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New to Group. Think I May Have Some Form of Hypothyroidism. But not sure...

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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So, I am 28 yrs. old Mom of 3. I have several symptoms of hypothroidism which I realized after researching them online. My aunt (Mother's side) also suffered from it and apparently, I just discovered that my grandmother on my Dad's side also has a form of it as well. I am not sure if I do have it or not but I am planning on going to the Dr. to get blood tests done. I have had 3 Doctors mention I had slightly elevated results when they did my blood levels. First was when I was sick with a stomach flu about 10 years ago. But I didn't think anything of it. Then when I was pregnant with my second daughter, again the Dr, mentioned that I may want to see an endocrinologist because she said my levels were a bit elevated (not sure how that all works). I did call an endocrinologist to make an appt. but they would not see me because I was pregnant at the time. Then, this last pregnancy with my son last year, it was mentioned to me again. I put it off which is my fault. I know.

Some of what I am experiencing....

-ALWAYS tired and feel exhausted! If I did not set my alarm I could literally sleep 10-15 hours!!!! Seems to have gotten worse over the past few years. Thought it was stress.

-Feel depressed.

-Overweight! Big time. I am 5'2" tall and now weigh 225. I do not eat alot and sometimes skip meals. (Yes, I know that is bad). I gain weight VERY fast and I struggle to lose the weight. Have tried many many things.

-Have skin issues. Very dry scalp and get dry patches of skin on my face, elbows, and ankles.

-Have dry brittle hair which seems damaged and breaks easily.

-Muscles cramp and hurt at times. Like my fingers, lower back, and legs.

-Just feel tired and lazy all the time. I want to feel energized so I can do things with my kids and be normal. I am only 28 and feel much much older. frown mini Then sometimes I think... that maybe I am just fat and that is why I feel this way. So not sure anymore.

Anyone else having any of these symptoms? And for those who have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism... does it sound like I may have this as well? Thanks for your help.

by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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lapizz
by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I totally relate to you! I am pming you...but in the meantime, I am VERY CONCERNED that the endo did NOT want to see you when preggo! That is a very important time to be on top on your levels - so based on that, please call another endo....

For the weight - the problem may be your thyroid is so sluggish and skipping meals makes your metabolism even slower...so eat a small meal and snacks more often (every three-four hours) and "anchor" a carb (bread or fruit) with a lean protein....

kimmykat
by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Well I was just diagnosed yesterday. I was told that too when I was pregnant. The doctor yesterday told me that its normal for pregnant women to have elevated levels. I went to my obgyn for thinking I may have postpardum,that is when they tested my blood. Hyperthyroidism masks itself as depression,that why it is hard to diagnose. Best thing to do is get to the doctor asap. Alot of peopl are telling me once they started their meds they started feeling like normal again.

lapizz
by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM

It upsets me to read that some doctors are ok with elevated levels do to being pregnant though...why? Cause it affects that mother and child.

Pregnancy affected my levels too (yes, I was hypo before preggo) - but my endo saw me regularly and kept my levels constant.

GypsyEyezNY
by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Kimmy... do you have Hyper or Hypo?  I just got off the phone with a few Dr.'s offices. One Endocrinologist couldn't see me until the second week of JULY cause he was going on vacation! LOL! Then another one would not see me cause I need to be diagnosed first before he will see a patient. So.. I called a general practitioner so I can have a full physical and exam done. And have bloodwork done as well. My appt is next Friday. I just want to know already! If I end up being diagnosed then that will explain ALOT!

kimmykat
by on May. 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I have hyper

PTBAAMom
by on May. 27, 2010 at 10:32 AM

yep sounds like it.  I never gain weight though.  But i have all the others and I take Levothyroixin every morning

 

PTBAAMom
by on May. 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM

BUMP!

kimmykat
by on Jun. 4, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I just started taking that too. I started 2days ago. can you tell me how long before you felt normal again? Thanks

Quoting PTBAAMom:

yep sounds like it.  I never gain weight though.  But i have all the others and I take Levothyroixin every morning



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