I had part of my Thyroid removed, due to a tumour, in 1977 and was never prescribed anything until 10 years ago. I have suffered from almost every symptom described. It wasn't until I had to have a Hysterectomy, and needed to take HRT that any blood tests were taken, and so it was found that I needed to take Thyroxin.
I also suffer from Vitiligo, which I have had for many years, since the early 80’s, (it’s a skin condition which causes depigmentation of the skin) l have lost most of my skin pigmentation over the years and have to wear factor 50+ in the sun) I did do some research 10 years ago (when I was first prescribed Thyroxin) and I found it was a common side effect with those suffering Thyroid problems !! I’m not sure that my Doctor was aware of any link, and never did any tests for Thyroid dysfunction when I presented myself with the skin problems.
It's only after someone suggested I check sites for those with Thyroid problems that I realise that I'm not going mad or senile. I'm allowed to have mood swings. My memory loss is not my brains fault. My slurred speech - I can now tell people that – No ! I have not been drinking ! My falling asleep on the settee isn’t a problem for me, if I've had a busy day. That being so cold at night that your partner doesn't want to play footsie in bed is normal (for me at least !)
I take Levothyroxine of 100 mcg a day and have told friends and family that I have 'Thyroid moments,' depending on where I get the tablets from. Little did I know until tonight how true that was ! I never knew the prescriptions for it could differ with each manufacturer !
Thanks to this site I have found that taking Iron tablets or multi vitamin tablets containing Iron could actually stop your Thyroxin from working if taken together !! I have taken multi vitamins since the late 70’s Partly due to being a vegetarian, and partly due to my Doctor telling me that I should be taking Iron supplements ! I might as well have not been taking the Thyroxin !
I’ve now stopped taken multi vitamins completely for the moment. It’s been a week – and I actually feel a whole lot better ! More energy, memory much better – just feel better ! I know it will be a couple more weeks before the Thyroxin finally kicks in though.
Perhaps my body has been in limbo since 1977 waiting for the real me to arrive !