New Member just saying hello!

Hello everyone. I've just joined, so wanted to just say hi and introduce myself.

I'm Kate, I'm 38 and have been unwell since October 2014. Originally misdiagnosed with psoriasis and depression, I was eventually diagnosed with the true issue, Hypothyroidism. I believe mine is Auto Immine but without goitre, but nobody has ever told me exactly what's wrong, despite me asking.

I joined to get support, advice and sanity. I hope to do the same for others too. I'd slap be keen on meeting local people facing similar issues as I'm finding the emotional side and physical changes challenging mentally.

Anyone wanting to say hi and introduce themselves, please feel free. Thank you for providing a space like this.

Kate x

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  • Hi there! I'm Christy I just joined this as well! But welcome! I just had a sonogram on tyroid and they found a small nodule. 1/2 centimeter. I'm trying to treat it naturally well with the help of Armour tyroid. I take nascent iodine drops maybe 2 small drops daily and I just started taking selenium cuz that helps rid the body of to much iodine. I'm all about healing naturally. I really would love to see a holistic dr. If I had the money.

  • Hi Christy1977, nice to hear from you.

    I have no idea what any of your message means as my medical issues are the other side if the scale, but I can empathise with wanting to get better and more natural treatment!

    I'd love to share tips on any proven holistic approaches..

  • Welcome to the forum, K8TE.

    90% of hypothyroidism is autoimmune. If you post your recent thyroid results and ranges members will advise whether you are optimally medicated. If you have access to your historical results and can find results for thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOab) which are over range this confirms autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's).

  • Hi and thanks for providing the forum. I can already see that it's going to be a tremendous aid.

    I don't have any of my results. I can see from this forum however that I should get them and study them!

    I suspect it's Auto Immune as AI Disease runs in my family, maternal side.

    I'll ask for my results and post them. Hopefully this community can provide further advice where the medical community cannot.

  • Have you checked to see if you have a local support group you could join. Which would mean you could meet similar people to talk to. I suffer with a under active thyroid. But have found out in the past it is good to talk to other people in similar circumstances. Best of luck.

  • Hi, I looked but there didn't seem to be. I'll look again though as I'm still getting to grips with navigating on here.

    I totally agree re having support from people who are going through the same thing. Makes all the difference.

  • If you cannot find a support group perhaps you could find somebody who lives local to you, who you could meet up with. Just a idea.

  • A great idea and ill do that!

  • Just read a few threads where people refer to their TSH results.

    Mine is 55. This looks to be a heck of a lot ...

    Should I be worried???!??

  • K8TE,

    If TSH is 55 you need Levothyroxine. If you are aleady taking Levothyroxine you are under medicated. Dose should be increased in 25mcg increments every 6-8 weeks until TSH is 1.0 or lower.

  • I was on 75mcg Levothyroxine when my results ran this high, they've had me on 125mcg since and im due a test again soon. (6 weeks)

    Some symptoms have gone, some have slightly improved, others remain and others have begun. It's like trying to find the best case scenario combo isn't it?!?

  • Hi. Welcome to the forum. Good you have found us. Lots to know and learn so shout out when you are lost about anything. Always get a printout of your results so if you want you can post to get opinions but also remember the ranges as well as they change from lab to lab. Always remember that things don't happen overnight either so you need to be patient and learn to listen to your body.

  • Hi and welcome I just joined yesterday so I'm new too my names Lorraine I'm 58

    I too have a underactive thyroid

    Feel very tired a lot and dry skin ear infections

    I've just started vitamin b12 injections as a blood test showed I was at the lower end having a underactive thyroid can cause it maybe worth checking your b12 levels

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