Hi! I'm new to the board,
I'm 22 and have had trouble with an eating disorder over the last year which i feel i am recovering well from. During this time i fell underweight through little eating and excessive exercise, my periods stopped and i had blood examinations in April to check my hormone levels which i was told was all fine. I managed to gain control over my ED and put on needed weight and my periods returned.
However, for the 6 months or so i have had trouble with horrible constipation, which i though was due to my ED. I have tried all laxatives, paying close attention to my diet and nothing works, i had some blood work done at the doctors because the bloods from April revealed a low thyroid when i was informed everything was okay.
The lasted bloods came back THS 1.7 (0.27-4.2 being and healthy range), T3 3.9 (3.1-6.8) and T4 12.1 (12.0-22.0), doctor informed me that these are healthy levels and my thyroid is working as it should and my current bowel situation is IBS.
I return to the doctors today because i am in a lot of pain with constipation so i get prescribed alternative tablets to try help settle this. After thinking my thyroid is okay, the doctor tells me that the antibody blood test came back and i am at high risk of developing a low thyroid due to antibodies that attack the thyroid being present.
For now i am told there is nothing that can be or needs to be done but regular bloods to continually check thyroid levels.
I'm just so stressed with this news... being told things are fine and then finding out otherwise.. I fear that i wont be able to get help for a low thyroid until my levels are low enough and symptoms are raging. My biggest concern is my weight, i really felt as though i got out of a mindset of being obsessed with the scales, running miles everyday and eat so little but now i feel these things coming back, i'm ready horror stories of people piling on weight with a low thyroid...
also reading more into symptoms, i feel the cold more than anyone, i am tired ALL the time, i have feelings of depression which i've been struggling with for years now.. but until i have the blood work nothing can be done..
Is there anything i can do NOW to prevent these symptoms such as weight gain, and feeling tired all the time.. any natural supps? anything to avoid in my diet?
any advice or personal stories would really help me right now, thank you