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I Have Hypothyroidism

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    An Answer To Most Of My Medical Problems!

    The excessive weight gain, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and depression are the worst of my symptoms. I honestly just thought all the symptoms were due to my depression until I started excessively gaining weight. I gained 25lbs from June to November despite working outdoors and...
    Rachelle18 Rachelle18 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2013

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    Desiccated Thyroid Saved My Life

    I first knew something was wrong when I was 17... I gained around 5kg, for the first time in years. I am 5'4 and have always been a steady weight of 53-55kg. Never more. I thought I was eating too much junk food so I decided to get healthy and join a gym. I started going to the...
    DustMite DustMite 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 10, 2013

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    Sadly I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism a

    couple of months ago, before I had notice change in me, I felt much weaker and some how lonelier. Since my strange behavior my mom took me to see a doctor and ask if there was anything wrong with me. After a few months of testing and questioning, they concluded that I had...
    Snowfreek Snowfreek 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I have Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism.

    Nothing new, was diagnosed over a year ago. However, my symptoms have become out of control. I need my medication adjusted. While I'm waiting though, I literally cannot live. I just want to die. I'm so exhausted I can't even describe it. I was driving before and felt like I...
    justb33 justb33 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    I think I might have it actually I'm not 100%

    sure Since July my beautiful silky usually greasy hair has become very dry and brittle and my scalp is very dry and flaky. I've been more tired and depressed and VERY anxious. I'm losing CLUMPS of hair and have become miserable. Does this sound like I could have it?
    kelbel95 kelbel95 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    At Wit's End...

    I'm new to this group, but not new to the whole hypothyroid thing.  I've thought for years that I have it, but have gotten no satisfaction.  I've been turned away from this diagnosis so much that I'm starting to think I'm out of my mind....then I learn more...
    whywontthiswork whywontthiswork 36-40, F 7 Responses Apr 12, 2010

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    Im Sick Of Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroid has ruined my life! Im always tired, moody, I dont have a social life anymore. The synthroid is not working for me, I think Im going to change to natural meds for the thyroid. I wish this illness didn't exist, Im only 27 years old and feel like crap all the time. I...
    lunapetite lunapetite 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2012

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    Okay, so how did one such

    as I come to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism? Well after being diagnosed with ADHD and an anxiety disorder and being put on an anti-depressant for anxiety and having "bad side effects" such as: dizziness, heart fluttering, head aches, fatigue, etc. I went to student health at...
    klw081192 klw081192 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 23

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    Not severe by any means,

    but I have struggled for years with fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight, etc. Was just put on Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Synthroid & Triostat). Would love to hear someone else's experience with these medications, and it it actually helped, especially the fatigue. But also...
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce 36-40, F 3 Responses May 24

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    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 3

    and a half years ago. After feeling like I had something stuck in my throat for three months and being told by the people around me I was fine and it was all in my head I went to the doctor and low and behold I have this disease. :/ the doctor told me it wasn't to low but...
    maggiemae89 maggiemae89 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    Hypothyroid And Completely Unable To Gain Weight?

    Hello there. Yes, I know my title sounds a little confusing, and no, I'm not hyperthyroidic, and I don't have Hashimoto's. I'm a 22 year old mother of a beautiful two (almost three!) year old daughter, a full time psychology/pre nursing student, and a part time employee. I'm...
    ashesmomma10 ashesmomma10 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 23, 2012

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    A possible cure? Iodine supplements.

    I'm all too familiar with the incessant fatigue, unpredictable mood swings, and I have myriad of other problems along with hypothyroidism. I find it surprising how physicians dismiss the potency of natural remedies. Of course, I recognize everyone is different. No individual's...
    bronzedout bronzedout 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 3

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    My Recent Medical Drama

    Starting a few weeks ago I started getting these "attacks" if you will . . . complete exhaustion . . . where I would hardly be able to breathe . . . sweat so hard it would rain on the floor (not an exsaggeration) . . . head and tummy spins of opposite directions with extreme...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F 19 Responses Jun 25, 2013

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    Yeah, it sucks. I also struggle with anxiety,

    and the sudden occurrence of the symptoms of HT last year amplified my anxiety to an extreme degree. Along with this, HT made me really tired, but the anxiety lead to insomnia. I was kinda dead. My parents thought I had a cold, or was faking, or it was just my anxiety. After...
    mairesequin mairesequin 16-17, F Jul 17

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    It's Been 20 Years Now.

    I remember the undiagnosed symtoms.  I was nuts!  Bursting into tears in the most inappropriate times...to being downright suicidal.  When I was finally diagnosed, the docs said I was off the chart.  That was 20 years ago.  My doctor tells me that I should feel normal on my...
    megsmith megsmith 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 14, 2011

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    Finally Some Light At The End Of The Tunnel........or Maybe Not ?

    This is going to be a rant  about my latest experience with members of the medical profession , dizziness and a thyroid disfunction. So bear with me  but, let me tell you, they ALL  suck, big time !! I have been suffering from vertigo since May. I am getting tired of feeling...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 33 Responses Aug 13, 2011

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    I was diagnosed in 1996 with this disorder.

    What I do not like about it is gaining 80lbs, depression, sadness, no energy. I have a desk job and at times I feel like quitting cuz its making me fat, its not a fast paced job to keep on my feet, I go home and have a 1 hr nap, I get up, make supper for my 2 children, I jus don...
    greywindwoman greywindwoman 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    I was diagnosed in 2011 with hypothyroidism,

    after 5 years of trying to figure out was going on. My periods were painful and heavy, i was so tired all the time, i gained i went from 115lbs to 135lbs in 6 months, couldnt figure out was wrong. I got lucky when i moved to my grandmothers and ended up in the er, and the doctor...
    lruff1989 lruff1989 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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    HYPO At Sixteen

    I was diagnosed as being HYPO when was 16 years old. I didn't think much off it until I was told "you'll be on medicine for the rest of your life". Oh god did I feel like an AIDS paitent, I was so bumed out. I did reasearch online and read that women who have HYPO have...
    pinappleprincess pinappleprincess 19-21, F 4 Responses Dec 14, 2007

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    Tired of Being Tired!!!

    I was officially diagnosed with hypothyroidism a year after my son was born.  The dr put me on levoxyl and I get blood drawn every 3 months.  And I am still tired, muscle aches, no energy what so ever, and have given up trying to lose weight.  I worked out with a...
    kerette kerette 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 13, 2008

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    I Never Knew What Was Wrong!!!!

    I was slowly becoming a different person and could not figure out why. I blamed my husband, I blamed my job, I blamed anything and everybody even my own children. I had become depressed, withdrawn, emotional, lazy, and lonely. I went to therapy I was given anti-depressants and...
    LuvlyLadyLynn LuvlyLadyLynn 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 13, 2012

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    I was diagnosed in 2010 I believe.

    Been on Synthroid ever since. Recently my TSH level jumped over 4 points within 9 months. This explains that despite counting points for my diet and exercising I continue to gain weight. My doctor advised me yesterday to double my intake of Synthroid. It also explains why I...
    1SweetL 1SweetL 36-40, F 9 Responses Apr 29

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    Has anyone had any luck in finding something to

    help loose the extra weight. I have bought every work out there is and tried changing my diet.... I used to be so tiny, I am 5'0 and am at my heaviest weight of 140. :(
    SoberJessica SoberJessica 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    KMBJuneBaby14 KMBJuneBaby14 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    I was diagnosed in December of last year.

    I had been experiencing symptoms since October: Crying, Depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, forgetfulness, heat flashes etc. It was so bad I had to go on Home Bound ( "home hospital" for those who know that term better) I'm a Senior in High School and there are days worse...
    EmilyPenguin EmilyPenguin 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 22

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    I was diagnosed in 2004.

    It was Mother's Day and I went into a seizure. We had no idea. I was taken to a hospital who gave me an IV, couple rolls of tums and a map quest on how to get home passing the most hospitals. I had another seizure in the lobby of that fine medical center. They took me to another...
    KJ935 KJ935 18-21, F May 18

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    I was first diagnosed June of 2013.

    After I had gone in in March and May of 2013, asking for my thyroid to be checked because I knew my body was failing. I was 22 but I felt like I was 80. One (male) doctor told me to see a psychologist, that maybe it was in my head. One of the primary care physicians in that...
    acsalbright acsalbright 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    How Often Should You Get Blood Drawn

    Hi everyone, I just moved to Japan 2 months ago so I have a new doctor,well the first time I saw my new doctor he told me that he would see me every 3 months.Does this seem right to you,Shouldnt you be seen every month for hypothyroidsm. He didnt even take blood to see what my...
    AmberDawnJanney AmberDawnJanney 26-30, F Sep 21, 2009

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    20, Diagnosed And Not Feeling Better.

     I was just diagnosed a few months ago with hypothyroidism and when I found out and looked it up on webmd it seemed like this one little magic pill was going to solve all my health problems. My Primary Care Doc. led me to believe this condition was an easy fix but I am...
    Hypo54 Hypo54 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 4, 2009

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    I've been consistently taking my medication

    for the past three weeks now. (150 mg) i'm going to get my blood work done next week but recently I've been feeling my body temp go up which is nice and some other symptoms subsiding which I am way to embarrassed to talk about. A big thing I've noticed is that my sex drive is...
    Arelia Arelia 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I'm tired of struggling with this condition

    and everything it entails. I was dismissed from my doctor's office because I "dared" to have a thyroid ultrasound somewhere else and the money did not go to them. I had requested one in the beginning of my disease but was denied for no reason. My condition got worse with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 29

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    I Can't Do This Anymore

    It's to hard on me. I hurt so much everyday. I'm not getting any support and I'm completely alone in this world. I'm breaking down....
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 18, 2010

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    Hypothyroidism Can Kill And Cause Complications

    I never thought I'd write those words in the title when I was first diagnosed in 2003 by a nurse practitioner (NP). I believed HypoT, as I'll refer to it from here on, was a mild disease and that my NP was treating me correctly. Boy was I in for a surprise! Through her under...
    Lionyx Lionyx 56-60 4 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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    I've been struggling with it un-diagnosed on

    and off for years. In mid 2011 it hit full force and now I struggle to control it. I am taking levothyroxin because that's the only thyroid medicine my ins will pay for. I've also been shuffled from one doctor to another over the years, and each one starts over with me which...
    StuckWithin StuckWithin 46-50, F Jun 25

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    Does Your Doctor Take Your Thyroid Condition Seriously???

    Hey there! I am a sufferer of Hypothyroidism too, and what really annoys me is how my doctor never takes my symptoms seriously!! All they care about is what comes up on the blood test results and not how their patient is really feeling... What i want to know is if your doctor...
    Salamander333 Salamander333 16-17 4 Responses Dec 14, 2010

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    i went to the doctors one day

    for a physical, the lady sent me to endocrinologist. he took my blood work and said my levels were very low and i was too take a pill of 88 milligrams ive had several different dosages and 88 works the best i guess. and i would have to take pill for the rest of my life and he...
    mlhenry mlhenry 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 1

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    How Do I Get My Husband To Understand?

    When my husband met me, I was energetic, allert, and in control. I kept a tight ship, as far as housework went. I could easily keep track of him and our six kids. Then I started getting sick. My husband, who is military, thinks it is all in my head our just an excuse to be lazy...
    AvidDreamer AvidDreamer 31-35, F 9 Responses Apr 6, 2012

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    I found out over a year ago

    that I have Hypothyroidism. I was 125lbs and just started gaining and gaining weight and just kept trying to work it off but nothing worked. Once I finally hit 193lbs I decided to get checked out. I did crazy diets and nothing worked. I finally got my meds adjusted to almost...
    jackiet9 jackiet9 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 12

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    Dose Anyone Alse Have This Going On?

    i have had hypothyroidism now for over a year. i have always been underweight and small.  and the meds that my doctor has me on with is the synthroid makes me lose even more weight. i always thought that people with this gain weight. i guess i was wrong. just recently i had...
    soldiergirl1979 soldiergirl1979 26-30, F 7 Responses Feb 3, 2010

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    Started synthetic T3

    and T4 but about 3 weeks later I felt very anxious and fingers were tingling and numb. Starting T4 meds again (gen. Synthroid) - worried it will happen again. Anyone have similar experience?
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    Me Too

    I was diagnosed about ten yrs ago with hypothyroidism.  It took three yrs. to get it and thank goodness I kept at it. I now take 100 mcg of Synthroid and have my levels tested twice a yr. I am not tired as much as I was and not nearly was cold as I used to be. I also have...
    brokemom brokemom 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 29, 2010

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    So it has been a week

    since I started my medication for hypothyroidism and I feel worse than before! I am tired, moody, I ache all over and I can't do my job at my best! I can't wait for this to get better, I need it now! How long does it take to have energy again and feel like a normal human being...
    youngteach youngteach 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Ive Got Hypothyroidism Too It Stinks

    i was put on sythinthroud i know i misspelled it but oh well, the side effects were bad it was almost 90 out side and i had a full winter coat on i was so cold i know i need to get back on my meds , and talk about gaining weight lord ive put sents ive gotten off my meds . i gain...
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 7 Responses Jan 26, 2008

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    Just added cytomel / liothyroinine (t3) to my

    regimen (already taking levothytoxine since summer) and lo and behold - I get a cold again. Same thing just happened when I started the levo. Coincidence? Plus, I'm feeling pretty anxious, but it's only been a week - what did you experience when starting Cytomel / Liothyroinine...
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce 36-40, F Sep 5

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    I've been consistently taking my medication

    for the past three weeks now. (150 mg) i'm going to get my blood work done next week but recently I've been feeling my body temp go up which is nice and some other symptoms subsiding which I am way to embarrassed to talk about. A big thing I've noticed is that my sex drive is...
    Arelia Arelia 18-21, F Aug 6

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    I have been on Sythroid

    for almost 2 years now. I have heard that its not the best to take, my dosage is 125 mg Has anyone had bad experiences and been switched and noticed a much better change?
    SoberJessica SoberJessica 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 30

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    My Life With Hypothyroidism

    I am a nineteen year old girl who was just trying to get through college and experience life when I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about five months ago. At first I really didn't understand that it would have such a big role in my life I felt that since their are Meds for it...
    Dancinggirl11s Dancinggirl11s 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 10, 2012

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    Damn You, Thyroid.

    Yep, I'm hypothyroid.  Gotta take pills every day for the rest of my life.  Woo! The most important thing that I could say to someone that's got a thyroid disorder (or any disorder, for that matter!) is to never let a doctor tell you that something's right or normal...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Apr 10, 2008

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    How Long Till I Feel Better

    I am fairly new to the Hypothyroid madness. I have been unable to work for over 6 months now and was being treated for depression, which didn't make sense but I had all the symptoms so went along with it all. My voice was getting very deep and hair falling out and every part of...
    edw01ard edw01ard 51-55 1 Response Apr 14, 2011

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    My Battle

    I am heavy set. I am only 17 years old. I used to be on track and was a great weight. However, I started getting cravings and started eating more... Finally the doctors found out that I have hypothyroidism. It's something that has to do with your thyroid and it's underactive with...
    ilychristinaa ilychristinaa 16-18, F 6 Responses May 5, 2007

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    Listen to Radio Program on Dec.

    5 on Hypothyroidism Dr. Steven Hotze on Healthy Talk Listen in live on Thursday at 3 PM EST Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 3 p.m. Hypothyroidism: Getting the correct diagnosis Want to hear some Healthy Talk? Tune in to Dr. Michael Smith's internet talk show on www.RadioMD...
    conceptualclarity conceptualclarity 51-55, M Dec 4, 2013

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    This Is One Of Those Bad Days...

    I am feeling more severely fatigued today. My knees are both hurting and it doesn't feel too good to walk. I am cold most of the day and especially at night. I can't sleep without my socks on. Before I fall asleep I have these muscle jerks/twitches/kicks. It could come from my...
    putrjnky putrjnky 41-45, F Jun 6, 2012

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    I tried adding Cytomel (Liothyronine) back in

    to improve my overall lab values (and to feel better) but it's not working for me, even at 5 mcg. I get super anxious with chest pain. Anyone else feel this? I'm nervous about switching to Armour if the effect will be the same. Taking Synthroid (Levothyroxine) now but I'm still...
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 16

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