Dealing with Hypothyroidism, are these symptoms normal?

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Hi. I have just been diagnosed with an under active thyroid. I haven't had any weight issues that seem to be typical of this condition, but I have many other symptoms. I have felt depressed for almost a year, even when doing things I love, I have felt extemely depressed and have been suffering with severe stress and anxiety to the point where I don't wan to be around people as I have nothing positive to say. This has really been getting me down, which obviously makes it worse. I have been exhausted for no reason and could quite happily spend all my time in bed.

I have also had arthritic pain in my hands and wrists, so much so that I got tested for arthritis which I have been told I don't have. I have also reacted very strongly to insect/spider bites which led me to have the blood tests in the first place.

I have had no sex drive for almost a year now, which is very frustrating as I am in a wonderful relationship, but I just have no sex drive whatsoever.

I wanted to check if these symptoms sound like hypothyroidism and could possibly be resolved with medication. If anyone can offer any advice that would be great as the only other person I know that has this is my mum who is rather happy about it as it explains her weight issues.

 

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    Sounds familiar.   Have you had your thyroid checked? http://thyroiduk.org/ have a good page re how to interpret your result (I would always get a copy and don't just accet they are normal.  Both my mum and I have suffered unnecessarily due to this. 

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    Hey I have hypothyroidism n I have extremely bad anxiety and strange head sensations I find everyday a struggle I'm not sure if this is thyroid related either sad
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      I get the same thing from taking Synthroid which is supposed to help those symtoms not cause them. Medication is not working for me, so going to see a specialist, feels like sometimes my head is going to explode. Request to see an Endocrinologist  from you doc, they specialize in hormones and glands.
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    Hi Bumpy - whatever is causing your symptoms sounds miserable. It could be thyroid related if your medication isnt quite right. What were your last results for TSH and T4 with the ranges. Your GP receptionist will give you these if you ask.
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    Hey bumpy !

    I love your choice of name...very cheering!! As well as the thyroid testing you might want to ask for a lyme antibody test as well. xxxxxx

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    Hi. Thanks for the replies. So far I have just been told that  have an underactive thyroid, I had further bloods taken on Friday to find out what medication I need, I should have these results in a few days. However, my doctor has already suggested counselling based on my symptoms. I would like to know how to manage these symptoms as they are driving me crazy.

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      I found this suggestion very ineteresting as I've been a counsellor (psychotherapist) for 15 years and cant for the life of me see how I could even begin to help alleviate PHYSICAL symptoms!! It feels like a medical cop out. Even if depression is part of the problem then optimal medication will deal with this too. You can manage the symptoms by pushing for the right dosage and learning what supplements could help your thyroid work as best it can.
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    Lyme, as in Lyme disease? Funnily enough this all started with a blood test for Lyme disease.

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      Yes as in Lyme disease. So thats been suspected? 

      You've had a Lyme test and are awaiting results?

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      Yeah, I'm hoping to get those results this week. I had a bite on my arm (although I don't remember being bitten by a tick) and I was in Mull, where there have been cases of Lyme. I then had another bite, but I hadn't been in Mull, so I have no idea whats going on.

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      let us know how you get on.

      did you have a bull's eye mark after the bite?

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      I did, but the second bite occurred when I hadn't been in Mull for a couple of months, so we think it could be an allergic reaction to a spider bite. All of my other symptoms have been around for alot longer than before the bites occurred, so there seems to be something else going on.

       

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      what is the test for lyme? are you in uk and can your GP do it?

      I hope you're going to be alright. but you think its hypo thyroid anyway....will you be aiming to get your TSH below 1 ?

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      I actually don't know, I guess I just get the next results and take it from there. All I have been told so far is that I have an under active thyroid and they need to do more tests and rule out some other things.

      The Lyme test seems to be just a blood test. I was given antibiotics when I had the first bite, just in case. But I did the test at the start of September and I'm still waiting.....

      I also have a sore right lymph node, but I have no idea if this could be a symptom also or if I'm just losing the plot.

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