Hi, I'm new to this site. I live in Scotland,I was diagnosed with Graves' disease 2 yrs now.
My thyroid problems started with, thumping racing heart beat, sweating, nausea, like morning sickness panic, anxiety and my whole body shook and vibrated and it felt as though my blood was fizzing.
I phoned my GP, but there no appointments, so I saw the Practice nurse. She took my pulse and said my Bpm was 126. She took my blood and told me she would fast track the sample.
3 days later I got a phone call from my GP saying my levels were sky high and he was going to refer me to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Endocrine Department, but in the meantime I was put on Carbizamole tabs and 40mg of Propranolol.
I got my appointment for the Hospital really quickly and in the letter I was told to stop taking the meds the GP had prescribed. I saw Professor Ian Walker, he took more blood, just to make sure it wasn't a blip in my thyroid function. His test confirmed Graves' disease.
He told me that he was going to destroy the thyroid by sending me for a Radio Iodine capsule at another hospital, I thought another wait for an appointment, but no, by the time I got home I received a phone to tell me to attend Western General Hospital Edinburgh in 4 days time for the capsule.
Afterwards I had to stay at home for a few days.
Then after 4 weeks I went back to see Prof walker, more blood taken, and was told I was now under-active, so was put on Levothyroxine 125mcg, had to make an appointment for 6 weeks.
Went back more blood, was told I was on too much thyroxine, so it was reduced to 75mcg, then back again after a few weeks for more blood tests, not enough thyroxine, so was put on100mcg, which seems to be the correct dose according to the blood tests
I still don't feel 100% though, still have the blips of anxiety.