Yesterday, I was diagnosed hyperthyroidism, graves disease, and started on meds. My results are as follows:
FT4 2.0 High
TSH .10 Low
Thyroid Stim Immunoglobin 312 High
T3 162 Normal
I have most of the symptoms, including A Fib, diagnosed 15 years ago and had most of the symptoms for over 20 years. Through the years, my physicians just dismissed them, although they would check my TSH occasionally and it was always in the low normal range. No other test would they run, but I still had most of the symptoms, and being hospitalized several times for AFIB. Recently, I've been under stress due to my 88 & 90 year old parents who are diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's, in which I am their only caregiver, even though there is a sibling of mine who wishes not to be involved. My daughter was diagnosed with Hashimotos a few months ago and I felt I needed to seek an Endo since my PCP was dragging and I have been so exhausted all the time. My PCP ordered routine blood tests, along with the TSH, which came back at .30, so I took myself to an Endo specialist. I am also to see my cardiologist tomorrow since I alerted him of my diagnosis. I am on Multaq and a beta blocker, so I am sure that should be adjusted so my heart rate doesn't bottom out.
I have had symptoms for many years, but no one ever decided to listen to me, only relied solely on the TSH. But now I have a physician who seems to be more proactive with my Plan of Care.
I do want to look at my diet and at least try to choose foods in case some of what I eat may aggravate my situation. I have stomach issues with eating wheat and allergic to milk and milk products, so this will be a hefty challenge for me.
Finding this forum and organization made me feel that I wasn't alone and I do hope that those of you out there who have suffered with Graves Disease will help shed some light for us newbies. My heart goes out to those who have had to deal with this disease for a long time and those newly diagnosed. Hopefully together, we can get through each day with a better outlook than the day before.