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Underactive Thyroid????

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  • Posted By: Kristinade
  • April 2, 2008
  • 06:51 PM

I think I have an underactive thyroid, but not sure. It started out with depression and general anxiety 5 years ago, and my doctor put me on 3-4 kinds of medicines like Paxil and Prozac and urged me to get counseling for depression. Nothing helped. Then the weight gain started and although I exercise regularly, the scale kept going up and up and I have put in 45 pounds. I get cold easily and can't stand the cold at all. I wear sweaters in August. I saw my doctor 2-3 times a year and she didn't even seem too troubled by the weight gain. Everything stayed the same until this past December, when I woke up with a bloated, swollen body. My hands, feet were swollen beyond belief and my face was badly distorted. You could barely see my neck, my face was so puffed-up. I went to a different doctor, who gave me Synthoid samples without even giving me blood tests. The Synthoid samples helped me, I admit, but once they were gone, I became tired easily and started sleeping 15 hours a night. I went back to my regular doctor, who wanted me to do a TSH thyroid test, which surprisingly, came back normal. I don't have health insurance or a lot of money, so I could do not afford to do all the bloodwork tests that my doctor wanted me to do. Feeling desperate for answers, I researched the Internet and found some natural thyroid supplements and have been taking them for a month. The puffiness in my face is starting to disappear slightly but not much, and I have not lost a pound and my hands and feet are swollen still. I took another thyroid test, and the numbers are still normal. So I don't know what else to do.

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