Hi, I am new to all of this.
Went for yearly wellness visit in May and had a routine blood test (never had any kind of thyroid testing before). I get a call saying my blood sugar is diabetic range and I am hypothyroid. Have a second labtest showing the same thing. She calls in a synthroid Rx and says to come back in 2 months for another blood test. I've gone through a couple doses and blood tests, and now I am just feeling sick and helpless.
I had seen this dr twice before within the past year - both times mentioned my mother has thyroid disease (although I really have no clue what it is). Once when I was experiencing bad insomnia and anxiety. Dr without any bloodwork feels my neck and says I have nothing to worry about. Gives me an antidepressant, which for about 3 months made me feel fantastic and energetic for the first time in my life (didn't even know how bad I felt until I started feeling good!!). After a couple months the antidepressant stopped working, but I still take it because I can't seem to get through the withdrawal.
Now that it turns out I do have thryoid disease (and diabetes too I guess?) no one's said a word to me about what this even is. I just go do bloodtests, get calls from the dr. regarding new dosage of synthroid. Never had a face-to-face appt regarding it or been told or asked about any symptoms. After starting medication, for about a month my hair was shedding a LOT. My skin has been so messed up. I lost 12 lbs, then gained 4 lbs. And I'm back to feeling completely drained and exhausted just from sitting at my desk at work from 8 to 5. (Aside from the first couple months of the antidepressant, feeling exhausted is normal for me though - lately it's just been worse)
Am I feeling bad as a side effect from synthroid or is this what diabetes or hypothyroid feels like? I've read some info on the web but I still don't understand what's going on. My husband is worried about me and I feel bad for what he has to put up with regarding my low energy and mood.
Additional info: I am 25 yrs old, exercise regularly, and average to underweight (I've told a couple people about these health issues to which they ALWAYS say "you don't have diabetes/low thyroid! you're too skinny!")
I just want to know, is this a normal treatment course/experience others have had? I am taking a multivitamin and frequently take caffeine pills to help with energy, although it doesn't always do anything. I try to eat healthy (high protein/low carb/high fiber) but its not uncommon for me to have intense salt and sugar cravings so I am definitely not doing my best.
Any insight or reassurance would help. I feel incredibly alone, and I want to ask my doctor what exactly is wrong with me,but I'm embarrassed to complain for fear of being giving more psychiatrict medication. Maybe I really am crazy? :(