Back in Dec 2003 I had a health scare in the form of a Stroke at the age of 23. Since that time I have to take 1 dis-solvable aspirin a day to thin my blood out as a blood clot on the brain caused me to have the stroke. So every year in September around my birthday I have to a yearly health MOT as I call it, where I have various checks and bloods done.
So I had my 2017 health MOT in September just before my birthday, so I went to my local walkin center where we have a blood test clinic, bloods were taken and then they got sent off for results and I had to wait about 5 days to get my results. After the 5 days were up I contact my doctors who advised me that my Thyroid count was slightly high and I needed to make an appointment to see a doctor, I attended my appointment to discuss the findings on. The doctor advised that my T4 level isn’t producing enough and my TSH was only slightly higher than what the normal level should be which I think is 5.0, after talking it thru with the doctor she explained that its like a wall has been put up and the thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones so it is working harder to produce more to do what it should be doing naturally, so this is why I’m getting the following symptoms: Tiredness, Sensitive to the cold, Aching muscles, Dry skin and I would also say a slight level of depression. I’ve also had hair loss when washing my hair, having clumps of hair in the plughole when I’ve finished washing it.
I was started off one the following medication, 25mg of Levothyroxine which I had to take 1 a day in the morning, so I took the 25mg from mid Sept to Dec 2017. I was scheduled to have another blood test 12 weeks after my first which was around the 7th Dec, so I went to have this before I went off to New York so when I got back I would get my results would be ready. After contacting the doctors for my second lot bloods I was advised that I would need to increase my medication to 50mg again 1 a day in the morning. So this is where I am at the moment and another blood test to be taken around March time! I still have some of the above symptoms, and I also need to be more careful with what I’m eating as weight gain is another symptom and I also need to make sure I am also looking after my hair, skin and nails as brittle nails and dry skin are also symptoms. Self Care is on my 2018 achievements list to look after my skin and hair better as I have neglected it a bit in 2017!!
Thanks for reading this little medical post. Any other readers have an underactive or overactive??
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