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   Posted 4/3/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am being checked for hyperthyroidism, I have read post on people who have hypothyroidism but dont recall reading to much the otherway????

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   Posted 4/3/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ali
Ive got the opposite underactive thyroid i am now on thyrodism meds daily and 6 weekly bloods just one other medical condition to add to my encyclopaedia lol

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   Posted 4/3/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
They kept thinking I had a thyroid problem all these months & losing weight & sweating & rapid heart rate & all. But the TSH kept coming back fine. Went to the gyno the other day & he said my thyroid was enlarged. But the tests are coming back fine. My mom has underactive thyroid. Wondering if I have a problem too if I have a goiter....
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   Posted 4/3/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   

In 2002 I was very Hyperthyroid.  Mine was due to a heart medicine I was on that had alot of iodine in it.  I took meds for about 18 months and was weaned from them and am now fine.  The TSH test is not the only test that should be run, you should also have tests for what I believe are T3 and T4.  I am not positive on the tests name, but I would ask for a referral to a Endocrinologist and they will be better able to help you.

I was lucky that mine was just caused by a medication.  I would have hated to have had Graves Disease (Hyperthroid) permanently too.  Once on the thyroid medications it took about 4 weeks before my symptoms started get better.  Hope that helps. Oh my symptoms were very much like the stomach flu, racing heartbeat, and an overall weakness.  I remember I didn't sleep real well for awhile.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have autoimmune hyperthyroidism (Grave's disease). I was diagnosed just over a year ago. I went into the doc with excessive heart palpitations, increased heart rate (over 100 beats per minute at rest, which was a drastic change from my normal resting pulse of about 55), weight loss, insomnia, tremors, diarrhea, etc. I had diarrhea for several years prior to my diagnosis, though, and my thyroid levels had always been normal up until that point.

After the TSH was run, I had a thyroid ultrasound, which showed mild enlargement but no nodules (in Grave's, the thyroid typically is diffusely enlarged without nodules); I then had a radioactive iodine uptake scan, which showed >50% increased uptake of iodine (this was over twice the normal range). So pretty much all of my tests were "classic" for Grave's.

I was immediately put on a beta-blocker and then had to decide between radioactively ablating the thyroid, going on anti-thyroid drugs, or surgery. I decided the most conservative course of action was taking anti-thyroid drugs. There are two - methimazole and propylthiouracil (PTU). I first went on methimazole and within a couple of months my TSH was normal again...then I became hypothyroid, so tapered down to a lower dose. My new endocrinologist told me that PTU was safer in women of childbearing age, so I switched to that in October. My TSH remained stable.

The drugs do have the potential to cause liver toxicity and a profound decrease in white blood cells, so you have to be monitored frequently (every couple of months) with blood work. There is a 20-30% chance of remission in Grave's patients who are treated with anti-thyroid drugs after one year, so I am considering going off the drugs to see if I am one of those people.

Thyroid disease is very complicated. We've just started endocrine physiology in med school and it is already a freakin' headache after one day of lectures (and I should know this stuff after all I've been through with it)! Please feel free to ask more questions...
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   Posted 4/3/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have actually had all the ths and t3,t4 levels done and everything keeps comming back a normal low. But i have all the symptoms of overactive thyroid tremors,rapid heart rate which i take cardizam 120mg twice a day,they thought that it was my crhons and the nurtitional status making it. go crazy.weight loss I cant gain weight to save my soul. My internest has always thought thyroid but couldnt prove it. The endrocrinologist even thought that the remicade was altering the lab results so he did extensive testing through mayo. I went to mayo a few weeks ago and while i was there i saw a cardiologist and he also believes my heart and everything is thyroid related so he has ordered a iodine uptake test in a couple weeks so hopefully i will get some answers finally. The good thing is my colonoscopy came back clear of disease the bad news is my crp came back 25.5 crazy but that also could be thyroid related I hope. Not that I want another thing on my list of problems but an answer would be GREAT!!!! Thanks for your replies

Melissa H
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   Posted 4/3/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have hypothyroidism (underactive) diagnosed when I was 12. I have a goiter, but thankfully it has not grown very large - I think because of the medication I've always taken. Really the only symptoms I have noticed would be fatigue (which has now been dominated by my CD fatigue!) and I'm always cold, anything cold actually hurts...such as cold water on my hands. Let us know what they find out!
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