Hello. I've just joined and I have just eben diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and probable Graves disease. I'm absolutely terrified. I've struggled for the last few years with a very fast heart rate but have been told that it was anxiety despite me saying otherwise. Recently, my HR has been 180+ when moving around and I've been feeling worse than ever. Fatigue like I've never known, sweating, itching, aching all over and can't walk without pain. I was immediately put on HRT (but still told HR was anxiety) but 4 days later my legs and feet were swollen. Contacted GP and told that I shouldn't be on HRT as blood test showed hyperthyroidism. I have been put on carbimazole 40mg and I await an endocrinology appointment. My results were:
TSH under 0.004
Is there any advice that anyone can give me please as I am in shock and feel pretty hopeless
So many of us have been scared and overwhelmed with a thyroid disease diagnosis, but this forum is a godsend and you will get great advice and support here JoanneE1.
Have you had thyroid antibodies checked?
Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism) needs to be confirmed via positive TRab or TSI. It’s so important to have these tests, as I was wrongly diagnosed as Graves, when I actually had Hashimotos (underactive)
, Buddy, Hi thanks for replying. I think that is what I will be having when I get the hospital appointment. The doctor wanted me to start treatment immediately rather than wait the 4 weeks for my endocrinology appointment.
As your levels are high I would personally start the treatment but insist that the necessary antibody tests are taken asap.
OK thank you, I will contact the GP. Do I just say 'antibody tests' or is there a specific term?