Confused about Thyroid condition

I have been tested for the last 6 years as my twin has been on thyroxine for 10yrs. I have felt rotten for the last year and when I had my blood tested the last two time, the doctor said I was borderline? 3 weeks ago I had a panic attack after feeling really rotten for about 8 weeks as I had not slept. My doctor has put me on 25mcg Levothyroxine, I am back next monday to get my blood tested again, I have felt better since taking thyroxtine, is this just the begin of a long road?

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  • It's great to hear that your GP has now started you on medication. People with borderline results are often made to wait until they're very ill indeed before they get put on medication, regardless of their symptoms and family history of thyroid issues.

    It's impossible to say if the road to recovery will be a long one for you. Everyone is different. For some it can be as little as a few weeks before they are feeling great again, for others it is indeed a long uphill struggle to regain their health. Hopefully you'll be one of the fortunate ones for whom everything goes smoothly. Recovery can't be rushed though, and it takes time to find your optimum maintenance dose, so patience is required :-)

    As this is probably something that will be with you for life now, it's important to learn as much as you can about the condition. There's plenty of info and books to help. To start with, a simple guide may be helpful, such as 'Understanding Thyroid Disorders' by Dr Anthony Toft, which is stocked by many pharmacies, as well as being available online through amazon.co.uk/?&tag=thuk0a-21

    and also here familydoctor.co.uk/thyr01

    Don't be afraid to ask your GP questions, but don't assume his/her word is gospel, as they frequently have scant knowledge of this disease. Learn to listen to your own body and instincts. Connecting with others through support groups is a great way to learn. Read all the answers to questions that others have already asked!

  • thank you i will get the suggested books and ask lots of question when i see the doctor.

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