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From: celticgrl - 43 weeks 4 days ago

I have been experiencing odd symptoms for about a year but they have been getting worse over the past few months. These include: swelling of thyroid, lightheadedness, nausea, palpatations, rapid heartbeat, near fainting spells, my body feels like its shaking with a visible shake in my hands, itchy skin, irritibility, anxiety, nervousness, extremities always cold, infections, cloudy thoughts, forgetfulness. i have obvious weight loss, ive had many people comment on it. Although im not a small woman I have noticed it too. The list could go one but these are the most prevalent.
I had my TSH level checked by a doctor by chance due to dizziness, heart palpitations, elevated blood pressure and my TSH level was 0.55. This was the only thyroid test done. I had an ultrasound done in August that showed an enlarged and "thick" thyroid. not sure what that means exactly. I see an endocrinologist in December but am feeling so crummy right now. The near fainting spells are the worst. I feel like I'm in a constant fog of being light headed.
My voice is horse and disappears when I attempt raise my voice or sing. I feel a constant fullness in my neck and get very dizzy when I turn my head to the right side. Its a strange sensation.
Could this be hyperthyroidism? I'm so over feeling like this. What can I expect from the endocrinologist? With my TSH level being 0.55 will I just get brushed off?

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I am not a medical professional, but my opinion is that an enlarged thryoid gland is an indication of Hashimoto's, which is and autoimmune disease in which your body attacks your own thyroid. You wouid need your TPO and Tgab tested to know for sure. Although I have read that a goiter ( which is an enlarged thyroid ) would be enough for a diagnosis of Hashimoto's. I believe that you would also need your Free T4 and Free T3 tested also. This will give you a better picture as to whats going on. With Hashimoto's, you can swing from hyper to hypo early on in the disease. I hope this helps... Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

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