Newly Diagnosed 23 Year Old With Hypothyroidism

I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism less than two months ago, and I don't know what to do. I just started taking .075 mg of Levoxyl 3 weeks ago and I'm not feeling any better. I'm an elementary school teacher and am busy all day, and I'm always exhausted, my skins dry, and I can't lose weight.

It is very frustrating being this age newly married and feeling so bad. I exercise and eat right and I can't lose the weight.

Does anyone else feel this way? I'm young and should feel wonderful. How long does it take for this medicine to work? I just need some light at the end of the tunnel.
Sylvia1988 Sylvia1988
22-25, F
1 Response Nov 27, 2012

I am 26 and was diagnosed with hypo since I was 19. I have had a hard time with it but i want to write you to tell you there is hope. Unfortunately it takes time. And alot of work. It takes 30-60 with the medicine to truely start working then once you take blood and need an adjustment you need another 30-60 days. It is a big waiting game. Its not easy but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I was good with my meds at one point for about a year and I started working out 3-4 daily for about a year. I lost 20lbs with the right medicine and very strict diet. Then I had alot of problems when I lost my dad, got stressed out, started eatting like crazy and to top it off my levels were not right. I didnt see a doc for a while and I put on alot of weight. My levels are good again and Im back to 4-5 days working out, which is alot of cardio and weight training..( u need both) Its a slow process, been working out for 4 weeks, and lost 4 lbs. Now thats not much but its awesome in my book. I have lots of stories and some are bad, but there is light. I am back to being energized and normal... You have to find the right endo as well because if you dont then you will be screwed. Also do your research. There is a range that the doctors look at and it could be anywhere from 1-4 TSH. Well at 4 Im terrible! At 1.5 Im stillno good. Im just under 1 and I feel great now. Your levels will change throughout your life. Its also weight based, so once I lose more weight (god willing) my levels will change and ill probably need less meds. You need to get your levels checked every 3 months for now then once your good for 2/3 visits you can go 6mnths. I dont recommend going longer. Again use your body as a indicator. If you feel good and then start feeling tired and just crappy.. then you have to check your levels. Again do your research, I never had anyone help me and I been through some pretty messed up experiences. I hope this gives you hope... please write me if you just want to talk or have questions