I'm new to all this and have been reading lots of posts/articles but am feeling v bogged down with it all and confused!!
I had half my thyroid removed in 1999 due to a large non-malignant cyst and was told at the time the other half would be fine and I would not need meds... I was only 23 at the time and assumed they were correct and didn't give it any more thought! I did have my levels tested once when I was pregnant with my third child but never even asked about the results as they said it was "fine"...
I think I have actually had hypo symptoms for many years (hair loss, nails, dry skin, constant battle with weight, constipation etc) but I just thought that was "me" and didn't associate them.
Recently, though I have been struggling with many more symptoms which have been getting worse and a feeling of something in my throat which given my past set alarm bells ringing. Doc tested TSH and it came back normal but 3.82 (range was up to 4)... I didn't feel normal so started to do research... fortunately my GP was great and didn't just tell me I was normal if I was having symptoms. Have had a scan (all fine except small cyst in half that's left) so was sent to an endocrinologist who has put me straight on levo thyroxine (50mcg).
I picked up the tablets today and start tomorrow morning and basically after reading so much today I am terrified to start taking them!! Shallow I know but I am concerned about more hair loss and weight gain as well as other side effects.
I am also confused about whether I should start boosting any vitamin intake to aid absorption?! Doc has ordered bloods in 8 wks including B vits/iron/vit d which have never been tested...so do i leave the vitamins for now?!
Sorry for long, rambling post but I'm at a by of a loss!
Thanks for reading