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I'm 20 years old, male. I've come to this forum before for anxiety and stomach problems, but a new blood test revealed something a bit strange. I took a hormone test because I always felt anxious, cold, short of breath, the like, and I got my results back as abnormal. My doctor seems to think I'm hyperthyroid. Here's the weird thing, I have very bad digestion issues. Some days are worse than others, but my metabolism is absolutely potato. I'm always cold, feeling anxious and sickly. I never really had problems with my thyroid and literally no one in my family has hyperthyroidism, but I do get a fast heart rate after eating(body seems to struggle to digest things). Occasionally, the shortness of breath is hard to cope with and my anxiety keeps me up which in turn makes me feel worse and gives me panic attacks and whatnot. I live a sedentary lifestyle as a programmer, so digestion and I don't get along very well. I never feel hungry either. Since the blood test I've learned of one more new thing to be concerned about: Thyroid storm. I saw that suddenly feeling hot is a symptom and boy oh boy did I feel hot almost immediately after reading that. Anxiety really knows how to mess with you.
Here's what the report itself read:
T4, FREE - 1.5 ng/dL (Normal Range: 0.8-1.4)
TSH W/REFLEX TO FT4 - 4.93 mIU/L (Normal Range: 0.4-4.5)
Alright, so I freaked out mildly, managed not to immediately have a mental breakdown. I asked what my GP thought and he said he thought I had hyperthyroidism, but it could also be hypothyroidism somehow. But he was betting on hyperthyroidism. No medications, requested I do another check in 6 weeks. Now I'm just praying I don't have a thyroid storm or something during those 6 weeks. Should I immediately book an endocrinologist? The doctor didn't seem awfully concerned about this, but if it can kill me, I definitely want it taken care of. Argh! I don't know what to do! I give myself panic attacks pretty easily and they go on to trigger later panic attacks and keep me up which makes things even worse...
Being stressed about health all the time really is the worst.
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