Hyperthyroidism??

Hello eveybody help me or share experiences please,

Im 19 years old girl and have experienced symptoms of hyperthyroidism (and some hypo aswell) the last couple weeks.

I get heart palpitations, muscle weakness/cramps, no significant weight loss (im already underweight at a bmi of 16 from anorexia) but I look thinner??, no hunger at all or extreme hunger, softer skin, sweating/feeling hot but sometimes I also feel very cold, trouble breathing when eating and after eating, swollen lymph nodes under my chin that hurt, thyroid that hurt from time to time, brittle nails and pounding heart that skips a beat sometimes.

Could this be hypo or hyperthyroidism? I know many of the symptoms can be similar and different for evryone.

Im also scared to increase my calories more if I will gain weight from hypothyroidism as Im currently in recovery from anorexia and eat ~1600-1800 a day. My goal is 2000+.

I have a doctors appointment on thursday next week but I'm already terrified of the outcome of the test results.

Sorry for my English- my native language is swedish :)

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  • Welcome to the forum, MariaMat.

    You have no need to apologise for your excellent English :)

    There are crossover symptoms between hypo and hyper thyroidism. Palpitations can be due to hypo and hyperthyroidism. Ask your GP to test thyroid function, ideally TSH, FT4 and FT3, thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies. If you can, arrange the blood draw early in the morning when TSH is highest, and fast (water only) on the morning of the test as TSH drops post-prandially. Post the results in a new question with the ranges (figures in brackets after results) and members will advise.

    Anorexia can trigger hypothyroidism and FT3 levels may be low in anorexic patients. It's low FT3 which causes hypothyroid symptoms.

    You may like to read the following links prior to your doctor's appointment.

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/diagno...

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Thanks so much for answering! I will look at the links and prepare myself for the doctors visit a bit more :) very helpful answer!

  • Hi,

    Try to get your test done early in the day before you eat anything, you can drink water. When you eat your TSH drops for a while, so not eating gives a more accurate result.

  • Will do, thanks :)

  • Hello Mariamat,

    Welcome to our forum and sorry to hear about your health problems.

    Eating habits and weight have an important relationship with our hormones, affecting overall growth, development, puberty, fertility, level of alertness, sugar regulation and appetite, and can cause physical and psychological problems.

    The treatment for anorexia nervosa usually involves a combination of psychological therapy and supervised weight gain. Through a combination of therapy, nutritional education and medical treatment, the symptoms of an eating disorder can be managed or eliminated.

    Have you had thyroid antibody tests which may determine Hashimotos?. This auto- immune disease is common in people with hypothyroidism and can cause both hyper and hypo systems as the antibodies attack the thyroid gland..

    Ask your doctor to test TOPAb & TGAb and also Vit B12 , Vit D, folate and ferritin as deficiencies are common in people with hypothyroidism.

    Post any results complete with ranges (numbers in brackets) for members to comment.

    Flower

    Thyroid antibodies

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

    Hashimoto's thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

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    Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal before applying any of these suggestions.

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  • Im not really in "recovery" nor do I try to gain weight- im trying to maintain my weight, but at the moment im still loosing weight even tough i eat more than my TDDE ( Calculated from online calculators).

    I dont have problems with eating anymore and have eaten 1700+ for more than 3 months now. Im just scared to loose more weight, aswell as gaining. Im at BMI 16, ~174cm tall and 48-50 kg

    I eat pretty much Paleo and high protein/fat because my stomach react bad to gluten, dairy, sugar, high carb etc.

    And thanks for your answer! :)

  • Maria,

    It sounds like you are doing well. A Paleo diet is excellent and will ensure you are getting varied nutrients & foods.

    If you have a high level of thyroid antibodies, they can cause an immune response making your body more sensitive to certain food groups. A lot of members (including myself) have food intolerances and have eliminated groups such as gluten, diary and sugar.

    Hashimotos can cause both hyper & hypo symptoms as the thyroid gland is attacked and releases large amounts of hormone into the blood stream. It is possible this could cause further weight loss as excess hormones will increase the metabolism making you hyper, jittery, anxious and hot. Then when thyroid hormones are low you may feel cold, sluggish and have trouble coping.

    For these reasons and because you can not afford any further weight loss, it is important to ask your doctor to check your thyroid function.

    (Tests explained above by myself & Clutter.)

    I hope you feel better soon,

    Flower

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