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5/29/08 1:13 P

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Achey muscles and joints are a symptom of hypothyroidism, I would get an achey muscle out of the blue without even doing anything to strain it, it was the weirdest thing, when my thyroid is low, my ankles get really achey too. After you have been on medication for a while and get your levels where they should be, you will see most of those problems disappear. If you have the energy, then keeping up the exercise is a great thing to do. You can expect it to take about a year or so to get things back to normal or as close to normal as you can get. You could also try taking Levoxyl or the generic form of it is Levothyroxin. I know of some people that had trouble with Synthroid and did better on Levoxyl, that is what I take and I've done fine on it. I never have taken Synthroid though, but I tried Armour Thyroid and that sure isn't for me.
Good luck, it can be quite a bumpy ride dealing with this disorder, but overall, you can expect to feel much better again, once it's under control.
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I was at my md's office yesterday (for a female problem) but of course was discussing my thyroid issues with her. She said so many things can be blamed on the thyroid. She said years ago people were put into mental hospitals and the only thing wrong was a thyroid problem! She said it basically affects everything in one way or another and we are just now coming to realize how important it is to keep things regulated.
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Thanks for the reply, Christie. I did start on the synthroid a week ago. And, yes, I have been feeling pretty awful for a few months but I never in a million years thought that I would have a thyroid problem. I guess I thought it was all in my head and that I was just feeling really lazy and had chalked sudden, unexplained weight gain up to my Psychiatrist putting me on Zoloft a few years ago. Guess my psychiatrist SHOULD have told me to go get a blood test for thyroid functioning before he just started me on various anti-depressant meds!?! In retrospect, I think the depression was a side effect of my thyroid beginning to go awry. I demanded he take me off anti-depression meds about 18 months ago because I just felt "dead" inside all the time and wanted to feel something -- even if it was not good. I was OK for a while and then started a pretty intense "Buddy Biggest Loser" program at my gym that was to last 12 weeks. 6 weeks in, my body must have had enough of exercising 6X a week because it really started shutting down. Extreme, intense fatigue hit me like a load of bricks and my brain felt like cottage cheese most of the time. I run my own business and just couldn't put a complete thought together, let alone get my work all done, so I knew something needed to be done and then had to wait to get a doctor's appointment. Luckily, a nurse friend recommended me to a great nurse practitioner who ran a bunch of blood tests, etc. and found that my thyroid was all messed up. Sorry for the rambling story!

Question...I have noticed that since starting the synthroid, my arms have been really achy and sore all the time. Anyone else experience this? I am working out regularly, too, so it's possible that's making my muscles sore but this feels like a different kind of achy.

I also did pick up a bunch of books on hypothyroidism including 2 by Mary S. They are very helpful and have given m a much better understanding of what I have ahead.

Thanks for listening and for the good info. I will keep up with the team to keep learning and understanding how to keep myself healthy and getting back to "normal."

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My goodness, your levels are very high, you must have been feeling horrible. I haven't heard of anyone having problems with Synthroid, but everyone is different and there are other brands of thyroid medication such as Levoxyl. I've been taking the generic form of Levoxyl which is Levothyroxin for 12 years now and haven't had any problems. I just decided last Nov. to try Armour Thyroid because is is supposedly natural and I had horrible problems and severe headaches, so I went back on my old medication. It is a catch 22 as far as I'm concerned, because without the medication you can't function and taking it you take a chance of other side effects, but for me I need it, or I can't function at all. Keep reading these threads on the SP site and you will learn a lot. It takes time to regulate medication, but you can start feeling better quite quickly after you start it.
It really helps to be informed though and books by Mary Shomon are really good to read. Good luck.
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Hi-
I just found out that I am hypothyroid today. Apparently I have a severe case with my "levels" at 125. I have been feeling like crap for a while. Anyway, my doctor said to start taking the synthroid right away in very low dose and to come get my blood checked again in 2 weeks as well as a thyroid sonogram. After I got off the phone with her I did some research on synthroid and now I am kinda scared to take it.

Does anyone else take it and have you had success? I read a lot of web blogs where people didn't get any better taking synthroid and it made them gain weight immediately upon starting it.

Any advice?

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5/14/08 8:33 P

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I have been on Synthroid or Levo the whole time. I think overall I do pretty well. I know some swear by Armour, but I think everyone is different and handles things differently.
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Glad to hear everyone is on the mend, so it seems, and I sure can say I am. After returning to 112mcg. of Levo now for two almost three weeks and I can say I'm beginning to feel normal again. I won't be taking Armour anymore, it just isn't for me. I don't have headaches, I am getting my energy back, and I don't ache as much. I am exercising again and not dragging around everyday. My next blood test will be at the end of the month and hopefully my TSH is closer to normal now.
I joined Weight Watchers three weeks ago and I'm now losing weight because I am accountable to something besides myself and it has really helped me. Life is good!
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Hi Karen,
I live in Chandler. Although it's no fun to deal with this issue, it probably was a relief to have a diagnosis. I have a wonderfully supportive husband, but unless you actually have this problem you don't quite get it. We all sure do! You look like you have lost a significant amount of weight, congrats. That alone is a hopefully a huge mental boost. I have had thyroid issues since I was 15 and I will turn 40 this summer. Sometimes there are bad days, but the good ones far out number those. If you need support we are all here for you.
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Hi Zaftigcutie!,

You ARE a cutie!

Isn't it amazing that we can feel like we live in one another's bodies?? I know exactly what you mean. It's like we are part of some "awful" club where the initiation is extreme fatigue, stubborn pounds that hang on to us for dear life, and a host of other fun things like depression, mental fog and muscle aches.

So glad to hear you are feeling better!! I am feeling 90% better than I did. My TSH is 7 now, and I can tell I am not quite normal yet. But compared to where I was...gosh I feel like the energizer bunny now...lol.

And I know YOU will know exactly what I am talking about.

I hope you continue to feel better and better. And it is wonderful to share how we feel with one another.

I am SO GRATEFUL for this team! Many wonderful, caring, intelligent Ladies here.

Thanks for your post :) Have a great weekend.

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Wow, you are all talking like you live in my body...I was just diagnosed a little over 2 months ago...I don't remember what my levels were when I started but I was constantly EXHAUSTED!! The worst part was once I fell asleep I only slept for a few hours at a time. My Dr. put me on Levo-T 75MCG and it's made a HUGE difference! I am able to stay up past 8pm and i SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! WOO! It's so nice to have a group who understand what I've been though. Bless my husband but he never really grasped why i was so beat all the time...

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Hi Marnie! Hope you are feeling better today. And THANK YOU for the encouragement!!!

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Hi,
I'm so glad you are feeling better even if the scale isn't moving much yet. It will. At first you need to just focus on feeling better.
I donated blood yesterday for the first time since my surgery and I was suprised by how worn out I felt yesterday. I even got lightheaded at one point and that never happens. I'm feeling fine today, though. Keep us posted on the blood work up.
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Hi Heathcountcals! So happy that you are feeling so good! It is so encouraging to hear. Hope you keep on feeling great.

Marnie...thanks so much for asking. I am actually feeling pretty good. My energy levels have been up for the past three weeks, and I am SOOO grateful for that. I have been exercising quite a bit.

I am do for a blood test on Friday to see where I am at. At my last test, my TSH was 20. I am pretty sure it's gone down.

The scale...still not budging!! It's really frustrating me!!! Clothes are feeling looser though, and I KNOW I have to count that as success, just wish the scale would go down even a teensy weensy bit!! :):)

How are you feeling Marnie???

Hope you are all feeling good!!

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Wow, I've never experienced these side effects with my thyroid meds. Or maybe didn't realize if I was. But earlier last year at 150lbs, I was on synthroid at 175. I was going through some depression and my doctor prescribed it. In the last few months I lost 12 lbs and started to feel jittery, and like I had energy I didn't know what to do with. I got my bloodwork done and realized my counts were way off. Normally I should be between 9-19, and my count was 30. I went from hypo to extreme hyperthyroid. Thought it was the excessive coffee drinking. Turned out, I need to change my dose with change in weight range also. Feel good now though.
Actually... better than ever. Losing weight has been a real positive thing in my life, all around. Hearing people tell me that I look good, and thinner gives me a real high to keep me going. I wish you all this kind of feeling of highness. It's so much nicer than the alternative laziness I felt back when.
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Hi Christie,
I know everyone seems to have good things to say about Armour, but I have always been on Levoxyl and do just fine. I know everyone is different and I commend you for taking the initiative and trying something new and even going back to what seems to have worked better. I'll be curious to see if the change in meds helps, I hope so. Feeling like crap is no fun at all.
I had one of those fun headaches myself yesterday. My hubby rubbed my shoulders a lot last night and that really helped. Although it is finally gone now, I am feeling very drained today. How are you doing Lisa? I hope you are taking care of yourself.
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Boy Lisa, the headaches wouldn't stop and they were getting to the point they were making me sick to my stomach. I have still felt very tired and achey and not motivated to exercise or do anything I don't have to. I really wanted to stick with the Armour Thyroid, but I can't stand feeling this way. I called my Dr. yesterday and told him I wanted to go back on the Levoxyl, so he called in a perscription for the same dosage I was taking before I changed (112 mcg) and I started back on it this morning. I felt pretty weird at first, but I took the herb Valerian and it balanced me out and helped me to feel better. I read some things about Armour and I'm not so sure I made a good decision in changing and I don't think it has been worth feeling like CRAP for five months. I go in for more blood work again after four weeks on the Levoxyl.
I am soooooo looking forward to feeling better again.
How have you been doing?
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Oh Christie...I am so glad you figured that out! I think we have all been guilty of the same thing at one time or another. I am sorry you suffered with those headaches, but I am glad that it was probably due to incorrect dosage. That means...headaches shouldn't be an ongoing problem :):) Thanks for making an "example" of yourself!!

Have a wonderful day.

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Well Lisa, I can say that today, and yesterday, I haven't had a headache. Guess what I realized? I was overdosing myself. When my Dr. increased my dosage of Armour last week, I starting taking one of my 90mg tablets and another half at the same time, in my silly head, I was thinking I was getting 120mg, but in reality I was getting 135 mg. Oh my, no wonder I had headaches everyday. That is too much of an increase all at once. It dawned on me two nights ago, that I was actually getting more than I was supposed to be. I need to go pick up my right perscription. A lot of the problems I've had changing over to Armour have been my own fault. If I had done what the dr. said in the first place, I would have gone through this much more smoothly. Please everyone take me as an example and follow your Doctors orders.
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So nice to know we are not alone, and there is a great light at the end of this tunnel!

I hope you are ALL feeling fantastic...no headaches, fatigue or anxiety. Guess we just have to take one day at a time! :):)

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I've been hypothyroid all my life and used to suffer from the anxiety attacks quite some time ago.. It would freak me out... I would get a deja vu feeling, and get nausea and threw up a few times. I decided not to let it take me over. I started to look forward to the deja vu feelings, and tookk control over the anxiety attacks, and to this day have not had any others. That was at least 6-8 years ago.
After having two children by c-section and gaining 50 lbs with my first and then 60 with my second baby(he was 10 lbs 7.5 oz at birth) I developed slight depression and had very difficult times with my husband. My youngest is now 2 years old. I made a new years resolution for '08 to not gain another pound. I joined weight watchers as well in feb and have lost 12 lbs. I've never felt so empowered and sexy. I did an 8 km walk today to my weight watcher meeting and back. I am 3 lbs away from my goal. I apologize for going on so, but I know the problems faced with hypothyroidism, and I wanted you all to know there is hope for all of us. If I can do it so can all of you. Do it for you!

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I only had 7 hours sleep last night and I feel great! I woke up suddenly after my husband left for work and said goodbye because I realized he forgot his lunch and had to rush out to get it to him, ahaha. So, yea, that was quite the wake up. And so far I don't feel tired at all. Two weeks ago I was feeling really exhausted and napping for 4 hours throughout the day. I don't know why sometimes I feel exhausted and sometimes I don't. I always remember to take my pill. 6(._. )

I believe my problem with my oversleeping is largely due to the fact that I work at home and don't have any set time to wake up, so my body doesn't have a routine. I've tried to set the alarm each morning, but because I know I'm not going to miss anything, I just keep sleeping. I have no motivation AT ALL. It's terrible. :l

Misty: I'm sorry about your husband. Depression is awful and I only had a minor underlying case of it. The main reason I went on antidepressants was for anxiety and it's helped both problems considerably.

I still blame everything on my thyroid though, haha. The one sure way for me to know I need an increased dosage is that I get really irritated easily and have hot flashes. Since I got the increase I haven't had either.

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Wow, 18 hours, that's unreal. I've never slept that long in my life.
I never sleep like that no matter how exhausted I am. I go to bed at 11 or 11:30 pm and get up at 6:45 am everyday and on weekends, no matter how late I stay up, I never sleep past 9 am, usually I'm up by 8.
I understand that depressed people want to sleep a lot, my husband slept a lot and he was a very depressed person. He died from colon cancer 21 years ago now, but his depression was really horrible.
I do get tired at my desk at work in the afternoons some days and have a hard time staying awake. I know I need to sleep more, but I just feel like I'm wasting time, so I stay up at night and have to make myself go to bed. It's really crazy.
I sure hope you start feeling better soon.
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After dealing with this for 25+ years I have sooooo been there and done that. It is the worst feeling to wake up tired and I used to wake up with a headache too. Always wondered how that could be! A couple of things that help me are seeing a chiropractor once a month (I was always skeptical until someone talked me into it, it has done wonders for that foggy feeling)avoiding too many processed foods and walking outside. I think the walking outside has done the most for the periods of depression. When I'm feeling really blue even just sitting on the patio in the sun for a half hour seems to perk me up.
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Ugh, I can definitely relate to the tiredness. I thought I may have been a hypersomniac, lol. I usually sleep 12-13 hours if left to my own devices. I get my husband to set the alarm for me at 9-10 hours and a lot of the time I sleep through the alarm. It's awful how exhausted I get. Before I went on antidepressants I was sleeping maybe 15 hours a day. I think the most I ever slept in one day was 18 hours. emoticon

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I had one of those bad headaches again yesterday, and ended up taking Ibeprofen, which I hate to do, and after 30 minutes or so, it went away.
I felt pretty good after work so I went to Curves and exercised. I never know when I'm going to get those headaches. I started getting them when my TSH levels got high, after three months on 60 mg. of Armour. I don't know if it is because my TSH levels are not normal yet, or if it's the medication. If I still get them after my levels are normal, then I will have to figure out what it is.
I haven't been eating the way I really should lately, so my weightloss isn't happening. I am going to join Weight Watchers the first of May, maybe that will help me.
I am glad you are feeling better, that is a wonderful thing.
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Christie...YES my TSH numbers are much better. I was 50 in Jan and 20 in March and I am do for a blood test at the end of April. My Dr. did up my levothyroxine at the beginning of this month and I do notice a big improvement in my energy levels. Scale is STILL not my friend, though. I am just trying my best to keep up with the good diet and exercise and trying to not worry about the weight (but I still do...lol)! So happy to hear you are having some success! That is great. Good luck, and hope your body adjusts to your new meds as quickly as possible. In the meantime...hope you feel good!

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I am on 60mg. and seem to be doing fine on it. The Dr. has checked me again after being on it for 2 months. He wants me to continue on this for another 3 months and come back and check on it again. I really think that the Armour and the Iodoral is working together. The Dr. told me that I probably didn't have enough of iodine and potassium and this would help. I got the Iodoral at a health food store. Hope this helps.

 
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TJCF53,
What dosage of Armour Thyroid are you taking? Also, how long did it take you to get the right dose?
I'm glad to hear that you feel great, I am getting closer to that point now. I think now that I got my medication increased again, that I am going to be feeling good pretty good. It gets better everyday. I lost a little weight at first, but I've gained it back (3 pounds) and I want to eat all of the time. I am going to join Weight Watchers in a couple of weeks, so we will see how that works out.
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Hey everyone. I felt just like most of you guys. I tried and tried to get my Dr. to let me at least try Armour but wasn't haven't any luck at all. I tried walking for about 1 1/2 hours plus dieting and just couldn't lose any weight. Which this lead to me being depressed about the weight thing. I was on sythroid for about 14 years and a very lose dose. I finally gave up on talking to my Dr. and changed Dr.'s. He has put me on Armour and I am finally losing weight, something I haven't done such a long time. It's slow but I am on my way. The new Dr. told me that I didn't have any T3 and that Armour would help this. Plus he put me on Iodoral which is a high potassium and iodine supplement. I am feeling great. Good luck to all on the weight adventure. emoticon

 
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Thanks for the compliment Lisa.
My TSH levels are flucuating now because I changed medication. I was on .112mg of Levothyroxine for several years, it had flucuated occassionally over the previous years, but the .112 was a good level for me, but I just felt that I should change to the Armour because of the long term side effects of synthetic medication. I now know why my Dr. was reluctant, but I was determined, so it will take time, but I will get there. I really feel that this new dosage will probably get me where it should and maybe then I can start losing some weight.
I was reading another thread and I see that your numbers are getting better, so you are probably starting to get your meds regulated too. When will you be tested again?
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Christie...that makes perfect sense. I think the fatigue definitely leads to depression, which adds to the fatigue...lol lol.

You have had this for quite some time. Do your TSH levels fluctuate drastically through the course of the year? Or is it new meds?

I am just learning about Armour. Seems like a lot of people really like that medication. Apparently, not only has T4 but T3 and some other things in it to help the body use the thyroid replacement hormone more effectively?

This is all so new to me, and I am learning so many new things each and every day.

I really hope the new dosage works well for you, and you continue to feel better and better each day.

You are such a pretty lady!

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I think the fatigue leads to depression also. Once I start feeling better physically, my moods are better. My TSH test came back and my numbers are down to 13.277, so as I suspected, I have to increase my medication to 120 mg. Armour and go back again in three weeks. I am feeling better, like I mentioned earlier, but not completely right yet, so I figured it would turn out this way.
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Thanks, Marnie!! YOU are so right, the chores are definitely moving down on my list...lol.

This fatigue may be depression right now...it is difficult to differentiate depression fatigue from hypothyroidism fatigue from just plain ole fatigue right now.

So...I am determined not to dwell on the whys and concentrate on the things I know I need to do to feel better. Thanks so much for your post!! Hope you feel good!! :):)

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It sounds like you are headed in the right direction and your husband is wonderful for picking up that book. Without support this would be much more difficult.
Someone earlier mentioned depression and I know for me there are definite periods where I'm sure I am depressed, how could I not be when I feel so horrible at times. For me getting out and walking does wonders. Also, getting a little sunshine helps. I've learned that the housework or errands if not critical, can wait. So what if the floor needs mopped, walking around the park is much more productive in the long run!
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Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful advice! You are all so right. I saw an endo for the first time on Friday and he said all the things that you smart Ladies are saying...low glycemic foods, exercise, vitamins and plenty of rest, and patience (waiting for the meds to work). I know I will get there.

I did exercise over the weekend, and it does make a difference if I don't overdo it. I did my weights and the Elliptical Trainer as I was just too tired to make the 8:30 Step class that I love.

So instead of feeling sorry for myself that I was too tired for that particular class, I slept in a bit and then hit the gym and did what I could do, and I actually felt pretty good.

I think it is hard to let go of "what I used to be able to do" and accept that things are different now, and I have to adjust and do new things in new ways, and not give up or give in.

Thank you all again for lifting me!

And you are so right, how can anyone get how we feel? They can't and it's unrealistic of me to expect that. I just need to know when I don't feel great to stay away from people who have no interest in even trying to understand how I "we" feel.

My hubby brought home the book "Living Well With Hypothyroidism" by Mary Shoman for me on Friday night, and I've really enjoyed reading it. It meant the world to me that he truly wants to learn about this disease and how he can help me get through it.

I love the book, as I'm sure many of you do. It's so comforting to know that all of these horrible symptoms are "normal" for us. It's also nice to know that it is possible to feel better again.

I pray each and every one of you has a wonderful week, and I hope you all feel great. I will keep you in my prayers.

Now...gotta go...gotta get moving...:):)

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I am sorry to hear that you feel so miserable all of the time. When your hormones aren't balanced that sure can be a problem.
I am very happy that I switched to Armour Thyroid, but keep in mind that if you do change, that it takes time to get it regulated and you may experience symptoms that you don't want to, but if you are already having problems then you really have nothing to lose. Just make up your mind that it is worth it and you will get through it, I did. Levoxyl and Synthroid (synthetic hormones) only provide the thryroid with T4 and some people need the addition of T3 to feel their best and lose weight, that is why I changed to Armour after 12 years on Levothyroxine. It has been impossible for me to get my weight down, and I wasn't feeling the greatest either. Armour inclues T4, T3, and other thyroid hormones including T1 and T2. I feel that it is worth a try.
I wish you the best.
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I get the blues as well as being tired and ache. I have also noticed that I get mood swings. And it doesn't matter how hard I try to be 'normal' so that my family and friends won't worry about me - they still do. My sister seems to think that I am depressed. She just doesn't understand what being hypo can do to a person and their body. On my next doctors appt I am planning to ask about Armour. I am currently taking Levo-T, but I can tell it just isn't working. I used to be on Thyroxine. Before that it was Synthroid. I can tell the difference between each one. I just wish they could come up with one medication that would help each and every symptom equally. Take the meds and feel instantly fantastic. I'm tired of being tired, crabby, blue, achy, etc. etc. etc. I do, however agree with every one. The most important thing is to take care of yourself as best as you can.

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Massage is wonderful, especially for the pain I get in my neck and shoulders. I just wish I could afford to have one once a week, or even once a month would be good, but I never seem to have the funds.
The strange thing about Hypo is the odd muscle aches I get just out of the blue, without doing any kind of activity that would normally give you sore muscles. I can wake up one morning and have a shin or a thigh muscle aching like I'd exercised it really hard the day before and then the next day the pain is gone. Has anyone experienced that before? I have just noticed that these past few months, since I changed my medication from Levothyroxine to Armour. I wasn't getting a high enough dosage of Armour, so I started getting all of the old symptoms back again and I have been more in tune with my body this time and realized I was having these strange muscle aches. And the fatigue was unreal, I'd forgotten how bad it can be. Now that I'm getting a higher dose of Armour, I am getting better, not 100% yet, but hopefully soon.
I have a friend that had Graves and they killed off her thyroid and now they are treating her for Hypo and she feels miserable all of the time. I am thankful that I don't suffer a lot from this disease, but I know I'm not feeling completely normal all of the time. I would love to have more energy but I'm not a youngster anymore, so I guess I can expect to slow down some. I'll soon be 58 and I've raised seven children, the last two I've raised by myself while working full-time. I think I'm entitled to be tired some of the time.
Good luck all, keep chatting, I find this all very interesting.
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I like the flu analogy. That is pretty accurate. The muscle aches, the headaches, feeling cold and the deep down fatigue that is so frustrating. The good news is that it's not always like that and you can improve how you feel. Taking care of yourself is highest priority, because you can't be a good wife, mother, employee, student, whatever if you don't put yourself first.
Marnie
P.S. A massage is great for helping you feel better, it helps the stiffnes, cold feeling and achyness.

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I'm just going to agree what everyone else is saying. Taking care of yourself is EXTRA important when you have Hypothyroidism!
But as for getting people to really understand how exhausted we can feel....you never really will. Who can understand this until they've been here.
But I tell people it like having a bad flu all the time. That seems to get through to them, everyone's had the flu. I hope this helps!

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Having been Hypo for 25+ years now I know exactly what you mean. I also had to have my thyroid completely removed this past June. I whole heartedly agree with the excercise thing. If you can walk around the block once a day it will help. I started after the surgery doing 5 minutes on the elliptical. That was all I could do, I actually closed my eyes while I was doing it because I was so tired. Pretty soon I was doing 20-30 minutes every day. Make sure you are eating right, my doctor actually recommends avoiding high starch foods like pasta, white rice, potato, and bread and I can really tell the difference when I have a lot of that stuff. I'm lucky in that I have a very supportive husband but you are right, they just don't get that when you are done you are done. We made lists of what needed to be done to keep things running. Give him the more physical tasks like vacuming and cleaning the kitchen. Simplify all you can until you feel better.
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Don't feel like youre alone, because youre definitely not! I was born with hypothyroidism, so i know EXACTLY what you mean. I can sleep soundly for 8 hours, and STILL feel like I'm dragging a giant elephant around all day. My best advice is too take the proper amount of vitamins, make sure you keep up on your thyroid tests, and try to exercise. However, DONT push yourself too hard because you'll just get run-down and feel that much worse. Good luck, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any support!

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I know what you mean. Ever heard the phrase "bone tired" like you're so tired even your bones are tired. It's like if you could lay down in the middle of the floor and go to sleep as the world went on around you, you would. I know that kind of tired. My advice will sound kind of backwards. It's to get up and move. Exercise. It releases endorphins, increases your metabolism, and gives you more energy.

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Hi Everyone! I am newly diagnosed hypothyroid (since Jan. of this year. I've been taking Levothyroxine and am gradually feeling better. I am just SO frustrated that I want to cry sometimes over the fatigue and feeling that no one around me truly understands how awful it can be. It is not your "normal" I've had a busy day at work or with the kids kind of tired. It's not oh I don't get enough sleep kind of tired.

Unfortunately, I know all of you out there KNOW the kind of debilitating kind of fatigue I am talking about. I know it is going to take some time to get back to "normal" again. My TSH was 50 in Jan. and it is 20 now.

I struggle to get through my daily routine of work, cooking, shopping, cleaning, etc.

Sometimes I feel like my family doesn't really understand as much I as know they are trying to.

Just wondering if anyone is feeling this way right now and if so, can you share any advice on how you deal with it.

Thanks so much! I'd really appreicate any advice. I am going to go and lay down now...feeling SO tired. lol

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