1st post! Extreme health anxiety & pregnant. I need help!

Hi everyone. I am 26 and I'm just looking for someone to talk to. I think I suffer from sever health anxiety. This is a long one but I'll try and keep it short.

So 6 yrs ago I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. For 5 we have been through fertility treatment and all failed. Since the end of last year I have had a lot of problems with my health. To name a few I have..Constant migrains, dizziness, lightheaded, irregular/heavy periods, infertility, no energy, lack of sleep, feeling like I'm in a dream, rapidly multiplying premature grey hair, extreme hair loss, cold, weight gain, pale dry skin in patches, stys, sore muscles, lump in throat, brittle nails, eyelashes fall out, blurry eyesight, mood swings, lost libido, weakness, chest pain, palpitations. I know that's a lot lol and I'm sure there's more I can't think of right now. Now the lump in my throat scared me to death. I've been to countless doctors and the ent department. All clear! Now I'm waiting for a. Ultrasound on my thyroid. (Still worry everyday about it) another thing I worry about is the amount of hair I lose. My hair has got noticeably thinner and I lose clumps everyday. I have recently been diagnosed with hashimotos which is an autoimmune disease. I googled and it said if you have one you are more than likely to get another so now I am convinced I may have alopecia. On the brighter side I conceived all by myself (yeeeey) I am 14 weeks pregnant and petrified something is wrong everyday! I was in a&e at the weekend with heart palps, chest pains and tingly arms. Will it ever stop? I don't want to go to the docs and say this incase there is ever anything wrong and she just thinks it's anxiety? Is anybody else like this? Have u over came it? I am always convinced I have cancer or alopecia or a heart problem? ( I still think I may have) I don't know what to do or where to turn to! This baby is the best thing to happen to me and my brain ruins it for me. I seem to be getting worse everyday. Sorry it's long I didn't know where to start or to stop lol x

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  • Hello there, this definitely sounds like a thyroid problem...and believe it or not... it can cause you to feel like 'everything else' is wrong!...but just take comfort in the fact that there is medicine that CAN help you with this. Its sort of a vicious circle...it can cause anxiety and the anxiety can cause everything ELSE that you are feeling...

    My daughter goes through this with Hashimoto's... and NO, it is not easy...but just please know it does and CAN get better.... that is what you have to keep your mind on... just concentrate upon all the good things...and as for the rest 'this, too, shall pass'...bless you with love. Hugs.

    BettyA

  • Sorry I should have been more clear here. I do take meds for my thyroid problem I'm in 125mg of levothyroxine.

  • You definitely need to talk to your doctor's. You say you have been diagnosed with thyroid problems. You should be on medication for that. All the symptoms you describe are because of your thyroid. The doctor that you are seeing should know your thyroid can cause anxiety symptoms if not treated. If you are not being prescribed meds by this doctor, maybe a new doctor is in order. Also you should tell your OB Dr about your thyroid problem and how it might affect the baby. Of course you might want to discuss what medications you can take for your thyroid now that you are pregnant. Do this asap because you don't want anything to happen to the baby. Congratulations on baby but seriously talk to doctors about your health. It is not just anxiety. Good luck and I will pray that you feel better and that your baby is healthy.

  • Sorry I should have been more clear. I am on medication for my thyroid. I take 125mg of levothyroxine

  • I was really worried for you and health of your baby. I really hope you start feeling better soon. Just eat healthy and take your meds. Eating healthy goes a long way in easing anxiety symptoms and maybe ask your Dr or Google what foods are good to eat to help your thyroid. Again congratulations. If you were having problem getting pregnant before and you did without help of any kind, it must mean your body is improving, now just have more positive thoughts.

  • I have been to an endo and am working on my thyroid but things like lumps and bumps on my neck and losing my hair is freaking me out something awful. I just sit and think about it constantly. If my hair would stop falling out and I get my lumps checked I may feel

    Better but it just seems like one thing after another. I don't even feel like I've lived the past 6 months I've only existed in my house doing nothing. I don't n ow what to do ...

  • It will take time but you will feel better. Just make sure you take your meds, don't skip, and like I said diet is important. There are some foods you should not eat, check with your doctor's and it's important to take your prenatal vitamins. Also keep your appointments with endo in case you need adjustments to your meds. I have friend that found a gluten free diet helped her. Check with your doctor.

  • My daughter's hair loss caused her more stress than anything else... She also went to an extremely expensive alternative dr...and even with all the expensive supplements she had to take, it didn't slow it down....however, finally giving in to taking the 'reg' dr's Rx, it has slowed down SOME.... together with the supplements....

    I think you would benefit greatly talking with a therapist...and not holding back...just letting it ALL OUT.... Would you please consider doing this??? On a regular basis...not just a 'tried it once, didn't work' basis! :)

    You really need to be up front and let it ALL OUT to your doctor's.... Don't try to be stoic or unnecessarily brave...ok?? OK.... PLUS remember that eventually you WILL get past this, Muffin!! Sending you a big hug. Plus, are you getting family support or support from a husband (if you have one of those characters! :) ) ....

    BettyA

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