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This condition will probably be a ''for the rest of your life'' thing but it actually no big deal really, once the level of replacement is stabilized your life should return to normal except that you will now need to take some tablets everyday. Read this for some good info on the problem.
The tablets will be altered gradually - I've got to go for blood tests every couple of months so they can get the dose right. You will be on them forever, but they should really help. Apparently once the dosage gets sorted out, you will feel almost like a different person.
I had exactly the same symptoms as you some 10 years ago, Shaneystar, and was constantly going to the doctor with one thing or another. Stupidly, it hadn't occurred to me that, because my mother, father and brother all had hypothyroidism, there was a fair chance that I did too!
Anyway, the blood tests showed that I was producing virtually no thyroid hormone, I started on thyroxine and am now well again. That, plus a low-carb diet has helped me to lose three and a half stones; I now have the energy to go to the gym regularly; I've just completed an MA course with the Open University. Oh, and hypodthyroid patients get free prescriptions!
I take 150mcg of thyroxine each day and have my blood tested once a year. Occasionally, over the years - during times of extreme stress - I've had a 'blip' and had to have the dose altered, but that's happened only 3 times.
When they've got your dose sorted out you'll be amazed at how ill you've been and how well you feel. Happy and healthy 2006!
My GP did say that he will have to monitor the dosage so I will have to go for repeat tests.I suppose in a way I was hoping for an overnight cure !!
It is strange though because earlier this year I had the mumps.Of all the things to get at my age.It was most unpleasant and knocked the stuffing out of me for ages and I thought it was something to do with that.
I am glad I went to my GP though .It has put my mind at rest.
I shall definitely try some kelp Mullien.Thank you for that suggestion.
Thanks folks once again and a Happy New Year to you all.
I have been taking 100mcg of levothyroxine daily for about 15 years now shaneystar. I had an operation for an over active thyroid when I was 30 and then by the time I was 50 my body was not making enough thyroxine hence I was given medication to compensate. Bit of a bummer really. Try not to worry, as the others say once you get your medication sorted you will be fine. I have an excellent GP who always explains everything fully which helps. I have an annual blood test to ensure levels of thyroxine are correct. To be honest apart from that I take my tablet every day and never think about it. I never think of it as an illness in fact I forget all about it! Good luck.