Greetings all! I am a recently diagnosed auto-immune hypothyroidism case with a lovely mix of hypoglycemia as well. I was just diagnosed two weeks ago. My family has a history of hypothyroidism, so this was something I knew I had to monitor.
Case history: I had been seeing my general practice doc for about 10 years and monitoring my levels annually. However, because I started having major issues with hypoglycemia she referred me to an endocrinologist. While my levels (TSH, T3, etc.) have all been within normal (low end, and barely in the normal range), my general doc never thought to do a thyroid antibody test. My endocrinologist did, and found that I do have the markers. Normal levels of the antibodies (according to the labs) are below 9. Mine are at 77. So, yes, that is quite an issue. She has started me on the lowest dose of Synthroid. I've been on it for the two weeks, and know it take awhile until I see results.
However, in the meantime, I am feeling like (pardon the expression) like hell. Sure, my hair is falling out, I am dry skinned, but that pales in comparison to some other things.
Here is what I need some help with from the community of those who have 'been there'. First, I feel like hell most often in the AM (even though I sleep 8 or more hours a night). I ache, I am very physically tired. It takes me, on most bad days, to feel okay about 1 or 2pm. So, is this normal? Is this because I take the meds first thing and the result is that it takes hours to get into my system? Or what? And I really don't want to have to take Advil everyday. Anyone have any ideas to help ease these pains?
Next - I feel like there is something in my throat and I don't want anything near my collar bone. I wore a shirt that sat just below the collar bone and it drove me so crazy I had to change shirts. Again, any advice to help ease this one is appreciated.
Lastly - the weight gain. I eat mostly vegetarian and healthy, but know I need to exercise. That is the hard part. I hurt, so I don't want to move, then I'm upset because I want to exercise, but even when I do, I'm so out of breath, it's crazy! I used to be a runner, and this is just killing me.
So, anyone have any advice?
Thanks in advance!