I was first diagnosed back in 2005, (age 45) after visiting the Dr with weight gain, and severe itching of my arms, I was told then that I my thyroid could have been underactive for the past year (maybe more). I had previously been a size 10, using the gym, enjoyed going out (normal life). I gave up work in 2007, as the ability to concentrate, control the itching of my arms, I was prescribded various anti histamines (all made me sleepy) I felt at the time it was leave or be sacked.
My weight continued to increase, as did my dress size, by 2013 a size 16/18 , memories of the gym long gone. All symptoms were continually reported to the Dr, queries over my ever increasing size were I felt brushed aside, and i was told oh it’s ok!! I used to research and arrive at appoints with various findings , but felt that no notice was taken.
In Feb 2015 I had my gall bladder removed, changed my diet ( I am now gluten free) and over 18 months lost a significant amount of weight (back to a size 10/12) walking /cycling and feeling human again.I even contemplated looking for a job. That wasn’t to last long, as my bloods showed my Levothyroxine was now to high (October) and has been reduced by half (currently on 75mg) the weight is increasing again, now a size 12 verging on 14, and the same symptoms of itching is back, (no antihistamines this time - but a nerve suppressant has been prescribed,) I hope to get an appt in the next week to discuss this again.
If (I think) the problems of itching, lethargy etc went away when I was on the higher dose should I have to take extra medication (with it's own side effects) to deal with it. Wouldn't it make some sense to increase (even by a small amount) the dose of Levothyroxine?
The last visit to the Dr’s was the first time I had been shown my blood test/ hormone levels, and I didn’t think to ask for a copy, I am hoping for an appt next week to a) discuss the weight gain(again) b) the itching and other issues (I feel are connected) and c) ask for a copy of the results.
2016 was the best year I’ve had since being diagnosed, people I hadn’t seen in years (no desire to go out) commented on how I was the person they used to know, which was exactly how I felt – the person I used to be.
I hope all that makes some sense, another thing I struggle with is always getting things verbally or written to make sense!!
Would love to know what any of you think I could do next?