I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroditis about 6 years ago. My current doc. also says I have a generalized autoimmune disease, but I am on the very low end of it. I am now 24 yrs old and I am just at my wits end and don't know where to turn or what to do. I have seen many different docs and been to a couple different endo's. No med's that they have ever given to me have ever made me feel any better....at all. In fact even though I have been treated with Synthroid, Cytomel, Prednisone (for autoimmune) and currently Levoxyl I feel that I have only gone down hill over the past six years. I feel worse than I ever have. My last test results for my thyroid were done on 2/7 of this year and were: TSH 1.90, and Free T4 1.5. I am due for another test next month.
I have tons of symptoms that I could go on forever about, but here are some of my main concerns. I am so fatigued and week all the time I have a hard time just doing simple tasks around my house such as sweeping the floor or folding the laundry. If I do anything more then that I have a hard time recovering from it, such as I am even more tired and generally feel worse for anywhere from 1-4 days after. I have to take naps frequently sometimes taking 2 day that can last 2-6 hours.
I have body aches and pains and stiffness all the time.
I have very itchy dry skin and lotion does not help with the itchiness. Sometimes it makes me feel like I am going crazy it itches so badly. When it gets really bad the oatmeal baths relieve the itching for a while.
I do not deal with cold or hot very well. At times it has to be about 78 degrees in my house and I still have to bundle up in sweat pants, a jacket and socks to stay warm. My feet and hands are the worst. On the flip side if I get too hot I feel sick... lightheaded, nauseous. I don't ever really feel comfortable at any temp. and it tends to bounce between hot and cold all day.
My appetite is constantly fluctuating as well. One day I feel like I am starving no matter what I eat (can eat a steak and potato dinner and either still feel hungry or I become hungry within an hour of eating it) and other days I am not hungry at all.
I have Insomnia and take Ambien to sleep, but it only helps a little and sometimes it doesn't work at all. I have tried other med's for this and this one works the best.
My throat is always sore and just aches a lot of the time, even more so when I am more active. I have a hard time swallowing sometimes, as well. I do have a goiter and have had a biopsy and test results came back normal.
I have acne and it has only gotten worse. I have tried different meds and creams and they either make it worse or don't help at all. It has spread from just my face to my whole upper torso and I have recently started getting blisters on my arms that are painful. When I pop them clear liquid comes out and relieves the pain for the most part. The same blister will keep blistering up...even under the scab and it takes about 6 months to heal and leaves a nice little scar. I am wondering if this could be some kind of skin problem other than acne?
I have noticed that I feel quite thirsty all the time. My mouth and throat feel dry. I have tried dinking more water and it doesn't seem to help. I also have to urinate very frequently sometimes once every hour. I have also tried to drink more water which makes it worse and have tried to drink less which helps a little but I still have to go frequently and most of the time it seems to be a normal amount. This is a huge inconvenience when I want to go somewhere or even if I am just busy doing something.
I have gained about 80lbs over the last 4 years and for about 6 months I have been exersing (walking on treadmill) 4-6 times a week for about an hour a session and have made some diet changes as well. I have only lost about 10 lbs. Although I would like to loose more weight and will continue doing what I am doing now I would like to get feeling better overall.
When I was about 18 or 19 I got mono. I haven't felt well ever since and it has just gotten worse. Could it be related? Could I still have it?
Before all this started happening I was very healthy, at my recomended weight and very active. All of these and many more symptoms have developed over the last 4 years. They just keep appearing and/or getting worse. I have been tested for many differne thing such as diabetes, schograns, wilsons, and so on. My husband and I would like to start our family, but have decided that we won't do that until I feel better. My quality of life right now is horrible and some days I get very depressed about it. I can deal with most of these issue's, but I would really like to have more energy and not feel so fatigued and week all the time. I apologize for the long post but wanted to be thorough in hopes that someone might know what is causing me to feel this way. If you have any ideas on what could be causing me to feel this way or what could help I would be grateful for any advice
Thanks a ton in advance