I have been diagnosed with thyroid problems for 3 years now. We are uncertain if they existed earlier, but we know that after I delivered my twins I became extremely hyperthyroid. 6 months after delivery I had my first thyroid test pulled. I had lost 30 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, was fatigued, and experiencing a very slow, irregular heart beat. My TSH at the time was .03. My family Dr. did nothing about it. I let it go for 1 1/2 years. I went back for another TSH test because my symptoms were only getting worse. I was now experiencing irritablity, was unusually warm, and would soak my bed clothes at night with sweat. This time my TSH was 2.5, but they checked my Anti-TPO antibodies as well. They both were positive and very high. I was referred to an endocrinologist, she retested my TSH and it was now 4.9 only 1 month later. She did not want to do any treatment because she felt synthroid would send me into hyperthyroidism again. She felt it was possible Grave's Disease but couldn't tell for sure unless I became hyperactive again. I went for a second opinion. The 2nd edocrinologist felt I had post-partum thyroidist and then Hashimoto's. He treated me with synthroid. After 6 months of synthroid I became hyperactive again. 6 weeks after stopping synthroid I am still hyperactive. What should I do? Is it possible that I do have Graves Disease and he is wrong? Should other test be completed. I am struggling to function day to day and need relief.
You have autoimmune thyroid disease -- in most cases the second endo impression would have fit best -- ie, postpartum (autoimmune) thyroiditis with subsequent hashi. But in some cases there is either recurrent thyroiditis (hyper) or a fluctuation between a graves-like scenario (hyper) and hashi (hypo) -- these are tough cases that need close monitoring. If still hyper off synthroid, then to further evaluate can do I-123 uptake/scan as well as TSI & TBII which are the Graves antibodies.
Yes, my eys are sore and very dry. I wear contacts and have trouble wearing them all day. So far no eye bulging, but it isn't confirmed Graves. I just want resoltion. I am tired of not feeling well. 3 years of the hormonal ups and downs has left me feeling very drained.
Ah you poor darling i know what your going through but you must be strong life its self is very demanding and being sick dosent help it really dont sound like graves to me i really hope not feel so sad for you hugs claire............................
Just wanted to toss in more hugs from another Graves disease gal.
I was initially in thyroiditis for a year, then I was told I would end up hyPO and that I tested positive for Hashi's. My tsh was a roller coaster for the past 6 years cycling closer and closer..finally 3 months ago I went full blown hyPER and my endo doc tested me for Graves and it came back positive. Go figure. I just started meds for hyper 4 weeks ago.
What I don't understand is how one doc 6 years ago tells me that I tested positive for Hashi's and then now I tested positive for Graves.
You can have antibodies for both, I do but my Graves predominate over the others. You can have Hashi and then move to Graves, this is common. They are both auto immune diseases. It's whatever one is in control at the time I guess!
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