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Updated April 28, 2011

Hypothyroid Suspicions...

I'm 21 years old and suspect that I have an under-active thyroid. My mum developed it in her late 30's, but over the last two years I have developed similar symptoms she had. My hair is quite brittle and dry despite conditioning, brittle/nails, low sex drive, weird appetite, unexplainable weight gain, I constantly feel sluggish and lazy. Some days when I'm not in uni I could just sleep for hours, and sometimes I do miss lectures due to oversleeping. My skin gets dry and scaly, even though I use a moisturized shower cream, and I get constant back and neck pains. I've also been on medication for depression for just under 3 years, which still doesn't seem to be helping me much. I've recently gone for a blood test and am awaiting for the results.
—Guest Jenna

Thyroid?

I'm gaining weight and experiencing heart palpitations and losing my hair! I have no energy whatsoever! My eyes feel weird. I'm anxious and depressed. I experience milk discharge from my left breast! I have problems with cysts rupturing and short term memory problems! I don't know what to do.
—Guest Help

Hyperthyroidism (Graves disease)

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in the beginning of 10th grade (2008). I went to a regular checkup, but had to be admitted because of my heart rate. That past summer, I lost 50 pounds and my symptoms were breaking me down physically and emotionally. I had severe constipation, shaking and rapid heart beat. I couldn't sleep because my heart was literally beating a mile a minute. I was always tired. The list goes on! At first, they thought I had diabetes, but later I found out it was Graves at the hospital. They put me on these pills that took for about a year, but didn't help me. So then I had the radioactive iodine treatment, which also had no effect. So, I had the surgery to remove my thyroid completely when I was 18. Getting off of those pills was one of the hardest things I've done. My body was so dependent on them. It was horrible! After the surgery it took a very long time for my levels to get normal, but now about two years later I'm taking 150mg of Synthroid and I'm doing much better. Just glad it's over. :)
—kccopley

Living With Hashimotos

13 years ago, I gave birth to my daughter and 6 months later I passed out at work. I was taken to the ER with a TSH >100 & a TSA >500. My doctor asked me how I was even walking around. I literally felt like I was losing my mind. I experienced racing thoughts, panic attacks and was scared of losing everything. It took me a really long time to accept the fact that my thyroid could actually to do this to me. So, I have been relatively stable, with the help of anti depressants and mood stabilizers to help even things out. For some reason, my disease is very active and it is difficult to keep my levels in order. Two weeks ago, I started having panic attacks. I was afraid my husband was going to leave me and someone was going to take my kids, but ER visit with my husband revealed that my TSH was incredibly high!
—Guest Anna

I Feel Your Pain

I experience thinning hair, skin that bruises easily, acne all over my body, more hair growing on my trunk, but hair on my head is thinning. My ankles swell, but my TSH levels are normal. I know something is not right regardless of the fact that my doctor keeps saying I'm healthy.
—Guest Angel

I Don't Understand

Actually, I am 34 years old and I have anxiety and panic disorder. I feel run down! Every time I am feeling tired and get checked, all the tests come back with a normal results. My doctor said to check thyroid test and look at it myself. I feel like I am wasting my money and causing family problems!
—Guest Samiul Azad Rumon

Fatigue

Nice article! Even I am facing few of the said symptoms and I am immediately consulting doctor to test me.
—Guest varsha

Hashimotos, but Not Insured

I experience extreme fatigue. I have an enlarged thyroid, aching muscles, periods of anxiety and forgetfulness. These are all the symptoms I am dealing with all the time. I've been off medications for about 4 months now and since I'm not insured I went to the ER for help. Well, surprise surprise the ER doctor looked at me like I had made it all up when my results came back within normal range. I'm so upset! I don't know what to do anymore... I just wish I felt better..
—Guest Imonly20

Confusion

I am a teenager and I have been suffering with an unknown medical issue. I have most of the signs of hyperthyroidism, but I don't think it's that because I also have something weird going on with my brain. It's isn't explainable, but the best way to put it is that I'm always feeling like I'm in a dream. It's very scary and I would really love to know what's wrong with me.
—Guest Zam

Why Do I Feel Like This?! UGH!

I have half a thyroid. I had goiters, so they removed it after a unsuccessful biopsy test. Lately, I have had blood work done, but the results are negative. I've been very fatigued, dizzy, anxious, dry skin and my hair has been falling out like crazy! I'm going back to my doctor for more blood work.
—Guest Beatrice

Confused

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2002, since then I have been on thyroxine sodium. Initially I took 100mcg, but then slowly over the years it has come down to 25mcg. I have experienced depression, bad temper, fatigue, loose bowel movements, bad memory, brain fog, panic attacks, irregular periods... the list goes on. With constant medication I was able to lead a normal life, conceive and manage my weight too until recently. Starting in Sept. 2011 I had symptoms of UN-stoppable periods, trembling hands, racing heart, flaky-dry and thinning skin, sensitive to both heat and cold along with all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Sometimes I feel very drowsy and am constantly yawning, but can't go to sleep once in bed. What is happening to me? I am totally confused.
—niveditac

Hashimoto's

I struggle with Hashimoto's. I've been on Armour for almost 2 years. When I first started on Armour, I began to feel better gradually. That lasted a few months and since symptoms again worsened, even though the doctor has doubled my dose. My doctor tested my Reverse T3 and found that my body is converting the T4 in Armour into the unusable RT3, though not quite enough to merit a T3 only formula. I suffer from insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, nervousness, joint stiffness and headaches. I can tell when my thyroid is out of whack because these symptoms worsen.
—Guest Lael Osun

I Feel Like I Am Losing My Mind

For three years, I've been so sick mentally and physically. I have been on every antidepressant out there and nothing helps. I feel so freaky! All of my family members and friends say I need to go get help. Well 3 months ago, I was at the hair dressers and she said something is wrong! Your hair is falling out by the hand full. Go see a doctor! Well today 2/27/2012, I had full blood work to find out what is going on. I cannot sleep unless I take something. I have no energy. I have to take something to be around anybody and if I don't I'm a nervous wreck. I believe you can be healed, but i have been in hiding since July of last year. My depression is unbelievable and Biopolar1 among other things. Hope they find out whats going on!
—Guest ArilieRayne

Hypo

I started Synthroid about 7 weeks ago. My TSH level was 62. I was scared after reading reviews on Synthroid including hair loss, weight gain - hell, that was what I experienced before I was diagnosed! I took it, 75 mg a day, and I feel fantastic! My weight is coming down, my mood is good, I'm not fall over tired anymore! I lived in a prison of a body for way too long. Synthroid gave me my life back. I did have some early side effects like really bad digestion and constipation. I bought some digestive plant enzymes and take two before each meal, which fixed the problem perfect! I've never had a flat tummy before, but I keep trying. Life is too short to live each day feeling crappy!
—Guest Gypsygirl2go

Depression and Fatigue

I have had this disease for 12 years with no problem. Now, no matter what I do or what I take, I feel tired and depressed.
—Guest linda wilcox

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