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Living with a Thyroid that has a mind of it's own

Having a bad thyroid really has changed my LIVING. If I remember correctly without having to search through all my dr. records, which I may or may not have, I learned in 2011 I had hypothyroidism. I remember my energy level was probably low and I was losing a lot of hair. I am sure there are other reasons I was tested, but my memory isn't the greatest as you might already tell.

Within the last 6 years, my energy has taken a major nosedive, and I have to take naps almost daily. I will honestly admit I do not take my meds like I am supposed to, They do make me more tired when I am on them. I have an appointment with a new Dr shortly and I am hoping she can get me back on track. Oh, yeah, I would say my weight has also increased within the last few years. My hair doesn't fall out as much as it did in the beginning. I guess that is a good thing.

Do you have any of these? If you answered yes, then you should talk to your doctor and get blood work done.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary from person to person and may include. I also put my own answer to these symptoms.

  • Fatigue - I would say this is my main concern. This one has changed my life. With low energy, I am not able to work outside of the house. I also can not drive a very far distance for safety reasons of possibly falling asleep behind the wheel.

  • Weight gain - Yes, Due to my weight gain my whole body hurts.

  • A puffy face - Yes again, This is sometimes embarrassing, but this is something that doesn't control me.

  • Trouble tolerating cold - This may be true for me, but I would say it is the heat that is harder for me to tolerate.

  • Joint and muscle pain. Yes, Yes, and yes.

  • Constipation. Only ever once in a while. I have more of the other issue. Where I have "dumping syndrome"

  • Dry skin. I would say a little. In the summer it might be more so than in the winter.

  • Dry, thinning hair. Yes, Even though I still have a lot of hair, I have lost a lot over the years. I also have scalp issues.

  • Decreased sweating. I would say this is not me. I have a lot of sweating going on in certain areas.

  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods. I do not think this is my case.

  • Fertility problems in women. I would say yes. I have had 3 miscarriages.

  • Depression. Yes, as well as anxiety.

  • Slowed heart rate. Not really sure on this one.

  • Goiter, an enlarged thyroid that may cause your neck to look swollen. Sometimes it can cause trouble with breathing or swallowing. -I have had scans that have shown goiters. I also have a thirst issue and have had problems swallowing food.

I suggest you go through this list and do more research to see if this is something that needs to be looked into.

I also found out about 2 years by a different Dr. that I am also Hashimoto.

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