Hi - I am glad I have found this forum, but rather overwhelmed by all the detail and negative stories! And would really appreciate some reassurance. And perhaps my slightly different pre-diagnosis experience might be helpful to others in the future.
I am 49 and finally went to the docs for some help with menopausal symptoms a couple of weeks ago (hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety and low mood, tiredness). And blood tests very quickly diagnosed hypothyroidism (I don't know the levels or even of what but Doctor said 'pretty high' and there did seem to be some urgency). Within a week I am on 75mg levothyroxine to start with and have been taking them for 4 days now.
The main thing for me is that I have always had anxiety problems and feel this week they are only being made worse by the treatment (or is it just the diagnosis!). This is the last thing I want. I wasn't so aware of the symptoms traditionally associated with hypo (I like exercise and wine! Although I am now rapidly learning and some of them are perhaps ringing bells - I seem to have been on a perpetual diet since I was about 11 and I have always had cold hands and feet - except during this wretched menopause where everything is too hot (and now probably getting worse with thyroxine). And I have long suffered crushingly low self esteem, with a general feeling that with all the advantages I have in life I really ought to be happier! Years of therapy never seemed to shift the general fear of life.
Anyway, I know I have to be patient and wait for things to settle, especially over these first 3-4 weeks before the next blood test, but any comments would be really helpful!
Thank you and love to you all,