My 20 yr. old daughter started with back pain, which varied from moderate to severe. MRI's showed some disk problems, but her pain was not in the area where the images showed the abnormalities. Her pain did not make any sense. Our doctor referred her to the Pain Control Center, where she was put on pain meds, anti-inflamitory drugs, Lidocaine patches, and a Tins Unit. This gave her temporary relief.
She then started to get other symptoms. Like not sleeping at night, tingling in her hands, panic attacks, crying spells, getting angry for no reason, being hot and cold at the same time, and slowly loosing weight. I convinced our family doctor to get some lab work done. Her TSH levels were below 0.3. He repeated these tests over a period of 3 months, and there was little to no change in her TSH levels. Our doctor then referred her on to an Endocrinologist. This doctor was not convinced that my daughter's problems were related to her thyroid, and wanted to test her TSH levels at a different time of day. Her TSH levels are now 0.2.
In the meantime, my daughter's symtoms started to get worse. She was having this vicious circle of pain, then anxiety attacks, and being so fatigued, but not being able to sleep. We returned back to our family doctor. He has now put her on two different anti-anxiety drugs, that she takes two times a day, two different anti-inflammatory drugs, two times a day, and six non-narcotic pain killers three times a day, and tops it off with an Ambien for sleep at night. Our doctor sent an email to the Endocrinologist asking if she was ready to treat my daughter's thyroid yet. My daughter's anxiety level is such that she thinks she is becoming Bi-Polar. So, our doctor has now referred her to a Psychiatrist.
My daughter is in the Criminal Justice Program at the University. I am concerned that this Psychiatrist, and all these drugs are going to hurt her career. I have spoken to her about this, and she says that she doesn't care, and "only wants to feel normal again". I think that all her symptoms, and medical problems are related to her Hyperthyroid. I'm concerned that all these drugs are a temporary fix, that will eventually harm her, and no one has addressed her thyroid. My Aunt had Graves Disease, and was mis-diagnosed, and treated for a psychiatric disease for 20 years, which eventually made her psychotic.
Can anyone relate to this? How can I help my daughter? I don't want her to end up like my aunt.
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