Also glad to find this thread. I am starting to think that my thyroid has been responsible for more of my problems than I ever thought. We'll see how far I get on this post; may have to come back and add more later...nak
About 17 years ago I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. More accurately, I diagnosed myself; the family doctor wanted to simply put me on Prozac. However, I noticed that a goiter was forming and demanded that she test me. My father had been diagnosed a few years prior and I recognized the way the goiter looked.
Prior to the goiter forming, I had been having a lot of problems that didn't seem related. I had an eating disorder (bulimia) for a few years, felt "crazy" a lot of the time, like just not right, you know? Just before I was diagnosed, my heart felt like it was racing a lot. I was having a lot of problems in my relationship too, so it was hard to separate what was what.
After diagnosis, I was treated with radioactive iodine almost immediately. So fast, I felt like I hardly had time to think. It would have been interesting to explore other options...but whatever, what's done is certainly done. I have been on Synthroid almost ever since - but switched to Armour recently (more below).
Right after starting Synthroid treament, I traveled for a year abroad and as it turns out my levels were not correct. My hair fell out and my eyes bulged and I continued to "not feel quite right." After I came back, they adjusted my levels to .15 where I have stayed ever since.
Originally Posted by dallaschildren
I noticed when I was on Levoxyl, my symptoms increased and when I went back on Synthroid, I was a lot better.
I also tried the Generic equivalent for awhile and did poorly on it, so I went back to Synthroid. As long as I took my pills everyday, I felt pretty good.
Taking my pill every day is a BIG issue for me. I'm a big forgetful anyway, but with a 3 year old and baby it has been really hard. Heck, just being pregnant with a 3 year old, it was hard. In fact, my thyroid levels were so poor during my pregnancy that I gypped myself out of a homebirth. The homebirth midwife said she didn't feel safe doing it because of my thryoid levels which indicated an increased chance of hemorraging. As it turned out everything was fine but what a bummer.
After DD was born, my homeopath MD really wanted to get me on Armour as she thought the T3-T4 combo would be much better for me, to help me be more even. If I take my pills everyday of course...
After DD was born, I also had a lot of problems with irritability, rage and overtiredness. I kept attributing it to just regular post-partum - I.e. this must be what it feels like to have two children.... - but I really think it was my low thyroid levels. Since I have switched this seems to have improved.
I am curious what if any relationship there is between having an eating disorder and thyroid disease - like maybe it sparked something that may not have happened until later? Or is there some sort of environmental component? Thyroid issues run in my family - Paternally, my grandmother, two female cousins and father all had Graves/hyperthyroidism. Actually, my grandmother was diagnosed as hypo, but I suspect she had hyper for years and years and years (thinking about her behavior) and just burned her thyroid out finally. My mother was recently diagnosed as hypo and is taking hormone as well.
I wonder what I can do for my children to help them avoid this problem if they are susceptible.