Hypothyroid & Hypoglycemia
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Desirae - posted on 02/08/2010
Yes! I had HYPER thyroid towards the end of my pregnancy and after she was born and did not know it. I was losing weight fast, all the way down to 130 pounds, hot flashing to the point where I was standing outside in a nightie in -20 degree weather and stinking going crazy... When my doctor discovered this he gave me two choices... 1) have my thyroid gland removed 2) take a dose of radioactive iodine to slowly 'kill off' the thyroid gland which does the exact opposite; it makes you HYPO thyroid... then you are put on a thyroid hormone replacement like synthroid or levothyroxine. It took 6 mo to a year before the iodine treatment killed off my thyroid gland completely and the only way to tell is by changing symptoms. About a year later I blew up to 300 pounds, was freezing in 80 degree summer weather, I couldn't remember anything (completely scatterbrained) my hair was thinning and falling out, I was chronically fatigued, even my eyelashes eyebrows and finger nails started falling off... I went back to my doctor to find out that I was now making no thyroid hormone at all and it was time to start hormone replacement. It took about a year to find the correct dose for my body... everybody is different... first I had too much, then too little, back and forth until my doctor and I found out that I need exactly 188micrograms a day to feel normal. When you are trying to find the right dose you really have to listen to what your body is telling you with it's symptoms... don't feel overwhelmed; it just takes time to get to the right hormone levels again. I even kept a 'symptom diary' that I wrote in daily and you wouldn't believe how much that worked unless you try it. Good luck with your treatment. My thyroid levels have been stable now for 3-1/2 years and I feel great compared to the roller coaster ride I was on. I can't even tell that there is a problem anymore as long as I don't forget to take the medication... as life will do to you at times. One more piece of information... with hypothyroidism (low thyroid) your body slows down and you can take the hormone where as with hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid, which was my original diagnosis) your body speeds up and it is much more dangerous... they would rather kill off or remove the thyroid gland to use a hormone replacement to get you back to normal.
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