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High Thyroid Antibodies & symptoms of hypothyroidism

From: bjthompson - 8 years 30 weeks ago

In the last year my mum, two sisters and I have been diagnosed with coeliac and as I'm sure most of you on here are aware usually one autoimmune disease goes hand in hand with another. My mum has been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and my sister with Graves. I've had a slow slide downhill the last 9 months or so feeling more and more lethargic and emotional. In the last month I've put on 5kg even though I'm maintaining a strict 1500 calorie diet and exercising frequently. My thyroid antibodies have doubled in the last month and it seems I have all the symptoms of an underactive thryoid. The GP has advised that there isn't much I can do until my TSH levels and T4 levels increase and decrease respectively. So now I'm gaining wait, feeling miserable and emotional and have no idea how long before I can do something to regulate this. Does anyone out there have a similar experience and have any advice for me??

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I'm so sorry you're going thru this! It's so frustrating to feel badly, be gaining weight (even tho eating healthily & exercising) and having so many symptoms. I've been exactly where you are now and know that it's certainly no fun. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis w/a severely underactive thyroid, high antibodies, eye problems, etc. The best thing I ever did was to go to a D.O. instead of just an endocrinologist. She seemed to look at the "whole picture" of my health instead of just one particular view. I was put on natural thyroid meds along with iodine/selenium supplements and, for the first time in YEARS, the weight is finally coming off. I'm sleeping better at night, have far more energy, no longer have to take antidepressants and, well, I just feel like I'm getting my old life back day by day. I can't tell you how grateful I am! I hope this helps you in some way. If my experience can help you avoid wading through months of wasted time waiting for stupid measurements to change (in order for your doctor to do something), then it's worth it. Good luck to you.