Thyroid? Or something else? Constant internal shakiness

Posted by amtxo1989 @amtxo1989, Feb 26, 2018

Going on 2months now everyday non stop. Sometimes mild and im able to ignore it but over the hours of day it becomes more severe and causing my heart rate to go up and my blood pressure to go very high (170/99) its episodic. Ive been to hospital for it 3 times for it and received no treatment as my vitals slowly return to normal. Xanex helps me feel calm but does not help the shakiness just helps me not get upset about it. Am only 28 years old and hypothyroid. I have never had symptoms like this in my entire life just started out of nowhere. Iam in good sTate of mind and aware of what’s happening when the episodes happen. So far my doctors are clueless.

It appears that many doctors are clueless when it comes to pain and Autoimmune diseases. I put off calling my doctor for two days now. All I have to say to her is I cannot take it anymore. I feel sorry for you Amtxo. I complained of serious withdrawal pain for three nights at the ER. They sent me home Next day, Gall Bladder was an urgent surgery. I was full of infection. We do not know what this does to our organs. Xanex is strong. I could not take it.

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Hi I also have internal shakiness but I call it electricity. Not sure if we have the same symptom. I have it in my legs (calves) bad and over the last few years in my hands. It gets much worse if I don't sleep well. I also need pain killers for it as the vibrations don't stop and the shakiness is also painful after I start feeling it for 5 minutes. Nothing else has helped me. I am also hypothyroid. It was also spreading to the bottom of my lumbar. I had that for a week and I did read on line that there is not enough calcium in your body and the nerves are not connecting and can cause this tremor. This person recommended taking Tums – since I was desperate for it not to be in another spot in my body I did take Tums , the first 2 weeks every day just 2 or 3 at the most. And believe it or not that stopped the vibrations in my lower back. Who knows? I now take Tums about 3 or 4 times a week to make sure, if they are helping to stop this weird electricity, that I have enough calcium in my system. Maybe it is part of a calcium issue? NO dr. in 20 years has any idea why this happened but it happened to me at the exact same time my thyroid went. I am sorry that this is going on at only 28, but maybe the Tums might help you.

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Hi amtxo, I have experienced the internal tremors as well. It is in the back of my head, spine and hips. I have hashimotoe's (autoimmune thyroid disease) but not hypothyroid as of yet that I know of. I also experience neuropathy and weird imbalance issues like I am walking on sand or bouncing up and down really fast even though I am walking on normal ground and not bouncing! It's worse after using elevators and wearing heeled shoes. I have no diagnosis yet but I wanted to let you know that internal tremors I looked up may be harmless. I to do not know what causes it but I will keep you updated as I am undergoing test and treatments.

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Sorry that you’re going through this. It sounds similar to what I’ve been going through the last few weeks and the doctors have no answers yet. Any update on your end?

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Hello @joyg and @buddah, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It sounds like you both have upcoming doctors appointments. I hope they will be able to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan for each of you. If possible, can you share an update with us after your appointment?

I did find some articles that may provide some more information for you.

What causes internal vibrations?
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322217.php

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If I were you I'd get a second opinion.

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I had this problem as well. A neurologist diagnosed it as Essential Tremors and put me on medication to control them. Some days I could hide them really well but as the day went on they became worse and my hands would shake so badly I just opted to stay home more and more often. They felt the same on the inside as they looked on the outside. Some days I was so off balance form them that I would actually fall in my home. I was misdiagnosed for 7 1/2 years from everything to MS to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. I went through the Mayo Clinic Pain program and even Mayo missed it. I have Hashimoto's Disease. All of the symptoms sound completely unrelated because they cover a very large spectrum. Once diagnosed and correctly medicated the tremors got much better. I opted to remove my Thyroid (my choice, not done at the physicians urging) after 7 months into treatment because leveling out my medication was really difficult after so many years of damage. It's a good thing that I did because the pathology showed Stage One Papillary Cancer that we didn't even suspect that I had. You should go see an Endocrinologist specifically one who deals with Hashimoto's Disease. One simple blood test will confirm or dismiss the diagnosis. My Endocrinologist said that he once saw maybe 1 or 2 people get the diagnosis every few months but he is seeing more and more women developing the disease. I removed my Thyroid 2 years ago and I am glad to say that the tremors disappeared completely soon after surgery. Hashimoto's Disease does not specifically list tremors/essential tremors as a symptom but I know a few people in Orlando who had the same experience that I did even thought they both still have their Thyroid. Go to the Mayo web site's search bar and type in Hashimoto's Disease you can read all of the symptoms and other information. I hope you do not have HD but if you do I assure you there is an end of the road with the struggle with the tremors and one simple blood test can change your entire life. Good Luck!

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@blulilbaby, Oh wow!! I can relate to those symptoms and more!! I have also been diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I do have hypothroiditis. My thyroid hormones check out well with my medications, however, my TPO antibodies and TG antibodies remain crazy high! I have had numerous falls (2 broken bones) due to imbalance issues, temors in my hands and head-neck. The tremors seem to be more obvious to others the more physically tired I am. I have memory issues, possible witnessed absence seizures, loss of words, horrble spasms in my feet….ugh!! I could go on and on! I have been doing test after test for more than 5 years now! These symptoms come and go! I can tell you a bunch of things i DONT have! It IS frustrating!! I just wish i could find even i trigger to feel like i have some control over this

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@blulilbaby

I had this problem as well. A neurologist diagnosed it as Essential Tremors and put me on medication to control them. Some days I could hide them really well but as the day went on they became worse and my hands would shake so badly I just opted to stay home more and more often. They felt the same on the inside as they looked on the outside. Some days I was so off balance form them that I would actually fall in my home. I was misdiagnosed for 7 1/2 years from everything to MS to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. I went through the Mayo Clinic Pain program and even Mayo missed it. I have Hashimoto's Disease. All of the symptoms sound completely unrelated because they cover a very large spectrum. Once diagnosed and correctly medicated the tremors got much better. I opted to remove my Thyroid (my choice, not done at the physicians urging) after 7 months into treatment because leveling out my medication was really difficult after so many years of damage. It's a good thing that I did because the pathology showed Stage One Papillary Cancer that we didn't even suspect that I had. You should go see an Endocrinologist specifically one who deals with Hashimoto's Disease. One simple blood test will confirm or dismiss the diagnosis. My Endocrinologist said that he once saw maybe 1 or 2 people get the diagnosis every few months but he is seeing more and more women developing the disease. I removed my Thyroid 2 years ago and I am glad to say that the tremors disappeared completely soon after surgery. Hashimoto's Disease does not specifically list tremors/essential tremors as a symptom but I know a few people in Orlando who had the same experience that I did even thought they both still have their Thyroid. Go to the Mayo web site's search bar and type in Hashimoto's Disease you can read all of the symptoms and other information. I hope you do not have HD but if you do I assure you there is an end of the road with the struggle with the tremors and one simple blood test can change your entire life. Good Luck!

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@blulilbaby, welcome to Connect. I noticed that you tried to include a link in your message. You will be able to add URLs in a few days. There is a brief period where new members can't post links. We do this to deter spammers and keep the community safe. Clearly the link you wanted to post was not spam. Please allow me to post it for you.

About Hashimoto's disease from Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hashimotos-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20351855

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I think this is what I have as well. Mine happens at night and wakes me up with this strange shaking feeling inside my body. I first noticed it in my chest so thought I was having SVTs or something (I have Graves). But in the past few weeks it has moved into my head and neck. It makes me very anxious, can cause dizziness and also like I want to get up and move around to make it go away. I cannot sleep a normal night anymore they have gotten so bad. I see an endocrinologist so hoping she has some answers. Doe anyone also consult a functional medicine doctor for their auto-immune disease? I am currently seeking one that has experience in Graves and would appreciate any info. Thank you.

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Hello @jsrbr, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing your symptoms. You might want to join in the following discussion where other members have discussed Graves Disease.

> Groups > Autoimmune Diseases > Hypo and Hyper thyroid hell!!
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hypo-and-hyper-thyroid-hell/

You mentioned you are seeing an endocrinologist and hoping for answers. Are you able to discuss functional medicine options with the endocrinologist?

Mayo clinic has some information on diagnosis and treatment here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/graves-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20356245

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@jsrbr

I think this is what I have as well. Mine happens at night and wakes me up with this strange shaking feeling inside my body. I first noticed it in my chest so thought I was having SVTs or something (I have Graves). But in the past few weeks it has moved into my head and neck. It makes me very anxious, can cause dizziness and also like I want to get up and move around to make it go away. I cannot sleep a normal night anymore they have gotten so bad. I see an endocrinologist so hoping she has some answers. Doe anyone also consult a functional medicine doctor for their auto-immune disease? I am currently seeking one that has experience in Graves and would appreciate any info. Thank you.

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I used to have the horrid night sweats and heart palpitations too. I take a heart regulating med called Metoprolol. I had the tilt table test at Mayo and they said I had POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachychardia Syndrome) meaning when I adjust posturally my heart rate changes. I had the dizziness to the point where I would actually have to catch myself to keep from falling as well. Ever since I have been on the med I haven't had any issues at all. My night sweats stopped when I got on a good dose of Thyroid medication. It is a good sign for me to pay attention to because if it starts again I know my meds are off and to go see my Endocrinologist to check my levels. A random doctor that wasn't even mine stopped to look at my chart one day and asked if I had been tested for Graves. That sent me to an Endocrinologist (The only specialty I had not seen) and he ran the specific blood tests for Graves, Addisons, and Hashimoto's. I swear when I went back for the results and he said I 100% had Hashimoto's I stood up right there and did the dance of joy that I had a disease! Because it turns out I wasn't imagining things or faking symptoms. It finally had a name and if it had a name I could do something about it before it killed me. A regular thyroid level will not show you whether you have it or not. You have to test specifically for those three things. SO see an Endocrinologist and when you make the appt ask if they specialize in Graves or Hashimoto's. It makes a difference. If you have it you will start on meds that will take a little adjusting to get a good level to control everything that is happening but I swear there is an end game!.I can go outside in the daytime without dying in minutes from heat intolerance. I can work a part time job now instead of being home bound. I sleep an entire night through without waking up. I haven't fallen or had a significant dizzy spell in almost 2 years. My heart palpitations have stopped completely.Removing the thyroid is NOT for everyone. If you have HD it can be managed with medication. Mine had just been undiagnosed and active for 7 1/2 years so there was just too much damage to almost everything inside my body for me to be able to manage it with just meds. I wish you luck! I don't hope that you have HD but I hope that you have HD, (You understand that. ) Most people do not know this but your Thyroid LITERALLY tells every cell in your body what to do so when it is broken everything goes haywire in your body. If it gets to the point of removal I can point you to the best doctor at Mayo in Jacksonville, Florida, to do it. He has done more than 2500 Thyroidectomy's and is the chair of the department. I went to the top guy and I am so glad that I did. It could not have turned out to have a better result for me. First step you have to go see an Endocrinologist to have the blood test. The results can literally change your life.

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@blulilbaby

I used to have the horrid night sweats and heart palpitations too. I take a heart regulating med called Metoprolol. I had the tilt table test at Mayo and they said I had POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachychardia Syndrome) meaning when I adjust posturally my heart rate changes. I had the dizziness to the point where I would actually have to catch myself to keep from falling as well. Ever since I have been on the med I haven't had any issues at all. My night sweats stopped when I got on a good dose of Thyroid medication. It is a good sign for me to pay attention to because if it starts again I know my meds are off and to go see my Endocrinologist to check my levels. A random doctor that wasn't even mine stopped to look at my chart one day and asked if I had been tested for Graves. That sent me to an Endocrinologist (The only specialty I had not seen) and he ran the specific blood tests for Graves, Addisons, and Hashimoto's. I swear when I went back for the results and he said I 100% had Hashimoto's I stood up right there and did the dance of joy that I had a disease! Because it turns out I wasn't imagining things or faking symptoms. It finally had a name and if it had a name I could do something about it before it killed me. A regular thyroid level will not show you whether you have it or not. You have to test specifically for those three things. SO see an Endocrinologist and when you make the appt ask if they specialize in Graves or Hashimoto's. It makes a difference. If you have it you will start on meds that will take a little adjusting to get a good level to control everything that is happening but I swear there is an end game!.I can go outside in the daytime without dying in minutes from heat intolerance. I can work a part time job now instead of being home bound. I sleep an entire night through without waking up. I haven't fallen or had a significant dizzy spell in almost 2 years. My heart palpitations have stopped completely.Removing the thyroid is NOT for everyone. If you have HD it can be managed with medication. Mine had just been undiagnosed and active for 7 1/2 years so there was just too much damage to almost everything inside my body for me to be able to manage it with just meds. I wish you luck! I don't hope that you have HD but I hope that you have HD, (You understand that. ) Most people do not know this but your Thyroid LITERALLY tells every cell in your body what to do so when it is broken everything goes haywire in your body. If it gets to the point of removal I can point you to the best doctor at Mayo in Jacksonville, Florida, to do it. He has done more than 2500 Thyroidectomy's and is the chair of the department. I went to the top guy and I am so glad that I did. It could not have turned out to have a better result for me. First step you have to go see an Endocrinologist to have the blood test. The results can literally change your life.

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Hi, I have had some of these same symptoms for over a year and about 4 doctors later I’m still not any closer to finding out why this is happening. It started out with chest pain lasting about 15 minutes that sent me to a doctor, after running some blood tests and a normal ecg he diagnosed me with Hasimotos and sent me for an ultrasound of my thyroid. I started levthyroxin and multiple nodules were found and my thyroid was enlarged, but we will keep an eye on it. (He said)! Still getting chest pain I was sent to a cardiologist where after lots of tests was found to be normal (lol) ! Now I have a vibration throughout my body that is driving me nuts.. Sent to a neurologist that found neuropathy in my legs and feet and started another medication for that. Still get the chest pain about once or twice a month and vibrate like a cell phone . I’m at a loss…and another ultrasound scheduled this week!

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@jewles63

Hi, I have had some of these same symptoms for over a year and about 4 doctors later I’m still not any closer to finding out why this is happening. It started out with chest pain lasting about 15 minutes that sent me to a doctor, after running some blood tests and a normal ecg he diagnosed me with Hasimotos and sent me for an ultrasound of my thyroid. I started levthyroxin and multiple nodules were found and my thyroid was enlarged, but we will keep an eye on it. (He said)! Still getting chest pain I was sent to a cardiologist where after lots of tests was found to be normal (lol) ! Now I have a vibration throughout my body that is driving me nuts.. Sent to a neurologist that found neuropathy in my legs and feet and started another medication for that. Still get the chest pain about once or twice a month and vibrate like a cell phone . I’m at a loss…and another ultrasound scheduled this week!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day
I think everyone is Irish on this day. lol
Anyway, due to having pink eye and just starting eye meds, I'm not going back to read all your posts. So, If I say something you already addressed, I'm sorry!

I've had a sluggish thyroid for years and years. With meds, it has kept it normal. All of a sudden, about 3 weeks ago, I went to the neurologist (will tell you about it in a minute) and she ordered blood work. My thyroid number was way, way, way low. My PCP had me take it again (3 weeks later) and the result was the same. He is reducing my dosage. It must explain why I am so tired and why when I look at food I put on 10 pounds. He will redo the blood work in 3 months after I've had time to get the new dosage. I am hoping it will arrive this week from my mail away pharmacy.

That's the story about my thyroid. Now the shaking. Another story…….
This year I've had 2 spinal surgeries (Feb. my cervical spine and Oct.my lumbar spine). As far as I am concerned they were a success because it too away the chronic pain (24/7) that I experienced for over 10 years, probably closer to 15. Just a couple of months before my lumbar surgery, I noticed that when I sat, I couldn't sway my right foot, lift my toes or move my toe at all. I also noticed that although it was not the same as the right, my left foot did not feel normal, either. My neurosurgeon took ALLLLLLL SORTS OF TESTS and could not figure it out. He said if it didn't improve after the lumbar surgery, he wanted me to see a neurologist.

Not only did my symptoms NOT improve, they were worse. I needed to use a cane to walk and I had s few falls. This is something you don't want to do after spine surgery. Off to the neurologist I went…….

During my preliminary exam she noticed my hands quivered. I did notice that starting to happen, too. My mom, son and cousin also have (or had) quivering hands. It did not prevent any of them from writing or doing anything. As a matter of fact, my mother was a typist and my son does nuclear medicine tests that require him to give injections. Neither had a problem. Then, the doctor looked in my mouth. She noticed the roof of my mouth was quivering, too. I never felt that.

She reviewed my MRI (ordered by the neurosurgeon) and noticed that a bunch of nerves are clumping together. I also still have stenosis. However, NONE of these hurt. The doctor who performed the test said I have SIGNIFICANT nerve damage coming from my lumbar spine and S1. That is all he would say. I meet with the neurologist Tuesday, followed by an appointment with the neurosurgeon. It is my hope that they will be able to give me a diagnosis (more than neuropathy in my feet) and come up with some sort of a plan of action to slow down the neuropathy.

The reason I al telling you all this is because I have some of the similar symptoms and I wanted you to know about who I have seen and tests they performed. Will share more after my appointments; that is if they give me more information.

Happy Sunday……
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Hi @jewles63, welcome to Connect. It can be a real challenge dealing with different symptoms and not being able to get to a diagnosis. I'm glad you are asking questions and being a strong advocate for your health. If you don't mind my asking, you mentioned the neurologist found neuropathy in your legs and feet and started you on another medication. Did the neurologist give you a specific diagnosis to type of neuropathy? Do you have pain in your feet and legs?

I have idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy but since I only have the numbness there are no medications that address numbness. I'm hoping other members may be able to offer some suggestions or provide some more information for you.

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