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Igglepiggle

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Found out today I have hypothyroidism and am gonna be put on medication for it which I might take my whole life, I’m nervous to see if it actually helps me. Whenever I’m given a new supposed treatment for my health I worry that it won’t make a difference because I think I still believe there’s nothing wrong with me and everything’s an excuse and a result of my own failure to be the person I want to. Anyone have any advice for hypothyroidism or just generally how to prepare yourself and come to terms with trying to treat symptoms you’ve lived your whole life with? How do you deal with that anxiety especially when it feels justified as every time I’ve been given a new treatment idea I’ve had worse health issues come up which stopped myself from being able to see the progress of the treatment I was trying.

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    • Igglepiggle

      480d

      @NaynayLili thank you yes I’m feeling better about the medication now I think it’ll be a bit helpful and it’s not my biggest medical problem so it doesn’t feel too big of a deal anymore

    • NaynayLili

      480d

      Hi, I hade hypothyroidism since I was about 10 years old. Medication will help a lot with fatigue. I was on levothyroxine for years, but switched to synthroid. I can't think of any side effects over the years of having to take thyroid medication. It is a bit of a pain taking it everyday, but in the big picture of other medical things I've been through it's not too bad.

      • Igglepiggle

        480d

        @NaynayLili thank you yes I’m feeling better about the medication now I think it’ll be a bit helpful and it’s not my biggest medical problem so it doesn’t feel too big of a deal anymore

    • Belleromeo

      481d

      I was diagnosed when I was about 11 and it made a huuuge difference - it fluctuate a lot throughout my teen years and I had to have a LOT of blood tests and check ins until it stabilised a couple years ago. It runs in the family and my grandmother and aunt had their thyroids removed. I struggled with the side effects of the medication initially but it's a really normal and unproblematic part of my life now! Wishing you all the luck in the world 🤗

      • Igglepiggle

        481d

        @Belleromeo thank you so much :) I have an autoimmune disease too so things aren’t very straightforward but I’m hoping the medication makes my life a tiny bit easier

        • Belleromeo

          480d

          @Igglepiggle I understand, I'm also in the process of trying to get a fibro diagnosis so things are never simple 😅 good luck and I'm here if you need to vent!

    • OllieTwT

      482d

      I know... I'm so sorry I have been diagnosed for 17 years just prepare yourself for all the symptoms

      • Igglepiggle

        481d

        @OllieTwT I have an autoimmune disease as well so I’m used to different symptoms now haha

    • carter._.16

      500d

      I took meds for my thyroid too! After a while if taking it, my levels went back to normal. That won't happen for everyone, but the med is there to help keep it at a stable level. And taking it and feeling the results is so rewarding. I hope that you can take the medicine and start to feel better!!

      • Igglepiggle

        500d

        @carter._.16 thank you! I’ve not heard of anyone being able to come off it without experiencing their symptoms again that’s really cool I’m happy for you, thank you I’m starting to feel more hopeful about trying this

    • BraeburnGirl

      500d

      I’ve been taking levothyroxine for years and what I’ve found is that my dose has been adjusted based on both my symptoms and my bloodwork. Make sure you’re communicating with your doctor so they know how you’re feeling and don’t be afraid to speak up when you feel like something is wrong. You’re the one who knows your body best! I got very sick about a year ago and wasn’t able to keep anything down, including my meds. One of the worst things that happened is I was SO COLD due to not having my thyroid med on board. I was taking hot baths 3-5 times a day just trying to not feel so cold. I didn’t put two and two together until my doctor pointed it out and said I absolutely HAD to try to keep my blood pressure and thyroid meds down. I was prescribed an anti-nausea and once I had that and got my meds right again sure enough, I wasn’t freezing anymore. Wow, I didn’t realize what a big difference that tiny pill made. In other good news from the med, my hair became very silky and lush again and my skin isn’t so dry and flaky. It’s really amazing how much the thyroid affects. Good luck on your journey!!

      • Igglepiggle

        500d

        @BraeburnGirl thank you I really hope it helps me that’s great it’s helping you

    • kkellyyb

      500d

      ive been on levothyroxine for 13 years and to be honest i don't really know life before it but i can say that i notice symptoms of hashimotos very intensely when i miss doses of my levothyroxine

      • Igglepiggle

        500d

        @kkellyyb okay well that sounds like it would make a difference then, it sounds like it a case by case basis so I just have to hope it helps me despite my other illnesses

    • Prettyfig

      501d

      If you want you can message me and I can tell you more about my story lol. I think my main advice is if the dose isn't high enough or you still feel lethargic and are still gaining an unusual amount of weight don't be afraid to ask for a higher dose.

      • Igglepiggle

        500d

        @Prettyfig okay thank you!

    • Rosieposie99

      501d

      I was diagnosed last year and have been taking Levothyroxine since. I didn’t feel much of a change. The worst part of hypothyroidism for me is the fatigue. I can wake up tired and have to go back to sleep two hours later after waking up. It will take a few times to get your dose right and you need to have regular blood tests. My doctor didn’t really have much to say except for take the medication

      • Igglepiggle

        500d

        @Rosieposie99 yeah, I have some sort of autoimmune disease as well, suspected lupus that im under investigation for plus adhd and autism so it’s a real concern to me of nothing helping as my fatigue is dreadful and I have so many factors that cause fatigue each potential help for it sounds like a false promise

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