A doctor put me on two types is thyroid medication, Synthroid and Nature Throid. So I took the meds as prescribed for a few weeks but then I started to feel sick. I ran a low grade fever, got very hot and then sometimes I would freeze so bad. Also I got very lightheaded and jittery feeling, irritable and just very tired. So went to see my primary doctor and she tells me I don't even have Hashimotos. That according to all the test results from the first doctor, which I showed her, they were misread. I just don't understand how two doctors could come up with such different conclusions. But I still think I may have hyperthyroidism. Can someone help me sort it all out?
hello-I am wondering if you could post your lab work results (including the ranges your lab uses) so we could have an idea of what they're looking at. Include time between tests if any labs were done at different times. Also, the dosages of meds you are on and full names.
Also, your question is only open for each responder to only respond once, so if you don't feel comfortable opening up, feel free to message me and I'll answer. I have hashimoto's, so have some knowledge on the topic, not a doctor, but had to deal with the testing and making sure they were the correct ones. Either way, I wish you the best and things will get better.
I have hyperthyroidism. I'm sry iif u do too. I'm not a doctor by any meens and my doc said I didn't have it. I got a second oppinion and that was inconclusive. I decided to see a speciaist. The doctor I went to ran a few blood test and I definitely have it. Its taken some trial and error but I'm finally on good meds that r really controling it now. I know this probably is not very helpful but maybe you should consider a specialist. It helped me sort out everything and get me well again.
hi - sorry, but i just wrote a hugely long explanation, which was, before i finished, lost in the ozone, so i'll just do a very quick rehash. you should list your lab results for us, with their respective reference ranges, so that we might be able to help you better.
in short, hashimoto's causes most HYPOthyroidism. grave's causes most HYPERthyroidism. HYPO simply shows "slow" symptoms (feeling slow, thinking slow, gaining weight, being cold, feeling sad) and HYPER simply shows "faster" symptoms (losing weight, feeling anxious, feeling hot and sweating). you receive different treatment for each disease.
you were given 2 medications for HYPOthyroidism. synthroid is a synthetic form of thyroid and nature-throid is made from cow or pig thyroid. synthroid contains a form of thyroid called t4. naturethroid contains the t4 form of thyroid, but it also has a different form called t3. my guess is that your doctor was just trying to cover all the bases - some doctors think that you need only t4 and others think you need both t4 and t3.
my guess, regarding the difference of opinions between your doctors, is that the first doctor was the one who was right (but obviously i can't really say, since i haven't seen your labs). many doctors, sadly, aren't well-read when it comes to interpreting thyroid lab results, and they only rely on what they learned in med school and not the guidelines issued since that time. also, if you had thyroid antibodies done, and you have antibodies that are out of their reference range (either for hyper or for hypo), then you've got to find some clarification of what you have and get some treatment. your thyroid is an important organ that regulates pretty much every system in your body - skin, heart, lungs, lots.
also, my guess about the symptoms that you developed after a few weeks of taking the meds: either he started you off too high (you're supposed to go to him every 6 to 8 weeks to get labs done to see how much more you should take til you're stabilized), you had a reaction to one of the ingredients in one of the meds, you didn't need the t3 (sometimes t3 can make you feel anxious, racy, and the like), or you had some hypo symptoms from starting the med which will later resolve (this can happen when you start - it makes lots of people stop the medication, which is a really bad idea).
this is a lot to figure out - i know. try to read up on this. google is your friend! mary shomon's thyroid column in about.com is a great place to go for simple, decent information if you're not entirely computer or medical information savvy. if you don't want to post your lab results, how about scheduling either a phone call or appointment with each doctor to find out if you really do have thyroid disease. come back and post, and tell us how you're doing and what you've learned one day you'll be an expert!
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