- I am afraid that no one will understand that I for one know my body. My hair is like straw. My skin is dry and looks like chicken skin. My poor 11yr old son thinks I'm crazy yelling at him just because. I am so not nuts but there are times I think I am. I have no insurance since my husband past but I need help with this.
- —Guest hypothyroidism?
Crazy from Symptoms
- I, like most of you, am going crazy with this.I am losing my eyebrows, no energy, feet are always cold ,can't stand heat, gained a lot of weight for no reason. I am very depressed, and have been on antidepressants. My brother had his thyroid removed. My mother had Graves disease, and my sister has Hyperthyroidism. My doctor has put me on Synthroid and a weight loss pill. It seems the doctors don't know what to do. I have an 11 year old who is scared to death I am going to die. YES this makes me upset, my TSH levels are always in the normal range.
- —Guest hypothyroidism?
Diet Control, Heat, and Weight Loss
- I had my calorie count checked to see how much calories I burn on a 2200 calorie count diet. I'm watching both protein and carb levels. It showed after the test of no caffiene that day and not eating after 2pm for the test, that I burned 3500 calories a day doing absolutely no excercise. I still didn't lose any weight. When Thyroid meds levels were checked they needed to be increased yet again, from .50 to .75 now at .125 mg a day. Goes to show once the body knows it's getting it's fix the symptoms starting going away. But now getting the hot feeling in my core temp, I need them upped again as no weight loss is occurring even after doing a tri athalon. Go figure my body core temp sored I had to put an ice pack on the back of my neck for two days straight to cool my body temp down. While at home in the house everyone else there was fine. So wierd. I hate having this disease, it' drives me absolutely nuts.
- —Guest Whiskey
- I keep hearing throbbing in my ear. I'm extremely tired and depressed for some odd reason. My neck feels thick & heavy and last night I woke up sweating. I don't know what to do. I'm only 21.
- —Guest confused
Vision Problem Possible Symptom
- I have been wondering if either disease been linked to the symptom of blurred and or crossed vision. If so, does the disease progressively make symptoms worse. I have also been wondering if the drug Levo reduces or corrects the vision problems eventually.
Treat Symptoms and Not the Lab Values!
- After having my son at 36 I felt all the symptoms of hypothroidism but was put on antidepresants. Finally she checked my TSH and it was 12! The synthroid helps but I still didnt feel myself. My endo discovered I have Hashimotos disease. The goal is to treat the symptoms not the lab values. Some "normal" labs are still not theraputic levels to each individual. I encourage everyone to find a good ENDO.
- —Guest osprey
Fatigue, Cold Intolerance, Brain Fog
- My hypothyroidism was detected on a routine blood screen offered by my employer. After seeing an endocrinologist a few days ago I realized I was probably subclinically hypothyroid for at least several years before. The most severe symptoms over the two years prior to diagnosis were a 40-lb weight gain in 18 months; debilitating fatigue following minor viral illness; falling asleep at work nearly every morning and going straight to bed after getting home at night; getting short of breath climbing the hill between buildings at work; difficulty concentrating, including inability to stay focused; feeling cold all the time; and my voice was coarse like I was always just getting over a cold. Since reading through others' comments, I realize I have had other symptoms that may also be related. I went through about a year or two of frequent problems with foot muscle and abdominal muscle and intercostal (rib) muscle cramps, dry eyes are a chronic thing with me dating back to my 20's, and over the last few years I've also developed dry mouth at night.
- —Guest bec
Research Your Medication
- I have an under active thyroid [diagnosed] about 5 years now. I am on 50mcg of thyroxine. Everything was all good for 4 years until a doctor informed me after a blood test that my level had dropped further. He said he had to increase my meds by 25mcg. After 7 or 8 days my life got worse. I became anxious and nervous having the runs. I am unable to sleep. I am unable to eat and totally paranoid. I could not calm down and could not tolerate noise. I started to have feelings like I wanted to end my life. I got claustraphobic. I was taken to A&E who informed me that I was now hyper rather than hypo which was why they gave me sleeping tablets and diazepan to try to get me to calm down. It didnt work . I went back to my gp who informed me that it wasnt the increase even though the hospital gave me a letter to say it was. I was very ill at this time and after 6 weeks lost 2and half stone. Finally after seeing a shrink discovered I should never have had my meds increased. Research your meds please!
- —Guest tracy
Wondering whats going on
- Ive had hypo thyroid for about 14yrs. About a year ago, I started having very bad panic attacks, no energy at all and I felt like I was going crazy. I'm still dealing with these problems today. Blood work is always normal, so they just keep giving me anti depressants and anxiety meds. My thyroid measures 7.5 and 7.6. Plus a 3cm nodule on one side and 1cm on the other. Does not sound normal to me! I feel so sorry when I read the other posts because I know what they're going through. God give us all strength to keep going.
- —Guest Ginger
I Guess I'm not Alone!
- After having my 4th child 16 years ago I began to suffer with my heart pounding when I was nursing. I noticed it felt like I couldn't swallow. I began to chew my food and spit it out. I really thought I was going nuts. I went almost a year on liquids. I only weighed 79 lbs. I felt like every thing in my body was going to fast from my heart, brain and going to the bathroom. I am married to a Dr. I went through his books until I found my symptoms. I had my Dr. check me for Graves disease and my levels were so severe by the time they got to me I had already went to the hospital and almost died of thyroid storm. They gave me 3 times the norm of radioactive iodine , it took 2 years but I became hypothyroid. I was started on synthroid and have not been normal since. I weigh 297 lbs. I gained it in 8 months. I look like a blown up person about to burst. I have no appetite,but am fat. Synthroid gives me chest pain and anxiety Ive been on 50mcg and up to 575mcg.
Nine Year Old Diagnosed with Hashimoto's
- My daughter was extremely symptomatic for months and nobody would listen to me. She had extreme insomnia, heart palpitations, shaking, hair loss and fluid retention. Her pediatrician refused to run the simple blood test to check her thyroid, even after he was told her father and aunt had Hashimoto's. He said it was one in a million in children and a waste of time. She ended up collapsing from exhaustion and ended up in the ER, where they ran the blood test. Then properly diagnosed her. It took 9 months and three doctors to get her treated properly!! It has been a nightmare! She still goes through periods of serious symptoms and is constantly having her medication adjusted. She currently takes 88 mcg of Synthroid- she can't take any generics, as they cause seizers. Her endocrinologist is wonderful and stays on top of the situation. She treats her symptoms, not just the blood work.
- —Guest Heather
Thyroid Problem Possible
- My vein in neck buldges out. The side of my face has pain all the way around to the back of my head. I also have very bad depression, fatigue and bad constipation.
- —Guest kathy
No Resolve Yet
- This essentially happened to me overnight in Feb. 2009 and I have been sick since. Having antibodies for both Graves and Hashimotos I have been on a ride since. I am mostly hypo these days but I live each day as if I have the flu with flu-like body aches in the muscles, sometimes in the bones, chills, lowgrade fever. I lost 10-12 pounds in less than two weeks and have kept it off since with no dieting or increase in exercise. I flip back and forth between tenderness and buzzy in the neck, night sweats, joint pain in hands and feet, loose bowels, peeling nails, etc; The fatigue I experience is out of this world. I am really just scratching the surface with that I have mentioned. I take a small dose of Armour.
- —Guest Kelly
Top 7 Signs of Possible Thyroid Problems
- 1)palpitations, 2)fatigue, 3)muscle pains, 4)loss of breath, 5)weight gain, 6)high or fast pulse, 7)dizziness. I under went a series of heart tests. I was found to be fine but the symptoms still persist. They get worse each day. Any information would be helpful.
- —Guest Nancy Nyagah
- I keep getting tendonitus over and over. I am tired all the time. My hand jerks, and my whole body aches. I am having loss of memory. I get very sleepy in the afternoon. My feet stay cold all year round. I made an appointment with my doctor. I am hoping to understand what is causing these symptoms.
- —Guest Karen Smith