Hi there! Seeking some comfort and advice from your community. Here's my last two weeks in a nutshell. Thank you so much for reading.
I am an PICU nurse, doctor approaches me during shift last week and asks why my thyroid looks so big. I hadn't realised, I look in the mirror and think oh my gosh, how didn't I see this. Very enlarged, must have been a rapid growth for me not to notice.
I see my GP, urgent tests done.
Free T4: 7
Very hypothyroid huh, then antibody test was 495, Hashimoto's confirmed.
When asked whether I was extremely tired, I guess I was, but I've always been a tired person. Itchy skin yes, I put this down to the changing weather. I've always been acne prone.
I've been started on Levothyroxine 50mcg, to be increased monthly to a recommended dose of 200mcg. I've had these a week now and all I've noticed is intense stomach cramping. I haven't had a period in ~2 years so I can't tell whether it's menastral or abdominal.
Please can I ask whether anybody has had a similar journey and will it get better? I'm hugely concerned by the fact that the thyroid surgeon I saw on Friday told me the goiter will probably never go down, please see the attached picture. I'm only 23, :(. Also, how have people found weight loss? I am usually a very slim girl but have been piling weight on for about a year now (makes sense now). I'm 5'7 and 135pounds; used to sit around 120pounds. I'm active and I eat well; I'm considering the paleo diet but I'm a vegetarian.
Thank you everybody!