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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

With my hypothyroidism, I pretty much experienced the fatigue, lack of appetite, weight gain, and some confusion at times. I kept asking my doctor to check my thyroid hormones, since there is a family history. Unfortunately, if you come back in the normal range, which is quite large, they tell you you're normal. I found out I was coming back in the very low normal range, and I evidently was more toward the high normal range when I was feeling great. I was lucky and found an internist who was willing to listen and go back to previous tests to see that I was in fact having a problem. Now taking Armour Thyroid, and feel great! Moral of the story, if you feel like it's not right, it probably isn't. Find a doctor who will listen!

Published: August 27

I have experienced many symptoms for a number of years. In fact, I was treated for depression instead of hypothyroidism for several years. At times, I thought I was "losing my mind" it was so severe. My symptoms included: confusion, inability to think clearly, total lack of energy, exhaustion, loss of interest in "everything," aches and pains (mainly in my legs/ankles/feet), and gained 35 pounds despite a lack of appetite. This has been a long struggle for me with problems at home and work (to be expected when I cannot think clearly). However, things are improving now -- there is hope!

Comment from: Didi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 15 years ago and underwent a partial thyroidectomy due to a nodule the size of a jelly bean. I went 3 years without having to take any medications at all. After blood work every six months for those 3 years, my TSH rose and doctors put me on 50 MCG Synthroid which I took until last week. I went for blood work 2 weeks ago and my TSH has risen from 1.1 to 2.83 to 4.15 over the last year. Doctor has now raised my Synthroid to 75 MCG and I am having a very hard time adjusting. I have night sweats, headaches, sleeplessness, wrist and hip pain. I saw the doctor today and he is going to try 50 MCG alternating with 75 MCG for 2 weeks and then 75 MCG daily. It looks like it may be the last hurrah for what is left of my thyroid and I am not looking forward to the time it might take to regulate it.

Comment from: Lana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I am a 25 year old female, diagnosed 20 plus years ago with hypothyroidism. I am taking medicine for 10 years or more. I am not your usual hypothyroid patient. I am less than 95 lb., and my energy varies day to day with vitamin supplement. After a brief stint with gall bladder removal, the practitioners told me conflicting results of my thyroid tests.

Comment from: Vicki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I have had symptoms most of my life, infertility, depression, always cold, but less than a month ago I ended up in the emergency room. While walking a short distance to my car in winter, I became very cold, had a migraine, threw up several times and eventually had to call 911 on my way home. They could not find a temp or BP. I couldn't breathe very well. After warming me up for over an hour, my temp. was 95. I had been telling my doctor about my problems, she put me on Synthroid, evidently it didn't work. I told her I thought it was getting worse, not better. I saw her less than two months before this incident with that very complaint. At the hospital I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis - acquired hypothyroidism. My psychiatrist put me on Armour Thyroid and after three days my migraine finally went away. I am still exhausted, can't get out of bed for more than a few hours, temp yesterday was 97. I see my GP on Friday; I am going to give her a piece of my mind!

Comment from: Debbie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I'm 41 and have been getting treated for hypothyroidism for two years. I asked my doctor to retest me for thyroidism due to the steady increase in my weight in spite of increased activity and my daily need for a nap around 3 or 4pm. Once I had my blood work done prior to 8 am, suddenly my results showed hypothyroidism. My medication has been changed from Armour to Synthroid and my weight has continued to rise. I'm the only one walking around at work without a jacket on because I seldom feel the cold. I am still battling depression and fuzzy thinking. And it seems my blood is sluggish no matter my fluid intake when I go in early for blood workups, I have low blood pressure and lack of hydration according to the nurse.

Comment from: Mustang Mamma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism seven months after my third child was born. I was losing my baby weight really quickly, then suddenly I started gaining weight as fast as I had lost it. I read in a thyroid book that that sometimes happens after you've had a baby -- it's as if you have a burst of hyperthyroidism and then it goes to hypothyroidism and that sometimes it goes back to normal --mine didn't. I was tired, couldn't get off the couch, and thought I had post-partum depression. I started having heart palpitations, for which I decided to go to the doctor. He tested my TSH and found my levels very high. That was seven years ago, and now I can tell when my levels are out of normal range and need to be rechecked. I have no energy and start to feel depressed again, losing interest in everything. I even start to feel that way when I am on the high side of normal “ low-to-normal range is best for me. I've heard Armour Thyroid helps with the brain fuzz and to help lose weight, and I plan on asking my doctor about it at my next checkup. I have never lost the weight on Synthroid and, in fact, have continued to gain.

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