Hi all, Uk male here diagnosed as Hypo approx 2 years ago. Thought I would join to chat and have a moan to people who actually understand how these symptoms can effect day to day stuff as it appears that only fellow sufferers have the ability to do so. Doctors are s**t, treatment in Uk is s**t , and feeling constantly tired along with all the other symptoms is, well much the same s**t.
Felt a little off a couple of years ago- was diagnosed being hypo with TSH of approx 16, started on 50 mg Levo- straight away felt even more crap then before taking Levo. Accidental brand change of medication yeilded slight improvement to allergy symptoms so kept to Mercury Pharma brand, appears theres no other brand options to try. Typical story of GP only going by TSH tests, my last test was last year at 6.82, have had arguments with numerous GP's as I never get to see the same one at my surgery and they have all been useless-
Condition has effected my work almost costing me my job and I'm not out of the woods yet on that score. I'm struggling at the moment with tiredness, aches and pains and probably the most annoying at the moment which is sore eyes as I work in front of a computer all day, I can work at a PC from home without too many problems but go into the office and its a different story, maybe the air conditioning, or maybe just the fact that I'm concentrating harder and possibly had less sleep. Anyway not great, sometimes wonder if I will be able to keep my job if I don't at some point get some adequate treatment to get my levels right. Could go on for ages but you get the idea, from what I read most of you guys and gals have experienced pretty much the same stuff so at least I don't think I will be treated like a hypochondriac on here, I have enough of the hypo labels without any additional ones lol.
Would be interesting to hear from some of you guys what its been like for you and what advice you may have. I've read a lot on the web but its mostly from a womens perspective, As a guy I struggle with what feels like losing a part of my male identity, feeling tired, weak, not being able to be as active as I was, sports etc, confidence goes etc etc. To add to the problem I have a tendon/ joint injury which probably isn't healing due to the condition and stops me from working out which would probably be the only way of improving my fitness and confidence, not to mention getting rid of this beer belly that suddenly developed. I used to work out and have great stamina so this has effected me big time.
So guys, is there a light at the end of the tunnel or is this as good as it gets?. It's been 2 years and Ive got no-where, not one adjustment of meds, just given a prescription and left to get on with it and no amount of my complaining that I dont feel right is taken seriously, words cannot describe what I could do to them doctors, they should all have their thyroid glands ripped out then maybe they would learn something about the condition.