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I am a 49 year old male, 6'1", 152lbs.. About three years ago, I experienced a panic attack shortly after the tragic death of my mother. I never had any prior history of anxiety issues, but because of the timing, doctors put me on anti-anxiety and anti-depressants without even questioning my thyroid. Since this moment, I've been experiencing severe anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, dizziness, brain fog, fatigue, an unquenchable thirst, frequent urination, frequent bowel movements (diarrhea often), heart palpitations, weight loss (even though I have a good appetite), intolerance to heat and excessive sweating. I've seen a cardiologist for my heart (no problems), done a colonoscopy for my intestinal issues (no problems), a neurologist for my dizziness (he found nothing). I checked my fasting blood sugar levels (also fine). My ion levels and blood work and blood pressure are good. I've changed my diet (very little sugar and or high-glycemic carbs), cut out caffeine, started excercising regularly, did cognitive therapy, acupuncture, even a few sessions of hypnosis ! I went off of the anti-anxiety and anti-depressants nearly one year ago (since they didn't make me feel any better)...And, now I've never felt happier in my life and YET I still present all of those symptoms above. My girlfriend ran into an article about hyperthyroidism as a cause of anxiety and panic attacks, and it reminded me that the neurologist I saw a couple of years ago had mentioned that he saw nodules on my thyroid. At the time he said it was "surely no big deal". I finally convinced my GP to give me a blood test and this is what I got back:
TSH 1.331 µUI/mL (0.400-4.000)
Free T3 4.52 pg/mL (2.50-3.90)
Free T4 13.3 pmol/L (7.8-14.3)
I haven't seen the GP since my results. I'm not sure what to think since the TSH is "normal". I wanted to ask for opinions about my case as well as what additional tests I could ask from my GP to confirm or deny a thyroid problem. I must admit, I've gotten to the point where a hyperthyroidism diagnosis would feel like an answer to my prayers ! Anything to minimize this ever-present agitation that feels so out of place with everything else in my life.
Thank you for your advice,
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