My name is Laurie. I'm 48, and think I may have some thyroid issues. I don't have health insurance but did go to a free clinic a few years back after my hair started falling out and I was an emotional wreck. I wanted to know if it was thyroid or just part of pre-menopause. Well, you know how doctors can be sometimes - They patted me on the head, told me to lose weight, drew blood and ran the standard tests to check my thyroid. A couple of days later, they called me to tell me the tests were normal. Not much help...
I did try, half-heartedly, to lose weight after that. It has been an uphill battle - I'm very grateful I always had a large quantity of hair as the hair loss continues, or I would be bald at this point! It's been quite discouraging to keep losing the same few pounds, only to gain them back again. There are other things going on, too, that distract me from taking better care of myself (aren't there always those pesky distractions?)
A few weeks ago, I decided to once again explore the topic of hypothyroidism as I my mother and one sister also had thyroid issues. And I started doing some research.
There is a huge amount of information on the internet about thyroid issues. Since I am on a tight budget and have no insurance, I am reading and thinking about what things I can do for myself right now, to be more proactive about my health.
In this spirit, I started taking L-Tyrosine a couple of weeks ago, starting with 500 mg and have increased it to 1000 mg a day. This has helped me feel more alert mentally and less tired. Also, I have had some problems with staying asleep or getting enough sleep. After starting on the L-tyrosine, now I actually can sleep! For hours!
I hope to learn a lot from everyone here about thyroid issues. Later this year, I hope to get some kind of health insurance after my husband's upcoming promotion. He is to not only get a nice raise, but we are moving to a place I have long dreamed of visiting again for another vacation: Colorado. Imagine that! I'm going to get to live there! So I am extra-motivated to improve my health. After we move, hopefully in the fall, I want to be healthy enough to keep up with my two teens and go have some fun in the mountains
| Pounds lost: 10.0