Hello, I am a 29 year old female, married with a toddler. I'm generally in good health, but have struggled to make sense of a few subtle but troubling symptoms that have presented in the last few weeks. My daughter is now sleeping on her own through the night and I have been able to get better sleep than I had in the year and a half prior. Despite this improvement in my quantity and quality of sleep, I have had an increase in funny slips of the tongue and general forgetfulness. What seems most odd is that, where I used to catch the mistake, it now goes completely unnoticed by me. The other day, I was signing the bill at a restaurant and after calculating the tip, I forgot to sign the check. The waitress had to bring it back and ask me to sign it. Today, I forgot to lock my daughter's stroller while I opened the gate to the playground and she went rolling down the sidewalk (all is fine, not to worry). Earlier today, I wrote my daughter's name on the name tag intended for my husband at a nursery school open house. I've also felt localized pressure in certain parts of my head, particularly across the top of the front of my head and on the back right side. It's not painful, but it persists for about 10-20 minutes and then goes away. I came down with the first nosebleed I've ever had--in my entire life--last week. The bleeding definitely originated high up in my nasal cavity. I could feel blood in my throat and in the ear on the side of the offending nostril. I'm not sure how to make sense of these symptoms and, naturally, have begun to fear the worst. I'm concerned that I may have a brain tumor and am afraid I'll be laughed out of a doctor's office if I seek medical council. Can you please help me figure out if these symptoms are cause for concern or further evaluation? If so, whom do I reach out to?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I am very reassured by your thorough and thoughtful answer.
My interest was piqued when you mentioned thyroid issues as a possible explanation for my forgetfulness. As it turns out, I have hashimoto's thyroiditis, but was recently advised to lower my dose of levothyroxine after a blood test revealed my TSH to be 0.845. Could this lower TSH account for some of my forgetfulness?