I'm 34. why me?

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sad Where do I start?? It seems like a long story, please don't get bored...here goes. I was on the combined contraceptive pill for 6 years, very happy no side effects.Last year my doctor informed me that I could no longer take it as because I suffer with migraines (I have had them since the age of 13) with aura, loss of vision, I was at an increased risk of a stroke so she put me on the mini pill. All well and good I started this at Christmas 2006 had 1 period and then the my periods stopped...I thought weyhey until I started to get very painful and bad spots on the side of my face, chin, sides of my neck and on my back.I have never suffered with spots even in my teenage years. Antibiotic lotion was prescribed which I used day and night for months with no results. I decided to come off the pill after discussing this with my doctor. 3 months passed and no period arrived, I began to worry. One doctor told me not to worry and that [quote:8b86286ec1] I probably had \"lazy\" ovaries. Not something I want to hear as I haven't had children yet. I went away and tried not to worry. By August I was beginning to panic so I went to a lady doctor and asked if I could have a blood test just to see what was going on and to put my mind at rest she agreed and I saw the nurse. One week later the results came back and I was told that I have an underactive thyroid gland...I had another blood test as the doctor wanted to check out more things and that has shown I have the anti-bodies for an auto-immune disease....She asked me several questions...do I prefer warm or cold weather...WARM...do I feel tired alot.....YES.....etc. I started my thyroxine tablets, 2 a day on the 9th September and I'm going back for my first blood test in the morning since starting them. Still the period is awol, maybe I should be grateful for the savings on sanitary towels?? I have wondered if having glandular fever nearly 3 years ago could have anything to do with this happening to me? My father died in September last year and some people have told me that shock can bring this illness on..is it an illness? a disease I don't know!! I would like to know why this happens to people, the doctor has told me that no-one knows, it's the same as someone becoming diabetic, nobody knows why our bodies \"pack up\". I have been referred to a specialist, an endocrinolgyist not sure if that's how it's spelt, my appointment is 20th November, maybe i'll get some answers then. In the mean time I continue to feel tired, fed up, make my boyfriend sweat as I crank up the heating and frustrate him as I'd rather watch the telly than have sex!! at least I know that a low libido is a symtom now. Oh and my medical exemption certificate has come....yipee free prescritions! I bet my hayfever will stop now I don't have to pay for the bl@*dy tablets. If any lady out there has had any similar symptoms as me or any advice please let me know.The irony is you spend the whole of your twenties enjoying yourself and trying not to get pregnant and now i'm in my thirties and the clock is ticking I begin to wonder will I ever get the chance to be a mum?? I'm going because i'm beginning to feel really fed up!! I'm so happy I found this place and hope that somebody replies, if they've not fallen asleep reading this.....Libby x [/quote:8b86286ec1]

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    as someone who was diognosed with this condition when i was 30 i can understand why people feel fed up but at the age of 48 now i can tell you that my sex life has improved since taking the levothyroxine and unless i have problems getting my repeat perscription due to the doctors not answering my calls i feel greats don't loss heart life dose get better :D
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    I had battled for years to be treated and now finally getting somewhere but very slowly. I also have PCOS/D - which i think is related/connected. You can still have children and get back to 'normal' with the medication. i've noticed changes in my cycle that I never had before - I had symptoms of ovulating (never before) and I had the spots until the tablets started working.

    you can still have IVF if it takes a lot of adjusting or try clomid to stimulate your ovaries.

    Hope this helps

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    Thank you for the replies....I have been this morning for the results of my second blood test. It has shown that I have the auto-immune disease \"Hashimoto's Disease\" which is apparently the most common reason for someone of my age (34) to have an under active thyroid!! I would be interested if anyone else has this, it's such a weird name for a disease...don't you think?? I have an appointment with an Endocrinologist in November so hopefully they will shed more light on this for me??
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    Hope this is of help, i put my story on a blog

    What is Hashimoto's Disease ?

    The thyroid gland is found low in the neck and is shaped like a butterfly. It makes two hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which are released into the blood circulation. These hormones control the speed of all the body's functions (or metabolism). In hypothyroidism (hypo = underactive, thyroidism = thyroid activity) the output of these hormones is reduced. The resulting decrease in metabolism produces various symptoms. General muscle slow-down leads to tiredness. Reduced body metabolism causes dry skin, hair loss, constipation and weight gain. Joints can swell up, and shortage of breath may develop due to effects on the heart. In women, periods may become heavy. Slower brain activity results in memory loss and poor concentration. Youngsters may fail to grow and may not do well at school. Some people have no symptoms at all, but the doctor may notice only a slow pulse or other minor change in appearance. If the thyroid gland is enlarged, the doctor may then call the condition Hashimoto's disease, after the Japanese physician who first described this combination of abnormalities.

    How does Hashimoto's Disease occur ?

    The body sometimes produces substances called antibodies. These are defence chemicals which are usually made only to deal with foreign substances (like viruses, other germs and things like pollen). In hypothyroidism, the antibodies (and the cells that make them) are directed against the body's own cells (in this case the thyroid). This is called auto-immune destruction, and is almost impossible to prevent or reverse. Once thyroid cell damage occurs in this way, it is usually permanent.

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    Hi,

    I developed an underactive thyroid at the age of about 21 and I noticed it was linked to my taking of the pill. When I came off the pill a couple of years later, my thyroid went back to normal. Then it went under again when I went back onj the pill, but has since styed the same, gradually going up. I asked several doctors and one once said that there was evidence to suggest it (lets face it, if it can occur after pregnacy, they why not one the oill which mimicks pregnancy - also it often develops during the meopause, and has so in my mother).

    I am naturally slim but will get very 'bunged up' and tired and so now know (after a year and a half of putting up with it!) that this is when my thyroid may have fluctuated. Periods regular, but I get VERY cold!

    Has anyone else experienced this?

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