Post thyroidectomy in June 12 (for Graves which did not respond well to meds). I take 112.5mcg per day levothyroxine and 10mcg of liothyronine(T3) 3x per day. The rest of the time I feel vaguely human, at least better than on lower doses/ T4 alone (on lower doses was depressed, weight gain, everlasting periods etc). Last blood test results April 13 FT4 16.4 (range 12-23) FT3 5.1(range 4-7.8) TSH 0.01 at which point the endo discharged me. Weight is now stable if I am sensible, still feel sad at times. The biggest difficulty is I don't seem to be able to cope with stressful situations at all, yet there are a number of stressful situations in my life at the moment. Previously I felt strong, assertive and capable; now stressful situations turn me into a sobbing jelly. I have thrown up on 2 occasions following stressful situations recently and under stress my heart seems to go disproportionately fast and sometimes jumpy. It sits at about 70 beats per minute the rest of the time.
For example my stress response today -my mother has been in hospital for 2 weeks, without treatment apart from pain meds. Rude doctor gave us 1 minute, despite me waiting 5 hours to see him. I sobbed for an hour (previously I would have sorted it out without becoming an emotional wreck)- my poor mum. Went to patient liaison cried again. Despite putting £8 in car park machine over the day missed the time cos waiting for another doc who said 10 mins, but left us waiting for 1.5 hours - got a parking ticket, sobbed uncontrollably at reception, at security and on the way to the car park at the other side of the hospital. This is so not like me. Felt sick, and weak on the way home, threw up several times on arrival, heart felt it was looping the loop; had to lay down for an hour as I felt so unwell.
Also craving salt which I don't normally like and have avoided for years and carby sweet things in the evening (not that hungry in the day) Finding it hard to sleep at night and to get up in morning. In pain awaiting surgery myself. Extremely worried about coping with work when I go back as I have a stressful, demanding job and a team to manage (loved it before).
My body seems to have developed an over-reaction to even simple 'not very stressful' stress.
Spoke to my doc about tears last month (but hadn't clicked it was stress that was the trigger at that point) he said I needed to be more liberal with my pain meds especially amitriptyline which would help with my mood. I don't want to take more pain tablets and increasing amitriptyline hasn't made any difference.
Any ideas/ advice gratefully received as not sure where to go from here. Under/ over (feels different to when I was hyper)or something else?