I was hoping to get some support and advice from this forum as I am feeling a little overwhelmed by my hyperthyroidism diagnosis.
Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 28 years old and studying for a Master's degree whilst working full time. Just after I started my new job I found myself almost falling asleep in meetings, I was waking up in cold sweats 4 or 5 times a night, I was always freezing cold and my mood was incredibly low. I stopped being able to keep up with my work at uni and some days I couldn't even get out of bed. The worst part was the anxiety which was mainly directed at my poor boyfriend. I decided to go to the doctors, the doctor barely listened to my symptoms and prescribed me Sertraline for anxiety. The Sertraline did help a bit with my mood but all my other symptoms were still there...night sweats, coldness, sleep problems and exhaustion. I went back to the doctors and saw someone different, she immediately booked me in for a blood test as she suspected an under active thyroid.
The doctor called me back two days later and told me that I had a 'severely under active thyroid' and immediately put me on 100m of Levothyroxine. I was actually quite relieved to be diagnosed with hyperthyroidism as it explained all of my horrible symptoms. I had to take a week off work to adjust to the new meds as I was feeling very woozy and exhausted. The doctor did another blood test 2 weeks later and upped my Levo to 150m..after a very exhausting weekend of getting used to the new dosage I actually feel a lot better today! The doctor has referred me to a specialist who I will see on Friday, the specialist wants to find the cause of my under active thyroid. To be honest I really don't know what to expect when I see the specialist..whenever the doctor explains things to me I find it hard to fully understand how serious my condition is (I am on my third doctor now due to their vacation time/sick leave and my current doctor has quite an abrupt manor and a thick accent) and I also feel awkward asking too many questions as they always seem so busy.
I would really like some advice on how to help myself feel better, I am so busy with my MA and working full time that I have no time to be exhausted! I'm hoping that my meds will make me feel better but i'm just so worried I will always feel tired and with no enthusiasm. Could anyone give me advice on what the specialist might suggest? I really don't know what to expect. I have put on a bit of weight recently, does anyone know of any good ways to speed up my metabolism? has anyone actually lost weight on Levo?
Sorry about the long and rambling manor of this post!
Thank you in advance for your help!