I hope I don't write too much, but my life is just miserable and I need help/insight. I am fully convinced that I am hypo. I'm 26 and used to be 115 lbs with long, thick, curly hair, great skin, tons of energy....as a matter of fact I joined the military (US Army) and was more than able to keep up and compete with the guys. I had perfect pt scores and did 700-1000 situps a day just for fun, would go hiking for 5-10 miles with 35-40 lbs of gear in the 100 degree heat and feel wonderful.
All that changed when I got pregnant (as it naturally does). But it got even stranger-up until I was about 25-26 weeks pregnant. I was still in size 3 jeans (not sure what size that would be in the UK, but very small) and it was just like it changed overnight. I started gaining weight, got gestational diabetes, started losing my hair/eyelashes/eyebrows, and had symptoms of preeclampsia. My Dr pretty much just said "Oh, weird." and told me all about gestational diabetes.
My daughter is now 16 months and I still feel awful. I have been discharged from the Army due to planters fasciitis which is so debilitating that I can no longer run, ruck march, or even stand for more than a few minutes without legitimate crippling pain. I have a legitimate foot issue, but it has gotten so much worse since all this started. I also have neck/shoulder pain that has gone on for about a year now. I attributed it to an old combatives injury but now am not sure, as it sounds like it could potentially be due to hypothyroidism.
Of course, on top of this, I am just exhausted. I am a stay at home mom now, but I don't have the energy to keep up with my daughter and my husband doesn't understand why I can't just clean the house. I try but get tired so quickly, on top of the pain from standing/walking around. I sleep for long periods of time, when I can finally get to sleep, but I feel no better. I'm gaining weight- I'm up to 155lbs now, 40 lbs from before I got pregnant. Of course I realize pregnancy can cause weight issues; but I don't have the energy to work out. I used to be so strong, but I can't even carry my daughter up the stairs without getting out of breath.
My beautiful hair essentially turned to brittle straw. I had to cut it off to about my shoulders, but it is so thin and dry. It is falling out in heaps and I have bald spots, plus a nasty dry scalp that is somehow oily at the same time. I still have not regrown the majority of my lashes or brows. My skin is so dry and my face is breaking out, which didn't even happen as a teen. My periods are long and awful, as opposed to the 3 days I used to have.
I had MASSIVE depression after the birth of my daughter, which didn't begin to ebb until recently, though I would still consider myself heavily depressed. The Dr's just gave me depression meds, which seemed to work for a while, but then stopped. My temper has exploded, where I used to have next to none. I fly off the handle unexpectedly and it is so difficult to control, though I do so most of the time.
In addition to all of this, I have multiple large goiters which were discovered halfway through my pregnancy. They have now grown and have altered my voice and are affecting my ability to swallow. They are sometimes painful, and if anything touches my neck I feel like I am being choked. I had a biopsy done on them a year ago that came back negative for cancer, so that's a blessing.
Unfortunately, my Dr's didn't really listen to any of my concerns. They asked if I had any family history of thyroid issues, and I said no. They discounted me after that and said they would do a "base test for hormone levels" whatever that means, but I came back within the normal range. That was over a year ago though, and things have certainly got much worse since then.
Since talking to my Dr's over a year ago, I have discovered that my maternal grandmother had her thyroid removed due to hypo/goiters, my paternal great grandmother had hers removed for hypo/goiters, and my paternal grandmother is hypo. If I had known this I feel certain that they would have listened to me and taken me more seriously.
I'm getting put under my husband's insurance soon, so I will be able to go to doctors other than military doctors and will tell them all of this, but I am beyond terrified that they will tell me that everything is normal and that I'm just fat/lazy/ugly/angry/sleepy/sad. I cannot live like this. This has completely ruined my life. It ruined my career (I'm now unemployed, having difficulty finding a job), put a huge strain on my marriage, is affecting my relationship with my daughter...I can't do the things I love anymore, like exercise, and if it weren't for my daughter I honestly wouldn't even find a reason to go on living like this anymore. I am that miserable.
Please, someone give me a success story. How long did it take from diagnosis to when you got meds? And how long before those started working? Did you get your energy back? What about your mood? Hair/weight? PLEASE tell me my life can get back to normal. I'm 26- I can't live a whole life like this.
And if this doesn't sound like hypothyroidism, maybe someone could point me in the right direction. I just want help.