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Advice: How do you fight the ongoing fatigue?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Some people think Hypothyroidism and all its side effects are a joke. I've even met doctors that think the same way and since I'm part of the medical profession, I feel like we all have to look at how the patient is actually coping with the condition and not just lab results.

4 years ago, before becoming a Medical Assistant and learning about all these conditions, a doctor put me on medication I shouldn't be on and a high dosage on top of that. This began my hypothyroidism and put my whole body out of whack.

Now I am constantly dealing with it. Including the bone numbing fatigue. I've been told by different doctors that I'm just lazy because they don't believe in hypothyroidism! I know differently. I'm on medication but its still incredibly hard to move and do things, even though I'm do desperate to do things.

***So my question is to fellow Sparkers who have hypothyroidism or not: How do you fight the fatigue and keep going? Any advice will help, I just want to know how different people deal with this.

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HEALTHYCHIC 2/16/2014 7:39PM

    Oh goodness. So sorry. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Thyroid doesn't work. I"m on Synthroid. The HORRIBLE fatigue i had i thought was because i was a working mom of a baby/toddler. One day i decided to go for regular phyiscal/check up and asked randomly to run my thyroid. Not because i thought i had a problem, just thought it was healthy to do. Low and behold, TSH of 33! OMG. I went to a naturopath. She said it would be nearly impossible to live healthy. After a year, i think i'm finally regulated. Goodness how much better i felt even after a week or two on it. I'm grateful for science. I don't love medication, but given how important your thyroid is for overall health. I don't know if you can really combat the fatigue without some sort of medicinal intervention. Your body isn't getting what it needs from your thyroid so it's tired. You can't trick it.

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EDDYMEESE 2/6/2014 11:55PM

    With my hypothyroidism, I actually find that what I eat plays a large role...carbs, grains, high-sugar fruits, etc. = nap time! Sticking with low-carb options and eating a lot of protein helps me to fight my fatigue.
My meds don't seem to help my symptoms...

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LOVINGLIFE45 2/4/2014 6:11PM

    I wish I had the answer but I don't. My suggestion is that you know your body better than anyone and on the days when you feel too fatigue just take it easy. Good luck!

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GAYEMC 2/4/2014 5:41PM

    I wish I had an answer for you.

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UNICORN212 2/4/2014 3:19PM

    My thyroid died over 5 years ago. T4 did not help me at all and I now take porcine thyroid, which has T3 and T4 in it. What are you taking? You may need to take a different medication.

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