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Too Many Symptoms

Hi, I am new to this community and not sure of dos/ don't. Hypothyroidism is in my family (on the female side). My grandmother and mum both developed it in later life and my daughter was diagnosed when she was 11.

For about 2/3 weeks I have been feeling a bit 'off', just not right but not able to put my finger on it. The following symptoms have started; unable to tolerate cold, constantly cold extremities (hands,feet,nose), exhaustion, flu type feeling over whole body in muscles. A few months ago I was having carpel tunnel symptoms in both wrists/arms, which settled. I have also had thinning eyebrows (outer edges) for about a year. I have had a headache every day for 8 days now and over the last 4/5 days my asthma has been playing up, not enough to use an inhaler but the feeling like I have an upper respiratory cold/virus. For a few weeks I have also been loosing my voice completely, having to clear my throat and over the past few days I have a niggling throat. I keep saying I feel although a virus is hanging about me but not coming to anything or getting better. I feel lethargic and where I usually buzz about that everything is taking such an effort. Some of the symptoms are odd and the best way to describe the overall feeling is of having a virus hanging about me.

I have ordered a thyroid test from a reputable online pharmacy as I can't get to the doctor for 2 weeks, due to work shedule. I also wanted to ask if it would be risky taking my daughters thyroxine for a few days to see if I improve.

Any advice, help or reassurance would be much appreciated.

I feel like I've aged 20 years over the past 2 weeks.

Thank you in advance.

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Hi and welcome :) You are describing me 5 years ago! I had the exact same symptoms and was diagnosed with Hashimotos.

Taking anyone else's prescribed meds is risky, hang in there until you get your blood results. In the meantime get plenty of rest and be kind to yourself :)

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Welcome to the forum, Vickiboo77.

Please don't take your daughter's thyroxine. It isn't a quick pick me up and takes 7/8 days to be absorbed before it even starts working. Post the thyroid results with the lab ref ranges (figures in brackets after results) in a new question and members will advise whether you may have a thyroid problem.

In the meantime take high dose vitamin C, 2-3,000mg daily. If you have a virus it will help your immune system and won't interfere with any diagnosis and treatment you may need.


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No, Don't take your daughter's thyroxin, it wouldn't help that much, and if you did manage to get your doctor to test on the basis of your private test, it would skew the results. You'd just be shooting yourself in the foot, really.

As Clutter said, while you're waiting for your results, tke good care of yourself : plenty of rest and plenty of water. Eat plenty, good nutrient-rich foods. Plenty of fat, and a decent quantity of salt.

And when you do get to see your doctor, get him to test vit D, vit B12, folate, ferritin and iron. You could be low in some of these, and that would add to your symptoms.

Hugs, Grey


...and when you have your blood tests, have them first thing in the morning having not eaten breakfast. Then you are more likely to show up as hypothyroid if you do have a problem.


It won't help. It can take months to get the dosage right. It is not a quick easy fix. If you had t3, then you could get relief rather shortly. Wait for the tests and continue from there.


Hi all, thank you for all your replies. I think yesterday was the worst I have felt and I was grasping at straws. I haven't resorted to self medicating and will see what comes up with home thyroid test that should be with me by the end of the week. Tonight I am feeling so much better, all symptoms have reduced in severity and I'm not feeling quite so fuzzy headed....I almost feel lime myself tonight. I have been off work today and managed to rest most of the day. If i have thyroid issues is it normal to suddenly feel better? I'm keeping everything crossed that tomorrow will be a good day.

Thank you again ☺


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