Thyroid problems in a teen? Help please!

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Hello! I am Charlotte and I am 14. For a while I have noticed my body is not right. I just could not put my finger on what the problem was though! I’m young so obviously I should really have any physical problems especially seeing as I have been healthy all my life. However my sister and lots of my family have auto immune disorders so I thought maybe I could too? Here are my symptoms.

- fatigue no matter how much sleep I have

- losing weight no matter how much food I eat

- shaking all over

-muscle tremmors and twitches

-eye pressure and visual disturbances 

-anxious ALL THE TIME



-mood swings




- muscle weakness

-excessive sweating

- Brittle nails!

- and I just feel weird and different.

- feeling like my legs are going to give way when I’m walking and going upstairs 

So there are a lot of unexplainable symptoms that are debilitating. My thyroid is swollen which is what lead me to hyperthyroidism? Graves’ disease? As I said my family have a history of auto immune conditions so I suspect it could be that? Mum keeps dismissing everything I’m saying though sad as I’m typing this my thumb is trembling as if I have low blood sugar when I don’t! Argh please help. Should I go to the doctors? I know it’s not conmen in teens and children so that’s why I’m hesitant. But I don’t want to leave it as I know it can be dangerous if you don’t get it treated. Thank you - Charlotte smile

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    Go to see your doctor and take your Mother with you .. as you will be treated more seriously

    have bloods taken for possible Thyroid disease .. including antibody testing  for Graves  Disease

    I have Graves’ disease  but now Euthyroid or normal 

    And I had your symptoms and more besides ..

    Ask your doctor to test for vutamins  and minerals too 






    Etc etc ..

    Your results will show a clear picture of what’s wrong

    Ask for a printed copy of results they are obliged to give them to you ... they’re yours !

    Print them out on here in full including those numbers in brackets  those are your  lab ranges ... 

    then we can advise further 

    Luv mx🌹

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    Charlotte it sounds very much like you have a thyroid disease but you won't know which one unless you have a full investigation by your doctor.  You may only have a goiter or if you have an autoimmune thyroid disease, you need testing to determine which one.  Please do not delay.   Hyperthyroidism, whatever its cause, can lead to a thyroid storm which you don't want to happen.  Also please keep us posted here on this Board.  Tell your mother you absolutely HAVE TO see a doctor.

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      I agree with Madge, Charlotte.  Tell them you can't wait two weeks as the symptoms are worsening.  I don't know where you live but your symptoms are bad enough that you could go to an Emergency Ward of a local hospital to be seen right away.  I live in Canada and that is what I would have done here. 

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    To my mind it is too long to

    wait !!

    I would  tell them at the surgery you feel that it could be an emergency appt you need because your symptoms are very bad and you need bloods taken ..

    I am not trying to frighten you .. but some conditions it’s ok to wait for an appt .. Thyroid disease can quicken and worsen quite rapidly ..  and you would Be Wise to insist .. I would certainly take your mother as the doctor somehow,  becomes more accountable with a loving  witness present !

     And is not likely to poopoo your 

    Requests for bloods etc ..

    Good luck changing that appt 


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