I am now 46 and have recently, finally got the doctors to agree to put me on thyroxine treatment. I've just read a couple of threads on childhood hypothyroidism and its effects. I am convinced I've had this since very early on. Let me explain. My sister and I are 20 months apart but I am quite a lot smaller than her 3.5inches. We were both gymnasts from around the age of 5. We both trained four times a week doing a straight 8 hours on a Saturday. I was always the chubby one yet we were fed similar diets initially. But my mother found my podgy outline a bit offensive it would seem and kept putting me on diets. A friend remembers one occasion when she came round for dinner I was around 7 and my sister and her were fed egg and chips and I was given a slimming sweet meal replacement called adds (don't laugh). And so it went on in to early teens at one point being made to weigh myself in front of another of my friends to prove how fat I was (I was 9.5 stone and 5ft3) Again she. Would put me on >1000 cal per day diets eating things like steamed rhubarb with sweetener and diet soup and so it went on. Looking back it was pretty harsh especially the taunts about me being fat and disgusting. Never despite my grandma having had hypothyroidism was it a suggestion it was just me being greedy or being accused of secret eating. And so it went on me constantly dieting to stay at a normal weight and later using amphetamines. I have also flirted with bulimia in a particularly stressful time (moving back in with my mum) Anyway I've badgered the doctor for years to test my thyroid having suffered with constipation, unnecessary weight gain and panic attacks. Finally I'm here and after three weeks of levothyroxine my panic and anxiety are subsiding.