Mild Hyperthyroidism

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I have recently been diagnosed with mild Hyperthyroidism by a specialist but he hasn’t yet ruled out Graves Disease or something else (this is all very new to me so I’m trying to get my head around it) 

I seem to only have a few of the symptoms mentioned by others and they do seem to be mild, but I’m worried will they get worse and impact my lifestyle? I’m reasonably fit and healthy and play competitive football, I had noticed this last year that I’m tired a lot easier than previous years but had put that down to getting older (38 yrs)....I have always had trouble getting to sleep and am a very light sleeper, often feel a little lethargic but kind of Sparatic.

I originally went to the Dr for headaches I was getting and after a number of blood tests I was told I had Glandular Fever....again must have been mild as i wasn’t bed ridden or anything. My liver tests and T4, T3 and TSH were all abnormal but since liver has dropped so think the GD just put that out of whack. The Thyroid tests are still high after 3 lots of bloods.

Dr has started me on 5mg of Carbizmole to see if this helps and then another test before consultation. I have noticed some increases heart rate at times and also feeling a little sick which I believe is side effect of the drugs - does this go after a period of time when used to them? 

So really I’m wondering if anyone else has similar MILD symptoms as everything I read seems to be more severe than what I’m feeling at the moment? 

Thanks heaps and any info is appreciated. 

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    Mild Graves’ disease to me is a little bit like  saying ... she’s mildly pregnant  ..  ie  as  she’s either pregnant or she’s Not .. if you know what I mean .

    ....There’s nothing mild about Graves’ disease. 

    Trent I’m sorry at 38 you’ve been told you may have this ... but it’s not the end of the world either .. not by any means 

    I ,  and many others  on here have  researched our situations greatly and discovered ways to get into remission .. they say Graves cannot be cured but I assure you .. when in remission , as I have been for around three years  ... it certainly feels like being cured  !

    I assure you .

    Trent , you’ve come to a good place for help .... so THAT was the first step in the right direction !

    It is not enough just to use the terms NORMAL ... or ABNORMAL    as it does not give the makeup of the results .., so 

    First thing you need to do  is have your bloods tested .

    if that last set of bloods you had done was recently then ask for a printed copy of those results 

    They are obliged to give them to you by law now ... so insist on having them , they are ... yours 

    Once you get them 

    Print out the figures on here

     ( including the Nos. in brackets )

    Which are your Lab ranges  and those differ from Lab to Lab 

    We will then be able to see where you are and what the next step is likely to be .

    BUT ... it is vital to distinguish HYPERthyroidism from Graves Disease   ...  and that means you must  be tested for Graves Antibodies !!!

    So you must ask your Doctor to test that too .

    Please let us see your results do that you can be further advised

    Keep us posted ... 

    Best of Luck

    Luv mx🌹

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    Oh !  ...  meant to add

    .....also my treatment for getting into remission or Euthyroid  ,

    consisted of taking 

    Carbimazole  20mg  each morning for  a few months .. then down to 10 mg  

     Then I really felt my symptoms becoming less and less  ...

     then after another few months down to 5mg per day 

    That  was a good time , as I started to feel like me again .. 

    and really  all I had left then , was muscle pain to deal with .

    That is gone now too ..

    But it didn’t happen overnight 

    It is a relatively slow process 

    But you seem to have  caught it in its tracks ... so hopefully it will be a much quicker process for you .

    Mx🌹

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    My Graves disease journey: in about 5 years, my thyroid level (typically TSH) went from normal to the lower end for one year, to borderline for 2~3 years, and finally down to the drain... During the 2, 3 years of borderline, my doctor did NOT do anything about it, not even a warning note. It all came to the point at the drastic level change to dangerously abnormal that they started scrambling to do everything to even stress you up more! And it's too late. My opinion: any borderline, subclinical, or "mild" symptoms are the warning sign and precursor of the onset to the dreadful hyperthyroidism/GD. If I were alarmed at the point of borderline and advised for the lifestyle change and prevention from triggering the disorder, I could not have gone under the pit of suffering. It's too late for me now, but everybody can learn from it and grasp the benefit. 

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    Thanks guys for your input and advise, this is much appreciated. 

    I’ll find my results and put them up.

    I have another test due soon and then a consultation after that. I have had antibodies tested but haven’t had the results of those yet so I think I’ll get these upon next consult with the specialist 

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      Good idea ...  the antibody testing is important so that treatment can be started ASAP  

      Mx🌹

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      Don’t understand why they haven’t given you the antibody results anyway , especially if they were done at same time as your other bloods ?

      Mx🌹

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