Hi there. I'm a 45 year old male. I have been diagnosed with Autoimmune Thyroiditis. The endocrinology test also shows that I have a virus is affecting the pituitary gland causing the thyroid symptoms. I have been using Eltroxin for almost 4 years now. The tests also show that my Vitamin D levels are almost at zero. I have to take a vitamin D supplement once a week. I also take 5 drops of Lugols Iodine solution once a day as prescribed by my doctor. Dr also suggested a Selenium supplement. The problem however is that my symptoms vary between Hyper and hyperthyroidism. Dr suggests that I keep with the meds and the thyroid will eventualy return to normal. My T levels have also dropped to such an extent that I have to get depotestosterone shots every four weeks. It seems that the actual cause is not being treated but just managing the symptoms. I also have Graves opthalmopathy. The thyroid remains enlarged and sonar scans show dark spots in the thyroid. Blood test however are negative for cancer. My heart rate is also higher that it should be, Dr says it should be between 60 and 75 bpm. My heart rate monitor shows that my resting heart rate is at an average of 98bpm. I have stressful job and sometimes it goes up to 130bpm. Is this normal and healthy? Any suggestions to cope? Are there other options available to get my thyroid to return to normal. During stressful periods I get very anxious and agitated and also very aggressive when irritated. I also suffer from insomnia and can't take some, sleeping pills as it has and adverse effect. If can't stay awake the next day after taking sleeping pills. Over the counter meds don't work and prescribed meds make me want to sleep all day. It has the same effect as having anesthesia. My body takes about a week to get rid of the effects. Any advice is welcome.
Thanks in advance.