So...I'm one of those lucky ones who was diagnosed straight away with hypo/hashi (TSH 19)...in hindsight this was actually one of the worst day of my life. I have had nothing but one bad reation after another to thyroid meds. Even had to be rushed to the hospital. They took me off of meds for 4 days and than strainght back on...this time my reaction so sooo extreme that I up and left the hospital. I've finally stopped taking thyroid meds (I was actually begging my husband to kill me my reation was so bad). I've found a way to get a saliva adrenal test without a doc and I finally found a doc to give me hydro...so far so good. (I will add my Armour back in in a few days). I seem to be heading towards menopause as well (I'm 41 years old). I also have really bad water retention..I look 5 months pregnant. Oh yeah...I stopped breast feeding in 1999 but I'm still lactating (I will start Bromo something in a few days) MRI scan was OK.. I live in Germany but I'm American and I feel like I'm walking around alone and in the dark.
I've had many days of non-stop heart pains and palpitations..so stressed..so full of rage I'm pushing the envelope towards violence (which is VERY scary because I have a 5 years old daughter...rest assured, I've never hurt her)...etc. With my hydro these symptoms are gone (except for water retention and lactation)...so far...but I think I need to start my Armour again...maybe my symptoms will come back. Before all of this I had (in my opinion anyway) a very successful career...I've been forced, because of my health and rage...to give it all up.
I have no idea what I'm doing. What test results I should be judging. What tests I should be requesting etc... I've been through about 10 docs in 18 months, I've kind of become my own doc ( a really bad idea...I know http://www.healthboards.com/boards/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=122#).
When and how will my water retention go away? What is the best range for TSH FT3, FT4? Is my menopause only temporary? How long should I take hydro for....life??? Has anybody else been in my shoes. I would love to hear some stories of hope and some good advice...even a friend who can relate in Germany.