me it would be like seeing an infectious disease doctor for Lyme. This is just my experience. I am sure there are endos who don't rely soley on TSH results, but I have never see one.
I recommend learning as much as you can about this so you can get the best treatment if needed.
Frango, I totally agree about the importance of hormone testing for both men and women who have Lyme. The sooner you know if there is an imbalance, the less time it will take to fix it.
I had saliva testing done for all hormones including cortisol. I knew the cortisol would be low, but I was surprised to find that all of them were low! Imbalances can cause many symptoms, including some similar to Lyme.
I also agree about having B12 levels checked.
I live approx 1 hour from Manhatten, do you know of a doctor that would do hormone testing, I think that is my next stop or what should I ask my endo or Ob to do?