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. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    issues in 1991...I was 53 I think, around there....I went for 10 long years with that "normal" crap from conventional MD...

    Sadly, so many conventional MD's are behind the 8-ball with thyroid...and TOO MANY are suffering and not getting what they need in the way of support....Iodine is vital too for thyroid hormone production.

    For me my good old osteopath MD put me on Armour, no labs, etc..called in script and that was the end of the saga of what I dealt with for 10 long yrs....

    Do you have your latest lab #'s....tsh, Free T3 and T4, do you mind posting them as I'd like to read them....

    I've been on a thyroid support board too which has given me huge support and answers...

    Don't go to the action/suspense movies anymore, I can't even watch anything "scary" on tv....the nerve endings....whatever has happened...[This Message was Edited on 11/02/2012]
  3. 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.
  4. freida

    freida Active Member

    Deserella, I would go back to that dr,
    or try to find another one, who will listen and respond more.

    Turquoise, I'm glad you are getting checked more, and the psych MD's are usually very knowledgable.

    I hope both of you will get more helpful answers soon.

    I know Jam is correct , that most drs do not pay enough attention to thyroid issues...and other issues.

    Leah
  5. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    is that SO MANY drink fluoridated water, many many cities are fluoridated....that fluroide is killing our thyroids....

    Iodine does help to counteract that fluoride and does support our thyroids, but best to avoid drinking all "F" waters.....

    Do you think you'll ever hear this info from a doc, no way...
    and don't bring up fluoride to your MD's, they look at you like you are crazy...the AMA and CDC push this stuff down our throats.... [This Message was Edited on 11/03/2012]
  6. 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



    [This Message was Edited on 11/03/2012]
  7. 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.
  8. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    that was FOR ME..... I prefer Armour and MOST endos push synthroid.....

    A good integrative or naturopath MD would be effective for best support... My family GP is so much and she's integrative which means she works with holistic and conventional medicine as needed, if needed.....

    Always ask for a copy of your labs from your MD. Learning how to read them and get the right support is key. [This Message was Edited on 11/04/2012]
  9. ... 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

  10. freida

    freida Active Member

    I agree with all of the posters advise above,

    and I would go to the endocrin. dr first, asap, to rule in or out, anything that might be important to know sooner.
    And then you could decide what ongoing adjustments would be good for you,
    and if you want to continue with that dr or not.

    Sometimes, even if we prefer alternatives,
    it is best for some things to go to the md specialist,
    to find out what they know.....

    Important to care of yourself.

    ALso, I'm aware that the synthroid med does work for some people,
    and that the other ones, like armour and nature thyroid work better for others,
    and also, people have their comfort more with one or the other.

    Take good care!

    Leah

    P.s ... SHEL, I too am glad you went when you did. :)
    And thanks for sharing that info, with us too.[This Message was Edited on 11/05/2012]
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. MicheleK

    MicheleK Moderator

    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
  14. 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.

    [This Message was Edited on 12/28/2012]