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Posted in: Hypothyroidism.

Help - Is this normal?

From: Gooben11 - 4 years 39 weeks ago

I'm 30. I recently got back on health insurance, and went in for a physical. I mentioned how terrible I'd been feeling, especially with depression worsening and fatigue increasing. I have had migraines since I was 17, but within the past several months, the number and intensity have worsened also. I have always had sleep issues. I have never weighed more than I do now - with about 50 lbs gained in the last year. My sex drive has plummeted - I couldn't care less about having sex - but I am recently married, and the tension between my husband and I is palpable.

My doctor mentioned, idly, at my physical that it might all be attributable to an underactive thyroid. I knew nothing about it. Came home, researched, and called my parents. Turns out, I have a grandmother and two aunts with thyroid disease. The more I researched, the more convinced I became that I had hypothyroidism. I had mentioned nearly every major symptom during my appointment, but had others, like a swollen tongue, an unusually long menstrual cycle, and constipation.

When the doctor called with the blood test results, she said my bad cholesterol was high, but so was my good cholesterol. My blood sugar was low. And my thyroid was "low". I told her about my newly-discovered family history of thyroid disease, and she put me on Synthroid at 50mcg. After two and a half weeks, nothing was getting better, and in fact, was getting worse. Two or three hours of grocery and errand shopping, and I would crawl into bed.

My husband called the doctor, we went in and were assured that it would take longer to have an effect (which I had known from my research). But getting worse? I'm concerned. I learned my TSH was 4.9 (scale .4 to 4.4 or 4.6, can't remember - gotta love that brain fog). No other thyroid values were checked, but I have requested the full panel when I get rechecked.

It's been three weeks. I had anticipated little positive change or no change at all at this juncture. I didn't anticipate it getting worse. I have been looking for a job since finishing school a year and a half ago, but the job market for my field is in dire straits. I am terrified that what I am suffering from is not an under active thyroid - what with the worsening symptoms on Synthroid and the nearly subclinical TSH results. If I cannot get this resolved, I fear I will not last in a job, should I finally land one, and I fear an unraveling of my marriage.

Is this normal? Can you feel worse before you feel better? Are there other diseases that share the symptoms I am experiencing? I want to be productive and healthy. Am I crazy? Do I even have hypothyroidism, or am I so hopeful for an answer to the myriad of problems that I am blinded?

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