high thyroid levels and panic attack

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Patty B.
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   Posted 7/10/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone--it's been a while!
I have been pretty well normal on 15ml of paxil for the 5 months and have had but two real significant panic attacks.
I am writng here about the last panic attack that happened two nights ago and went to the ER coz I, once again, didn't know what as happening to me.

I believe I had a 'spell' of some kind that resulted in an overlapping panic attack.
This morning the results of my thyroid test came in (after every other 'usual' tests came back normal) and the ER doc told me my Thyroid levels were a little elevated.
Of course I never think of asking ?s like this when I'm actually talking to the guy so I ask you now--for those who know:

What does a sudden thyroid spike feel like--do they share common traits with panic/anxiety attacks? I know they can make your heart palpitate. But this wasn't really a problem that night but I was still super concerned of my heart(old habits). My event happened as I was waking up with the need to pee in the middle of the night.

I will go back to my thyroid doc and be retested (in the family-sister, mom) and talk to him but until that appt can be made I'm hoping to hear from some with personal experience--this might broaden my range of questions.

Patty B.

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   Posted 7/10/2007 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not know much about this, but when I was first diagnosed with panic disorder I did a lot of research and saw links between thyroid and anxiety. I don't know much about it and can only encourage you to do more research and talk to your physician.
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   Posted 7/10/2007 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I know, Yes Thyroid problem can cause alot of the same symptoms as anxiety/panic.  There is alot of links between the 2 that I have heard and read about.  I had thyroid problem when I was prego with my son.  I had increased  anxiety, a pounding heart, stomach problems. I lost weight when I should have been putting it on and I also always felt like I was cold. It was like I could not get warm. And hair loss. The doctors did lost of test and everything came back normal until they tested my thyroid and it was way off. But after I had my son all the problems went away and my thyroid went back to normal. I would look into and read everything you can on it. Eat lots of green veggies, it's supposed to help.
Good luck and best wishes!
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   Posted 7/11/2007 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey there!

I'm in the middle of a "spell" of Grave's disease, which is autoimmune hyperthyroidism.  It's normally under control, but it makes me feel absolutely nuts and quite ill occasionally.  When my thyroid hormone levels are elevated, I have a heart rate of 100+ at rest, a pounding heartbeat, sweating, crazy diarrhea, weight loss, and I definitely become more anxious (which is probably a natural result of having such a high heart rate at rest). 

I was diagnosed about six months ago and got my thyroid medication stabilized (I'm on Tapazole) but I think I need to increase it because I'm starting to feel crappy again (then again, I'm also in the middle of a 4,000-mile move across the country - doesn't help, but this is getting ridiculous).  You might ask your doctor to try some atenolol or propanolol - these are beta blockers that can decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. 

Some people have transient hyperthyroidism (Crying said she had it when she was pregnant, which is fairly common) and it will go away, but you should get a copy of your blood test results.  Grave's disease will have a very distinct profile (low or undetectable TSH, elevated thyroid antibodies, elevated T4) and other types of hyperthyroidism can usually be distinguished with this blood work as well.  They may want an ultrasound or I-131 uptake scan, though, which is the gold standard for diagnosis.

Best of luck!

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   Posted 7/11/2007 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have hypothyroidism instead of hyperthyroidism.  Mine is not working enough because I am growing nodules on it and they are slowly killing it.  I may have to get it cut out some day.  I take Synthroid and have ultrasounds done about once a year.  I encourage everyone to get their thyroid function tested as it can play a part in anxiety.

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   Posted 7/11/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

Thyroid "runs" our metabolism

Signs and sx of hyperthyroid:
Heat intolerance
Increased bowel movements
Light or absent menstrual periods

endocrineweb.com is a very good site for basic info but your physician will be your best source to decided if you slight elevation needs treatment.
Safe Hugs to you.
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