Posted 9/5/2014 6:22 PM (GMT -6)
I posted a while back that I was having very obvious symptoms of hypothyroidism. I have graves disease and also have antibodies for hashimotos although I have only been confirmed to have graves. My thyroid issues sprang up after pregnancy, and after my second pregnancy things took years to get even close to optimal ranges. For the past 4.5 years my TSH levels averaged between .0001-.4 but stayed well below .1 for 90% of that timeframe. Just this April or so I finally had a TSH in range (.4) and for a while surrounding that test I felt really great.
Fast forward a few months and suddenly I began having issues with extreme fatigue, hair loss, loss of appetite, nausea, shaking, cold extremities, discomfort in my throat on and off, muscle aches and pains, constipation, depression.. Mentally I felt perfectly fine at first but as the symptoms got worse I got overwhelmed and anxious about what was going on. Ever since my thyroid became hyper I have been experiencing anxiety but for the months before these symptoms occurred I did not have any anxiety.
The symptoms scared me so it set off some bad anxiety. My doctor is convinced that anxiety itself is my problem, AND the cause of my symptoms... even though they began weeks before my anxiety started. Many of the symptoms have eased up a bit, I still have some fatigue, hair loss, pulse in the mid-low 50's when resting and I am not an athlete, if anything I am very sedentary.. I had blood work drawn after the symptoms began to fade and I wanted to share them here to get an opinion. My doctor says that my levels are within normal range therefore my thyroid could not possibly be the cause of my symptoms. So I get sent home with prescriptions for anxiety, depression, and heart palpitations.
I know I am not a doctor but I know my body and I also know my thyroid history really well. I'm inclined to think that my thyroid must be playing some part in this but since my levels fall within normal I am not being taken seriously. Could anyone offer some advice?
TSH 3.5 (.4-4.5)
Free T4 1.14 (.8-1.8)
Free T3 2.86 (2.0-4.4)
Consider that my TSH only a couple months before this was .4 and for years before that averaged between .0001-.015. I have had my thyroid levels checked every 3-6 months for the past 5 years. My free T's have often been at the top of normal range except when I was actively hyper.
I know that I do have issues with anxiety, and I know that worrying about my symptoms often make things worse, but I also think that in this case the anxiety was not the cause.. I just don't know where to go from here.
Thanks in advance.