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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:21 pm    Post subject: Hypothyroidism Reply with quote

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific (which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions) and are often attributed to aging. Patients with mild hypothyroidism may have no signs or symptoms. The symptoms generally become more obvious as the condition worsens and the majority of these complaints are related to a metabolic slowing of the body. Common symptoms are listed below:

* Fatigue
* Depression
* Modest weight gain
* Cold intolerance
* Excessive sleepiness
* Dry, coarse hair
* Constipation
* Dry skin
* Muscle cramps
* Increased cholesterol levels
* Decreased concentration
* Vague aches and pains
* Swelling of the legs

A diagnosis of hypothyroidism can be suspected in patients with fatigue, cold intolerance, constipation, and dry, flaky skin. A blood test is needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Properly diagnosed, hypothyroidism can be easily and completely treated with thyroid hormone replacement. On the other hand, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), worsening heart failure, and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion).

If you are concerned that you may have hypothyroidism, you should mention your symptoms to your physician. A simple blood test is the first step in the diagnosis.
Remember that thyroid disease is very common and, in good hands, hypothyroidism is easily addressed and treated.

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My experience
I can assure you that living with the symptoms of hypothyroidism without knowing that it's deceitfully working in your body, it's very hard. Everything seems dark: your life, colours, your thoughts. Every thought is bad and could be dangerous too, because depressions rises month after month. Your memory and your brain refuse helping you, they're constantly in stand by but you don't understand why, and think: this is my disposition. No, it is not your disposition, it's the hypothyroidism.
Life slowly change when you know what is deleting your life and your brain and, after you take the treatment, you feel like you were born once again. You learn what these words mean: colours, light, smiles, laugh, remember, enjoy.

It's enough only a blood test. Physicians often forget this important blood test here and think you're depressed without asking and without understand WHY you're depressed.
A blood test can change your life. Mine is changing slowly just now.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad to hear that you did not ignore these feelings and sought out the help of a doctor Goganga.

I'm hoping that in no time at all you will be feeling completely like yourself again.

Thanks for the information here for all our members to read. I hope you will all take the time to read the post Goganga has placed here.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad she posted this information on hypothyroidism because I never knew the thyroid had so much influence on our lives. I know I've been tested for this before and my thyroid was okay, and I know that my grandfather had problems with his thyroid. This really surprised me, how much it controls. Thank you, Goganga, for this information ... and I am so glad you are finally getting the help that you need to feel better and live a better, healthier life!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simy,

I hear you sister!

I have hypothyroidism too. It was diagnosed about 16 years ago and back then doctors were not as sensitive about the disease ... I kept going to the doctor for about 2 years ...at that time I had very small children... and he kept telling me that the reason I felt that way I did was because my life was so busy.... I kept telling him that my mother had thyroid problems and he did give me blood tests I think twice, but they came back inconclusive...

Finally by chance because of a job transfer I was sent ...at the company expense .... to an 'occupational doctor' who the first thing he did even before saying hello was to touch my throat and told me right away of my condition... I answered: "But I just had my thyroid checked few months ago!".... he answered...."they don't know how to read the results..'

I am glad things have changed so much since that time.... what happened in my case was that to compensate my slow thyroid, my pituitary started producing more hormones thus masking my condition... they way they found it was to check the hormones released by my pituitary gland...

I am so glad you feel better now... and keep having it checked.... I have mine checked every 6 months..

For me since I am approaching menapause the thyroid changed again about a year ago and it took them that long.... it is a slow process... to adjust the hormone supplements again.... few weeks ago I got the results back... my hormones levels are normal again... but i knew it already by the way I feel...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for this article Goganga.

My son is producing antibodies to his thyroid gland and at some point it is probable that he too will develop hypothyroidism. Apparently it is related to his diabetes. Although his hospital team are keeping an eye on it, it is very useful to see your list of symptoms. Now I know what to look out for. Very Happy

I hope you are feeling lots better!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie B. wrote:
I'm glad to hear that you did not ignore these feelings and sought out the help of a doctor Goganga.

I ignored them for many years, because I didn't know the symptoms of hypothyroidism and my doctor always ignored them too. Maybe I've this disease since I was a child/girl. Then a couple of years ago I talked to a friend, who is a surgeon, and he suggested me the thyroid bloodtest. When I told my doctor that I needed to do this bloodtest, she answered me: "why? do you know that these bloodtests are very expensive?" (because we have to pay for some bloodtests here). I answered her that I didn't matter how much was the expense and I claimed the bloodtest. And I was right: the thyroid was not working.

For this reason I do want to say that it needs only a bloodtest and I hope that doctors will be more sensitive about this disease.

marisa6 wrote:
My son is producing antibodies to his thyroid gland and at some point it is probable that he too will develop hypothyroidism. Apparently it is related to his diabetes

Marisa, I've forgot to say that I also need to check periodically antibodes, because when thyroid is not working as it should, they don't work well too. I don't know exactly how it is, but I'm sure I have to check antibodes doing a bloodtest.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you ladies talking about Hashimoto desease? Yes, that is my form of the condition....

I remember as child and even young lady have incredibly high fevers and the doctors not knowing what had caused them.... The last one I had was when I was 30. Since I am under care, either coincidentally or not, these very high fevers have stopped. In hind sight, and my doctor has confirmed my suspicion, probably it was white blood cells suddenly and in mass attacking the thryroid believing that it was a foreign entity needed to be destroyed.

I got this very quickly from the internet.

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What is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is a type of autoimmune thyroid disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. The thyroid helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. Hashimoto’s stops the gland from making enough thyroid hormones for the body to work the way it should. It is the most common thyroid disease in the U.S.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, great posts ladies!! I'm learning so much here. This is one disease I knew very little about until now.

Maria, you sure were lucky to have moved and gotten in touch with a competent doctor.

I wish you all well in managing this disease and keeping an eye on it by NOT ignoring it.

I'm glad Goganga's list of symptoms will be helpful to you Marisa. I think that's what's so great about this forum, it's a place to share and learn.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I'm so glad that you posted this information. I too suffer from Hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed with that and Lupus and several other autoimmune disease back in 1990.

According to one doctor, he states that even if the blood results are boarder-line normal, you should still be treated for every "blood test center" has a different "range" for what they think is "normal".

I must tell you all that I really enjoy this forum for everyone opens up and shares their life's experiences; and by doing this, you bring about an awareness that could save someone's else's life.

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