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Old 08-25-2012, 05:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
Tammy Owensby
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I've been on Synthroid since I was 16 (just turned 48 yesterday). It's a constant struggle. Weight is up and then it may go down a little, you may be tired, foggy, hair may fall out from time to time, skin dry - it is what it is. The best thing I can tell you is to find a good endocrinologist. Most doctors, even internists, think that a TSH of 5 is ok but it needs to be as close to "0" as possible without causing problems. Eat as healthy as possible because you can also be at more risk for insulin resistance (which I now have and am trying desperately to reverse). I can't stress enough to get a good endo (can you tell I've been through this with doctors?). I had a thryroidectomy at 16. My brother found out about 5 years ago that he was severely hypothyroid and by the time they found out his heart was enlarged, they thought his kidneys had permanent damage (they didn't thank goodness) and he had developed stasis ulcers on his shins (looked like gun shot wounds) from all the swelling and they are scars from them to this day that will never go away. He now takes synthroid but he's still over weight but that's more his eating habits. Please don't stop taking the medicine if your doctor and lab results show you need it. I know it's rough but it can cause so much damage to your body if your TSH level is off over time. I don't want to sound like a debbie downer, just have been through alot myself and the alternative is worse. Good luck to you!!
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