Have been underactive since 1995

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Hello Everyone,

What a great site this is, so interesing to read about other peoples symptoms. Myself, I was very overactive (nearly off the scale) in 1994. Had 3 doses of radioactive iodine in 1995 to make me underactive. I take 125 mcg of thyroxin daily. I'm 52 years old, work full time (on my feet all day) have gained a lot of weight. I also have hip problems on my right side, and tendonitis in both ankles. I am constantly tired and just want to sleep all the time. Have recently started to take Citalapram 20mg as well as had anxiety problems/bursting into tears at work etc. I think I'm just worn out with being so tired, working, hip and ankles hurting. For my hip and ankles I take Ibuprofen 400. My Doctor always says my blood tests are fine and normal. My results are about 18. I say that if he increased my dosage of thyroxin and I got blood test results of about 20- 25 I would still be withing the normal range, but he refuses to up my dose. I don't think the Citalapram is making me more tired, not sure, and haven't been on it long enough yet, but if I don't take it the anxiety problems (stomach churning and tears) come back. Just over a month ago I was off sick with the anxiety and slept nearly all the time. Am just coming to the end of a weeks holiday off work, have done hardly anything except sleep again. I got up early (for me) this morning, planned to go to town this afternoon to pick up a new pair of glasses that would be ready today. Went upstairs to get ready and fell asleep all afternoon. Another day wasted. I read through a lot of posts on this site last night and noticed someone say about dry skin. My Doctor told me years ago to use E 45 Cream on my face. I put lots on and wipe off with a tissue. It's good and cheap. I'm very fair skinned and used to have blond eyebrows. What's left of my eyebrows don't even show now. I think my hair has thinned over the years, it's so thick and naturally curly it's hard to tell, but it is calmer than it used to be.

Thankyou to whoever reads my ramblings on here. Just nice to find somewhere where we all know what it's like.

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    you have many obvious symptoms go back to your gp or ask for a second oppinion or referal to a specialist, sounds like you need more thyroxine. good luck
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    Hi there Sally

    I have had an under active thyroid since 1994 and as it is I have had problems with my hips too, very painful and making my life a misery!!! I am under investigation, but since taking some new tablets for the pain in my hip etc I am feeling a bit better, I have been feeling warn out but I think its all to do with the pain i am getting in my hips and spine..... As well as getting your blood taken for your thyroid, you should tell the doctor about your hip problem etc as I had an x-ray on mine and there is a possibility I have Osteoarthritis??

    Just something you could read.......

    http://www.clevelandclinic.org/arthritis/treat/facts/Endocrine%20Disorders.htm

    This may not be the answer but explain all your symptoms to your GP

    Regards

    SES

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    Hi Sally, All your symptons are similar to mine, especially the pain in the right hip. I also had a bout of severe pain in my lower back recently which left me immobilised (living on my sofa to eat, drink and sleep) for 2 weeks, as could not get into bed or out of it Never ever had this sort of bone pain in my life - the back pain disappeared eventually but I was still left with the right hip pain.

    However, I am feeling somewhat better partly because of enforced rest, but the other reason could be my daily intake of calcium tablets with glucosamine and Vitamin D added. Prior to taking the extra calcium, I had read that because the body takes some calcium from the bones to convert the synthetic thyroxin(T4) to T3, T2 etc, then hypo sufferers should ensure they take calcium daily so that the body/bones are not deprived of this essential mineral. It is worth a try. Seems to be working for me. smile Good luck. Larks.

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    Hi Sally--

    Like you was really pleased to come across this site - kept putting my symptoms down to AGE -- keep telling myself 51 is NOT old !! But in the 3 years since being on thyroxine I feel I have aged greatly

    I don't think all G.P.s understand the extreme mood changes we experience.

    Mine wanted to put me on an antidepressant but of course they have their own side effects (tiredness especially) - refused them... he then suggested I change from my stressful job as a nurse!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also since reading experiences on this site I realise how ignorant I am !!

    Need to find out if I need a calcium supplement!

    At least I know my side effect are not in my mind because I had read about them previouslyso - UP YOURS G.P -- I AM NOT a hypochondriac.

    Haven't got time to suffer from THAT as well !!

    :lol:

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    Hi there all

    I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid at 26, It does make you wonder though why doctors don't relate to people that have pains in hips etc they are not depressed but there is a possible link to the synthetic hormone we are taking and are effecting our bones......I have degenertive discs of the spine and possible early osteoarthritis which is unconfirmed at the moment, under investigation......

    I went to a pain clinic and he said I was more or less imagining things as he had a broken coxic and he doesn't need medication!!!!!! and yet he prescribed me medication!!!!! but anyways that is another story!!!!

    We do have mood swings our emotions can be all over the place, I think thats is why some doctors don't want to listen as they just presume we are depressed and we are imagining things????yeah I say up yours to the pain clinic doc too :twisted:

    keep persevering as that is what I am going to do ....until I get answers as that is our right!!!! :oops:

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