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  • Posted By: Yusshin
  • January 8, 2010
  • 00:32 AM

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.

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  • HI There,I read your description, and have to say, it sounds exactly like mine. I was diagnosed at 17, and am now 37. I have a lot of the same symptoms, even though I do take medication. The symptoms you are noticing are all thyroid linked. (except maybe the spinal tightness, I have not heard that before, but would not completely rule it out.)Hypothyroidism can definitely cause problems with fertility, however, if it is treated you can have a very healthy child. It can increase problems with carrying a child to full term, but it is important that you make sure you get a dr. that knows what they are doing. YOU CAN have healthy, smart children. (I have a beautiful smart little boy to prove that). My mother also has hypothyroidism, and did not know it for years. I only was diagnosed after realizing I had the same symptoms as she did. While I don't remember how I felt without medication, I do know I do not feel good when my meds are not right. The hardest thing is finding a DR. that actually listens. Just because your bloodwork may be normal does not mean you are feeling right. It is hard, but you have to be your own advocate, and if a Dr. will not listen, find one that will. I am really suprised you are not on medication already. Birth control will not regulate your periods if your thyroid is left untreated. Your Dr. does not sound very good. You may want to see if you can get a different Dr. You should be having blood tests at least anually to monitor your progress, and more often if it is not. So, while not a Dr. I will do my best to answer your questions. - Is taking the medication a good idea at this point? You need to get to a Dr that will discuss this with you, probably yes. - Can hypothyroidism develop into something worse later on?It will be something you deal with for the rest of your life, it is a pain. You may have other things that come up, but it is not a death sentence. However, left untreated it can shorten the life span. - 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)?Yes it can cause an irregulary cycle, if unregulated it can interfere with fertility, and can cause problems with having a healthy baby. That being said, women who have the disease that are on the proper treatment have healthy babies all the time. - Can hypothyroidism cause emotional problems (such as, extreme timidness and hesitancy)?Yes it can cause emotional issues, usually depression and anxiety type issues. I remember being diagnosed at 17, and thinking it was quite depressing and thinking OH my GOD I can't believe at 17 I am going to have to take medication for the rest of my life. Fortunately, in the grand scheme of things, it could be a much worse disease. The most important thing you can do to help yourself feel better is get treatment, and follow your Dr's orders. It is a pain, but you can live a very normal life with thyroidism. My grandmother lived into her late 70's with the disease, had lots of beautiful babies, and had a good life. And my personal experience is that it is inconvenient, I am tired quite a bit, but my overall quality of life is good. I am married, have a beautiful son, finished college, work, and do pretty well. I have had the disease for a long time, and my biggest issues are being tired and feeling flaky at times. Then I go to the Dr's tell them my meds don't feel right, get them adjusted and do better. It does get easier to deal with the older you get because you learn when you don't feel "right". I hope this helps. Hang in there. You have a lot to look forward to.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 01:23 AM
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  • I have made an appointment to get blood tests on the earliest date possible (February 4th); I know I'll still have the disease, since it doesn't go away, so I'll probably start meds sometimes this month.As for not being on medication already, both my doctor (well, moreso my father) felt it's not a big deal. Perhaps he compared it to my sister's diabetes and now he's got the idea in mind that I'm a hypocondriac? or at least, the idea that since it's not a fatal disease, it's not going to do anything. He's one to talk, though; I found out that he, too, has hypothyroidism and he was never treated and he never took his medication for arthritis. Now his hands and feed are deformed.Thanks Unregistered :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2010
    • 01:41 AM
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  • Hi Yusshin - 2 great references are "Thyroid power" and John Lee's "What your Dr. may not tell you about menopause" (don't worry, all females between ages 10-90 should read it). Good luck. 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.
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  • I have been taking medication since February now, and I don't feel any different. At first, there was a change of mood and I no longer had cold hands and feet. Now I feel it's not really working, and a trip to the doctor's two weeks ago revealed that my medication wasn't lowering my thyroid level to a normal range (still stuck at 5.8ish; normal is 2-5). Though the reading is almost close to normal, it's affected a lot of my body and my mood. The combination of birth control and sinthroid did regulate my menstrual cycle at least, but I still sweat a lot for no reason, showing my body temperature is still a bit off and weird.I need to retake blood tests in early October to see if it's just something I ate that particular day (though, the test this time was no-fast). If the reading's still the same, they're going to bump up my medication value.
    Yusshin 9 Replies
    • August 29, 2010
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