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I am 43 years old and was diagnosed with a 'spectacularly underactive' thyroid at the end of July 2007. My TSH level was over 100 (apparently they stop counting after this) and my T4 was only 1.2. It got so bad that I almost fell into a coma; I could sleep virtually all day and all night; my hair was falling out; my joints hurt; and my weight had increased by about 7 stones over the years and though I have always had a good diet, I blamed myself for being a lazy so-and-so. In addition, I was breathless, etc, etc. Despite all this I was holding down a very pressurised job as a teacher in an inner-city school. I think adrenalin must have kept me going for so long.
I started on 150mcg of Levothyroxine and am now on 250mcg. I continue to feel unwell (though many symptoms have eased). The consultant told me that it would take six months for me to feel better after my levels had [i:872c9babc5][b:872c9babc5]stabilised[/b:872c9babc5][/i:872c9babc5]. My doctor has seen the levels come to within the 'normal range' but insists that he does not think it can be my thyroid but is more likely to be chronic fatigue. He is not prepared to do another blood test until about June.
I just wonder if anyone else has reached such a critical point before being diagnosed and if they can share any similar experiences. I have been taking Seroxat for about ten years also and am now convinced that the depression I suffered was probably related to my thyroid illness. I am a very strong character and I think many doctors try to make out that continuing symptoms are down to 'clinical morbidity'. I keep telling him that I am sick of feeling unwell and do not want to contemplate having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. :?
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