Friday, October 23, 2015

Why am I going Hyperthyroid All of A Sudden?

I was on .475 of Synthroid for over 10 years. I then had a doctor up it to .500 when I was having my TSH go hypothyroid a bit, and felt lethargic.  I've been on .500 for about a year and half. My doctor told me today now I have gone hyperthyroid to the max, so much so, my Synthroid dose is being dropped to 100 until it aligns itself.  Could going on insulin which brought back periods in a woman with severe PCOS, do something to the thyroid as well? I'm kind of shocked since it doesn't seem I have lost much weight, and while I have felt more jittery, I didn't go on a hyperthyroid energy binge. My blood pressure was creeping up too after many years of being very controlled. It scares me to be going on such a low dosage of Synthroid, weight gain and all, but I know hyperthyroidism doesn't do one any favors. Does anyone have hypothyroid who goes the opposite way? My sugars are odd too, I am on Lantus and some days I'm even getting ones like 99 and 96 while other days range from 127-102 and that's like a science project. Too little food even and they can be higher. Yes that is weird. Maybe in some ways my health is improving. I am not sure yet. Maybe being away from my NM is bringing my endocrine system more into alignment. Yeah one can dream can't they?

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  1. I would tell you to google it and maybe you will find something. But last time I googled a health issue I found out I have sickle cell anemia. Which I thought might be something that should be checked right away. But my wife told me that's a disease that only African Americans can get. So I said "I KNOW" that what scares the hell out of me.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4-gLlF0uw

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    1. LOL I will google this matter. I am kind of scared of going on low Synthroid imagining a giant fat a thon, where I gain 50lbs a month. If I start sleeping 14 hours a day, I better call him up. One has to be careful reading medical books and websites, sometimes. I could go for more diagnoses but at this point it would be easier to describe what is NOT WRONG. LOL

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    2. I have to drop it down like he says. I have been feeling hotter then hell, even in 50 degree weather and not like hot flashes either. I don't want heart in afib and other nasty hyper outcomes. This is just weird since my body was comfortable at so high of level for so long.

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  2. Do you have Hashimotto's thyroiditis ?

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    1. I think so...[was told my hypothyroidism was autoimmune in nature]

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  3. Watch your potassium levels if you go too hyperthyroid. With or without weight loss this can occur and can elevate your heart rate to unhealthy levels. This happened to me and it was terrifying.

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  4. Please be careful if your potassium levels go too low. With or without weight loss this can occur when you go hyperthyroid. I experienced very elevated heart rate when my potassium levels were bottoming out and it was terrifying!

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  5. Hi Peep,

    From Anonymous 1 (me ... LOL ) I have Hashi's and I don't know about the rest of your post but I do know our thyroid medication dose isn't written in stone. It would be interesting to see if for sure if you do have hashi's also I have Celiac Sprue which runs with hashi's and I have an adrenal gland condition and some other med things. I'm adopted, shorter, fatter, poorer than my family that in my opinion has some member higher on the narcissistic scale. I would be part of the scapegoats, black sheep they send for when they need someone to fill a wedding seat so they can get the number of people they need for the venue they want. Anyway LOVE your blog and it help to remind me why minimal to no contact is a good thing. I'm having trouble with some flying monkeys right now nay suggestion? I can second the potassium level issue of the other poster.
    take care of yourself Peep.

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  6. My cousin was on .75 of Synthroid, and her blood pressure shot way up. She discovered that her body can't tolerate Synthroid, but not before the doctor put her on a beta blocker (bad idea, she has asthma) and Klonopin, to which she had a paradoxical reaction and the worst panic attack of her life.
    She switched from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid plus Cytomel, which she tolerates much better. It still causes her blood pressure to be elevated so she is now on blood pressure medication, but at least there have been no more panic attacks.
    If you don't already have one you might want to look into getting an automatic blood pressure cuff so you can check your BP. Hypertension is a pretty common side effect of taking thyroid medication, which you may already be aware of.

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    1. Thanks for telling me about your cousin. I can't get a doctor to prescribe Armour at all and have tried. Yeah beta blockers are very bad for asthmatics, I've been kept off them. My blood pressure goes up and down according to thyroid, it even dipped down before I had the increase too, that was 18 months ago. High blood pressures lately even on my blood pressure pills are a definite warning sign.

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  7. Peep, I'm going through this right now getting my thyroid meds adjusted. I think between the two of us we could melt the Polar Ice Caps. And then re-freeze them.
    This is not fun at all.
    TW

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    1. I've been so hot, it's like summer never ended, 50 degree feels like 80, so yes LOL I feel ready to melt the Polar Ice Caps and I was freezing my butt off before I had the increase a year and half ago. I just hope I don't gain any weight TW

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  8. Actually, ummm, well in my experience it wasn't fat as in adipose tissue-it was....ah...well...oh Peep, I'm so sorry but I ended up being so puffy from fluid I could have filled a kiddie pool. A couple times over. My face looked like the bright side of the full moon minus the acne craters. My feet puffed up so badly if I got shoes on in the morning I didn't dare take them off or I'd be barefoot at work for the rest of the day-not very professional or sanitary. Occasionally I left blood trails where ever I walked when they blew up.
    But it got better once we got the meds straightened up. Then I spent a lot of time in the bathroom initially but it was better than sloshing through each day.
    I just wish it didn't take so long to see any difference when the meds are changed. Yesterday the high was around 50 and I had a bunch of running to do in town. I'm usually the one who's freezing but yesterday I was the only one in jeans and a long sleeved shirt. Everyone else was wearing a coat. I was still sweating. At one store the nice little check out girl asked me how I got sunburned... I shop for my neighbors too so on my way home I stopped at their place and started hauling in their groceries. She asked me if I was running a temperature?
    Nope. Just one hot mess!
    TW

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    1. When I was hypothyroid and untreated, my feet swelled up so bad I could not walk. Now my feet are spared from the lipedema so that isn't a problem now. I lost almost 200lbs right after I was put on thyroid meds in the next year, so all the jerks who say thyroid has nothing to do with weight can jump into the lake. So I feel for your feet. I am kind of scared going this low and plan to beg him for monthly TSH and T3 and T4. I need to go look at these numbers myself too. I had severe affects from my thyroid and it went untreated for so long. Yes the puffiness and swelling worsen from it. Sorry you felt so hot, that is me lately. I kept feeling hotter and hotter and saying things like why isn't fall coming. The temp gauge could say 50 and I still was warm and running air in the car--that still works even as our car falls apart LOL I went outside without a coat and think it was 53 yesterday. I'm not sure why hyperthyroid didn't take off any weight, I was even eating far less trying to stay alive from diabetes and that mixture didn't work. I'm a hot mess too right now, if a doctor two years ago said, go down that low on Synthroid, I would be saying, are you crazy, but I feel like I've been in the spin cycle, heart faster, and hotter then crazy. Too bad it didn't strip weight off. I always said hyperthyroid would be easier but maybe not. Hope you feel better soon :)

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  9. I sure hope you're feeling better soon too, Peep. I just wish if this was gonna happen it could have waited a few months. It would have helped with the heating bill!
    TW

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    1. Thanks TW, I hope your thyroid is aligned now too. :)

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