Can you post your laboratory results and their reference ranges for the Forum to look at? There are many here who can give you information from those tests.
Both HYPER and HYPO thyroid sufferers can lose or gain weight. Thyroid disease is a "metabolic" disorder, and as such, your body may not be processing it's intake properly and storing too much food as fat, among a dozen other reasons.
Heart racing is a common symptom, along with frequent urination. Post any lab results you have along with any meds you have been prescribed and there are a great number of Board members who can help.
Best in Health
I have an appointment coming up,when i have testing done, i'll get the results information and post them. I would like to ask, can iodine deficiency,and adrenal exuastion cause hyperthyroids?
Almost forgot, i wanted to know, do you have any ideas why i have difficulty waking up some times? and is that also common with hyperthroidism?
Iodine deficiency is a major cause of all kinds of thyroid malfunction, disease, and even cancer. We are seeing an explosion in Eastern Europe and AustralAsia of thyroid disease because of a change to low salt diets in my opinion. But the fact we are seeing these increases of diagnosis is not in question.
I don't think any doc, or the ATA, can tell you definitively if that "caused" your thyroid condition or not. Is there a history of thyroid issues in your family? If so, you should speak with all family members about the association and heredity of thyroid disease.
I am not sure what "adrenal exhaustion" means to you. See this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrenal_fatigue . The truth is, there is no scientific evidence of such a disease. A natural "early" or "ongoing" fatigue occurs with both Hyper and Hypo thyroidics, due to breakdowns in our system, primarily metabolic. These can be added to substantially by other issues, such as stress, depression, and other illness.
You did not mention any meds you are on, if any. But the difficulty waking up can be many issues. How late do you stay up? Do you eat after 8pm? There are too many causes to list so make a "list" of this and other things that are bothering you, such as fatigue, fear of iodine deficiency, and any other issues up to.... say 10, that you want an answer for - and don't leave until you get them!
Best in Health.
Thank you for your responses,well my grandfather is the only one i know of that was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. He had a goiter that caused his death. Not sure if this is the reason why i may have the thyroid disorder,but we are also from the midwest"Missouri".
I heard that many who are from the midwest may have iodine deficiencies which cause thyroid disorders. I thought about my grandfather and i wondered if i might have inherited it from him. Stress is a big issue with me, and my health is the reason for a big chunck of it.
Sleep, not sure what normal sleep is any more. Since i've had this disorder i've had problems sleeping a straight 7-8 hours. I'll sleep about 4 hours then wake up. Fall a sleep after about a couple of hours, then maybe sleep again about 3-4 hours.
These are the medicines i take,"Triamterene" and"Propylthiouracil". I don't really stay up late. When ever i feel sleepy i'll try to fall a sleep.
These are some of my concerns below,
pain in joints and muscles
problems losing weight
craving for salt
breathing problems,when thyroid is a bit swollen
This forum is composed of thyroid PATIENTS. We are not doctors, just fellow patients trying to help you navigate the medical system and improve your treatment.
It's very important to make sure your doctor tests FREE T3 and FREE T4 and TSH. Ask for free T3 and free T4, otherwise, they'll test total T3 and total T4, which are not nearly as useful.
Also, it's very important to determine the cause of your thyroid dysfunction. Your doctor should also test thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOab), thyroglobulin antibodies (TGab) and thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) to see if the cause of yours is an autoimmune disease, the most prevalent cause of thyroid dysfunction in the developed world. TSI is the definitive test for Graves' disease (hyper).
If you are truly hyperthyroid (your symptoms actually sound more hypO to me), then iodine deficiency is unlikely. Thyroid hormones are made up of iodine and require iodine to be produced, so if you are hyper a deficiency is unlikely. In fact, most hyper people avoid high-iodine foods.
I see that you are taking propylthiouracil (PTU). This is an anti-thyroid med that suppresses thyroid function and is meant to control your hyperthyroidism. Perhaps your dose needs adjusting. If you take too much PTU, it can make your hypOthyroid.
Thanks for your response,and yes i agree that i might be hypo. Years ago when i first started getting sick. I use to fall a sleep so quick with out warning,and was extremely tired all the time. It was as if i was walking around half sleep.
I went to doctors,but they all said they did'nt know what was wrong with me. So for years i had several other symptoms,they worsened. The doctors told me it was all in my head,and offered me meds for that. I finally found out what was wrong with me a few years ago.
Walked into an emergency, a doctor there tested me,and found out i had hyperthyroids. I found a primary doctor,and she told me she did'nt understand why i was hyper, she did'nt really explain why,but i'm sure its because of my symtoms.
I read that if some one is hypo for too long,and they don't get treatment,they could become hyper,is that true? Other people have said that i might be hypo.
No, that's not true. It's actually quite rare to go from long-term hypo to long-term hyper (excluding the swings of Hashi's). In several conditions, there is an initial hyper phase, during which the thyroid kind of "burns itself out", followed by hypo, but the other way round is unusual.
Ask your doctor to test FT3, FT4 and TSH and the antibodies, TPOab, TGab and TSI. When you get those results, you'll have a lot better idea what's going on. Be sure to get your results from your doctor (get reference ranges with results because those vary lab to lab) and keep your own history. Once you have the blood work, your can post it if you like, and members will help you figure out what's going on.
I am not a doctor, there are occasionally doctors guesting on the website, but we are members of a Board, not physicians.
Only physicians can prescribe and treat, patients help by sharing experiences to help find the right physicians and treatments - or at least the best they can get.
Best in Health,
Ok thanks, ThyroidHunter and goolarra.
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