hyperthyroidism - symptoms

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I've been wandering if anyone on here has had hyperthyroidism and if they could help me with how it manifests as far as symptoms go. I've had


Trouble swallowing food

Extreme weakness and tremors


Memory and focus issues

Muscle and joint aches

Does any of this sound like it could be caused by hyperthyroid? My doctor says I do have it and Im wandering if I should try taking Carbimazole. 

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    I had exactly the same symptoms as well as palpitations, weight loss, insomnia and overheating. I was prescribed Carbimazole and started to feel better after about a week. My thyroid levels were over 100 but within weeks I was within the normal range. I am now on block and replace therapy and things have stabilised. I have now stopped taking the beta blockers as I no longer have palpitations and I do feel more like my old self. I have been diagnosed with Graves Disease and now see the endocrinologist and the eye clinic as Graves has implications for eyes.

    It is only now that things have settled that I realise that I was unwell for quite some time and it was only piicked up when I had thyrotoxicosis and was so unwell.

    Try the Carbimazole - I know it doesn't suit everyone but it has certainly helped me and I haven't had an side effects so far. Just make sure they keep up with regular blood tests and keep monitoring you.

    Good luck! Clare

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    Hi naz02692, almost a month ago you posted your thyroid levels, https://patient.info/forums/discuss/thyroid-question-668756, showing that you are overtly hyperthyroid, with a high FT4 level and suppressed TSH. 

    Have your thyroid levels changed in the meantime? Has your doctor prescribed you any medication? Like clare61301 wrote, you need regular monitoring and your doctors will have to find out what is causing your thyroid disorder. 


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      Yea my levels are now:

      Serum T4: 36 pmol/L (12 - 22)

      Serum TSH: 0.01 mIU/L (0.27 - 4.2)

      Free T3 is 9.6pmol/l

      anti-tpo is negative. 

      No Idea what these mean, neither does my doctor. 

      They have prescribed me carbimazole because my weight has been dropping quite quickly. 

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      Hi naz02692, your latest thyroid level test shows that your thyroxine level T4 has increased slightly from 33.9pmol/L to 36pmol/L. The values in brackets refer to the normal range. For example, the normal lower limit is 12 pmol/L and the normal upper limit is 22pmol/L.

      "Overt Hyperthyroidism: clear hyperthyroidism characterized by a decreased TSH and an increased T4 level. All patients with overt hyperthyroidism are usually treated." (From the site of the American Thyroid Association). 

      Btw, your Free T3 level is also high.

      The anti-TPO test refers to Thyroxine Peroxidase antibodies. The test shows that these antibodies were absent which is normal. 

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      Your negative TPO antibody test result does not rule out Grave's disease.

      I have GD and my TPOab level was normal. GD is characterised by an abnormally high level of TSH receptor antibodies (thyrotropine receptor antibodies TRab).

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      I should clarify - I only took my Tapazole once a day because I was on a relatively low dose of 10 mg daily.  The dosage prescribed will be based on your lab test results and if they are very high out of range, your doc would be prescribing a higher dosage of meds which would be easier to take if the dosage was split at least twice a day, perhaps morning and evening.
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    In Medicine, overt means easily observable; clinically obvious; symptomatic.  I am perplexed by your question of wondering whether you should try taking Carbimazole.  Did your doctor not prescribe this for you and tell you to take it?  Usually this is the first form of treatment for hyperthyroidism.  Did your doctor refer you to an Endocrinologist?  Most general practitioners will do this especially if you live in an area where specialists are available.  Endocrinologists will look for the cause of your hyperthyroidism because it is important to know this.  Some causes are autoimmune diseases such as Graves disease and Hashimoto's, and thyroid nodules or cysts.  I have Graves disease and I found for me that I was deficient in a lot of vitamins, minerals and amino acids because when you are running hyperthyroid, you lose most of these from your body.  I asked to be tested for them and was found to be deficient in Free Carnitine and Total carnitine (very important for good muscle function), vitamin D (extremely important for good thyroid functioning) and Magnesium so I added these as supplements to my prescribed medical treatment and I had good outcomes as a result of this.

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      Thanks very much for the info. See someone mentioned I should find the reason for my overactive thyroid before taking anything, my doctor hasn't really have me a reason, they just said to start carbimazole. 

      Does the fact that anti-tpo is negative mean I don't have auto immune issues? 

      The reason I am a little skeptical is because this time last year I was prescribed lexapro and ativan, I took them without looking them up (I had never been sick before so have no history of medication of any kind), i took a very bad reaction and long story short they ruined my life, so I want to make sure I do my due diligence before taking anything again. That was in Canada, this is in Ireland so its a different scenario entirely but I still want to be sure before taking anything again seeing as they messed me up so bad

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      Thank you so much for your information,  how did you test your vitamins, minerals and amino acid. What supplements are good for hyperthyroid? 
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