Hi everyone! I have just discovered this website and feel as though I have learnt more about Hashimotos in the last 24 hours than I have previously in the last year! I hope this post is not going to be too long.
I was diagnosed with autoimmune hyperthyroidism this time last year at the age of 30. At the time of diagnosis my free T4 was 5.6pmol/L and my TSH was more than 100mu/l. My TPO antibodies were also stated to be more than 1300U/ml. I also had other tests which showed a raised prolactin level of 764miu/L and a B12 deficiency with a level of 140ng/L. I started on Levothyroxine and my dose is currently 75mcg. At my last doctor’s appointment my levels seemed to be normal and I was told to come back in 6 months for another blood test. I have struggled getting my B12 results within the normal range but at my last blood test the level was 217ng/L. It’s taken a year to get to that point. I have been reluctant to start B12 injections as I thought if I could try and manage this myself through diet it would save being on another medication for the rest of my life.
Everything has been going ok and I have been feeling alright most of the time (although maybe a little more tired than your average 31 year old). Recently I have been going through the process of buying my first house (which has been a lot more stressful process than I anticipated) and finally get the keys next Friday. I would say I have been a lot more stressed in the last 4 weeks than usual and now this week I have felt absolutely floored with what I can only assume is symptoms of Hashimotos. The endocrinologist that I seen at the time of diagnosis confirmed that I have a soft diffuse goitre. This has never meant much to me but for the last week my neck has felt incredibly swollen and tight by my thyroid and I have little to no energy and feel completely exhausted and irritable (and snappy with my boyfriend which he has commented on). I feel as though I can’t face even the most basic tasks like cleaning, cooking etc. I have never felt this bad before.
I called the doctors on Wednesday and asked if I could go for my blood test (which I was due to have in September) early. Unfortunately I have a very demanding job (which I have had problems concentrating on this week). This involves long hours and I didn’t have the chance to go for the blood test this week. I do plan to go early next week. I am due to be tested for FBC, FOLA, PROL2, TSH & prol. I always seem to prioritise my health last over everything which I know I need to change in the future.
I wondered if you would be able to offer any advice on why I have been feeling so awful this week and if there is anything I can do to alleviate these symptoms? I guess I have put it down to it being a stressful period which has caused my hashimotos to get worse but I'm not sure how serious this is or what I should do (and the thought of packing up my flat ready to move next week feels impossible right now). Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry this post is so long!