Firstly I would like to say how comforting it is to have this site to ask questions and see others experiences. I live in The Netherlands and have had an under active thyroid for 27 years. If I sit down to read a book, I fall asleep and my husband laughs at how many TV programs I sleep thru. I have over the years had many blood tests, which discovered low Calcium and vitamin D, so I take tablets. I also take a multi vitamin tablet for 50 plus ladies and spray my aching limbs with magnesium oil.
My local health center seems unable to retain doctors, so as soon as I build any relationship with them, they leave and another takes their place. I must say some seem very disinterested in my ongoing quest to feel less tired and reduce my daily aches / stiffness . If the blood tests look OK, they would like me to accept one blood test per year and stop complaining. Thanks to your ongoing advice I reject both.
Seven weeks ago I saw a doctor and asked for an increase in my levothyroxine as I was really sluggish, as he signed the paperwork he announced it was his last day at the surgery. I insisted that he increase my levothyroxine dose from 175 to 200 seven weeks ago and had the blood tests last week. Yesterday, I saw yet another doctor who told me that my thyroid test results were in the correct range, after a big fight I even got them to measure my T3, which he said was also normal . The doctor told me that fatigue can be a common complaint for under active thyroid patients, doctors do not know why it happens and that maybe CBT could help me cope with the feeling of tiredness.
He also asked if I was active, I showed him my Samsung Health tracker to prove i am not a couch potato ( I am in the top 2% of my age group) so that killed off the idea I am not active enough. I also showed him my sleep tracker, I admit I could try to go to bed earlier. He did not see my heart beat ranging from 42 minimum, 59 Average and maximum 142 (if I have been cycling ) as unusual.
I also eat well, being allergic to garlic ensures that I do not eat ready meals or often eat out at restaurants as it always a fight to exclude garlic. I try to eat a wide range for food types and eat my 5 a day.
So my question is has anyone tried CBT and if so did it help ? I am fed up of feeling tired, aching and I am sleeping my life away.