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hypothryoidism help

By Anonymous May 4, 2010 - 8:12pm
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I am 22 yrs old and found out 8 months ago that I had hypothyroidism. I went to my doctor because I would fall asleep in the middle of the day for no reason and my hair was falling out. She put me on levothyroxine, a low dose, well it made my hair stop falling out. But it seems like scince I've been on these pills I'm still tired, I've gained at least 10 lbs, I have no energy, my bones hurt sometimes, and I'm moody. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do? I live in a small town but go to scottsdale arizona for my husbands orthopedic surgeon, does anyone know of a doctor I could see who accepts mercy care insurance? I've tried to find one but have had no luck and its getting frustrating to go from a energetic healthy mom and wife to this. Any suggestions or even doctor suggestions would help. Thank you.

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I would insist that the doctor test you for Hashimoto's disease, it will alter the approach to treating you.

May 6, 2010 - 4:18pm

Hi Anonymous-
The symptoms you are describing are symptoms of hypothyroidism. Have you spoken again to your prescribing doctor? It sounds like perhaps your levothyroxine dose needs some adjustment. All of those symptoms, including the bone pain, can be thyroid related.

I also wonder are you seeing an endocrinologist? That is the specialist for this type of issue, and an endocrinologist would be very current on treatments for hypothyroid, where a family practitioner may understand it but not be aware of new, cutting edge treatment.

I suggest discussing the dosing with your physician, or going to a specialist if you aren't already. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend specific doctors for you. Your husband's surgeon might have an endocrinologist to recommend-maybe you should ask. Often doctors have working relationships with doctors in other specialities.

We do have information on hypothyroidism, perhaps it will help you: http://www.empowher.com/condition/hypothyroidism

Good luck.

May 6, 2010 - 6:13am
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