I've been a Type 1 diabetic most of my adult life. I have it under excellent control, thanks to a great endocrinology team and an insulin pump. However, last year I started experiencing severe mood swings, so my Internist sent me to a Psychiatrist. This doctor specializes in what he refers to as "unstable mood disorders" and has authored several books on the subject. One of the first things he does for new patients is have their thyroid screened, as this is often the cause of his patient's mood changes. My tests came back as follows:
- Free T4 - 1.14
- TSH - 0.8
- Thyroglobulin Antibody - 50.9
He said that I had the beginnings of a thyroid disorder. The tests were taken about 8 months ago.
Recently, I've developed a fever between 99.5 and 101, which I have more days than not. I'm very tired. My muscles and joints ache. I get headaches all the time. I have a recurrent scaly patch on my leg that itches like mad. I've started getting acne like I was in high school again. I can't sleep without some form of medication (e.g. Ambien or Lunesta in *large* doses) and have no appetite at all. I've started to gain weight, in spite of the fact that I may eat only a small meal a day. And I get dizzy spells now. I'm so tired that I've started missing work a few days a month. Does anyone have any input on what is going on? Could my thyroid be getting much worse?
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