Anxiety/thyroid

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by deserella, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. deserella

    deserella Member

    For the last 9 or so months I have felt something pressing in my throat. It is right around my adams apple. I've had two doctors tell be my thyroid is slighty enlarged. I've had 2 thyroid tests down this year and my thryoid was on the higher end of normal. Not high enough to take medication.

    I have had anxiety. I went to an action movie and my heart was racing, I was so tense. I'm having trouble winding down to sleep. Today I had to perform in my music class in front of my pears and I felt my heart racing and I couldn't stop shaking. It's normal for me to be a little nervous, but not to this extent. Something feels like it's stuck in my throat. It affects my singing too (i think it may be rubbing on the vocal chord). The uncontrollable heart racing is scary. Any suggestions on what I should do?
  2. turquoise

    turquoise Member

    A new Dr. (an OB/GYN) felt my neck last week and told me I had a goiter, which was a surprise to me. My TSH is on the high side of normal also, and all my other thyroid values were fine. She scheduled me for a thyroid ultrasound at an imaging center which I had done yesterday. Don't know the results yet.

    My psychiatrist who has known me for yrs. felt my neck (more thoroughly than the og/gyn) and said he would be surprised if I had one. What they are usually looking for with an utrasound would be nodules or other growths. Why this simple, non-invasive test was not ordered for you in the beginning since you were having symptoms I don't know, but I would ask about it. If it is negative it might give you some peace of mind.
  3. I had the same symptoms you're having about 14 yrs ago... especially the feeling of something pressing on my throat (just as you described... I said the same thing: felt like something was stuck in my throat). It wasn't until I went to an endocrinologist that I got answers. He immediately felt a nodule on my thyroid (although many other docs had felt my thyroid and not picked up on this). He sent me for an immediate ultrasound... and then a needle biopsy....

    Not to scare you, but for me, the result was thyroid cancer. If I hadn't gotten to an endocrinologist, I would have never known. Thyroid cancer is completely curable if found early... so my suggestion would be to get to a good endocrinologist as soon as possible. It could be a nodule that is benign, but I would err on the side of caution. My labs at the time also came back in the normal range even though I was having some of the same symptoms you are having.

    I will be praying you get some answers soon. God bless you... keep us posted.

    Blessings and Gentle Hugs,
    Shel



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  4. deserella

    deserella Member

    I didn't ask for the exact numbers on the thyroid test, but I can find out. So an Endocrinologist would be the type of specialist I want to go to? I was thinking ENT but they don't really deal with the hormones.

    I'm glad to hear I am not the only one who has experienced this.
  5. ... and to do that, you need an endocrinologist... and if it happens to be cancer, you will need the help of an endocrinologist to get rid of the cancer... unless there is an absolute way to get rid of the cancer naturally. But either way, you need to know whether you're dealing with cancer or not... and that requires an endocrinologist. IF it turns out to be cancer, then you can weigh your options as to how to go forward... and once the cancer is dealt with, then you could go to an integrative doc who would be willing to prescribe natural thyroid hormone.

    I didn't like the synthroid I was put on, so I found a doc who put me on Nature Thyroid, which is similar to Armour, and I have had much better results on the natural thyroid hormone verses the synthetic. But if it were me, I would want to know very quickly if I was dealing with cancer or not. I would go to the endocrinologist for THAT if nothing else. (The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, so yes, the endocrinologist is the specialist that handles that.)

    Like Jam, I no longer see an endocrinologist, but prefer integrative or alternative medicine docs. But I am VERY thankful that I went to the endocrinologist all those years ago or I'm sure I wouldn't be here today...

    Praying for you... keep us posted...

    Blessings,
    Shel

  6. Thanks so much for your kind words! :)

    Hope you're doing better these days, Leah! :)

    Its been a bit rough for me lately... but as my name says "God is my strength"... hanging in there...

    God bless you, Leah!

    Blessings and Gentle Hugs,
    Shel
  7. keke466

    keke466 New Member

    Deserella,I also have a goiter. I had an ultrasound done and went to the endocrinologist. He did a fine needle biopsy in the office then sent me to get the ultrasound biopsy at the hospital. It was benign,so it would be better to check that out first. But,I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism but,of course,the Dr's and the endo will only test the TSH,which is not going to give you the real results.
    Here's what I was told to do so I could learn all abt it and what tests I need and what to take. If your on FB,search for stopthethyroidmadness and join the group. You will learn lots. It's a patient run group who's been thru the trials and tribulations of being treating incorrectly and how we can treat ourself with natural thyroid,as they did forever until the FDA and pharmaceutical companies decided they could make money on it and developed synthroid and that is all the Dr's know. It very rarely works for people.
    They also have a website,by the same name,where you will learn everything you need to know. This is what I've done and I'm fixing to start my natural thyroid meds. I think this is the same one Jam is on or she might be on, about dot com.
  8. MicheleK

    MicheleK Member

    I hope you do get rechecked and an ultrasound is ordered.

    The thing with FM and ME/CFS is that often it will affect our thyroid by beginning an autoimmune reaction, such as Hashimoto's or Graves Disease. One is hypo and one is hyperthyroidism. I have had both.

    Though you should get checked out, you should also know that thyroid goiters and nodules are not rare at all and most are benign. So try not to worry about it, but do get properly checked.

    If you are found to have a benign nodule (or two or three) or just an enlarged thyroid gland, proper thyroid medication can correct these conditions.

    I have had an enlarged thyroid and a number of nodules that made me feel much as you described, being uncomfortable in the neck while swallowing etc..

    I had a few needle biopsies over a period of 3 years to be sure there was no cancer. There wasn't. And in time the thyroid medication (Armour) took care of it beautifully.

    Nodules can disappear without any explanation or treatment too. It just is important to see a specialist as the previous posters suggested, and make sure any nodule is benign.

    Please let us know how thing pan out for you.

    Hugs, MicheleK
  9. pthyram

    pthyram New Member

    I went through the same thing and i had graves disease,and had to take radiation pill to remove part of my thyroid,seek another doctor and be firm about your feelings.get another sonogr, and blood test for tsh levels and tested for lack of vitamin D.
    i meant to say ultrasound test



    R.[This Message was Edited on 12/28/2012],i take 50 mcg,levothyroxine replacement hormones
    I do nothave cancer and i did not get a biospy,i got an ultrasound and blood work,but i still get mt blood checked to keep up on my health.

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