Hello everyone! As my post title says it's 4am and am yet to go to sleep for fear of not waking again.
My history is that for the past 10 years I have been battling hypothyroidism. ..and despite trying all combinations of treatments have never felt well. Along the way a few minor heart issues usually resolved with dosage changes etc. Recently I now take liothyronine (t3) only prescribed and monitored by an endocrinologist. It has been going OK on around 50mcg...my bloods the best they've been .....but last December I noticed heart pals gradually getting worse and mentioned to endo who requested an 24 hr ecg. I've waited until 2 weeks ago and after harassment by my gp we finally got a result. I remember during the ecg day that I didn't really feel much except for a raging tachycardia after a meal...which settled after 20 min or so. The ecg showed I was getting arrhythmia in my sleep and have been referred to a cardiologist and to have a heart scan . I've had a scan before due to tachycardia and breathlessness on exertion ...structurally the scan was normal....tachycardia blamed on thyroid treatment. ..no action.
However since Dec the arrhythmia is much worse hence gp visit.....she was able to feel the brady's and ectopics via my pulse. The arrythmia is random. Sometimes my heart rate feels normal and I can't find a cause or pattern to it. It is worse at night and wakes me up. I didn't have much guidance from my gp on how to behave whilst waiting for referral appointment's. Should I still be at work? Resting? Highly concerned? When should I present at An E? Do I sit out the episodes which are now going on for hours ? Do I keep taking my thyroid meds as normal ?? I have become very afraid that one night I just will not wake up at all.
I would very much appreciate any advice and thank you in advance 😐 Karen