I was diagnosed with GD last week. Funny how it all came about. I took azithromycin (Z Pack) for a sinus infection. I had a terrible allergic reaction- heart palpitations (120 bpm), anxiety attacks, crying, couldn't get out of bed, hard time breathing. After the antibiotic got out of my system, I felt better, but not myself, not quite “right”. My heart rate was still high, I was losing 1 lb. a day (a total of 13 lbs.), diarrhea, anxious (although no outright panic attacks), crying, feeling “weird” and “floaty”.
The doctor ran a bunch of tests and discovered my thyroid was off. My T3 was 171, My free T4 was 1.92, TSH- .01, and Thyroperoxidase Antibody was 19.7. Another antibody/ immunoglobulin test was 234. I'm not sure what all the tests mean exactly, but the endocrinologist said Graves Disease and has prescribed 5 mg. of Methimazole daily. He said to take 10 mg. a day for the first week to help with symptoms, and then lower the dose to 5 mg. after the first week, but as I'm really sensitive to medicine, I decided to start with the 5 mg. I've felt like this for a month already, I figured I could deal a little longer I guess. My primary prescribed a beta blocker, but the endo. said that as long as I don't have anxiety and my heart rate is under 100, I don't have to take it. My heart rate is 82 if I'm resting, sometimes 90's low 100's if I'm more active.
I don't want to take a lot of medication because I'm breastfeeding my 4 month old. The doctor said that the Methimazole should be fine for him as I'm on a low dose. I had his blood drawn today to establish a base line to make sure the medication isn't effecting him in anyway. I also have 3 other children, and I homeschool them all, so I'm hoping to feel strong, healthy, and myself again soon.
I decided to post to find support, advice, and help. I'm glad the doctor started me on a low dose, and I trust that his knowledgeable, but based on my labs, do you all feel that 5 mg. will help even things out? I don't want to take more than I need, but I want to feel well. He ordered bloodwork to be done in 2 months. (every 2 months for a year) and my next apptmt. is 3 months from now. Well, thank you for reading this and any support or advice. I'm also trying to not eat seafood or dairy (very little dairy) from what I read about iodine and hyperthyroid problems. Thank you again.