Learning to live with hypothyroidism

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)
  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance, increased sensitivity to cold
  • Depression
  • Muscle cramps and joint pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Goitre
  • Thin, brittle fingernails
  • Thin, brittle hair
  • Paleness
  • 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.

0 Replies to “Learning to live with hypothyroidism”

  1. I don’t really have any info to share, but I am close to two people who take Synthroid: my BFF, who also has hypothyroidism (she’s been taking it for years now), and my boyfriend’s dad, who has thyroid cancer. So, I hope it works for you too! Good luck.

    – @stephbarnard

  2. Both my dad and my sister are on Synthroid and both really love the results they are getting. Dad’s been on it for about 2 years and my sister for about 10 years – maybe more.

    I don’t know anyone using anything else.

  3. Thanks for the info ladies! I know people on both synthroid and the other drugs… and my doc put me on Synthroid so I’m giving it a shot. I’m being very careful about how I take it… following the directions to a T. I’m actually a little neurotic about it.

  4. I also have something called hashimoto’s. It’s an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thryroid. Did they check you for tht?

  5. Welcome to the club, girlfriend. I’ve dealt with it for more than 20 years. The last two I finally found a doc who would let me treat from symptoms and switched me to natural thyroid. I’ve also started with a iodine supplement recently (literally, kelp) and it’s helped enormously.

    I was tested for Hashimoto’s and mine isn’t. It does run in the family though. Mom and her dad both had the problem.

    Really, if you have specific questions, send me an e-mail.

  6. Please do not take Synthroid, there are so many better natural options out there. After being Hyperthyroid (Graves) from the age of 14-16 then to Hypo now for the past 17 years I have come to learn much more about the disease. Look at all your options before jumping on the government bandwagon of synthetic medications.

    1. I take a generic form – levothyroxin. It’s working for me. If I notice it’s not really working for me anymore I will look into the natural options.

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