Originally Posted by poetesss
Maybe some of you all who have researched hyperthyroidism can help me out here. I keep trying to hunt for info, but it seems like there is a lot more focus on underactive thyroid.
Since giving birth I have had a ravenous hunger, and it has seemed to get worse over time. It would get to the point that a few hours after eating I'd feel so weak, and I'd NEED food, now. My family has been shocked at how much food, especially protein, I consumed.
I tend towards a fast heart rate and low blood pressure, have a lot of sweating as well.
I am currently pregnant and so the natural hunger that comes with pregnancy is obviously complicating the symptom picture. Also I am weaning ds now because the hunger is overwhelming me and because I tend towards excessive contractions in mid to late pregnancy. So I am not sure if my hunger issues are just due to the nursing because I am pregnant anyway!
My TSH result was 0.521. I'm thinking of doing further tests, so far I'm coming up with the T3/T4 tests.
If anyone can suggest any books or articles I should read, please do, or if there are any other tests I should do. My chiro suggested a saliva test, I have to look more into how that works.
Thanks a lot in advance
I have hyperthyroidism as well. My TSH last time they checked was around .09 or something, but my t4 and t3 were in the normal range. So no hormones for me right now, but I am taking a beta blocker to manage symptoms.
I know you said you are pregnant, but I think the only clear cut way to diagnose it is with a thyroid scan. That's what I did after about a year of trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me! I also had the hunger issues, and when it was at it's worst lots of weird low blood sugar issues. Like no matter how much I ate my blood sugar would crash.
Anyway, the tests you'll need are Free T4, Free T3, thyroid stimulating antibodies (this checks for grave's), 2 other antibody tests I can't remember the names of offhand, and most likely a scan - but we don't know if you can have that because you are pregnant - I doubt it. You may just have thyroiditis which is easily treatable, but it's best to make sure you don't have Grave's. Both are treatable during pregnancy and actually if you do have Grave's it's ESSENTIAL that you are treated. Your midwife or OB should know what to do.
I go back in a week for more blood tests. I am curious to see what is going on as I randomly gained 6 pounds last month, after steadily dropping weight for a year. I'm hoping that means I'm getting better and can stay of medications. I have a feeling I may have swung a little hypo - or towards the mid range, but we'll see what happens when I go in.
AfricanQueen - So sorry to hear about the cancer.
I know what you mean about being really hyper - it's by far the worst feeling in the world that I've experienced. I was in the ER three times in April because of heart arrythmias. It's pretty unsettling and uncomfortable to say the least.