Ok. I'm now a week in since starting my increased T4. I'm now on 50mcg up from 25mcg. First few times I've chickened out of taking the whole 50mcg tablet by pulling a fast one and taking two 25mcg ones instead - simply because they dissolve in my mouth where the stronger ones don't. After much faffing about I now take a 50mcg a day and throw it in some water so it all comes apart, which works ok.
Lately I've been getting more mood problems - whether it's from the hypo or not I'm not sure, but it always happens when it's outside and it happens to be cold, wet, windy or damp. When it's warm with just a small breeze, not a problem, but then put me back in the indoors where it IS warm and then, as if by magic, I'm back to normal. It takes a couple of minutes or so before this happens but it's almost as if I've got some split personality thing going on and it's been worrying me and my boyfriend. It's been worrying him as he thinks most of the time I'm getting annoyed about him and it's worrying me as I know full well it isn't about him yet I get this impulse to fly off into some sort of outburst.
I went to church for the first time in seven months this morning. I'm not a religious person but the people who are, are people I went to school with and grew up with and although I am right in saying I do have friends other than those who attend church, they have their own sets of friends I don't know and interests that I don't have. Also, feeling too tired to go when I needed to go out and have fun (which I don't do very often!) left me feeling guilty for not catching up with any of the guys I usually see. Funnily enough, one of the girls at the church I used to speak to now and again also has a thyroid condition and she had radioactive treatment for it which has left her hypothyroid. She now takes thyroxine and goes through having her blood tested more regularly, and it's so nice to know that there's someone I can relate to and understands what I'm going through within my home community.
Before in my daily life I felt alone especially whilst I still had my job, because although I looked well enough I didn't feel very well within myself and one particular person in my team (I won't say who) although has a relative with hypothyroidism did not take my word for it until a blood test I had gone for would prove I was suffering from it.
During this time there was one occasion where my left leg completely seized up and felt so heavy I couldn't use it to get up the stairs. Going downstairs was fine but the problem was when it came to lifting it up. I told this person and they suggested I use a lift whenever I wanted to go between floors. I wished I had the nerve to tell them that I also have steps going into my flat, maybe I should get the local council to fit in a lift for that as well?
This whole thing really did get my back up and after I left my job and I was looking for work elsewhere it played on my mind so much that it made me want to talk about it, out loud, over and over again, whilst I was on my own. If something annoys me enough I feel as though I have to vent it more than once to get it out of my system until I do eventually say to someone in person what it is that's bothering me. I think telling myself out loud about it over and over prepares me for what I have to say until the time I can say it to someone in person. I don't know. I feel like I'm going mad as I write this and I don't want anyone to think I am.
The mood swings just happen. They get out of control within a few minutes of me being in the cold or wet or damp and it's almost as if I've lost the ability to stop the irritability/anger I feel. The self-control I have is somewhat blunted - that's right! Yes, blunted.
My family thinks maybe I should be on more thyroid hormone and I have my doubts as I've only been on the 50mcg for a little over a week. (I started the increased dose on 15/06/2013.) Weight's been better however. I look more filled out - before I weighed 45.8 kg and now I weigh 49.9 kg! I've been eating more food that I know will bulk me out but I'm also eating more fruit and veg, whereas before I'd be lucky to finish what I was given due to the difficulty swallowing. So yes, things are better for me in that respect and my eyes are nowhere near as puffy/baggy as they were before. Tiredness isn't as bad but the mood swings I can't help but feel embarrassed about.