It’s been about two weeks since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My TSH level was a 10.2. The normal range is 0.4-5.0. In a nutshell, the higher this count is, the less your thyroid is doing. From what I’ve read, there are many people with hypothyroidism who don’t have an elevated TSH… but this is often the biggest tipping point to the diagnosis… along with a myriad of symptoms (bold=my symptoms):
- Poor muscle tone (muscle hypotonia)
- Cold intolerance, increased sensitivity to cold
- Muscle cramps and joint pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Thin, brittle fingernails
- Thin, brittle hair
- Decreased sweating
- Dry, itchy skin
- Weight gain and water retention
And these are just a few of the symptoms… So you can imagine how I’ve been feeling lately… especially if you add in the anemia.
There’s a lot of debate out there over taking drugs like Synthroid or something like a natural dessicated thyroid supplement. Right now I’m taking Synthroid and seeing improvements. I’m not cold all the time anymore and my energy levels are slowly on the rise. If you have any research or information on thyroid treatments, please share in the comments below.