Well, I've had hypothyroidism for at least three years (I'm 17 now; I was diagnosed around 14. I inherited it from my mother so I don't know if I've had it since birth unknowingly or not). I can't remember what I measured on the "scale"; I believe normal range is 2~5 and I measured around 5.8, but since it was dubbed a "meager" difference, medication wasn't really looked into, as perhaps it would "go away" (I don't think so).
Here are some things I have personally, linked to the disease or not:
- Cold sensitivity (23C is "cold" whenever I'm out of the sunshine and my feet and hands will become like ice in temperatures beneath 25C).
- Heat sensitivity (23C is "hot" whenever I'm in the sunshine (without a breeze); I'll sweat massively in any place, indoors or out, that is above 15C)
- Abnormal menstrual cycle (I'll skip 2~6 months; I generally skip 2~3 months per cycle although I do have the odd every-one-month)
- Memory loss (I won't remember what I've said sometimes; I could ask a question, and five minutes later re-ask, thinking I never asked to begin with. I also barely remember anything over two weeks unless it had an intense effect on my life or feelings)
- Random fatigue (I'll sleep fifteen hours sometimes and still feel the need to sleep; fortunately, this doesn't happen too often. Noting I don't work or go to school (I do independent studies), so I don't exert enough energy a day to make fifteen hours of sleep seem reasonable)
- Spinal tightness (I went to see a chiropractor at thirteen to "untighten" my spine; as I've read, hypothyroidism contributes to the growth of a human being, and I'm dubbing my spinal issue the fault of the disease itself, whether it be true or not. It's logical to me, in any case, since the tightness can only mean that my spine didn't grow as fast as I did and required physical assertion to meet my body demand. I only went to a chiropractor for this practice three times (I was scheduled for more, but stopped going); eventually, the pain and tightness went away)
My main concern is my menstrual cycle's abnormality and how it might affect wanting to reproduce in the future (about 8~12 years from now). I've read that hypothyroidism can increase the chances of still birth, miscarriage, birth abnormalities, and a low IQ of the child, and it's a bit unsettling.
- Fast weight gain (I can lose 40lb in 2~3 months on a 1200 calorie diet, and I'll regain it within a month; this could be because of my surroundings, however)
My mother went years without a diagnosis for this disease; she was passed from doctor to doctor and finally, after being tested for ovarian cancer, a doctor discovered her thyroid problem. She inherited it from her mother as I inherited it from mine. She has experienced a lot of pain and discomfort due to hypothyroidism over the years, and I don't want to turn out the same way!
I know if I take medication for it, though, it'd be mandatory until I die. Surgery is not an option; I was thinking of using the birth control pill to regulate my periods specifically and perhaps redoing blood tests this month to see how the disease is managing itself, although it's already taken its toll.
I'm just wondering a few things about this disease; I never really got to ask questions because my doctor just left a message on the receiver three years ago stating I had the disease (she didn't even schedule a new appointment to talk about it further...):
- Is taking the medication a good idea at this point?
- Can hypothyroidism develop into something worse later on?
- Can hypothyroidism cause an irregular ovary cycle, since my menstrual cycle is abnormal (meaning, will it be hard to become pregnant due to an irregular release of ova)?
- Can hypothyroidism cause emotional problems (such as, extreme timidness and hesitancy)?
Do share your experiences with me / answer my questions above / offer other helpful information. It's a bit depressing that at fourteen (or maybe even before), I was diagnosed with a disease that generally humans only acquire in their mid-forties or later. That leaves ~30 years for it to develop and cause problems for me that usually a person at 70 would be experiencing.