Some of the symptoms I've struggled with having low thyroid are typical, and others, I didn't realize were because of low thyroid. Here's a list from Web MD, suffice it to say that I have MOST of them.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism may be vague and can often mimic other conditions. They may include:
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- Dry hair and hair loss
- Dry skin
- Greater sensitivity to cold
- Slow heart rate
- Swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter)
- Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
I had my blood work drawn and scheduled an appointment for three weeks later to have a look at things. He opened up my file and right away said I had Hashimotos (hypothyroid) and that I needed to be gluten free. He went over the rest of my thyroid numbers with me, told me they were all out of whack and wrote me a prescription for a different thyroid medication.
I took to the internets asking for help with this and was surprised when an endocrinologist friend told me that Hashimotos and gluten free don't necessarily need to go to there. I wanted to be a good patient though and so I cut out gluten and started taking the new medicine. I corresponded with this doctor friend a little more and she advised me that the medication this Fancy Thyroid Place was giving me, wasn't really a recommended or trusted treatment. So. I really had some decisions to make.
I kept with it and did the follow-up blood work about a month later. In the mean time, I felt. like. crap.
I wasn't sleeping as well, I just wasn't myself. But I sure was trying.
Follow up blood work suggested nothing. Basically no change. So in the end, I quit this doctor and went back to my old treatment plan. And back to eating wheat. (for a while at least). See the continuation in these posts: New Country, New Doctor (part 1) and Part 2: New Doctor, lots of Test