Hello everyone. I'm new here. I'm struggling and don't know what to do.
I work full time as a teacher in a college, I have a two and a half year old (who is not a fan of sleep) and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in April of this year.
I was initially started on 25mcg of levothyroxine following recurring bouts of illness / exhaustion following the birth of my son. I had blood tests every 3 months for over a year and was informed that I was sub-clinical. My thyroxine levels have always been in the normal range, but my TSH level has been steadily rising. At my last blood test - a few weeks ago - my TSH level had dramatically increased from slightly above average to 37. The doctor I saw said that I am no longer sub-clinical, but that I have full-blown hypothyroidism.
My doctor increased my levothyroxine dose to 50mcg and has just increased it again to 75. She says she thinks I will be on 100 by the end of December (depending on the results of my next blood test).
My son is not sleeping well at the moment, so I am getting roughly 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night then getting up at 5a.m. to go to work. One day a week I have 9 hours of teaching - getting home by 10p.m. - and this week it has nearly killed me.
I'm off work today, but feeling so guilty. I have had a lot of time off work over the past two years with exhaustion and various illnesses. I see my partner (also a teacher) getting up - despite no sleep - and working really hard (at work and home) and I just feel bad for having no stamina and energy.
I know that my job is stressful and demanding - and also that toddlers can be incredibly hard work, but I'm just wondering how do I survive this? How much of my exhaustion is coming from the imbalance of hormones and how much of it is my hectic lifestyle? Has anyone else had similar experiences and how did you cope?
Going part time at work isn't an option for me at the moment and obviously there's no respite from the wakeful toddler. I have been sleeping on the train and then - when I get completely overwhelmed (which is every couple of months) - taking days off work.