about 3 years ago I was told my levels were low and put on thyroxine a year later they had drop again and the same after.I have now been on a 125mg aday for around 14 months but think because of legs, arms etc bone(it feels like its deep inside of it) hurting,itchy skin and wanting to sleep 18 or more hours a day, sometimes I'm to tired to eat, thats why I lost weight instead iof gaining it as normal with underactive. So does this illness just keep on progressing or does it level out and stay that way. I hate it when my bones ache to the core and I can't keep my eyes open. I can't afford not to eat and I reallywould perfer to sleep than eat. Cook for thr family but I sleep instead of eating. So if any of you can let me know I'd be grateful.
Does an underactive thyroid keep getting worse?
Added 23 Oct 2012:
Thank you everyone. I'm going to see my doctor because I really can't cope anymore. Iv'e already had my vocals scraped a few years a go because of a change in my voice but my voice has gone again plus this time I feel as though I have a lump in my throat that will not clear. I believe in my heart its all related. Thank you again cos I was starting to wonder if it was all in my mind.
Please make an appointment with your endocrinologist. Levels are checked every six weeks until you are in a healthy range of .5 to 3.0 for the
Yes, it gets worse and can cause damage or death if not treated properly. We cannot live without the hormone. If the TSH is too high, as you are describing, many side effects occur. I recommend you look up thyroid disease and become educated so you can ask your physician important questions. What this means is that you are not receiving enough medication to bring your level down. This is something that happens through out your life as you age or become ill or other metabolic changes occur. When under control, your energy will be back and life will be easier.
Please see the doctor soon and be sure they know you are having these symptoms. Talk with a nurse should they give you an appt months down the line. More questions?
It is hard for some people to get their thyroids in a normal range. Mine was not too bad but always needed to up my Synthroid meds. I chocked when I lay on my right side at night. My Endo then found a lump that ended up being a thyroid tumor. Once I got the thyroid out and went on a higher amount of Synthroid to prevent cancer again. I felt fine. I am not saying you have any cancer. Just try to prevent any worse symptoms by trying to see your Endo and telling her/him how you are feeling. If they don't help, find another.
Yes it can-but it should stabilize and while it's being stabilized you get lab work about every-8 weeks- Then you get the yearly test. The norm seems to be a shift that requires a new thyroid dosage about every 8-12 years. There are many different brands and thyroid compounds- different compounds work differently on different people. Like my body doesn't do well with synthetic thyroid compounds, etc. You might ask your doctor if you can try a different synthetic brand or an animal extract-if your doctor won't work with you about this it's time to say-"Adios- hasta la vista-auf wiedersehen-Je presse au revoir- sayonara- get lost jerk-I'm bailing" If you have to do insurance or HMO paperwork- do it immediately and tell them that the doctor isn't treating your thyroid--At my HMO they had a long waiting list of people that wanted a different doctor-like 18 months wait. I went in my paperwork- they called me 2 days later and I had a new doctor that understands THYRIOD
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