I had covid induced subacute thyroiditis this year, and did a number of things to get over it including the AIP diet which I realize now was low iodine for like 60 days. I went overtly hyper, had the best week of my life, went slightly hypo and came back to euthyroid. My doctor said the recovery was faster than most he has seen.
Well, I still didnt feel as good as I thought I could, and read bad internet advice. Before being fully healed and just a few months in to S.T., i started eating eggs, fish. Then I ate about a sheet of seaweed a day. I was feeling better and better so I took one drop of 650microgram nascent iodine, then another a week later.
All hell broke loose after. About 3 days after the second drop, i had vivid dreams, then nighmares then night terrors. Insomnia occurred next, followed by palpitations, diarrhea, weight loss, mass anxiety, high blood pressure. Sleeping 1 to 2 hours a night. I went to the ER to no avail. My thyroid has been tested and my tsh went from 3.5 to 2.6, FT4 from 1.5 to 1.7 (borderline high) BUT Total T3 from 90 to 68!? 68 is low for my age and sex. After 3 weeks of hell worse than the S.T., I felt euthyroid for like 2 days and started sleeping. Now I feel hypo and my BP dropped from its high 179/120 to 90/65. Ive had a heart rate at 59 BPM.
Endocrine does not think its my thyroid but states T3 is low. They dont think that I took enough iodine to mess things up. I'm on propanolol for the palpitations but my blood pressure and heart rate feel so slow. I'm constantly tired, dry skin and depressed. I man cry everyday.
What in the world is going on here? I had an ultrasound done and they said it looked like normal thyroiditis. Negative to the standard antibody tests.
I'm concerned eating iodine laden foods if that was the cause. If it wasnt, I'm concerned why I went from super fast S.T. healing, to hyper and hypo symptoms again. My S.T. pain was low but it did creep for weeks across the gland.
In the past 5 months, negative for hashi, no nodules, neg for graves or cancer. In the past month BP high 179/117 to low 90/60.
TSH and FT4 have been in range. T3 went 82-90-72-72-68. TSH and FT4 dipped a little but last FT4 is 1.4.
I've been off iodine foods because I though I had iodine induced hyperthyroidism but now Im low and want to add them in but dont want to go hyper or cause more damage. What can I do? What can I eat? Who has hope for me?