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I am a young & fit 52 year old, that is up until the last twelve months. I have been steadily putting
on weight no matter how I controlled my food intake or how much exercise I did. I was so tired that driving home from work I could barely keep my eyes open and felt I should stop and have a sleep. I had unbearable knee and back pain. Constant headaches, dry skin, and depression. Heart racing, sleeplessness, bouts of heavy arms below the elbow. Constant bouts of chest infections and colds. At nights - bed feels like it is burning, and night sweats. No libido. Dizzy spells and forgetfulness.
I knew from Breast Specialist after having breast cancer three years ago that I would go straight into menopause so I put symptoms down to this, overworking, netballers knees, anything and everything that I could think of no thinking of hypothyroidism.
I have been begging with my GP for help over this period. At first he said take a holiday it was stress. I did - no change. 3 months later I again begged for his help. He allowed me to have Kliovance for menopause. This helped with the sleepless nights and the burning bed. No changes to the other symptoms.
3 months later I again went back as the tiredness to the point of not being able to keep my eyes open was worsening. Whilst in his office I had a bout of 'heavy arms' and he did an ECG. I told him there was nothing wrong with my heart! ECG clear. I again begged him for help. He ordered a Stress Echo test and a scan of my heart to see if there are any blockages. I told him that my girlfriend suggested thyroid problems and demanded blood tests. These came back with TSH 15.5 and Neutropenia - and was told that the brain had put the brakes on my thyroid. Have another test in a month. During this time I started taking a series of vitamins (as suggested by a naturopath) (Tresos B with Selenium, Iodine drops, fossil clay flour & Enduracell plus (broccoli)). The next blood test came back with TSH at 9.5 and I did feel a little better, but not great. My GP's response, no action required.
By this stage I have a very large goitre in my throat and have difficulty swallowing even a glass of water. I consulted another doctor at the same practice and demanded help and was referred to a consulting physician. He started me on Thyroxin 50mcg per day for two weeks followed by 75mcg for two weeks, then have more blood tests to see how things are.
I have been on 50mcg for one week, and have noticed significant improvement in the pain in my knees, lessening of my goitre in the throat, still tired at times but not as bad, headaches are lessening, sleeplessness not as bad. Depression not as bad.
Now for the side effects. First week, bout of swollen stomach, itchy scalp, stomach cramps and diaarreoh.
I was at first scared to be on tablets for the rest of my life but my life was not worth living with the symptoms I had. Now I am wondering if I went off the Kliovance would the thyroxin also treat the other symptoms that I previously put down to Menopause? The consulting Physician said that my goiter will never go away, but may go down. What alternatives do I have? Will I ever be able to get this weight off even if I am on thyroxin?
Any and all help greatly appreciated.
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