Work's impact on thyroid levels.
Hello-I just joined this group. I am a nurse-midwife and also have Grave's disease. I have been treated with RAI, so am now technically hypothyroid. My diagnosis took place 3 years ago . . . my replacement meds were stable within 6 months. They stayed stable until I started getting up at 4:30 AM to commute to a clinic 100 miles away. And, I worked in the evenings after work. Very long days. And not a real flourishing workplace. Add to that bad roads and a dying landlord. I became slowly hypo over several months. When I finally got enough energy to get it checked - it was 8. My endo thought I was skipping pills on purpose. I told him about the lifestyle change and he believed me. (I got horrid bronchitis and that is what tipped me off). Slowly he increased me - but nothing mattered until I changed schedules, shortening days and commutes. This experience has taught me how sleep cycles are an important part of staying well and stable for me. Getting so apathetic effects my ability to create a happy, flourishing life. Has anyone else ever had levels impacted by lifestyle changes? It is now 9 mos later and we are still making final adjustments. Wow!