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Hey everyone! I'm hoping to get some advice and positive feedback as I'm currently struggling at the moment. This may be a long story.. but it helps to talk about it and hopefully someone will listen!
I'm a 26 year old female who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's just a few years ago. Before I started out on 25mg of Levothyroxine, I was prescibed Zoloft for depression and health anxiety. I eventually started taking 50mg of Levo and then this past April I was upped to 75mg and was told to increase my iodine intake because I had gained weight and was lacking the iodine in my diet. All was good until October of this year. (I stopped taking Zoloft in August by the way) Two months after quitting Zoloft I found myself short of 12lbs in one week and ended up in the ER for palpitations, muscle spasms, and facial flushing. They said everything was fine and to check with my doctor. So I did. Doctor said I was having relapse of my depression and anxiety and I need to go back on Zoloft. A month later (being now) I have noticed that my mood is better but I'm still suffering from hightened anxiety, palpitations, a heartbeat that I can feel all day long (not fast but noticable beating), muscle spasms, joint pain in elbow and shoulder, insomnia most nights, no weight gain, indigestion, heartburn, dry mouth, weak muscles, and loose bowels. I also sweat at random times and feel cold too. So I went back to the doctor and they orderd an echo and all was normal. I have recently noticed that my thyroid is more swollen than usual and so I mentioned this to the doctor but she said my labs were all in normal range and put it to my anxiety. Well i continued taking my levo every morning and my palpitations got worse (by palpitations I thought were skipped beats but the flutter i feel are extra beats) and ended back in the ER and they ran several tests and recommended i take half of my levo until i see my doctor next. I saw my doctor today and told her every symptom I could think of and she send for a whole bunch of tests (ruling out orher autoimmune diseases) and then asked if i were taking any other medications. I mentioned the type of multivitamin I'm taking and she said it contains iodine and that i'm overmedicating myself. She sent me home with 50mg of levo.
My question is.. does a multi with idoine effect my thyroid as bad as it has? I'm so scared im never going to get better and i hope this is the cause because I cant live like this anymore. It's ruining my life. Has anyone else experienced something like this and does it get better?
I have major health anxiety and im scared that maybe its from stopping zoloft and that taking more zoloft is making me more sick.. or possibly it is my thyroid since its swollen. idk! im scared ☹ I want my life back and i want this strong pulse to go away!
(No negative feedback please)
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