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post #21 of 107
The reason for the zoloft is that the depression which is most likely induced by the hyperthyroid, was causing me to want to harm myself. I never would, but it sounded pretty good for the last few days. I just called 2 endos and they said for hyperthyroid it can wait 2 months and thats when they book for it. is it really safe enough to not care about it and wait? or should i be on meds now? Im not doing very well, i scream and am very shaky and hyper.....i cant take much more. maybe i will call the hospital because everyone seems to think "oh its just hyperthyroid, that can wait."
post #22 of 107
The reason for the zoloft is that the depression which is most likely induced by the hyperthyroid, was causing me to want to harm myself. I never would, but it sounded pretty good for the last few days. I just called 2 endos and they said for hyperthyroid it can wait 2 months and thats when they book for it. is it really safe enough to not care about it and wait? or should i be on meds now? Im not doing very well, i scream and am very shaky and hyper.....i cant take much more. maybe i will call the hospital because everyone seems to think "oh its just hyperthyroid, that can wait."

ps i am very very scared.
post #23 of 107
Hyperthyroid was a VERY real threat to me and my health. I was down to 113 lbs and I am 5ft 6. Before we found the issue my doctor said if I lost 1 more lb I would be hospitalized.

So to me, andto my health care provider hyperthyroidism WAS a big deal. It was something we were searching for for almost a year to find the answer.
post #24 of 107
wow. i am losing weight, but im not down that low. I just have to calm down, and right now i cant stay calm, thats my main thing. I get so overheated emotionally, physically and mentally.....i lose it very often. Maybe i should just try to stay calm and wait, although i may just go to the hospital if i cant keep myself controlled.
post #25 of 107
DO you have any rescue remedy? That may help with the out of control feeling that comes with hyperthyroidism. I'd also call my dr back and ask/demand a beta blocker to help with the symptoms. The beta blockers won't fix your thyroid, but they will help you to feel more calm by slowing down your heart rate. There isn't any reason a GP couldn't prescribe a beta blocker for you. It won't change your blood work at all, it will only lower your probably rising blood pressure. It's actually the 1st thing prescribed when hyperthyroidism is diagnosed BECAUSE it helps the symtoms and signs.
post #26 of 107
ive been taking rescue remedy for 7 months now lol...and it does help a bit. although when im totally out of control sweating and crying and yelling at the kids, it does nothing. Im getting the zoloft now.....i know that will calm me down a bit.....ive taken it years ago for anxiety. The endos dont have any appts earlier than august.....my doc is going to call on monday and im going to see her monday again she wants to see me because of my tendencies to crash my car lol. I didnt do it, but i wanted to.....but then just picturing my babies i couldnt do it. I really couldnt. they need me so much right now.....and thats why i need, DESPERATELY need to get well asap. They have endured enough of a hyper everything mamma. they need a stable mamma who isnt going out of her gourd. Right now im very hyper, i was hungry so i ate and when i eat sometimes i get hyper a little. i guess thats part of it...i always thought it had to do with my blood sugar going up when i ate.....but my sugar has been tested so many times and come back within 85.....so i know its not that. im kind of shaky, but not as bad...the symptoms come and go...is that normal too? Its not all the time that my heart is increased....it is all the time with the hair loss, sweating and acne though. and all the time with the nutty mood swings.
post #27 of 107
I second asking for a beta blocker, which may help your sleep. Also, I've read that PTU is the safest anti-thyroid drug for pregnancy and nursing. I was on PTU during pregnancy, then went into remission. Now, my symptoms are coming back and I think I may have to go back on the thyroid drugs.

I'm freaking out because DS will not even be a year old if I have to go back on the thyroid drugs. I just can't wean him. They're going to have to deal with giving an RX of PTU to a nursing mom.
post #28 of 107
thanks mammas

from what ive heard the ptu is fine....and if i have to be on it, then i will. I just worry about the side effects, KWIM? Im anxious all the time practically.....even though ive come a long way with my anxiety(i go out now, i drive almost anywhere lol) im still an anxious person. I dont like side effects because if i get them i think ill die. Maybe that will go away once my thyroid is under control. Is it safe though to wait a long time to be put on ptu and take care of it all? I may have to wait a long time, if my doc cant get me in. I dont like waiting until august, but if i have to, is it ok? Nothing bad will happen right? THanks
post #29 of 107
Nothing other than your thyroid will continue to make your body work in hyper speed. It can cause heart palpatations though, so be on the look out. Too much weight loss and the body's inability to absorb nutrients is the biggest problem. Be sure to take a good multivitamin.
post #30 of 107
ive had the heart palpitations for years. since 2000 i believe, and even a little before that, but i just thought i was crazy. I even had a holter monitor in 2000 and they said that my heart was fine. im getting anxiety just talking about it lol. I am losing weight, but its needed weight loss lol. Ive gone from 185 to 176 in the last month...which isnt bad really, but not at the cost of my thyroid not working properly. i used to be a skinny minny....until after the birth of my 3rd child. then i gained lots of weight and couldnt get it off until now. Right after the birth of my 2nd child, i lost a ton of weight rather quickly, kind of like now. only before i lost more and i weighed 140ish. I do need to get my weight down, and i dont know how i got to be the way i am if i have hyperthyroid. Although losing weight now makes sense, the weight loss just in the last month.
post #31 of 107

Endo appt

I went to the endo yesterday finally after all my worrying. All went well and I got all of my bloodwork done too. He did a few physical assessments and said he felt a small nodule in my thyroid. Right now we are kind of hanging out waiting to see what is causing the hyperthyroid, either graves, toxic nodule, or postpartum. I have to get a sonogram in 2 weeks to see if the nodule is big or small or whatever. I asked many questions and asked about PTU and he said its ok to take, we can work with the breastfeeding i wont have to stop. Then he said something about if its a big nodule we may have to do some radioactive stuff and id have to stop breastfeeding for a while and then go back to it....i dont want that. Do i absolutely need that? I cant stop breastfeeding, i just cant. We will have to see what my levels come back as. Then he said for 6 months ill get more bloods done to see if my levels are coming down or up whatever and see if it goes away on its own. But he said he could tell by the bloodwork done yesterday if i have graves or not. What do you all wise women think? Thanks!
post #32 of 107
I just wanted to thank you ladies! This thread has come in perfect time to help out my cousin who is dealing with thyroid issues, and not wanting to wean her 5 months old. Thanks.
post #33 of 107
The only thing about the nodule that could be a big concern is that it could be cancer (prolly isnt but had to mention it) Instead of having the radiation test he can do a needle biopsy instead to rule that out. If it is cancer then you will have to go from there. But if not then u wont have to worry to much about it.
post #34 of 107
Oh yeah i already know that If its cancer i dont care because then they can just take the whole darn thing out and i dont have to worry. But we just have to go from here, and wait which is annoying. But, at least i know where i am Thanks so much so far!
post #35 of 107
I had mine removed because of cancer in 96 after having the radioactive iodine scan then a u/s then the needle biopsy. The month after I had the surgery I had to take a large dose of radiation via pills to kill any cells that might be left. I am very lucky that it didnt spread as there is a very good possibility that I had the cancer from around 1990 when the nodules first showed up. The kind I had was very slow growing or I would prolly be dead. Due to the fact dr didnt want to mess with me cause i didnt have insurance at the time. Anyway that is my story.
post #36 of 107
wow. everyone i talked to said its no big deal. isnt it sad that if you dont have insurance then no one will help? my husband works part time for 3 universities, so we arent eligible for insurance, but i have the medicaid through our state because when i was pregnant i asked him to leave and without his income i was eligible. Now he is back (since she was born) and they are giving me 6 more months of insurance and then thats it, so i dont know what im going to do if i need stuff done. i dont know how long ive had the nodule, but ive had hyperthyroid symptoms since 2002. and since we make too much money we cant get any insurance...unless we pay out the nose, which we cant do. We just have too much debt from years ago. Im nervous about radioactive stuff---i cant give up breastfeeding. i dont know what ill do. i just cant give it up yet. ive come too far to do that. im too emotional about it. shes only 7 months....i hope i dont need to do that, because i dont think i could take it.
post #37 of 107
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Originally Posted by doulajewla
One other question----when the TSH levels are below a 0.01, are you most definetly hyperthyroid? She said i am, but I just wanted to check because then why else am I going for more bloodwork? Thanks!
My mom has Graves Disease, absolutely hyperthyroid, and her thyroid was working so hard it wasn't producing anything. So it is possbile to have a low level and be hyperthyroid.
post #38 of 107
That low level MEANS hyperthyroid. TSH is the Tyroid sending hormone. Your thyroid isn't sending any out it's just working and working and working. That's why the levels get so low in the blood stream.
post #39 of 107
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Originally Posted by doulajewla
ive been taking rescue remedy for 7 months now lol...and it does help a bit. although when im totally out of control sweating and crying and yelling at the kids, it does nothing. Im getting the zoloft now.....i know that will calm me down a bit.....ive taken it years ago for anxiety. The endos dont have any appts earlier than august.....my doc is going to call on monday and im going to see her monday again she wants to see me because of my tendencies to crash my car lol. I didnt do it, but i wanted to.....but then just picturing my babies i couldnt do it. I really couldnt. they need me so much right now.....and thats why i need, DESPERATELY need to get well asap. They have endured enough of a hyper everything mamma. they need a stable mamma who isnt going out of her gourd. Right now im very hyper, i was hungry so i ate and when i eat sometimes i get hyper a little. i guess thats part of it...i always thought it had to do with my blood sugar going up when i ate.....but my sugar has been tested so many times and come back within 85.....so i know its not that. im kind of shaky, but not as bad...the symptoms come and go...is that normal too? Its not all the time that my heart is increased....it is all the time with the hair loss, sweating and acne though. and all the time with the nutty mood swings.
Yes these are all symptoms, especially the tremors. My mom has them and I have them but I don't have graves yet. My mom, aunt and grandma all three have it. I am worried about your car crashing tendencies. Have you already gotten the zoloft? I wouldn't wait for that I would get it ASAP.
post #40 of 107
I didnt post my experiance to freak you out just give you a idea what might happen if the nodule looks suspisious. Ironicly enough my thyroid was still working properly with that 3cm nodule there.
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