I have been hypothyroid for at least 10 years although I wasn't party to my results and my family doc insisted that my thyroid was normal, although my cholesterol was really high and I was exhausted all the time and incredibly depressed. In so many words I already had many symptoms. Another strange symptom I had was my heart would appear to beat very hard at rest, when napping or going to bed at night, not when I was walking around.
My GP did various EKGs on me and said it was menopause, and my heart was fine!!!!
Last year, my symptoms were so bad that I went back to her and I had Hashimotos and she began treatment .
By August I was somewhat better, but was gaining weight every month, and my heart problems got worse and worse. I also developed gastric problems Etc.
I left my GP and Endo, and went to a great Doc, Dr. Fred Hui on Toronto, he changed me to desiccated thyroid and a good dose which I worked up to180, so six pills of 30 each a day. I also went to a heart specialist and wearing a holter monitor twice, I was diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation. On reaching my present dose of desiccated thyroid, my atrial fibrillation is nearly gone.
Most GPs have no idea about Thyroid disease as they simply go by your TSH, which with Hashimotos does not reflect how you actually are as the antibodies bind the thyroid hormones and stop them from getting absorbed into your cells. So even if your TSH does not appear to be high, if you have symptoms and have Hashimotos you need treatment.
When on Synthroid, and the low dose of 85mgs where they were going to keep my, my symptoms just kept getting worse, even though I was treated as the dose was way too low, even though my TSH was about 3.
The normal range is just that. Most healthy people have a TSH of less than 2.
My Endo was just as ill informed as my GP. Between the two of them I was going to become and invalid for the rest of my life. Even though I continued to gain weight and ended up with a pseudo blockage in my bowel, they had no idea of the symptoms I had, and were ready to send me to ever more specialists, when all I needed was the right dose of thyroid replacement.
I urge all of you who are still not well because of your Doc to seek out another more well informed doctor to take care of you.
The TSH is the one test that all the regular docs go by and not your symptoms.
I had been a healthy woman who was always slim and active, with low cholesterol and low blood pressure.
In five years, I had developed high Cholesterol, my blood pressure was also on the rise, I was suicidal with depression, and on high doses of antidepressants, which did no good. I developed Sleep Apena, intestinal problems and my Atrial Fibrillation took a real tole on me. Only 4% of Hypothyroid patients developed atrial Fibrillation, I was one of them.
An EKG is a useless exam as it shows 28 seconds of your heart. So if they do that on you, it means nothing.
With the right dose of desiccated thyroid meds for me, every symptom that I had has gone away and I am losing the weight I put on, as I was heading for type 11 diabetes, and probably heart failure.
Being even sub clinically hypothyroid can cause serious heart disease. It is very important to have your TSH tested, and if you have symptoms to be treated right away, as this will take the extra burden off your heart. Diana
Edited February 6, 2010 at 10:38 am