Posted , 5 users are following.
I am a 21 year-old male with hyperthyroidism. I know it is extremely rare for men to get it, and especially at my age, and this only makes me feel more depressed. I have been living with it since I was 14.
The reason I have had it for so long is because I stop taking the medication as I am so scared of putting on weight. I know I'm a man and I should want to put on weight but I have been slim since I was little and the thought of putting on weight absolutely terrifies me. I currently weigh 10 stone and I am 6'2.
Whenever I think I am putting on too much weight by taking carbimazole I stop taking the meds, and therefore am probably delaying my treatment by quite a lot.
When I stop taking the meds I lose a lot of weight. But I know living with a hyperthyroid isn't healthy, especially for someone who is still developing physically and mentally, as I have been told NUMEROUS times by my doctors.
I think I am also developing thyroid eye disease which only serves to worsen my anxiety. Although, I think this is my own fault because I am a recent ex-smoker, smoking since I was 15. However, I only started getting problems with my eyes about a year ago.
I have been in talks with my endocrinologist about radio-active iodine and I think it is the best way forward, but again I am TERRIFIED of gaining weight.
I just want to be normal, and have a normal hormone system so I can control my weight how I like. By taking carbimazole it is beyond my control and I can't even think of eating. Will RAI allow me to have more control or will it just make me put on loads of weight?
I really respect everyone on here and how they help eachother and I know I must sound like a bit of a whiner but I'm at a loss at what to do. I'm scared of putting on weight, I'm scared about what's going to become of my eyes and I'm scared about RAI.
0 likes, 8 replies