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I'm a 61 year old woman who was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 5 weeks ago and just had my first consultant appointment yesterday - Graves disease. I'm taking 40mg carbimazole daily but cannot take beta blockers because I suffer from asthma. I know it will be at least a month until the symptoms subside. I'm experiencing most typical symptoms, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, feeling hot, thirsty, shakey legs and tremors, aching joints and sore eyes. The worst are the awful palpitations and racing pulse which is so very frightening. I'm not sleeping and wonder how I will cope feeling like this for many more weeks. I am taking diltiazem for the palpitations but it only helps a little.
Is anyone out there also an asthma sufferer with the same problem. I understand beta blockers relieve the symptoms but I can't take them.
From being relatively healthy 3 months ago and loving to do country walks, I am now a wreck and reduced to sitting in a chair all day with my heart pounding. Any reassurance and encouragement would be appreciated. Thank-you.
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