I'll start by saying that I am a 42 yr old mother of three (19,11, and 9). For the past 5 years, beginning in Fall 2010, I have been experiencing horrible NIGHT SWEATS. My OB/GYN checked my hormones but did not find anything out of the ordinary. I literally would wake up shivering (and still do) because my pajamas and sheets are soaked. My doctor at the time suspected thyroid problems and checked my Free T4 and TSH levels. Those results were:
Free T4 = 0.75 (range: 0.75 to 1.54)
TSH = 1.3 (range: 0.5 to 6.0)
She sent me for a THYROID ULTRASOUND. That doctor said I had several small THYROID NODULES. I wish I could remember more about size, etc, but my memory is failing me (yet another strange symptom I am dealing with: MEMORY LOSS!). Nothing more was done about the nodules and I never went back because they (doctors) didn't seem to think it was abnormal, I guess?
After that, I was having reproductive/female issues, and that seemed to be more of a concern than the night sweats. Or at least that's what my doctors grabbed on to. In 2013, at age 40, I had a partial HYSTERECTOMY due to fibroids (I was also super anemic). The doctor had to remove my left ovary because it had so many adhesions from endometriosis. So I was only left with my right ovary and my cervix (only because the doctor said it was "glued" to my bowels -again, because of the adhesions). I seriously thought maybe my night sweats would be "cured" by this, but no such thing!
I now believe that maybe my night sweats could be due to THYROID problems! The reason I believe this is because for the last several months, I have been having horrible NECK/THROAT PAIN. It feels like there is a buildup of pressure shooting into my ears, along with a tight, squeezing sensation from my chin down to my collar bone. My neck feels FULL, if that makes sense. The only relief I can get is from an ice pack around my throat. I've tried NSAIDS, but they help very little or not at all.
The ice pack also helps with the HOT FLASHES in the face/neck that have been occurring for about one month now.
Here's another strange thing... I was recently (2 months ago) diagnosed with SLEEP APNEA! I am 5'2" and 127 lbs, so I definitely don't fit the overweight category that is a risk factor. But I was waking up choking, as well as being so sleepy during the day that I was falling asleep at red lights. I am scheduled to get a CPAP in the near future, but honestly, I think that the reason I wake up choking and not breathing is because there is something in my neck/throat area that is pressing on my airway. I can't get in to see the ENT until Sep 16.
Another strange thing that has been going on is that I have SCRATCHY EYES. I told my ophthalmologist last year that it felt like I could feel my eyeballs moving, and that didn't seem normal to me. Shouldn't an eyeball just move freely? Lately they've been irritated and feel like they have eyelashes stuck in them. But there are no eyelashes to be found.
Long story, but I finally have an appointment with my regular doctor this coming Monday. What questions should I ask regarding my thyroid function? I'm going to see if I can get blood work done and maybe another ultrasound. Anything else? I am miserable! I have a one hour commute to work in both directions, and I don't know how much longer I can hold up with minimal sleep. I've been super edgy and cranky too - probably due to not sleeping.
Any help/comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!