I am new to hypothyroidism and have been on 25mcg levothyroxine for just over 3 weeks. It was a battle to get this because, despite TSH of 5.1, GP does not think I am hypothyroid.
Anyway, in the meantime I have been continuing to do some research and found that I have nearly every symptom of adrenal fatigue (something which is not generally recognised by the medical profession). Adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism are connected.
I have been stressed for quite a few years - I began studying for a healthcare degree when I was 52 years old and going through the menopause; on the day I graduated my mum was diagnosed with advanced stage four cancer (out of the blue) and given a prognosis of six months to live; from the day of diagnosis I cared for my mum at home 24/7 until the day she died (she lasted three months); I then spent six months or more clearing out the house - the home I had shared with her for many years.
I then relocated from the south to the north to find a job in healthcare. I struggled to get a job despite being one of the best students they had ever had on the course. There was definitely some ageism going on I think! Or maybe it was my 'brain fog' and possible adrenal fatigue affecting me? I have now given up on the possibility of pursuing a new career, I am 57 years old.
The above information isn't really relevant except to illustrate how various things can stress you without you realising it. You only see some things with hindsight. All of this stress coupled with the fact that I am a worrier with perfectionist tendencies, makes the possibility of adrenal fatigue quite likely.
I am continuing to research to get to the root of my problems so that I can get back to being me.
I am now looking at modifying the way I eat to see if that can help to improve things. I have always eaten quite a healthy diet and have been fairly active throughout my life, but maybe I just need to change things a little bit. I came across this useful article, it has probably been posted on here before, but no harm in posting again.