Anyone else have thyroid problems?

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  1. linswin23

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    Just found out I have Hashimoto's Disease. Did an ultrasound on my thyroid and doc found a nodule. Now they want to do a CT Scan to make sure it's not cancer.

    Like "bros" recent post. Medical stuff is FUN. :|
     
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  3. scholarteacher

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    Oh my goodness, you've been looking in on my life! We must be twins! I'm 58, and 1 1/2 years ago, I finally found a doctor who discovered what was going on with me. I told the docs for years it must be my thyroid, and I finally found one who agreed. He put me on thyroid meds, and I've lost 81 pounds, but now I no longer need the dosage of thyroid med I was on, and they can't find the balance. Plus, after over 9 months with very little or no carbs, I don't know if I can keep this off. And I'm exhausted and depressed all the time. I just say this to let you know you're not alone! Prayers for your CT scan! Please let me know how that comes out! I'm glad the docs found what they need to look into with you, but I pray you have success with your treatment! PS--yes, I have Hashimoto's, too!
     
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    Yep. I went for years without symptoms but about two years ago I started struggling with cognition, speech, memory, as well as the typical sluggishness and depression. I went to the Dr. thinking possibly being diagnosed with mild depression or possibly ADD or something along those lines. My first try on generic thyroid meds had the opposite effect. So we had to switch to a pure form of the meds with no fillers. That worked well. Now, I struggle to maintain vitamin D levels. It's connected somehow.
     
  5. bros

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    Medical stuff can be interesting. I find it fun because I get to learn a whole bunch of new stuff every time something medical happens with me.

    Like on Wednesday, I get to learn how painful it'll be to have bone marrow removed.
     
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    My gosh, bros. I am not sure what to say. I hope it goes quickly. Let us know how it goes.

    I agree with you. Learning new medical stuff is super interesting to me, but also really scary sometimes.
     
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    The more I read about the thyroid the more I understand how connected the entire human body is. It's quite amazing.

    I didn't really have many symptoms until my neck seemed as if it was getting bigger on the inside--weird sensation! My appearance didn't change, but I could tell a difference in how my neck felt.

    I'm quite young to have thyroid problems--27 years old. I think it actuality I've had many symptoms I just put off as other things for years. Kind of scary. I believe it's genetic Tomorrow is my scan, so I'm hoping all goes well. Never had a CT scan before, so I'm not really looking forward to it. :(
     
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    My Dr. had mine checked through ultrasound. Interesting. Hope it goes well.
     
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    I'm in the hashimoto club.

    I was 30 when diagnosed.

    For a few years, meds worked. Then, my hair started falling out. It felt like I lost a least more than half of my hair. I finally switched doctors and now have a really great endocrinologist. He modified my meds and things have been good since then.
     
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    Wow, glad you have found a great endo. I have been on my meds for about two months and I am less fatigued than I was.
     
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    I'm approaching it from a "Ooh, let's learn some new stuff along the way." way so I don't freak out massively with my anxiety.

    And the doctor is giving me some percocet to take before the appointment, so I will care significantly less about the bone marrow being removed.

    Honestly? CT Scans are very very easy. You lie down, pictures get taken of your head and they'll probably stick you with a needle so they have contrast dye to see whatever the dye lets them see.

    Now a MRI & MRA of the heart, on the other hand...

    Now that is unpleasant - about 1.5 hours of lying still on a table while contrast dye is slowly injected into you
     
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    Best diagnosis ever.

    Before I started treatment I had such low energy levels that chewing pancakes, and that's not an exaggeration, I was on a liquid diet and maybe one small meal of solid foods, something soft like pancakes, because other than that I had no energy to do anything. So if I was essentially on a liquid diet because chewing wore me out, you can imagine what teaching was like. Basically I went to work and I came home and slept until the next morning. It was the worst part of my life by far.
    I lived like that for over a year until my doctor realized that despite so little food, I was managing to gain weight, and that clued her into what was really going on.
     
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    Thanks, bros. I am kind of taking the same approach. "Let's learn something new along the way!"

    Glad to hear CT scans aren't too bad. I'll let you know how it goes.
     
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    Oh my gosh. That's so scary. Have the meds helped?
     
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    Bros...everyone is wishing you well. Understand that health issues, tests and scans can be terrifying to those not as used to them as you may be.

    Sending you good wishes, linswin23:love:
     
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    My mom had it and recognized the symptoms so I was diagnosed shortly after my 10th birthday. Wish I could say starting meds fixed it all but at least it made things closer to normal. I've had some horrible bouts of depression, hair/skin/weight issues, and energy level fluctuations but I finally found a doctor who doesn't think synthroid solves everything. He finally discovered I had a dairy allergy that was exacerbating the problem, gave me a pure form of the meds and additional vitamin d supplements. So far its all been working very well, allowing me to function properly, but I've had 15 years to learn all the warning signs so I can try to prevent any serious problems.
     
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    I know I am much more used to medical procedures (although the bone marrow biopsy is a new one for me) than most people I will ever encounter. I was trying to help with any fears the OP might have by describing what a CT scan is like.
     
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    My BF's had an underactive thyroid since birth (I assume some are born w/ it & others can develop it later). He's taken different meds throughout the yrs, including synthroid or some other. Now, he takes lovoxyl. Thank God, he's never had complications & hopefully, he never does!

    linswin23, I hope things go well for you.
     
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    Regarding the CT scan, they never bothered me until the one when I had a stroke. They asked me if I needed a sedative, and I said, no, but then I wished I had one. Ask if that's an option, especially if the scan is a really long one.
     
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    I also have Hashimotos disease and have had it for 30 years! I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1991 and then again in 2005. I'm doing okay and things have really been where they should be. I'm now seeing a thyroid cancer specialist and things have looked good for quite some time. My levels are where they should be and the dose I take is good for me. I try not to take any meds that will interfere with the thyroid med. Best of luck to those with thyroid issues.

    Good luck bros.
     
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    There also seems to be foods that seem to be thyroid function blockers. Kale is one. When I was diagnosed first, I was using kale in my diet in a lot of meals. Soups, eggs, and stir fries. So that food got dropped and then I read some articles about the plastic in Kcups releasing chemicals that are thyroid blockers. At that same time, I was drinking 2-3 cups of coffee from the keurig. I cut that out also. I had hoped that would be sufficient to negate the low levels but no luck.

    On a similar note, I really enjoy an orange juice with breakfast but my meds can't be taken with food for 30 minutes and orange juice (vitamin C) for 4 hours. I guess my point is to be aware of your diet because it's a factor even if you take meds.
     
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    Because of the food conflict problem, I take my thryoid meds before bed. My doctor suggested that. However, I still have to make sure that I haven't eaten for an hour.
     
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    I've been reading that there's so many things that can affect the hormone levels. It's kind of overwhelming.

    CT Scan came back good. The nodule on my thyroid is benign, so I don't have to go back to the doctor for another 6 months!

    Does anyone have what I call "brain fog" sometimes? It doesn't happen as often as it used to, thanks to my meds, but every once in a while I feel foggy and sluggish. It's bizarre!
     
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    Brain fog, all the time. It has been troubling enough that i went to a neurologist and had an EEG. All normal but I still have trouble remembering, organizing thoughts, and speaking in complete thoughts.
     
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    Wow, I am glad I'm not alone. Sometimes I feel like I'm losing it.
     
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    Also checking in with thyroid problems...ughhh!!! I feel all of your pain!!!
     

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