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Is it really hypothyroidism?

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  • Posted By: DearLittleOne
  • April 25, 2010
  • 10:02 PM

This is going to be a long story, so I apologize, but this has been going on since 15-16 and I'm 20 now.

Since about 15-16, my cycle went completely off for no reason. I had a completely normal cycle before that for 5 years. I went to the OBGYN, they did tests, didn't find anything abnormal, but put me on birth control to keep me normal. A few years later I found out polycystic ovary syndrome and did research. I noticed I had all the symptoms except for one, which is infertitily. Of course, I've never tried to have a baby, so I don't really know if I have fertility problems yet.

Last summer I went to my OBGYN and explained to her my symptoms and she ordered blood work. When the blood work came in she said that my hormone levels don't show PCOS, but that my THS was -slightly- low. She advised to see my family doctor and I did. The doctor took two seconds to look at me, didn't ask me any questions about my symptoms or anything, took two seconds to look at my papers...and almost instantly put me on levothyroxine. She didn't even give me a formal diagnosis, but I trusted that this was the proper course of action since she's the doctor.

I was on the lowest dose possible for four months. At first it was great, I felt great. Then, it slowly made me very sick. I would feel good in the morning, but crash in the afternoon harder than I ever did before I took it. It almost felt like I was on a energy drink. My parents would come home 6-7 at night, and I would be completely passed out, wake up not knowing what the heck just happened. I am a tired person, but I never did that before I was on that medication. I would get so stomach sick I would have to miss class. The same with headaches. I waited until the results of my blood work, thinking that the medication needed tweaking because I was feeling worse. The doctor said to continue as is, but I couldn't take feeling this sick and crashing this hard anymore, and this particular doctor obviously didn't want to work with me. I've been off it for a while now and I feel great.

I am going for a second opinion, but I kind of wanted to get the insight of people who live with this every day. The only symptoms I have of hypothyroidism I are the ones that happen to be symptoms of PCOS as well, which are the weight again, cycle irregularity, and tiredness. However, I also have the really bad acne, oily skin, increased hair growth, skin tags, and other things that are PCOS related but not hypothyroidism. Blood work is one thing, but I can't help how my body feels, and it apparently did not respond well at all levothyroxine. Is it really possible to have hpyothyroidism, have few of the symptoms, and react horribly to the medication you're suppose to be on?

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