Hi All, this is my first post and I am hoping someone out there may be able to offer some support and reassurance. I apologise for the lengthy post - here's my story:
I am a 28 year old female and three years ago my health started to deteriorate starting with a weight loss of 2 stone in 2 months, I went from 9 stone to 7 stone, then I began to get extreme tiredness not being able to get up in the morning and falling asleep in the day. I went to the doctors where they did the first of many blood tests. my results showed an under active thyroid although the weight loss didn't fit with the symptoms. I was started on 50mg of thyroxine, I lost even more weight and got to the point where I couldn't get out of bed at all, I lost my amazing job that I had worked so hard for. my dose was increased to 75mg and at this point i couldn't walk straight i felt that dizzy so after three months I stopped the medication on the advise of my doctor and tried to get on with things.
Fast forward a year and I was no better, I was going through each day with my symptoms getting worse however, each blood test I had ( every 3 months ) was showing normal thyroid function! I was made to feel like I was going mad and imagining all these symptoms!
In December last year after two years of suffering things got really bad. whilst on holiday sat in a busy restaurant my throat felt like it had completely closed up, I couldn't swallow or speak, this resulted in me having a major panic attack, unfortunately the first of many. Once home I was admitted into hospital where I was told I had anxiety, brilliant I thought, not the best diagnosis but that would explain everything that had ben happening over the last two years! I started on Citalopram 10mg, after three months nothing had changed and even more symptoms started so the doctor took me off them.
Two weeks ago I went to see an endocrinologist at the hospital, they told me my thyroid tests are showing as underactive and that i have a large amount of antibodies, he suggested that i start on thyroxin again however, my weight is currently 7 stone and i can not afford to lose ant more weight as i did last time. i am also waiting to hear front he hospital as they wanted to take another set of tests while i was there as they too were concerned about the weight loss.
I am at a point now where i feel very confused as i don't know enough about the Thyroid to fully understand if my symptoms are correct for an underactive thyroid. the consultant was not very informative and did not explain the details about the antibodies very well.
I am really in need of support at the minute from someone who understands, i am fed up and desperate so is there anyone out there who can help me?? i have listed below my current symptoms:
A felling that my throat is closed up
Swollen neck on the right side
Tight chest and palpitations
Extreme tiredness ( need to sleep halfway through the day everyday )
Getting angry and frustrated which usually results in crying
Blurred vision - i have recently had to start wearing prescription glasses
Numb feet and tips of fingers
Muscle ache and cramps
Waking up in the night drenched in sweat
Forgetting things - i have started to forget words whilst mid sentence!