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Hiya all smile

been a hard and horrible few months for me and wondered if people have been through a similar thing.

During February, I started experiencing lightheadedness and dizziness. I put this down to the flu and stress as i was in my final placement as a trainee teacher.

A few weeks later, I again became lightheaded and it has subsided since sad I went and they said it was labrynthitus and gave me some tablets to help.

After a further five weeks of constant lightheadedness I again went to the doctors in which they sent me for blood tests.

My thyroid results came back slightly out of range and I need to go back in a month for more blood tests to re test these. Due to being lightheaded all the time, my anxiety is also through the roof. I am walking round supermarkets and feel like my legs are about to buckle! It is reallt starting to get to me now!

Is this a symptom of anxiety or thyroid or both?

I am currently in my last few months of uni and having to do dissitations and look for jobs and things and I am really starting to struggle to concentrate on these important tasks! I a constantly down all the time and not myself . Always worrying that its something else!

Any advice or speak to someone who has been through similar thing would really help!

just wanna be me again! lol

Thanks

S

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    When you say you thyroid tests came back slightly out of range what were the values?  Did they indicate hyperthryoidism or hypothyroidism?
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      they didnt tell me which way just that they were slightly out and I need another one to check them.... i assume to check that it wasnt a one off etc x
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    Sorry to hear you are suffering so.  Do you just feel you may be about to faint, or is there dizziness involved?  

    Do you have a copy of the lab reports of when your thyroid was tested?  Did they say you were borderline hyper or hypo?

    Sometimes with the thyroid, mostly hypo (with high TSH), they call the symptom "mental confusion" but sufferers usually describe it as "brain fog".

    The symptoms themselves are enough to cause a great deal of anxiety, imo.

    I hope they can help you.

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      Hiya smileThey didnt tell me which way they are out of range just that they were and that i need another bloodtest to check. I have heard that it only has to be slightly out of balance for it to make you feel unwell there is a good chance.

      I have had the dizzy feeling sensation occasionally but it is more like a constant brain fogt; like I am detatched from my body sort of sensensation. 

       

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      I agre with Fern.  You need to get a copy of your lab values.  Sometimes side effects of certain medictions can cause symptoms you describe.  Some thyroid diseases are precipated by stress.  That was the case for me and my Graves disease.
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      Yes, that "detached" feeling is one I can relate to, but only when the brain fog was very severe -- or, maybe it is all relative to what you've experienced in the past.

      I agree with Linda, too.  Medications can affect it.  Have you taken statins for high cholesterol?  The packaging says not to take them if hypothyroid, and there are warnings to call the doctor if you experience the same symptoms I was already experiencing when prescribed Simvastatin.

       

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    Hi Samantha, I have been feeling exactly the same. A constant lightheadedness for 8 months! Not one break! My doctor has diagnosed me with anxiety (which is through the roof due to the lightheadedness!) so I started taking anti depressants. No joy with the lightheadedness. A neurologist has said that I have had a silent migraine which has lasted me 8 months. Palpitations, panick attacks, going to the toilet more frequently, trouble sleeping, I eat like a horse which is completely out of character for me and still not gaining any weight! Someone said to me it my be my thyroid. Does this sound familiar? I know it sounds horrible but I was so relieved to read that I wasn't alone. Are you feeling any better now? Can anybody help me? Desperate........... Thank you
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      Did the doctors even check your thyroid?  It is a simple blood test. If you have it checked, get a written copy of the results.
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      He told me today that he did as part of the blood test for all the other things. I doubt this as I have been told thyroid tests are separate? My doctor actually said to me today "if I test your thyroid and it comes back negative are you going to take the anti depressant, because your starting to wind me up now!" Great GP. Anyway I saw a physio who specialises in dizzy ness and she said that I am suffering with hyperventilation disorder. 
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      They could do a blood test for more than just the thyroid at once, but they may need to fill more vials at that time.  I would ask for a paper copy of the results, but don't plague the poor doctor other than that.  You are not going to get very good care if you are being a problem patient.
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      Also the lightheadedness could be related to your diet.  Is it well balanced with water, veggies, whole grains, protein, and fruits? 
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      YES I had same thing since 2010. Panic attacks, anxiety, dizzy, felt cold, swelling up etc etc. Only just got diagnosed hypothyroid in Nov 2014. All that crap about counselling and stress...anti anxiety tablets antidepressants etc... I kept saying I'm not depressed, I feel cold, I feel so tired all the time. In the end I saw a different doctor virtually by accident - I begged him to help me as I was barely able to work and I'm self employed. He consulted a specialist endocrinologist. Three days on levothyroxin and I felt COMPLETELY WELL and I still do!!!

      My advice to you is push push push for thyroid tests and ask for your results time and time again. Mine were ignored because althoughTSH was up, T4 was ok-ish.

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