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Old 07-30-2006, 01:31 PM   #1
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advice for newbies

remember when we first started to post here, how ill and scared we felt? lets start a thread with our advice for newbies.


my advice is......... to be a patient patient, you didnt get ill overnight and wont get better overnight either. Thyroid meds are not like aspirins they dont work straight away.

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Old 07-31-2006, 06:57 AM   #2
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Re: advice for newbies

Good advice there Daisy.

I was diagnosed about 2 months ago now with a TSH of 136 - I felt dreadful.
I struggled to cope with 50mcg Levotyhroxine initially - I guess my adrenals were fatigued. Now 2 month on I'm up to 100mcg & feeling better every day.
My last TSH level a couple of weeks ago was down to 40.

Just takes time & I guess symptoms are different for everyone.

The other thing to bear in mind is that most people that are feeling well do not visit the forum & so therefore you are reading about everyone who is having a hard time.

Hopefully in a few months time I'll feel better still.

 
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Good thread Daisy

My two cents : Educated yourself on your condition - learn as much as you can. But don't do it all at once or you may feel overwhelmed.

I cut and paste important info into a word document so that I can re read it if I forget things and I also have a book that lives on my desk that I'm slowly writing things into
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Re: advice for newbies

My advice is ~
Don't be so quick to attribute every single symptom to your thyroid. Some problems have other causes, and so, probably not every single thing will be cured once your thyroid levels are optimal.

For example, if you eat mostly junk or processed food, or if you constantly eat too little (under 1200 cal/per day is too little), thyroid hormone won't fix that. If you routinely get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, you probably are never going to feel terrific, no matter how good your thyroid levels are. If you're a completely sedentary person who eats everything within reach, you likely are not going to stop gaining weight and won't ever feel like taking on the world.

In short, just because it can be caused by thyroid, that doesn't mean that it is caused by your thyroid.

 
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Old 07-31-2006, 12:50 PM   #5
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Re: advice for newbies

That is so very true Midwest1, I try to get at least 8 hrs a night now and can really feel the difference if I have a late night.

Since I have given up processed foods (not easy when your too fatigued to cook from scratch I know) there is a noticeable difference in my skin, nails and hair.

hope you are doing ok midwest xxx
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Re: advice for newbies

These are all great tips. I can add a ray of sunshine. I have graves disease and have felt good ever since i went on meds after having RAI in Oct.2003. Life isn't perfect..i gained the weight i'd lost back and can't get rid of it, but hey, there are worst things. I'd like to tell everyone that just because this has happened to us that it is not the end of the world. Sure you may feel bad sometimes, but think of the alternative. It like anything else, if you let it control your life...it will. Your mental attitude is just as important as the meds we take each morning. Until i started coming to this board i didn't give the graves much thought at all...i just pop my pill each morning and go merrily on my way.

I like the fact that i can come here and share what we've learned with the "new to the thyroid game"people.

I just thought of something else to pass on. Be sure to ask for a bone scan when dx, especially if your are hyper T. Being hyper is very hard on the bones and a baseline DEXA scan could help gauge if there is bone mass loss. Im not sure if hypo does the same thing. Even if there is no bone loss it would give you a chance to start doing all the things to keep your bones stong and healthy.
take care...phyllis

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