Dr. Lupo, I am trying to conclude whether or not some panic-like symptoms I am experiencing are thyroid-related. The symptoms--transient "episodes" of heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, hot flashes, stomach upset and insomnia--started with much more intensity about 8 months ago. In addition to the above symptoms, I experienced loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea and extreme fatigue. My endocrinologist tested my TPO antibodies (which came back very elevated at the time) and attributed it to transient thyroiditis, as the gland itself was also swollen to the point I was having trouble swallowing pills. My levels came back normal on my 50mcg Synthroid dosage. Ultrasound showed no unusual nodules. The doc put me on 10mg Lexapro.
Since then, my endo has steadily increased my Synthroid dosage to 88mcg. I am still on 10mg Lexapro. The "episodes" have decreased in intensity, but they are not completely gone, and I often wake up around 3 a.m. with a pounding heart and shortness of breath.
I know this could easily be written off as classic anxiety/panic symptoms. But, I always thought of generalized anxiety/panic as having physical symptoms like mine as a result of an emotional trigger. I don't seem to have that, so I cannot help but think it is thyroid-related… possibly something to do with the elevated antibodies? Does this sound possible? If not, do you think the Lexapro could be a contributing factor? Thank you!