Im 16 and was just diagnosed from a blood test with an under active thyroid. I was diagnosed a few months ago and now take levothyroxyn everyday whic seemed to only improve how tired i was. I also take celexa (3 week taking it) everyday also for depression and anxiety an i have chronic migraine/tension headaches (since I was in 3rd grade). Everyday I feel horrible, fatigued, nauseas, weak, anxious, sad, my skin looks horrible and I bruise so easily, irritable, achy, short term memory loss, I just don't want to do anything anymore. What all can a low thyroid do to your body and what is a normal thyroid supposed to do.
6 Aug 2012
Hi Luna. Still have questions? As I said before, no meds and you die. Too much meds same thing. You need to stay with a TSH under 3 and over .5. Most people like around 2. Only an endocrinologist will be able to get the right dose for you. You know it is right when you feel better. It takes time to get it right and it may adjust from time to time over the years.
The celexa is pretty fast, after a week you will feel a bit better, as the days go by you will be calmer and more like your self. If not, see the doc and the prescription will be changed. Again, this takes time.
The mood swings are a combination of meds, thyroid and depression. I have been dealing with this myself. All I have found is to know it will improve and do my best to stay in control. It doesn't always work and I am not a teen. Gotta be tough for you.
The skin will stay that way. Use lots of moisturizers. A good one that is ordered from our pharmacy is called Complex 15. It works really well on face and hands. It has no petroleum products and is unscented so it is healthy to use. Around here it is $6.00 per tube. Again, special order. Stay away from hot showers.
The migraine I leave to others. As they answered before, not sure what else they can tell you. At sixteen your health records are confidential per federal laws. Talk with your doctor about all of this. Take a list and spend the time to ask. Sometimes a good friend or trusted adult is a good idea as it is a lot to remember when one is not feeling great. Ok? stay in touch, Karen
7 Aug 2012
Your thyroid gland controls a lot of major bodily functions such as metabolism, mood, making certain white cells to protect you from infection or immunology and a bunch of other necessary functions. As states above, you need the med to live. Don't take this situation lightly and tale your med as prescribed.
Peace and blossoms,
7 Aug 2012
Hi, not everybody has the same symptoms with low-thyroid, which makes it hard to diagnose. 3 women in my area died in their sleep, and the coroner said it was from low thyroid. It was a small rural community, so doctors began thyroid scans on females. That's how I got diagnosed.
symptoms: depression-which I didn't have, anger-which I didn't have, weight gain-which I didn't have, loss of math skills-which I had-went from top student to worst student in math, dry skin-yes, irregular menses-yes, no menses at all-no, thin hair-no, cold-yes, lack of energy-no, sleep problems-no, thin eyebrows-yes, irritability-yes-off and on, infertility-no, moody-yes. Now here's a personal one- craving seafood and salt to get the iodine. A pilot at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico was deployed and his wife went into a depression. She didn't get out of bed, cried, and the neighbors took care of her children, Then the neighbors took her to the base hospital-and it made arrangements for her to be put in a mental hospital-and contacted the husband that he needed to come home. A new doctor saw her dry skin, her crying, weight, and asked if they ran a thyroid test-NO- by the time her husband came home, she was home-pretty healthy and happy. That and dying are the extreme, but follow what your doctors say- get lab work once a year-and you probably won't be depressed or so moody. Oh Yeah- even with my thyroid under control-I still have trouble reading those little charts for doing math stats and probabilities-and I find myself putting things off. I get head-aches and I swear that my eyes hurt-doctors back this up along with dry skin-then I didn't feel so bad.
7 Aug 2012
Bless your heart, no wonder you feel like crap. You've received some good answers here, so I don't have much to add except this. When I was diagnosed with low thyroid, it took well over a year to get my thyroid level adjusted to where it should be. I would think that at your age, when your body is still growing and changing so much, it will probably take a while to adjust yours also. Like I said, for a while I was having my meds adjusted every 30-60 days. It's a pain to have to keep going back for blood tests, but a necessary effort. Don't give up, it will get better, it just takes time. I hope this helps you a little.
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