Hi Runner11! Becoming hypothyroid is definately not the end of the world. I have it, I got it two years ago. No one in my family has it. I was angry that I came down with it. I was always trim and then within 3 years I have gained 30 pounds. It's not all my thyroid, ha! It is me aging and not working out as much. First of all, I hope you don't have it! I truly do. But the only way to find out is to get tested. It can come on slowly and takes awhile to show up on a test. I still think I got it from living in a moldy rental house. I had bad allergies and it shot my thyroid. Here were my symptoms, thinning hair (big time), real tired, fuzzy brain, heart palpatations, weight gain, and mostly indigestion problems like acid reflex, constipation and diarrea back and forth. Everyone's symptoms may very. I was just glad that I got it diagnosed. Once you get on the medicine you can get it back in check. You can do anything in your life that you usually do as long as you take good care of yourself. It can be a nuisance. But don't be afraid. I was more angry than anything. I kept saying why me??? I still am angry about it but becoming more accepting of it. Just keep following up with it, and you will find out one way or the other. It's not the end of the world. There are plenty of us to talk to. Even Oprah Winfrey has it now.
Last edited by TEdds83; 04-21-2008 at 12:12 AM.