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Comment from: JC, 55-64 Female Published: October 19

I have had thyroid disease for about 15 years now. I take Levothyroxine (25 mcg) tablets. I find it almost impossible to lose weight. I have done a small turn with Nutrisystem with very little success. Now I am trying Weight Watchers. I've had three weeks of hard dieting, and I only lost 4.5 pounds in the first week and none in the last two weeks. I am very discouraged.

Comment from: magsund, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I had Graves disease years ago and had radioactive iodine years ago too, to treat the Graves disease. Soon after taking the radioactive iodine, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I began taking Synthroid and took the same dose of Synthroid for 27 years when suddenly I began experiencing the same symptoms of Graves disease again. The only thing that changed was that I developed nodules on my remaining thyroid, which the endocrinologist said was very rare. However, he thought that perhaps I developed scar tissue on the thyroid.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have just been diagnosed with thyroid problems. I am 39 years old, married, with two children ages 10 and 11 years old. I was suffering with very severe hot flashes and dizziness and I could hear my heart beating very fast. I thought I might be going through an early menopause, so I was surprised to learn that the problem was my thyroid. I have been given tablets to reduce my heart beat, and have follow-up appointments in 10 days. I will also have to see a specialist at the hospital to discuss further treatment. At the moment, I don't feel very well and I'm having a hard time doing my job.

Comment from: dmpipher, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I used to take Synthroid for my thyroid disease, but when I lost my medical insurance years ago, I stopped taking it. I also take high blood pressure medicine and a diuretic. My mother has Graves disease. I have recently been having tremors and muscle weakness. I also noticed that I have lost a little weight.

Comment from: HandyDan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I was diagnosed with Graves 17 months ago. It had progressed so badly it affected my heart. I was in ICC for 3 days with atrial fibrillation for 14 hours, scared to death that my ticket was punched. Looking back I had Graves for several years, sweating, intolerant to heat, trouble with concentration and sleeping, irritable, sore joints (I wrote this off to hard work and hard play), palpations, and finally weight loss and then the A. fib. and hospital. My specialist diagnosed it right off. I've been on methimazole, 60mg for awhile then tapered down to 5mg 2X daily. I've got good days and some not so good. The feeling of depression and anger at times is almost too much. I don't know if the sleep loss is due to depression (functional) or the Graves affecting another body system, but thank God for modern pharmacology. Sleep is just a med bottle cap twist away. I hope this goes into remission soon.

Comment from: eliza, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

To anyone that is dealing with your thyroid or removal I feel your pain. I was diagnosed with three types of cancer in my thyroid. My first biopsy did not provide enough cells, so I had to wait months to get the second, which gave the cancer time to spread to my right frontal lobe after getting thyroid removed. I know I will never be the same.

Comment from: lauraw89, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have been struggling with thyroid issues for years, at least since my teens. I am 52 now and had my thyroid removed last year. I am in terrible pain. I can't think straight. I am struggling to raise two grandchildren. I take 400 mcg of Synthroid. It isn't helping.

Comment from: phs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I was diagnosed with Graves disease and had 2 treatment of radioactive iodine. I now have hypothyroidism, and have been on Levoxyl for many years with no problems. They pulled Levoxyl off the market and I was put on Synthroid. My side affects are terrible and my test results weren't good so they raised my dose from 88mcg to 100mcg.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: January 22

With my thyroid disease, I get cold and I can't get warm at times. Then I'm hot when it's cold outside and I don't want to wear a coat. I get a small ache in my upper throat sometimes, and I often have no energy and I want to sleep a lot.

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