I've had a lot of problems over the years, not just hypo. And wondered if they were connected. Its a bit of a long one so hope your sitting comfortably 😀
I was diagnosed hypo at 18 ( now 48 ), but i am sure I was poorly with it long long before. Certainly through secondary school. During my teens I really struggled with my weight, hardly eating for years. Had bad light sensitivity. Brain fog, that at the time I just thought I was thick n slow. Poor at sport especially when it included coordination. Always cold, depressed but didn't know what depression was then.
Before diagnosis, by which time I was very very I'll. I'd had 2 possibly 3 periods, when I was 16 & 17. Running up to & after nothing till I was 19/20. I finally became vaguely regular at 21. By which I mean every 5-8 weeks and they lasted 4-10 hours. Very very light always. I guess I was still struggling with depression through this period but never treated.
When I was 23 & a student, I became pregnant ( not planned ) At about 9/10 weeks I had a miscarriage. I wasn't upset, but this is where my problems really began. I had 2 years of crippling post natal depression. Didn't know it at the time. After a year or so feeling very bad, I took a massive overdose & in a coma for 3 days. A few weeks later I had full nervous breakdown and was sectioned. I was on a mental health ward for about 5 months and during it had 14 treatments of ECT.
Got back on my feet n life carried on. But with definitely increased PMS. Appauling mood swings with great downward spiralling depessions. At 27 I became pregnant again ( never had a problem conceiving ). I was too scared to go through with the pregnancy & had a termination. The same happened again. 2 years of crippling life & mind destroying depression. This time I ended up in full time therapy, Monday to Friday 9-5. It didn't work. Also saw a supposed specialist in female hormones who said I was fine. I knew I wasn't fine
Again in between suffering life limiting PMS which at times made me pretty mental. At 30 same again, pregnant, too scared to go through with it, termination & 2 years severe post natal. By this point it was a case of I've got to have a hysterectomy for my own sanity. I DESPERATELY wanted children. But not only felt I couldnt do full term to myself but also to a baby. And what the hell would happen after ? ?
So hysterectomy I pushed for and finally got at 33.
I did feel a lot better after. But guess I've always been under medicated / low on t3 till recently starting my journey into thyroid education and self medicating.
The question is - is it all linked ? Is my hypo in my childhood / teens linked to what I went through.
Sorry it was so long & thanks for reading.
Its a big thing for me to open up about this sorry