... increased symptoms leading to your diagnosis of Hashimoto's? I quit smoking 9 months ago, two years prior I started having panic attacks, extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, weight gain (up and down) etc... I was also going through a nursing program and working full time while raising my three children as a single mom... I pretty much attributed these things to high stress levels although I am usually a highly energetic and optimistic person. I was having a hard time wrapping my head around the panic attack thing. When I quit smoking, I gained 40lbs in 4 months. I expected some weight gain but I was exercising and tracking my intake. I KNOW I was not consuming enough to gain like that. Then there was the fogginess, and even more extreme fatigue... I just knew something was not ok. after many trips to doc and the lab. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's but prior to me quitting my levels were tested twice and were within normal range. ???
I quit smoking about 15 yrs. before being diagnosed with Hashimoto's.
Is your Dr. ordering thyroid testing at regular intervals? Gaining too much weight is associated with hypothyroidism, so I wonder if you're on the right dosage of hormone(s).
Another thought: you could have another undiagnosed disorder that would explain the fogginess and extreme fatigue and any anxiety symptoms if you still have them. One autoimmune problem (hypothyroidism) often means you will acquire another one. Or you already had another one. I have fibromyalgia. That brings on periodic fogginess & fatigue, as do some other problems. Is your anxiety completely under control? Do you have any other unexplained symptoms currently? Answering these questions may help someone like me to better understand your current health, if that's part of your questions.
Wow!! You sure had a huge amount on your schedule when you were in school! Definitely stress producing. Best wishes for great health!
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