Why Was I Tingling And So Tired All The Time?

Tingling And So Tired

Growing up I never went to the doctor.  Ever.  It just wasn’t something our family did.  I went a total of two times that I can recall; though I am sure I went when I was very little.  

The first time was because I fell backwards from the kitchen sink getting a drink of water before bed and ended up biting my tongue almost in half.  You can read a bit about it here.  I ended up in the ER to get stitches.

The second time was in sixth grade when I got the chicken pox, but no one actually saw me.  We went in and the lady behind the desk/counter thing said yep she has chicken pox and off we went.  

So there we have my two ever experiences with actual doctors.  I go to the dentist and I go the eye doctor, but give me an actual doctor and I panic.  I could swear to you that if I went in they were going to tell me I had this horrible disease and was going to die.  In my mind, that is what would happen, so I didn’t go.  Even when I am pretty sure I broke my foot back in June of last year, I didn’t go in for the fear and of course not having the greatest insurances.

Tingling And So Tired

For years now I have had this on and off tingling all over my body, it would go away in time so it was easy enough to ignore.  With Jason’s new job we actually have pretty great insurance that doesn’t cost us a million dollars.  So finally when the tingling started in several months back, I finally broke down and made an appointment for June 16th.  I was scared to death, but I was tired of feeling like I was and needed to find some answers.

Even if it was just anxiety, something, anything to hopefully get my head out of the horrible horrible things it COULD be. Why Was I Tingling And So Tired All The Time?  The tingling, of course, was there, the realization though that I have been tired for several years didn’t kick in until later, though.

On my appointment on the 16th of June, Debbie went with me.  The doctor agreed it did sound like anxiety like everyone thought, she did a quick physical exam and everything was fine, but she felt my thyroid and said hum, that feels a little big, let’s get an ultrasound on it.  I did the ultrasound a few days later and found out there were no nodules, but it was diffused which made them think likely I had a thyroid issue.

My TSH test comes back normal the first go around.  The next time I have my TSH checked with my T3 and T4, my TSH is high (which means underactive thyroid) while my T3 and T4 were normal at this time.  After my yearly physical I had my blood drawn again for TSH and supposedly antibodies (but that hasn’t came in yet) and my TSH was even higher this time. Not greatly, but still higher

Now I have started thyroid meds and hopefully I can start to feel more “normal” over the course of the next few months once we find the right balance.

Even before I went in for the tingling I had it narrowed down to my thyroid being off or a vitamin/mineral that was off.  Of course, I fretted over other horrible things it could be but was pretty sure if it was anything at all it was likely to be one of those two.

These are just a few of the underactive thyroid symptoms: (from webmd)

Those are just the more well-known symptoms.  There are so many other symptoms that could point to thyroid issues as well like tingling, acne, muscle aching, and weight gain with no real explanation.  There are many more I found in my searching.  I was having some of these and was just feeling off for a long time.  

I don’t know how long I have had this issue, if it’s the exact cause of all my “off” feelings, but its a start and hopefully in time I’ll feel better and more whole and not so off.  

Have you ever dealt with a thyroid issue or known someone who has?  How are you or they feeling?  How do they manage it?  I’m curious to learn more from others and hopefully help inform others on the issue as well.

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  • Natalie Carlson Brown

    I don’t have a thyroid issue but I do know that it controls so much of our bodies functioning. I’m glad that you had everything looked at and, hopefully, you’ll start to feel more “on” soon. 🙂

    • Thank you Natalie! It does, it totally surprised me when the big long list it could cause by just being off in hypo or hyper.

  • I’m so glad you posted this and with such a catchy title. Even though I thought I knew what was coming, I clicked on the link when I saw the title because I actually have tingling. Add to that, the fact that thyroid issues run in my family.

    After reading your post, I think it’s time for me to get retested for possible thyroid issues. I exhibit many of the symptoms, yet I’m still undiagnosed as far as what’s wrong with me and what’s causing the tingling, carpal tunnel, hair loss and many of the other symptoms you mentioned.

    I know it’s tough to deal with a diagnosis that could potentially have you on meds for the rest of your life, but it’s not so fun having no diagnosis at all.

    Every few years my symptoms get so bad that I attempt to go to doctor after doctor and specialist after specialist to get a diagnosis. After multiple failed attempts I usually give up for a few years then try again. If it weren’t for your post it would probably be awhile before I tried again.

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your story with the world!

    Big hugs!

    • Thank you Melissa!
      You do sound like you have something going on with it too, I’d lean towards under like mine.
      I think I lucked out with my doctor or just lucked out that my thyroid was enlarged some at the time to lead to further testing.
      I did read that a lot of the time you have to ask to get your t3 and t4 tested, doctors don’t always do it. So I was pleased when she had that set next.

      • I’ll have to look back at my records. There were so many tests that I don’t know if my T3 or T4 were tested, but I told them I had a family history.

  • Debbie Gibson

    I am so glad that you did this post, I hope it helps others who might be going through the same thing.

    • I hope so too. Even if it might not be what is wrong, maybe it’ll get them in some direction to find answers