I need some advice on the news I received Friday night that I'm suffering from an overactive Thyroid
Short history: I was ill at the start on Jan with the flu. Typical horrible flu symptoms for a week or so, complete with hacking cough, followed by a very sore neck that went on for weeks, muscle pain, tiredness, aversion to cold etc.
After six weeks of generally feeling rubbish, I went to the doctor who checked my neck, said my thyroid was enlarged, and prescribed me antibiotics for my cough. Within two days, I was feeling loads better. Cough more or less gone and neck pain/swollen thyroid back to normal.
H also sent me for a blood test which I had a week later. I almost didn't go because I was feeling better but though I may as well get it done. Anyway this week the results came back showing I have an overactive thyroid and my doctor said the main cause of this is Graves' disease!
I'm totally shocked, if anything I thought it would be under active due to the tiredness, aches and pains and aversion to cold.
Looking at symptoms of hyperthyroidism, I perhaps have a few.. But it's so hard to know what are genuine symptoms and what are caused by the anxiety of this diagnosis!
On top of this, I've been training for the London marathon in six weeks and my doctor has now said its unlikely I'll be running in it, which has left me devastated! All that training and just when I was feeling so much better to be told I won't be doing it
He's put me on just 10mg on Carbizamole and referred me to a specialist.
I guess my question is... Has anyone else had a similar experience? Could these thyroid problems be due to the flu/inflammation of the thyroid? I'm really scared about having Graves' disease. I've been so fit and healthy all my life and to be honest I've probably scared myself by reading too much on the internet.
Can anyone give me some advice or reassurance?
Thanks in advance