Forgot to say that my knees no longer hurt. My biggest issue is the heart stuff as I get winded going up my stairs even. Oh, and I just turned 30, 5'7", 138 pounds. I was going to the gym 6 days a week, but I have been unable to sustain more than a walk at this point or my heart feels like it will bust out of my chest.
Oh, and I'm female. Sorry my post is so long.
You can have Hashi's with Graves'. This is not something I am very knowledgeable in as I only had Graves. But your current symptoms do sound hyper. Also don't know much about T3 and T4, but your TSH level is hyper.
The one thing I do know from this forum is that if you have Hashis/Graves it can be a wild swinging ride.
Good luck, hopefully someone can help you more.
Thanks. I do think maybe I am in a hyper phase of Hashi's while the thyroid is dying off and releasing hormones from the dead cells. I also think I've got the adrenal issues since I have some very specific signs of it. Thanks again.
This seems like a question/problem that you should post to the endo MD on the other forum, Dr.Lupo. He's on Medhelp "doctor to patient" forum under Thyroid or Thyroid disorders. He's very knowledgeable! and helpful!! -- You should also find a new endo.MD. I've noticed that of all the specialist I've been to, endocrinologist seem the least informative at least when it comes to thyroid related problems!! FYI, I seem to recall reading a post fairly recently in the "doctor to patient" forum ffrom someone whose t3 was too high and had hyper symptoms long after stopping cytomel. The cytomel casued the problem and it was taking awhile to resolve even though the med was stopped. Please try posting to the MD in the other forum. I think he'll have good advice for you. GOOD LUCK!
The patient to doc thing wouldn't take my question. I've tried numerous times to do it and it's always full. I got back some results today and here they are:
Cortisol 5.0 (4-23 is normal for a.m. and 2-14 for p.m.) - mine was taken a little before 4pm
Aldosterone 7.1 (4-31 is normal)
ACTH 13.8 (0-46 is normal)
FT4 2.3 (0.8-1.6)
FT3 4.1 (1.6-5.6)
So does this help at all? Does it seem like it's not adrenal? Hashitoxicosis? Or was I just over medicated and I don't want to accept that? It just seems unlikely since I was on so little meds.
I'm too new to thyroid problems to "read" your numbers, but after days of trying to post to the doctor I was eventually able to post on the "doctor to patient" forum. I think I got through very early in the morning. good luck!
I'm not an expert on numbers but doesn't your low TSH and heart palpitations suggest hyperthyroidism. I was hyperthyroid from Graves and had heart palpitations, joint problems, carpel tunnel... I had adrenal insuffiency from being hyperthyroid and I had too pee 50+ times a day. But fixing my thyroid fixed my adrenal problems. I haven't read anything where adrenals can cause your thyroid to make excess hormones. But, again, I'm not an expert and I very well could be wrong.
Your adrenals don't cause you to make extra thyroid hormones, but they can cause hyperthyroid symptoms when they are too weak to process them. I good analogy I read said that the adrenals are the engine and the thyroid hormones are the fuel. If the engine doesn't work well, it can't use the fuel.
I'm doing a saliva test to look into it more. I start Armour tomorrow. We'll see what happens I guess. Thanks.
My mom was diagnosis with Hashimoto, they found out she had it while doing her thyroid surgery. She complained about her knees and a lot of times she could barely walk. Her dr. said it was because of the hashimoto, the thyroid begins to attack itself and in doing so her calcium was depleting it was so bad to the point that her teeth were affected also. Since her surgery, her knees don't hurt as much or as often, she's taking oscal and trying to get more calcium. She doesn't have a much of the tingling and numbness in the hands and feet but she says her legs feel tired not sure it it's RLS or due to her thyroid issues.
I am so glad you wrote about the prune like fingers I had that for two years but since I have been diagnoised with a little hypothyroid they seem to swell and look normal I actually feel better when they are more prune like-- I am on my .025 mg of synthroid because of high liver readings which may or may not be the cause. I have taken myself off with the dr. reluctant approval. My liver readings were fine in March but doubled after synthroid for 4 months. I am having so many similar problems. Finger and joint pain. Neck tightens and then utter fatigue. Some days I am at 75% then down to no energy at all. I have been to a rheumatologist because ANA was slightly high. I got tested for hepititis because of the high liver screening. I am hoping the Amour will help me in . I have to wait 5 weeks. This has been a lousy summer.
Will see my reg. Doc on the 9th . I will be off synthroid for 6 weeks then start Armour. I sure hope it helps. I have been to the ER twice in 4 months since this all started. I was told I was just a little hypo. Thanks Steph