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Frustration and lab results

Thursday, February 21, 2013

So per my last blog its been a crummy month healthwise....

Went to the Dr. Tuesday hoping for some answers regarding perpetual headaches going on 4 weeks now.... but really didn't get any other than possible sinus headache, or rebound headache. Not helpful, and still have the headache.

Had lab work done, and got the call back today that I have an over active thyroid?? Say WHA? Seriously. Okay, so some of the symptoms make sense, my hair has been falling out and breaking at a concerning rate as well as I'm tired and what not... But I'm completely thrown because this is not at all what I was expecting. I was prepared for anemic "take some iron pills" but not for this. Not that this is a death sentence or anything, I just always considered myself a healthy person who takes care of her self (or at least has in the last 5 years, before that I wasn't so diligent.. but I woke up).

So now I go back to the Dr. on Monday to find out more. I leave tomorrow for California to see a long "lost" cousin. She's not really lost, we talk all the time, but its been years since we've seen eachother. So hopefully getting away will 1. take my headache away and 2. keep me distracted from pondering the meaning behind my diagnosis.

Anyone with over active thyroid your input is appreciated :)
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  • JORDAN1019
    I had an overactive thyroid (graves) after I had my first child. Lost a bunch of weight at an alarming rate and even though that was a plus I also had the shakes all the time.. headaches too. My doctor put me on medicine and after a few adjustments balanced my hormones. I hope it goes smoothly for you and you start to feel better soon.
    2337 days ago
    Getting a diagnosis is the hardest part and now you are past that. I agree with the other commentors that it is best for you to do your own research so you are informed when you see your doctor.

    My one BIG suggestion is to find a doctor that specializes in thyroid issues or at least sees A LOT of patients in his/her office with thyroid issues. This doctor will be the most update to date on which medications work, new medications that are out, and in helping you troubleshoot how to take care of all of your symptoms. Your GP (I am assuming that is who you saw about all of this) most likely doesn't have the expertise that a specialist does. I went through 4 doctors, including 3 specialists, before finding a doctor that knew how to properly treat my disease and take care of ME. It may mean an extra doctor's appointment or two in the beginning but once you find the right doctor it makes all of the difference!
    2337 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    No advice for your Thyroid, but hope you have a great visit and headaches subside.
    2340 days ago
    I know nothing about the thyroid, but I hope that it's a simple solution for you. Hopefully your headaches will clear up now. I can't imagine having a headache all the time. I'm sorry you're going through a rough patch health wise. It is surprising b/c you've taken such good care of yourself and lost all your weight.
    Hope you have a great trip and this helps relax you.

    2340 days ago
    Enjoy your visit, and try not to worry too much. Take it one step at a time. Hope your headache goes away soon. emoticon
    2340 days ago
    My mum has under active thyroid, so I can't tell a lot about "over-active". I think the trip can be a great change for you, it may be the best medicine. Enjoy yourself and have the best of time!

    2341 days ago
  • FLGIRL1234
    Talk to Deanna (Delady1), I believe her sister has it and knows all about what shes had to go through and what not.
    2341 days ago
    Wish I could help, but I was diagnosed years ago with an under active thyroid and have to take meds every day. I hope you get good information from your doctor and that your appointment goes well on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy your visit with your cousin.

    2341 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Hopefully now that you have the diagnosis on what's eating you, they will quickly begin to help you. If its anything like my sister-in-law's thyroid problem, it took a lot of medicine tweaking to find the right dose to get it back to normal. Then close monitoring thereafter to make sure it stays put. You can live the healthiest lifestyle when all of a sudden your body drops a curve ball on you. It can happen to anyone. Google it, learn all you can and be prepared for when you see your Dr. A well informed patient makes well informed demands and can make sure you are getting the best and quickest treatment possible.
    All the best with it!!
    2341 days ago
    I had an overactive thyroid when I turned 18, I lost a bunch of weight and felt like crap, I was put on meds and felt better and when I became pregnant @21 I stopped taking the meds and have not been back on them since. I had my thyroid levels checked a month ago and all is well. I hope you feel better once you learn more. I hope you have a great trip.
    2341 days ago
    So sorry! Mine is UNDERactive (I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis), but whether it's over or under, I will tell you that that little butterfly-shaped organ can cause you such grief! I lost hair and was unbelievably tired, too, and gained so much weight from it (I think that's only from underactive, not what you have). It will take a good doc quite a bit of time to fine-tune your meds, probably, but it's really no big deal once you address it. Just ... a hassle. I understand the "insult" of something like this bumping up against your image of yourself as healthy and invincible. But you still ARE! Have fun with family. Save travels!
    2341 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    Well, I have no overactive thyroid, but I'm sure you will get it taken care of! Have you had time to do much research about it? Did your doc give any more details? Just from looking at webmd (not the same as a doc, I know!!) but between that and reading your blogs, this sounds like you:

    Thyroiditis. Thyroiditis is inflammation of the thyroid. A virus or problem with the immune system causes the gland to swell, leaking thyroid hormone into the bloodstream. There are several types of thyroiditis.
    Subacute: A sudden, painful form of thyroiditis of unknown cause. The thyroid usually heals on its own after a few months. The thyroid can become underactive for a while before it returns to normal.

    , I know nothing - but maybe doing some research on the internet will be beneficial? I hope your vacation helps too!

    **************EDIT - after re-reading what I pasted above I don't know if yours was painful... so that may not be helpful at all.
    2341 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2013 6:49:21 PM
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