I am a 51 year old energizer bunny. Have been dealing with a few health issues for the past 10 months. Thought I was going crazy... Depression set in first... severe depression... ( I am not a depressed person) Extra long menstrual cycles... My brain was foggy and I was reading words incorrectly as well as being clumsy and dropping and breaking things all the time.. FSH was off the charts high... Doctor said "Oh it's just menopause". Two weeks ago, I felt like a really bad case of the flu was coming on, neck was really swollen on the right side and it felt like I had food stuck in my throat and swallowing was hard. Also have lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Went to urgent and was sent home with a diagnosis of a virus. Felt worse and worse and went to see my GP 5 days later. He told me my thyroid was tender and swollen and order thyroid panels. TSH really with T4 and T3 high. Referred me to the Endo. Say the Endo yesterday and he told me that I had hyperthyroidism and he believed I had Graves disease. Sent back to the lab to have antibody tests done. In the meantime he prescribed propranolol and methimazole twice a day. I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin. I have headaches EVERY morning that I wake up and my whole body hurts when I get out of bed. I am an investment banker so I don't have a strenuous job but it is stressful and I have to think alot. I am not sure how anyone works with this stuff in the beginning, because I feel like I want to crawl in a hole and die and it has only been two weeks. My doctor said that alot of people have to take 4 to 8 weeks off in the beginning and to let him know if I needed medical leave. He also told me that it will take a year to really start to feel better??? That I need to really monitor my stress because my heart was off to the races and I have to take my pulse every morning. Please someone tell me what I need to expect and have any of you taken a leave from your job to get thru the first month or so while waiting for medication to regulate things?
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