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Hyper and chest pains

My granddaughter was diagnosed hyperthyroid last year and put on Carbimazole.

She is presently prescribed 20mcg Carbimazole and 30mcg Levothyroxine. She has contacted me today telling me she is getting quite severe chest pains and the gp has told her this is normal and not to worry! I am worried!! She is at college training to be a hairdresser and she goes to the Gym daily. She has an appointment with her consultant next week, but I think she ought to get some advice before then, any ideas please?

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I would think that chest pains should always be investigated. Nhs 111 could be the best bet if gp isn't interested. Giving the gym a miss would be a good idea till the cause of the problem is resolved.

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Thanks, I also think chest pains should be investigated but to be honest NHS 111 is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I cut my leg last year, quite badly, and the surgery was closed so the call was diverted to 111. The nurse who eventually was fetched to the phone told m to apply pressure and keep it elevated for half an hour and it would be fine. I ended up in A&E, after an interesting ride in an ambulance, as it wouldn't stop bleeding. I contracted MRSA and it took six months to heal. Guess I will not be calling them again. :-(

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Hi,

If your Granddaughter gets these pains after or during a time when she is resting then it's fine (I suffer from Graves and found this happened if my heart rate dropped to around 50 beats a minute) it was frightening at first but I found if I got up and moved about to raise my heart beat it would go. I did speak to my GP who said that was the best thing to do. I don't get it that often now been on block and replace for about 6 months now.

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I don't know if she has Graves. I am hypo and have not researched hyper. I will ask if she gets the pains only when or just after resting or if she gets them when she's at the gym. It wasn't something I would have thought that exercising could stop the pains so thanks for that. She is the only one in my family with hyper, all the rest of the females, bar one, are hypo. :-)

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She definitely needs to see her gp for assessment. How is her heart rate?

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The gp just said it was nothing and not to worry. She is only 16 and hasn't the confidence yet to question doctors, and I live 400 miles away so no help there. I told her to take her dad in with her! But then the gp won't have a clue anyway! She says she will wait to see the consultant next week. So she might not worry at 16 but I do worry about her. The joys of being a granny 400 miles away.

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I was diagnosed 22 years ago with hyperthyroid/graves disease and my doctor told me i was six weeks away from a massive heart attack. Thyroid does affect the heart if not treated. I take methimazole and metoprolol tartrate for heart palputations. I to in the past have gotten chest pains. Tell ur granddaughter to hang in there with the right meds it helps.i also have high blood pressure goes with my graves disease and family history. I now take 300 mgs of blood pressure meds a day. Its not fun to be sick and i get it!!

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Yes, my granddaughter does have Graves and when she went into hospital to have a hernia repair was when they discovered this. I had been saying for a while that she was hyper because of her eyes 'popping' but the docs discovered her heart rate was extremely fast so she had to go on meds to bring that down before they could do the op. They did loads of other tests and then said she was hyper, well it really was obvious by then! I don't know how her blood pressure is but there is hypertension in the family. I had that myself before I got my own meds optimal. But I am hypo and this is a whole new thing for me. Thanks for your input. x

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Wow and she is so young. I have lost the bulk of my teeth due to graves disease. The doctor that i went to told me that the thyroid is the engine to our body and it affects alot in the body. Please let me know how she is doing!! I will keep her in my prayers.

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Goodness me, a gp who realises that the thyroid runs our bodies, wow. I have been researching hypothyroid for a few years now especially with the help of this site and discovered just how ill the docs were keeping me for most of my life. It's 28 years since I was diagnosed but was ill for many years prior to that. By the time they diagnosed me I was in Myxoedema coma. I only discovered for definite that I have hashi's about three years ago although I knew it myself for a long time.

I have told my granddaughter she should join this site and research her condition as it is different to mine and I don't know much at all about hyper or graves and I have no wish to start mixing the two conditions up. Thank you for caring. x

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Graves disease is a gene that u have to have when born and trauma or stress sets it off. I was sick for 17 years because a doctor ignored what i was telling him. I go thru bouts of depession. I have learned alot over the years about my disease. God i would love to talk to ur granddaughter. I have alot of informatio from different graves disease foundations here in the united states. I could help her. Graves disease is an auto immune disease which means its in the blood. Feel free to contact me at anytime.

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Hi barb. I just wanted to let u kno that ur grandaughter should think about taking a multi vitamin and calcium with vitamin d because with graves disease her bones could become brittle and if she falls her bones could break. I pray and hope that my information is helpful to ur granddaughter.

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