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Hypothyroidism or Underactive Thyroid

Firstly, Happy New Year to everyone.  Christmas seems so long ago, and unbelivably it is the 16th of January 2016 all ready.

Around 12 months ago I was diagnosed with an Underactive Thyroid, or as I found out later on Hypothyroidism.  I was put on tablets and told to get on with my life.

Listed below are some of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

Out of the 14 listed symptoms,  I have 10.  I struggled on for 6 months, hoping my new tablets would kick in, but I was still extremely tired.  No matter how much sleep I got, I was still tired.  I could sleep all day, and it’s not because I’m lazy, it’s because I am bone achingly tired.  My whole body aches, I have no appetite, yet can’t lose weight.

People have told me to eat less and exercise more, believe me, I don’t think I could eat less if I tried.  I have one meal a day, and one snack.  I wish I had the energy to exercise, but it takes all my energy just to get up and do the basics around the house.

Before Christmas I went back to see my Dr as I had had a six month thyroid blood test, and it was still very low, so he has upped my tablets.  This has now made my throat glands swell up, I feel nauseous, I’m still tired and ache all over.

I’m due to go and have new blood tests taken in the middle of February, so I will update you around then whether I need to up my tablets again, or if I have gone over to the other side and am now have hyperthyroidism, which has its own whole set of symptoms.