Your symptoms of hypothyroid will come back: fatigue and sluggishness, weight gain; thinning, dry and brittle hair, intolerance to cold, pale and dry skin, cold hands and cold feet, constipation, joint and muscle pain, irregular menstrual cycles (in women who are still menstruating), thin and brittle nails, weakness and as the disease progresses it can lead to decreased in smell and taste, hoarseness, swelling in your face, feet and hands, slow speech, thickening of the skin and thinning in the outer third of the eyebrows. You just wont feel well at all. Myxedema coma, the most severe form of hypothyroidism, is rare. It occurs when thyroid hormone levels get very low. It can be caused by an infection, illness, exposure to cold, or certain medicines in people with untreated hypothyroidism. Myxedema coma is a medical emergency that must be treated in the hospital. Some patients may need oxygen, breathing assistance (ventilator), fluid replacement and intensive-care nursing.
Symptoms and signs of myxedema coma include:
Below normal temperature
Low blood pressure
Low blood sugar
Inappropriate or uncharacteristic moods
People with untreated hypothyroidism are at increased risk of:
Infertility, miscarriage, giving birth to a baby with birth defects
Heart disease because of higher levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol
Heart failure (taken from https://www.drugs.com/enc/hypothyroidism.html if you want to read further on the subject)
Once you have thyroid hormone deficiency, it is a lifelong problem and you have to take hormone replacement for life. Just out of curiosity, why would you want to stop now after taking the hormones for so many years? If you are having trouble affording your medications, there may be help available. If it is a matter of not wanting to take pills, there are bio-identical hormone implants available but these arent proving to be quite as efficient yet as taking the pills in some studies but hopefully, as technology improves on them, maybe one day people can just have small implants to provide the hormones rather than taking pills daily. You can ask your Dr about bio-identical hormone implants to see if he/she thinks this may be an option for you. Some Drs feel patients are more likely to experience relief from thyroid hormone imbalances with bio-identical thyroid hormones, which contain a mix of various natural thyroid hormones, rather than synthetic drugs, which feature single hormones. Drs who treat with bio-identical hormones can treat each patient according to his or her individual needs. In some clinical experience, bio-identical thyroid hormones appear to work best for many patients, and are also cost effective. Other Drs dont have as much faith in bio-identical hormones as research and clinical trials show inconsistent results. Some trials show really good results and others, not so much. I, as a medical professional, think that eventually bio-identical hormone implants will be the way hormones are delivered once the technology is perfected but even now, they work quite well in some people if you have a Dr who is familiar and experienced in working with them so ask your Dr if this is an option for you if you are tired of taking pills. If there is some difficulty you are having about the medication, perhaps if you tell us what the problem is, we can help you!
- Levothyroxine Information for Consumers
- Levothyroxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothyroxine (detailed)
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