I came away from my doctor's last Friday - so just over a week ago - with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. It was unexpected, although it has since explained some lingering symptoms, carpel tunnel syndrome being one.
I had originally gone to the doc's as I had been experiencing heart palpitations on & off for about six months (well, actually, I do remember having had episodes in the past & in all three of my pregnancies - but I suppose I had started to become more aware of them). I had attributed them to stress: eldest daughter recently diagnosed with Coeliacs, just moved house, have three children under 5, my husband & daughter both recently had ops. Life is busy & I have always managed to reason away any symptoms that had the potential to concern me.
Anyway, my husband had been prompting me about the doc's for ages & when I finally got around to it, ECG was fine (thank God) & I went away after they'd done some routine blood tests. Was not expecting anything to come back but they revealed a T4 level of 5.7 & TSH of 70.51, indicating overt hypothyroidism. I was started on 50mcg of Levothyroxine.
They didn't test for the presence of anti-bodies, but the doctor has requested this on the next round of bloods - scheduled a few weeks away - and he is expecting that Hashimoto's will be the likely diagnosis, especially given my daughter's Coeliacs.
Although my levels would suggest otherwise, the thing is that I didn't feel too bad before. However, a few days after I started on medication I plummeted. On Monday I was crying for no reason, very irritable, feeling very down and slumped on the sofa. I went back to doc's & they agreed to up my dose to 75mcg. I must say my mood has lifted a little since then - not completely but significantly - but I am struggling with all sorts of other symptoms that were never an issue before and feel more symptomatic of someone with hypothyroidism than ever! I got tonsillitis on the Tuesday: went to bed with a painful swallow and woke up with white spots all over my tonsils (am on anti-biotics for this and my tonsils looks a lot clearer now but my throat still feels tight, swollen, tender and aches to swallow). I have also had a severe headache for over two days, around either side and also the base of my skull at the back, accompanied by a weird sort of 'lightness' where I don't feel dizzy per se but just a bit outer-body! Hard to explain. Not nice anyway - & I don't usually suffer from headaches.
I am wondering where to go from here. Do I ask for another increase in dose or is it too soon? Are my experiences familiar to anyone else's?
I have done as much reading as I can since being diagnosed, as I know very little about the thyroid. I have learned a lot in a short space of time and have been really grateful for Google searches &, in particular, often being directed here to various threads started in this forum. It has been so helpful, hence why I decided to sign up myself!
The most interesting thing to me at the moment is this issue of Hashimoto's. If the results confirm the presence of anti-bodies &, therefore, the diagnosis of autoimmune thyroiditis, I would find that very interesting, personally. From what I have read, it seems that many people can live with various symptoms of a thyroid issue, without there being anything clinically wrong with the thyroid, i.e. symptoms of Hashimoto's but with thyroid levels within the normal ranges.
Interestingly, I became quite debilitatingly ill back in September 2009 & was eventually signed off work (from my first ever teaching job). It was off the back of a particularly stressful few years, which included a broken engagement, a PGCE, a move to a big city & getting married (to the right man, thank God!) I became out-of-the-blue tired, to the point I didn't want to move from the bed or chair; I became anxious about leaving the house; I first experienced heart palpitations during that time; I became quite depressed. Since then (& I did make a recovery & commence work again but in a very different job) I have had a propensity toward 'low' spells & had another episode of depression a few years back (interestingly, at that time, my thyroid levels were borderline but not worth treating, it was argued; but of course antibodies have never been tested and I just wonder for how long I may have had Hashimoto's - if it proves to be a correct diagnosis - without having become overtly hypothyroid. I suppose I also wonder whether, if tests for antibodies became more routine in thyroid testing, preventative measures could be put in place to stop or at least diminish the chance of hypothyroidism developing. Too late for me but perhaps not for others?)
I also have had a miscarriage, as well as one of our children having been born eight weeks prematurely. All these things could possibly tie in to a Hashimoto's diagnosis, could they not? - even before having become overtly hypothyroid?
Anyway, I didn't really mean to go on for so long but I am finding the surround issues quite interesting to think about. However, the main issue for me at this point is that I am not feeling well, on 75mcg of Levothyroxine and I wonder about asking for another 25mcg increase given my symptoms...
Any thoughts (if you have even managed to read to the end of this!!)?
Thank you in advance.