Side effects of overactive thyroid( loosening of nails, please help)

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Hi, I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid about 2 weeks before Christmas. I am on carbizimole until I get my referral to hospital. I am feeling pretty rubbish to be honest, exhausted, irritable,

Emotional and I ache from top to toe. The thing that concerns me most is that my toe nails are

Loosening( yuk) I know this can be a side effect of thyroid problems, but can anyone please tell me if they will all slowly fall off. ? And is there anything I can take to prevent it? I'm one of those people

Who cope better when I know what's coming.

I would really appreciate any info or advice.

Thank you


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    Firstly welcome to the club of over active thyroid.... How much carbimazole are u taking, if you are feeling bad in your self then maybe your carbimazole needs increasing. You need to tell your gp you feel like this and get them to give you a slip to have blood test. Tell them you also want full blood count. As sometimes carbimazole lowers you white blood count and you can get very run down, hence your nails. Also because your over active your digestive and metabolism is being worked faster so you may be expelling calcium you need always helps nails. So maybe an idea to go to chemist or go and get prescription from doctors for calcium supplements. Main thing is do not stress, try some meditation videos on YouTube, as stressing will make symptoms worse. Good luck with you journey. If you ever need to talk here's my email. I have had over active thyroid now for few years, with underlying Graves' disease, and was told last year I'd be one of these who aren't cured, so I've researched condition night and day. I know put stuff to my specialist. But get in touch as sometimes it's good to talk to someone who's going through same thing. Keep smiling and blessings x

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    Hi, thank you for replying. I have actually had a blood test this morning, and will get the results sometime

    tomorrow. I have been very lucky as my endo appointment came through very quickly and I will be seen next week. So hopefully all will become clear next week. I will definitely get some calcium supplements ( I should have though of that) so thank you for pointing it out. It sounds like you clearly know your stuff.

    You asked earlier how much I'm carbizimole I'm on!! 20 mg a day and nothing else .

    I'm sorry to hear that you can't be cured from this. Have been told that most people do. I have developed the

    thyroid problem due to the medication I received for my multiple sclerosis. It was a side affect and always a

    Possibility , so I'm not shocked that I have it.

    Have you developed Graves' disease because of the thyroid issue? I'm not clued up with this yet as haven't

    Really researched. MS I can tell you anything but thyroid I'm useless.

    Thanks again xx

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    Me again, that's good news, yes depending on result of blood test they will know more. And also whether they need to up your medication or not. Most do go on to function normally without medication between 6months to a year. I wasn't so lucky, but I'm not letting it get me down. Let us know how bloods go. Good luck
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    Hi Claire

    I've just had the hyperthyroid diagnosis due to side effect of a Lemtrada. I found your post because my toenails are starting to fall off too! I'm still waiting on mess and an endo appointment but thought I'd send you a quick note to see how you've got on and if you have any advice...



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