I have recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto's and currently on low dose synthroid. I have been symptomatic for years with EVERY SINGLE SYMPTOM you can google on WebMD, Mayoclinic, EndocrineWeb etc.
I am at the point now where my quality of life is being severely impacted and if I don't get the correct treatment I may lose my job and forget about starting a family.
The two symptoms that are scaring me the most are severe drowsiness and chest/heart pain that occur simuntaneously. It basically feels like I have fallen into a comatose state that leaves me completely lethargic for the rest of the day. Truthfully it feels like someone drugged me or cast a spell on me.
So here's how it starts... I will be reading, cooking or whatever and then all of the sudden my head begins to feel heavy or empty with pressure in the center of my brain. It feels like someone took the end of a vacuum, stuck it to my head and trying to suction out my brain. I must immediately stop what I am doing and go to sleep. It is not a migraine or even a headache, there is no pain. It just feels like extreme pressure or very strong pull on gravity. Like someone is filling up my head with water via a water hose waiting for my head to pop.
At the same time the head issues start, my heart/chest begins to feel extremely heavy. I begin to feel and hear my heart beat. My heart is NOT racing but strong slow beats, and making my whole body shutdown. My chest becomes so heavy. It feels like I am laying on a floor and someone is stepping on my back forcing my chest into the ground. Honestly, I can't tell you if the problem originates from my heart or chest. I'm explaining the best way I can.
I've been tested thoroughly and my lungs are great, my heart is fine, I don't have high blood pressure or any other known health issues or deficiencies. I am assuming then that these symptoms are related to thyroid but they seem so extreme!!! I am posting because I desperately want to know if other hypothyroid patients are experiencing these symptoms specifically. Again I have all the other symptoms of thyroid as well but these 2 symptoms are the ones that are forcing me into despair and disability.
Eventhough my doctor diagnosed me with mild Hahshimotos based on small number of TPO antibodies I feel that I actually have Central hypothyroidism (aka secondary hypothyroidism). Unlike normal hypo patients my TSH is low (0.82) and my FT3 and FT4 are low normal (2.3 and 1.3 respectively) Has always been this way. Have always been dismissed as "normal" until now when a new dr. was bold enough to acknowledge my small number of antibodies. I just want to make sure I am getting treated properly and not barking up the wrong tree.
Any comments or feedback would be helpful. I welcome all thoughts and opinions on the matter. Thank you for listening!