Came here looking for advice/info/support from other people with this disorder.
I'm a male, 38 and I was diagnosed with graves Mid Feb, 2018. My GP tested me back in Oct 2017 twice before sending me to an endocrinologist(had to wait 5 months for appt!(NYC area). Then endo did the following blood tests. I am including the details of each test. My apologies for so much info, but I'm pretty down about it, and looking for all the help I can get.
COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PROF.
Glucose: 100 (70-110)
Blood Urea Nitrogen: 15 (9-20)
BUN/Creatine Ratio:14.9 (5.4-33)
EST Glomerular Filtration Rate: >60 (>60)
T3, TOTAL, SERUM
T4, TOTAL, SERUM
T4 Thyroxine: 8.390 (4.5-10.9)
T4, FREE, SERUM
Free T4: 1.62 (.78-2.19)
THYROID PEROXIDASE (TPO) AB_SERUM
TSH ULTRA SENSITIVE SERUM
After the blood test the endo sent me to do the Radioactive nuclear uptake, and Thyroid scan. I don't have any numbers or images for this, not sure if I should or they even have that type of info. She did say all the iodine was sucked up into the thyroid (therfore hyper), and the scan showed that my thyroid wasn't showing any problems.. Nodules/inflammation etc... So after all the tests she says I have graves.
What gets me is that alot of women in my family, my mom, aunts, grandma(101 years old) are all HYPO and all take synthroid.. Why am I Hyper? Seems like the worse end of the stick. I have a very stressful job, doesn't help that I'm sick of the industry I'm in, and generally have alway been very active and most would say hyper/fun personality. I am still active and play alot of golf, but in winter, I hate it. lol
They say trauma or stress can trigger the disease? I use to work out 6 days a week and was ripped and ate a good diet. I stopped all together aorund age 32 because I had torn a rotator cuff and labrum in my shoulder, I let that go too long especially with my job being at a computer, which developed into a C6 herniated disc, and sciatica developed. I was completly miserable for a long time, it was scary at one point, but thats another inssue. I met a great physical therapist who changed my life in regards to those injuries. Every doctor said surgery, but was able to recover with help with this amazing PT guy. Could all that have triggered this? Will I ever, can i ever be normal again?
I really didn't have any symptoms, other than being aggravated and stressed, but who doesn't, right? Is joint and muscle problems a symptom?? I still have a lingering left hip bursitis, that has been getting better since I started taking Turmeric In November. It really did wonders resolving all the lingering pain. It's just the hip bursitis now. Thankfully the endo said it's fine to take it with what she prescribed.
So I was prescribed Methimazole(5mg daily), and have been on it for two weeks. Is their hope for me? lol Can I get back to normal? Just feels like there are no answers out there and alot of "if's" or "maybe's/possibly" and alot of info for women with thyroid problems.
I also plan on going to another endo for a second look, as the one I was sent to, just not sure if I'm feeling it. Kinda like, ok you have this, take this, see you later... type of appointments.
I've never been on any medication other than antibiotics throughout my life, and rarely ever got sick. The only problem I ever had was lymes disease as a teenager. I find the Methimazole a little scary. Haven't slept well and had a very sublte headache(today feels better), doctor said that's not a side effect. I stopped drinking coffee, since reading that could aggrevate the disease, and I have had not one drop of alcohol since I started the Methimazole. Hopefully, this week sleep gets better for me. I sleep but it doesn't feel restful. Before the diagnosis and meds, I slept fine, also felt the best I have in years, and now just feelign weird, most likely lack of sleep, being worried etc..
Sorry to ramble, but just putting it all out there.
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and respond, any advice/similar experiences, I'm grateful.
hi guys.k, just left the endo. Here are my new lab numbers:FREE T4: 2.85 ng/dL, Min-Max: .82-1.77Total T3: 388 ng/dL, Min-Max: 71-180TSH:
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