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it turns out I have an underactive thyroid

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I found out when I went in for a follow-up dr's appt today. I'm still surprised!

I had a different thyroid test done last year that came back unflagged; I wasn't expecting an abnormal result this time. Plus, I compare myself to other people and get down on my body's uncooperativeness way too often. I seem to have to work so much harder to lose weight than a lot of other people I encounter on SP; but I figured I was just being overly negative and blowing it out of proportion because I get jealous. Turns out it might've been a legit complaint caused by hypothyroidism. Maybe the thyroid thing accounts for why I've had zero energy and my memory's been soo bad lately.

I got a prescription for Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone. My mom had hypothyroidism diagnosed in her late teens and went on meds till her 30s when her thyroid regulated itself. To my surprise, the nurse practitioner told me I'd probably have to be on meds forever.

I'm interested in seeing if it gets any easier to lose weight or if my energy improves once I start medication. I'm not thrilled about needing to take pills. I'm also worried about what an underactive thyroid means for my health. But it's nice to know that there might be a medical reason behind these issues instead of it all just being in my head.
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    Don't feel bad about taking meds for the rest of your life - people born with diabetes have to take insulin their whole lives and for some reason that seems more acceptable than taking other kinds of meds.

    2840 days ago
    Hope it helps your energy and weightloss! Also hope you don't have to stay on it forever.
    2840 days ago
    I can totally relate. I have an over active thyroid. But when I am on meds I drop very close to hypothyroid. I don't have alot of info about under active, but I do know that there is still a chance for your thyroid to even out still. Keep your head up, I like being almost hypo better than hyper anyday!
    2841 days ago
    Colleen I have hypothyroidism also. Been on meds now for 6 yrs. the past 3 yrs they have had to increase my dosage. Hopefully this year that won't be the case. I take levothyroxin. My oldest grandson was diagnosed when he was a year old with hypothyroidism.. (rare in children). Health wise you should be fine. One thing they may not tell you is the pill should be taken on an empty stomach and do not eat for at least 30-45 minutes after taking. Hence I sit mine by my bed at night and as soon as I get up I take the pill. Then by the time I am ready to go downstairs and fix breakfast it is usually been an hour.

    Voice any concerns to your doctor.

    Have a great afternoon

    Dottie emoticon
    2841 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2010 2:16:39 PM
    sorry about the surprise but this is just another obstacle you will get over becasue you are unstopppable and will reach your goals no matter what. do what you need to do to stay healthy and on track

    way to go on the 50lbs

    and how did it feel to buy new clothes!! Thats what i am looking forward to the most!
    2841 days ago
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    Hope it helps with your energy & weight loss!!!!! If you need the medication to feel better then it is important that you take it.
    2841 days ago
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