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Could I have Hyperthyroidism?

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  • Posted By: basser
  • March 5, 2008
  • 07:23 AM

I think I may have a slightly overactive thyroid, but I'm not entirely sure. My mother had thyroid cancer as a child (due to radiation damage in the womb, not genetic) and was told she would never have children because of the difficulty in maintaining precise thyroid levels during pregnancy. Obviously she managed, but she says she wasn't aware of how carefully she had to maintain her hormones while she was pregnant with me and was amazed that I'd survived and turned out healthy.

So in any case, lately I've been noticing many related symptoms that make me worry that there might be something up with me after all.

My lovely list of diagnoses and symptoms:
Rapid cycling bipolar disorder (medicated with Lamical)
Generalized anxiety disorder/depression (Lexapro)
Hayfever and dust allergy (Zyrtec)
Underweight - BMI 17.7 (despite eating almost constantly)
Heart palpitations
Rapid heartbeat - usually in the 90-130s
Insomnia (not helped by the lexapro)

Also, I apparently sleep very, very hot, and don't breathe often enough...? (I'm not sure what's meant by that, this is according to my boyfriend).

I know I'm likely getting a little hypochondriac about this, but with my mother's medical history and my recent battle with mood disorders and medication juggling, I'm trying to cover everything that might be wrong. My being underweight probably accounts for the anemia, which can explain the palpitations, heart rate, etc... So I understand how symptoms can build on one another. My question is, are all of these disorders possibly linked to a common cause?

I'm hesitant to go to my doctor asking things like this only to be told I'm worrying too much again and go through another round of anxiety meds. Best start with the anonymity of the internet, right?

So in short, if you didn't feel like reading my ramblings: Is it possible that I have a mild form of hyperthyroidism (not enough to show extreme symptoms that my doctor would have caught already) or are my collection of symptoms just the normal faults of the everyday person?

Please help if you can. Any input is appreciated. :)


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