Again--Thanks to all of you for your caring support!
Here is my story. I'm a 33 year old female and I believe that I've been very hypothyroid for about 12 years. Unfortunately, due to my own ignorance and poor health care system, I did not find out until recently.
I am 5 feet 3 inches tall and my weight has fluctuated to the point that people comment on it all the time. In my 20's, I would balloon up (go from 137 to 160 in a couple of months.) This would happen all of the time. I would get really depressed and then try to discipline myself (assuming it was my fault--although I really wasn't eating all that much!) Eight years ago, I was in a terrible car accident and as a result was in the hospital for quite a while. I still have quite a lot of metal in my body...and later attributed mysterious symptoms to that. (muscle aches, brain fog, severe dry and itchy rashes) Six years ago, I woke up to find a huge bald spot on the crown of my head. I was treated with steroid shots to my scalp and was diagonosed with alopecia areata. Four years ago I was feeling extremely fatigued, depressed, had muscle aches and decided to try and research my condition. In doing so, I thought I had a condition called Candidiasis and went on a strict diet eliminating sugars, carbs, any fermented products and began taking a lot of vitamins. I lost 30 pounds (133) and actually felt a little better. Then, 2 years ago I had my gall bladder removed, began gaining weight rapidly and here I am...30 pounds heavier... (166) cholesterol 293!!! Dry, brittle nails, Very sensitive to cold! Always tired! Depressed. I never want to go out and be with friends. My boyfriend and I broke up (we were living to gether for 2 years and just broke up 2 weeks ago---ironically just at the same time as all this was discovered. I'm on 100MCG of Synthroid and wondering if I should be taking something else along with it. I go in to have more tests done in 3 weeks. I'm scared to exercize because of my cholesterol reading and because my heart seems to be beating faster than normal. (could be stress--or the fact that my body isn't used to the hormone.) Anyway-- that's my story in a nut shell. I'm still trying to remain positive-- but I'm scared and more than a little frustrated that this has been going on for what seems like a very long time.