(Closed) Stress and Hypothyroidism? (Little bit of a vent. Long)

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kayberry:  I was never diagnosed, but I’m pretty sure I have hypothyroidism.  I suffer from severe depression.  I’ve lost weight and almost a year later – I gained most of it back out of nowhere.  I did nothing different besids cut out drinking and bar food all together (go figure, right?).  I get so cold easily.  I’m constantly in pain one way or another.  Tired? ALL OF THE TIME!  Working night shift doesn’t help either.  My libido is the only thing that doesn’t suffer.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kayberry:  I plan on having it done.  I didn’t have health insurance for the longest time and recently got it.  =) The funny thing is that I’ve laid out all of my symptoms to doctors when I first 18.  I’m pretty sure the doctor did check my thyroid at the time, but she claims everything was fine.  I’m pretty convinced I’ve encountered assholes/lazy doctors.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yup, I actually went off Nuvaring for symptoms very close to yours, and now have to go back for follow up blood work to see how my levels are so I can see if it was the bc or actual hypothyroidism.  Good luck, I hope you get some answers soon!!

Post # 10
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Newbee

I had these symptoms before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism:

– fatigue

– sleeping for 12-16 hours

– depression and mood swings, angriness. I could be fine on one day and totally depressed on the next day.

– feeling cold.

– nausea and dizziness. (in the last stage before the diagnosis)

– weakness in the legs, overall weakness. (200 meters was my limit for walking. I used to do sports for 15 hours a week before the hypothyroidism)

– aches and pains in my arms and legs

– panic attacks

– I wasn’t willing to do anything, even things I normally found interesting (e.g. studying, sports)

– memory loss (I started to feel really stupid. Yet I got my Master’s degree. Now I cannot imagine how I did that when I was so tired.)

– inability to fall asleep. It took hours.

 

At first I was diagnosed as depressed. I took the depression medicines for 4 years and they seemed to help depression a bit. They did not help at all with the other symptoms. I quit taking the medicines (with the consent of my psychiatrist).

I was finally diagnosed after having symptoms for 7 years or more. My TSH and T4 levels were just under/over or just on the border. They were measured repeatedly and yet my GP said that she would not prescribe levothyroxin to me yet. I had to change my GP to get levothyroxin. 

I have been taking levothyroxin for over a year now. The first 6 months was real rollercoaster, since the medication builds up slowly in your system and before you can take any more of the medicine you have to have your hormone levels checked and then the medicine does not keep up with the needs of the body. I am now in the care of a great endocrinologist. He says that it might take 2 years for me to recover. I am now better than before the medicine , but it’s not perfect yet. I have gotten rid of panic attacks, nausea, dizziness, most of the tiredness and I’m not cold any more. And my depression disappeared!

Please find a good endocrinologist now! Hypothyroidism took so many years away from me. I don’t want anybody to go through the same.

The labwork is taken in the morning in my country (between 8.00-10.00). Ask the hypothyroid organisations in your country how it’s done there.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@kayberry: It’s possible I need to go to a specialist, but as an 18 year old, how would I have known?  That’s where the lazy doctors come from.  Instead of referring me to someone or suggesting I go.. they tell me I’m fine?  That’s why I hate doctors and have a hard time going.  FI doesn’t understand.  Hah.  Btw, I don’t mean for my response to be snarky.  Looking at it, it seems to be.  I’m just frustrated with healthcare in the States.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have hypothyroidism.  It sucks so much.  Even with meds, I’m constantly fatigued.  Basically I’ll take my meds for the rest of my life.  If I don’t stay on them I bleed for months b/c it causes weirdness with your menstrual cycles.

I should add that I had all the symptoms you listed.  It royally sucks and apparently it runs in families.  It’s also super common but a relatively easy fix.  One pill every morning on an empty stomach.  For some the meds work like magic on their fatigue, on mine however I could still sleep 10-12 hours but I suffer with 7.5-9.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I’m actually about to try and get my levels checked next week. I’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I was actually talking to a doctor at a healthy life expo thing, and he said I should try and get some more in-depth labs. My TSH levels doubled in one year, but are still within the supposedly “normal” range. He said that it’s very unlikely that if my levels were normal, that they would jump like that. So now I’m going to try and get my Thyroid antibodies checked.

CFS is a diagnosis of elimination, and I want to be extra sure it’s not just symptoms of an underactive thyroid. I’ve been trying to find out why I’m so exhausted for about 4 years now.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was just DX with Hypothyoidism a little over a week ago. I have been on synthroid for 1 week  now. My dad has it. Its a pill you will most likely have to take for the rest of your life. Birth control pill will not effect the blood test. Its an easy test and the results are in in about an hour. Its good to know. Its an easy thing once they figure out the medication dosage. I had all of those symptoms too. My friend has it as well and after two weeks of starting the synthroid medication her weight just dropped. I have lost 8 lbs already. I would get the test done and then you are treat it. Its nothing to freak out about. Just take a pill and things will be fine. I work in the healthcare field and my fiance runs all the blood tests in the lab. I understand your frustation though. I gained 25 lbs last year. I had two personal trainers, nutritionist and couldn’t lose a single pound. I’m glad I found out what I have and now treating it. Good luck to you. I understand everyone is different. I hope you do the test and start working on a treatment right for you.

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