I’m still in a kind of limbo regarding my thyroid. Those of you who read my blog regularly know about the swollen neck and horrible headaches and dizzy spells. I am happy to report that those symptoms are mostly gone now.
But the overactive thyroid remains and is scaring the bejesus out of me.
I have almost all the symptoms related to an overactive thyroid:
Difficulty swallowing (mild)
weight loss (20+lbs in two months)
Physical hunger almost all the time.
Nausea ( and vomiting on occasion)
Weakness in my upper arms and thighs (Sometimes I feel like I can’t get up from sitting)
Physical tiredness and sleepiness (I sleep 15 – 18 hours a day!)
Moodiness (It’s like I’m perpetually PMSing)
Hot flashes and excessive sweating (all day everyday)
Diarrhea (but less frequent bowel movements)
Blurry vision (moderate)
Blood glucose levels in the 200-400 range All the time. (I’ve raised my basal to 2 units per hour, and I’ve also increased my bolus amount quite a bit! And I still can’t keep my BG below 260!).
And the worst is!: Chest pain, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, shortness of breath, occasional pain down my left arm. (so scared!) This is all day (when I’m active) and even when I first lay down to sleep at night.
My Endo diagnosed me with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) on October 9th. I did followup blood work. Then on October 17th she ordered a thyroid scan and uptake. On October 18th I was called by the nuclear medicine department to schedule the scan.
I’m having horrible life-halting symptoms. Understand, please, that I cannot walk three steps without getting terrible chest pain. When I stand up I feel weak and unstable. I sleep more than half the day away and all night!
I don’t feel good!
You can understand, then, how heartbroken I was to discover I have to wait over a week to do this test. I have to follow a strict low-iodine diet for at least a week, and then they give me a radioactive iodine pill, I have to wait 24 hours, and then do the one hour scan.
That means I have to wait even longer to find out why my thyroid is so angry and get some treatment.
How much longer do I have to suffer like this!