Just found this place. Hope you're all well!
I'm a 40 yr male, uh oh, diagnosed hypothyroid at age 23. Later, my Mum was diagnosed too, at that more typical age though, roughly speaking. She's c80mg I think, I'm a 175mg kind of guy. That is, barely functioning without ma peels after a few days, which I'm rubbish at remembering, maybe getting a bit better now, after 17 years.
I glimpsed a few mentions of Chernobyl on my way here - must say that was a new one to me.
However, I thought to share what has become over time my understanding of my thyroid gland's condition.
A mon avis, one has to understands one's health in as overall a fashion as possible and sometimes no amount of looking under the bonnet will do it, if the reason you're not moving (this is a car analogy) is due to congested traffic.
I believe that the eventual failure of my thyroid gland as I struck out into life as an adult (big kid) was the result of what are essentially long standing emotional 'issues', of the repressed/disconnected sort. In my own case the result of a well meaning loving family, completely unconscious, with reasonably significant emotional trauma running underneath it, the results appearing in the adult child eventually in the form of co-dependency traits, addiction issues, etc etc. Through no malice whatsoever by a well meaning but wounded family, psychologically, my sense of Self was so foreign all sense of well being had to come from external sources. The blocked emotions that should have been let out my throat eventually built in my stomach giving appendicitis aged 8, a history of throat infections in teenage years and finally the white flag from the thyroid gland in my early 20s.
That middle-aged females are the main group prone to this condition is no surprise to me. In our patriarchal society you guys get a raw deal, have done for a couple of millenia at least. If there's a group prone to repressing emotions it's women. That there's an average age when thyroids most commonly pack-in ... depends on the personal struggle. One may be completely unaware of the possible framing of one's life in such terms. ..
So to sum up - it's to do with healthy expression, or it's opposite, of one's Self in the most general terms, and just how much unconscious compromise from the optimal norm we're forced to make by our environments, in early years and beyond. No coincidence that we're talking about an area of the body where we speak from, and should express ourselves meaningfully.
My GP didn't tell me this, you'll have gathered by now. Would be interested to know if anyone else has also strayed off the provided path in thinking about the possible causes?
all the best just now