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Frustrated- Week 2 on Methimazole
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Frustrated- Week 2 on Methimazole

Hi All,

As I've stated in previous posts, I was diagnosed with Graves disease about 3 weeks ago. I started taking 20mg of Methimazole 2 weeks ago but I'm frustrated as I now feel like I have a mix of hyper and hypo symptoms as well as side effects.

Prior to starting the medication I had typical hyper symptoms (tremors, insomnia, irritability, headaches, etc) but my insomnia had been improving and had actually almost gone away prior to starting the meds.  However, since starting the medication my insomnia has gotten worse (I wake up CONSTANTLY throughout the night) and my heart rate is still sometimes fast. However, my heart HAS gotten slower, but I now have constipation and my hair loss has started back up.

Another frustrating new addition is that my face always feels flushed and tight.  If I get irritable or happy I FEEL it in my face- which is new for me.  Also my leg tremors seem worse.

Are these normal occurrences? My endo said it's odd my insomnia has gotten worse since starting the med and upped me to 30mg a day, but I'm incredibly frustrated. Any help, advice, etc would be really appreciated.

Thank you!
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Please post your latest thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report.  
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Sure, they are:

T4,Free(Direct) 1.79 ng/dL         0.82-1.77                 H
TSH                 0.007 uIU/mL 0.450-4.500         L
TSI                   288 %         0 -139                 H
T3,Free,Serum    6.3 pg/mL 2.0-4.4                 H
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