Racing heart, laboured breathing, hump on neck? (Pic included)

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I hope everyone is well today! I was wondering if I could have some advice... 

I'd like to start out by saying I've never been a hypochondriac, I've always just 'got on with it' and never dwelled on my health... I'm 21 but don't feel it! Over the past few years, I just feel so rough and have no energy. I assumed it was depression, so decided to try anti-depressants. They had little effect so I came off them cold turkey, 9 months later.

It's been a month since my last dose and I've been going through some side effects such as moments of a very rapid heart rate (which constantly wakes me up at night) laboured breathing all day and night (which is stopping me sleeping, averaging around 3-4 hours sleep per night). For the last few years, I've had thinning eyebrow/head hair, weight stall/gain and swollen eyes/hands/joints in morning, acne, 'jumpy' strained eyes, tingling in feet, hearing heart-beat in ears and no energy.

I assumed it was withdrawal symptoms but after further research, I fit the criteria for a thyroid issue. My doctor was disinterested, after previously diagnosing me with panic attacks, but has decided to test me next week.

Now, I've this bump for a few years but it's got bigger recently and my neck is always stiff because of it. Could it be related? I'm worried about talking to the Doctor as I feel silly and am tired of being told I'm having panic attacks, when I know I'm perfectly calm! :-( I worry if I protest too much, I'll come across as neurotic about my health, when the truth is I just want to feel well again.

Thanks in advance! :-)

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    It may be worth asking your doctor to test your vitamin D level as well as for thyroid when you talk to them. When you see your doctor just give them a clear acount of the problems. You may like to write it down in advance. 
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    Hi Blahblerghblah!

    The symptoms you're explaining sound awfully similar to mine minus the lump but I would be quite worried that you might have hypothyroidism although that should be down to test results. I hope you find out your results soon because I have a appointment booked with a doc tomorrow but hope I don't seem silly for worrying about nothing anyway best of luck! x

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    Hi Blahblerghblah

    Great name !!!!!

    You are very brave to come of anti-depressants straight away, not a good idea and I would say, could be the problem with your heart.

    It does sound like Thyroid, but also could be a nerve problem. You need to go back to your doctor and demand to have tests done. Your thyroid can be detected by a blood test as my wife as got a problem with her thyroid, and this is how they found it. With your other problems, these definately need looking at. If your doctor isa problem and you are able to see another doctor at the practice, DO SO !!

    At the end of the day, its your health.

    Don't worry if you feel you are protesting too much, stuff that !, get your tests done.

    Please please do not ever go back onto Anti-depressants, they are dealt out to easily and as with you, most of the time, they do not work. People think they might, but actually they don't. The only ones that benefit from these sort of tablets are people who do have a chemical inbalance in their brains, that takes tests too.

    Best of luck, and let us know how you get on.


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