I am new to this site and possibly not your typical case but here goes; I have been a keen athlete for many years and a half decent Marathon / ultra marathon runner, having completed 25+ in total and, up until Dec late 2011 I was running 6 days a week / 50-60 miles a week. I hit a wall in October 11 and ended up at the doctors only to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. One year on and I am now on 175mg of Levo and have been for about 6 months. I can just about cope as long as I do not train too hard (maybe 3 easy runs a week) and have simply lost all my speed and endurance and crash badly if I train too hard and end up in bits for days. I also have most of the symptoms associated with general autoimmune disease (various rashes popping up, severe tiredness, joint pains, low blood sugar moments/dizziness/hoarse voice) but I have not put an ounce of weight on since diagnosis which is strange I know (10/5 stone / 5'8'' male). I recently had tests for RA and although it wasn't confirmed, there are early signs in hands and feet. I also seem to have cysles of 'good days' followed by the inevitable 'bad days'. Q: Is it possible that with time I will be able to train properly again and race? I am 46 and have no intention of giving up on my running but currently I am paying dearly for the effort of just ticking over and spend most of my time knackered and frustrated...enough
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