Underactive thyroid

Hi have had underactive thyroid for over 10 years now I'm 43 . Admittedly I'm very over weight but feel drained most days and suffer a lot of aches and pains which I continually attribute to my weight. I take 125mg of leverthyroxine daily and according to my bloods this is fine . I need to loose weight I'm aware of this I work full time and have a 10 year old my other children are now adults but I'm that exhausted I struggle to do much activity although I do walk a lot. I have never spoke to anyone else about this apart from my doctor who I am sure thinks I am a hypercondriac? Has anyone got any advice for me or ideas or things they have found helpful ... is this normal with underachievement thyroid. Look forward to hearing from people

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  • Hi and Welcome ! You have come to the right place :-) Do you have any blood test results with ranges that you could post ? You seem to be on a reasonable dose - but it could be you are not converting the FT4 into the Active hormone T3...and only your test results will show this.

    Have you had your thyroid anti-bodies tested ? Also you will need to know your levels of B12 - Ferritin - Folate - Iron - VitD - as they need to be optimal for you to feel well and for the T4 to convert into T3.

    There is so much to read and learn about and there are so many helpful people here - so keep asking questions. I could post lots of helpful links - but did not want to overwhelm you initially :-)

  • ThAnkyou I have not got answers to these questions but could get them from my GP X I have been diagnosed 10 years ago recieved a letter to collect medication X I am blood tested about every 6 months if all ok I just get told normal X if medication needs changing they send s perscription X feel like although I have this condition I know very little about it X

  • It does involve lots of reading and learning - go to the main website of Thyroid UK and there is everything there you will need to know about the thyroid and the many links to other conditions/deficiencies....


  • ThAnkyou so much really appreciate it X feel like I just accepted it and never really put together how awful I am feeling could be linked but certainly will go on that link and also find out my blood results instead of just that they are normal x

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