I am a 41 year old male and until May 2015 I was fit and well and living a normal life. Then, one morning I woke up, got out of bed and felt like the world was spinning the wrong way. Thinking that I had stood up too fast, I sat down, but the feeling continued. It went on like that all day. And so it began!!!!
The following day the dizziness had gone but I felt very tired, like I had no energy. Arms and legs felt really heavy, a little bit like having mild flu symptoms. I decided that I should see my GP and got in a few days later. He asked some questions and sent me for a blood test.
While I was waiting for the results of my blood test I remember one evening, sat at home watching TV, I felt a very strange sensation in my chest. My heart started racing and I felt adrenalin coursing through me like never before. My wife insisted I get checked out so I went to A&E. By the time I got there the symptoms had subsided. They did some tests, including a heart trace which confirmed that there was nothing wrong with my heart and the doctor actually put it down to anxiety, even though I had never had anything like that before, oh well!
A week later I got a letter from the GP asking me to go in and see him. He told me that I had an under-active thyroid and that I needed to take some medication. Not knowing what that was I asked how long I would be on the medication for, the doctor gave me a strange look "For life" he said.
I left feeling pretty deflated. Medication at 39? Wow!
I started taking the tiny 50mg tablet that day and after a few days I was feeling more energised and nearly back to normal. The improvements continued over the next few weeks and after a blood test confirmed I was taking the right amount, I carried on with life as normal.
Nearly a year later I started with the tiredness symptoms again and feeling a little light headed. I went back to the GP, he refered me for a blood test and before I knew it I was on 75mg a day. Never mind I thought, as long as it works for me.
It didn't. The symptoms persisted and I found myself back at the GP less than two months later. Another blood test. Now 100mg and after a few weeks another test revealed my levels were right.
Did I start to feel better? A little I suppose but never 100%
That is about the time that the other symptoms started. The worse symptom of this whole sorry saga. Heart palpitations. Infrequent at first, then more regular. Then without explanation they would stop for several weeks before reappearing. I actually ignored them for the most part, primarily because I have a job that can be stressful and involves shift work and I put them down to that.
This carried on until one day in July this year I had the same strange sensation in my chest I had had two years previous. This time however I decided to ride it out at home. I managed an hour with my heart rate at a level I can't even achieve while exercising, before deciding to drive to A&E. They put me on a machine and to cut a long part of a long story short, I spent the next two nights on a Cardiology ward.
Fortunately, after tests including ECG, stress tests, chest X-rays and a CT scan, I was given the all clear. I had suffered something call paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and now I am taking a beta blocker to prevent it happening again. On being discharged by my Cardiologist I asked her why it had happened. The answer? She couldn't say! Could be one of many reasons. I asked if it was related to my thyroid and she dismissed it.
So fast forward to now. What are my symptoms? Well, the palpitations are still happening and the tiredness is there some of the time, I am taking two types of medication and basically feeling very frustrated. I just want to feel normal.
I have posted this in the hope that someone can recognise my symptoms and point me in the right direction. I am also considering lowering my Levothyroxine in the hope that the palpitations stop. Any suggestions will be gratefully received. Merry Christmas.