i had a total thyroidectomy two years ago in spain which may have been uneccessary. autobiopsy showed up nothing sinister and i had no record of ill health prior to this. since then i've been prescribed various doses of levothyroxine varying from 60 to 150m. changed every few months after each new blood test. during this time my health has deteriorated. brittle nails, bloating, weight gain, partly the result of constant hunger, high cholestoral, teeth grinding, tiredness, and relentless joint pain, especially my knees, which are so stiff and painful i can hardly walk at times.. i no longer bathe as getting out of bath is a problem, i'm also feeling depressed by my weight increase. my last blood test showed i was being over medicated,, but i'm sure i must be under now, although the decrease in med is only a reduction of 150m a week . i can see it's a vicous circle here, added weight not helping with the painful legs etc, lack of excercise, and comfort eating while i'm living the life of a couch potato. i'm starting to plan anything i do around avoiding climbing stairs, much walking, etc.and getting up from a chair i feel crippled.
i'm now 68, and it's tempting to think i've suddenly taken a nose dive into old age, but this doesn't feel right, as prior to surgery i led a very active life, was a standard size 12.( i now take dress size 16. ) and often worked very long hours.
i'm due yet another blood test next week, i use a group practice so i see different gp's each time i go there. nobody so far has seemed to listen to what is clearly a deterioration in my health, and it seems impossible to get the dosage right so i feel like myself again. i'm either sluggish and depressed, or overwound, and it would be good to know i don't have to spend the rest of my life like this.
i wondered if there's a meet up group in islington for anyone experincing this stuff?.