Quote Originally Posted by Juniper View Post
On Wednesday I was diagnosed with having hypothyroidism which was actually a relief to hear. From what limited research I've done on it so far, it seems to explain a lot of what I've been going through for a long time. I have to go back for another blood draw because they want to run a bigger panel of tests, now knowing what they should be looking for. I'm actually surprised that they haven't done this sooner... But that's not really what I want to talk about.

What I would like to know, from those of you who either live with this and/or know of it by proxy (someone you know has it/you work with people who have it):
(PLEASE - Answer only if you're comfortable doing so or PM me of you don't want to discuss it publicly.)

1. What medication was prescribed?
2. Has it worked?
3. Did it require any lifestyle changes to complement the medication or no?
4. What symptoms has it treated the most?
5. If there are other conditions, has the hypothyroidism treatment helped improve those, too?
6. Do you have any dietary recommendations to help supplement successful treatment?

That's all I have for right now.

I'm really looking forward to getting this figured out but I'm also afraid I may be getting my hopes up too high and kind of just want to brace myself for any possible hurdles that come with this.

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I hope it's OK to reopen this.

If there is anyone in the world who is hypo, it's me. I was born without a thyroid gland. They call it congenital but since there is not a soul on either side of my family who knows of anyone way back who had it, it's hard to tell where it came from.

1. Levothyroxine
2. Definitely, I was sick from new born
3. Less so than my paternal inclination for blood cholesterol and heart disease
4. Fatigue, largely, but pretty much every function the gland is meant to control. Oh and death. I'm not dead, that's an important one.
5. No. I was diagnosed as having ADD as a child, but personally I think it's because I didn't fit into or appreciate the mould required for doing well at cookie cutter state education.
6. There are a lot of stories about this sort of thing, but insufficient science to back it up. NHS, who don't benefit from you cutting out food unless it improves your health (less strain on them), don't suggest cutting out any food generally.