My health is pretty good today. In addition to being low-thyroid, I have arthritis and degenerative disk disease and a pinched nerve in my right shoulder. Both arms and hands are continually numb, but the doctors haven't figured that out yet. It could be carpal tunnel coming back. I had the operation on both hands several years ago and it was successful in that the pain went away. I also had my neck operated on 2 years ago, and had a plate inserted because 2 of my cervical disks had degenerated almost completely and some of the disk material was pressing on my spine. That was causing me to lose my balance for no discernible reason. I also had muscle tremors in my hands from it. That all went away, with a lot of pain, when the operation was done.
Like many people who are low-thyroid, I am depressed. I have been taking zoloft and trazodone for that, and for me they work very well. I also have minor anxiety attacks now and then, usually when I'm trying to hurry. I hate being late for anything, and that's what happens to me when I'm late. lol
Other than all this and being 61, I'm in great shape. I can still lift 20 struggling lbs of cat (my cat Shadow), and 50 lbs if it's not fighting. Makes it easier when what you're carrying doesn't fight.
I am also looking for a new home. I'm headed to West Virginia next Saturday to look at some places. It's pretty cheap out there, compared to Washington, DC, where I live now.
Well, off to the doctor to get my meds.
Maggie Have you tryed to get massages? I know that I have saved so many ppl from having surg. for CTS and they now have feelings in there hands and arms, now I have several doctors sending me clients with you type of problems there a Massage Therapist that specialize in this you can go to this web site and see if there is one near you! We specialize in Fibromyalgia, CTS, tennis Elbow Headaches and much more
the web site is
My problem with any kind of therapy is that I have to pay for it. I used to get massages once a week when I was working, but I could afford it then. When your income is $1000 a month and your rent is $900 a month, that makes a lot unaffordable.
However, when I move I will have more money. And hopefully then I will be able to go back to a massage therapist.
I don't think what is wrong now is carpal tunnel, but it probably is radial nerve injury. Massage can also help there.
I'll keep the link. Thanks.
ok its Thursday
cute, very cute.
feeling alright, thank you very much.
I am glad that you are feeling alright
a star for you
Rev... I am so glad you are doing better colds are no fun
Hey Mom My homeopathy meds are doing good..I feel real good today Thank you for helping me by setting me up with the Homeopath. I have a appointment with her today for my follow up so I will see you tomarrow..
Oh Laura that is good sweetie I am glad you remembered your appt cause i forgot to tell you they called
love you Baby Girl
I went to look at a house in West Virginia today, and made an offer on it. I sure hope I get it. If I don't, then tomorrow I will probably feel awful. But I expect it to go through without a problem.
Got the house! description in another post with link to photos.
Yo! Yesterday a bloodletting for Neuro, today shrink, tomorrow Neuro. Next week Rheumy and Endo. Oh to have Fibro, Medicare and Health Insurance!!!
Frank I am sorry to hear that how have you felt since you have been on the Synthroid? do you feel any better is your thyroid under control?
Rev do you really do Bloodletting?
Mike I am glad to hear that it is at a steady state.
Maggie yea!!!! I am glad you got the house.
Hi everybody. I go to the dentist tomorrow. At least my teeth will be in good shape for West Virginia. lol
The rest of me is doing pretty well. I have clinical depression (which so often comes with hypotyroidism), but my trigger is lack of money and no place to go. The "no place to go" has been taken care of. Unfortunately, because of that, the lack of money is really being felt. But that's ok, because I have really good friends and neighbors who are helping me get packed and will help me move. Several of them actually work for a moving company. I have to pay them, but when they heard where I was moving the price went way down. Just let them come and stay once in a while. Of course, I said sure. They can camp in the yard. I love the country.
ok I am going to make a request I would like you to get a audio book and listen to it and give me feed back on it
the name of it is "Why People don't Heal"
by Caroline Myss PH.D.
Remember I want feed back on this.
I agree to that. Since my house payment will be going down from $900/month and about $500/month utilities to $350/month and $200/month utilities, the money problems are going bye-bye.
I am a firm believer in silver linings. My shrink calls me an optimistic pessimist. I'm positive everything will go wrong, but I'm happy about it. I figure if you expect the worst, you will never be surprised. And if everything turns out right, then you can party.
Seriously, all my stress right now is attached to getting moved, and figuring out what to trash. The house is so beautiful inside that most of my furniture would look horrible in it (I call my decorating style early junk heap. )
I just sent a bunch of info to the loan officer, and should know really soon whether it's approved. I don't know why it wouldn't be, tho. The house is a gem. I can already see myself sitting in the gazebo with a cup of coffee watching the deer and wild turkey and whatever other little critters run around. I saw a chipmunk near the rhododendron while we were checking the place out.
I can't do this right now because it would never get to me before I move, but I printed it out and I'm putting it in my "To Do" folder for when I get to WV. Amazon.com has a bunch of used copies for good prices. Check them out.
Tell you what, tho. If all the people who say they want to move in with me, I'll have to build a hotel.
JB...Sometimes it feels like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders...
And the fig leaf chafes...let me tell you! Wink!
I know how you feel that is when you need to STOP do some Breathing Exercise and start back slowly!
and the other problem lol Diper rash cream helps that *wink
I just joined this group. My name is Erion. I was reading some of the articles that you posted and I wanted to thank you for them. I found out about 6-7 months ago that I have hypothyroidism. I later found out I was pregnant, but just recently lost them. The doctors couldn't tell me why I have this thyroid problem or why I lost my babies, but they did say my thyroids was causing my MS and other conditions to get out of control. I never knew or took the time to research this condition, but lately I have been educating myself. Thank you so much for this group -it's an eye opener!
to Erion! Very glad that you have joined this group. It is sad to hear you lost your babies. It is said that women with hypothyroidism tend to be at risk for PCOS, or PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome, which can cause a woman to miscarry, if she is pregnant. I would recommend you get with an endocrinologist if you can, or at the very least, a women's health specialist/internist who specializes in endocrinology.
Did your doctor check for Graves or Hashimoto's disease? Or do you recall taking any kind of thyroid meds as a child--if so, you're congenitally hypothyroid (which I am).
Keep us up to date on what's going on...we're here to support you on your discovery.
Also, Erion, I recommend you check out Louise Hay's books at www.hayhouse.com They have helped me discover some of the spiritual issues surrounding my hypothyroidism. This is just a suggestion, though.
Bright Blessings and Good Health,
Thanks so much for the information, and I am glad to have found this group. Frank, it's good to see you here. I look forward to posting and interacting with this group. Again thanks!
I've been a member for awhile. Sorry I haven't 'checked in'.
Hello to everyone here. Something we all must realize is the gravity of this condition.
Thyroid malfunction has as serious affect on our health as diabetes, or other major endocrine disorder.
Failure to comply with the hormone supplementation/replacement can and does lead to the death of brain cells, especially in the area of memory. Eventually this leads to alzheimers like dementia requiring institutionalization. It can also lead to psychotic type symptoms and the requirement for institutional phsychiatric care.
I have an aunt who 'didn't like to take pills'. She was a brilliant woman, but refused the proper treatment regimen. She has been under permanent psychiatric care now, for over 10 years. She does not know anyone and is totally dependant on round the clock care of every type.
Hi, Mother Earth. Feelin' pretty good these days.
Lost a lot of weight. Went from a size 26 to a 10.
Still taking my synthroid meds daily. Not tired anymore, lots of energy.
Thank God I found a doctor who believed me when I said I was TIRED all the time.
Love, Hugs and Kisses, Chris
Checking in been away for a while - battling thyroid problems and severe pain. I hope everyone is doing ok - Do the best you can - one step at a time!
I am very exhausted lately, so I am not on line much lately, but I will check-in as much as possible.
Hello everyone! I guess maybe I never introduced myself in here? Besides having hypothyroidism and a nodule on my thyroid, I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, lol, too many other related conditions. I also have MS, but it has been in remission for getting close to 5 years now. My Fibro/Chronic Fatigue has been KILLING me lately! I just can never seem to be able to control this awful fatigue...I really need help! Joan, I sure could use a massage! Oh, btw, I am fused in my back and neck with rods & plates from having ruptured discs while I was a nurse. I have been disabled now since 2000.
I'm still here...
Still battling the overly tireds and the other lovely symptoms that I went to the doc back in October for... that one said bloodwork was fine and suggested anti-depressants... ...
Working up the courage to go get a second opinion soon... just tired of being tired...
Satire, please go get a 2nd opinion. I had to go to several doctors before they found out what was wrong with me.
Please, for me, get that 2nd opinion.
I be here to help if you need me. I promise!!!
Hugs, Kisses and much Love, Christia
Hello Brent & Susan and WELCOME to Thyroid Support Group!
Hello to everyone, I hope that you are doing ok. I am checking-in; been back in the hospital with MS Flare, and Thyroid problems that caused me some pregnancy complications, but I am home now.
I will write more a little later - I am feeling kinda exhausted right now, but I just wanted to check-on the group. Take Care, and I will talk to you all soon.
I finally got to see a 2nd doc... he agrees it sounds like it could be my thyroid, so he's having me do a basal temp check for the next month, along with a battery of bloodtests and will be getting my results from the 1st doc to see what there is to see there... I go back in about a month, armed with that info and hopefully we can get down to the bottom of things.
I'm happy just to be taken seriously... I was very worried that I'd be written off again but I wasn't! Well, not so far anyway... good news too is that I'm finding a lot of my friends have thyroid issues too and are full of great advice on the matter... it does seem to be fairly common though... scary too some of what these gals have had to go through in order to be properly diagnosed and treated...
Your very busy, but fearless group owner is here...hehehe...
I am attempting to find a part-time job now that summer is here and my dad's car is more free for use. However, my work history is so sporadic, I am not sure what is going to happen...so I am also concentrating fiercely on the one thing I do best besides music: I'm a writer. I love to write---and I mean LOOOOVE to write...I do not recall a period in my life where I was not writing, apart from before the time I learned to read and print my name.
A Bard I was destined to be,
A musician second
A shopkeeper, #3...
Were it not for a pen or keyboard at hand,
I might surely go mad...
As for all the docs not paying attention to us thyroid people--it all comes of Western medicine being specialized. The more that doctors realize that symptoms often link to each other, the more likely they are to understand what we mean when we say, "i am tired all the time, or I ache constantly and ibuprofen doesn't always cut it."
I am not gonna rant here...I am feelin way too mellow for that tonight...I have fresh ink in the printer, and I am gonna go off to write my destiny, man...
It's hard to find work,when you haven't needed to for ages.Jenny
I developed hypothyroidism when I was 17 years old. I am now 56.
My symptoms: very, very weak, weight gain, and loss of a lot of hair. I had a bald spot on the back of my head.
I was so very weak I thought I had luekemia. I could barely cary my books home from school.
Then I went to the doctor and was put on thyroid medication. All my symptoms vanished. I lost 10 lbs the first.
I really don't see any need for extra supplements. I eat an extremely healthy diet.
There is nothing that can make my thyroid produce any thyroid hormone. I had antibodies against my thyroid. My body produces zero thyroid.
Taking thyroid supplements are all I need for that.
I am full of energy, feel great and exercise regularly.
Hello everyone, I just joined, I recently had some major surgery, so I can't see to well, I am in rehab, so when I am all fixed, I will be giving a lot more to this group, hugs, love, and peace....Robin
Hello there,my name is Jennifer and I suffer from Hypothyroidism for about 2 years or so now, the usual symptoms, if you know what I mean. But I also have now been diagnosed Bi Polar Disorder and one of my brothers has it and another one is suspect too. So things do get a bit confusing at times for me. I take Thyroxine 75mcgs a day first thing in the morning or when I wake up. Which can be late in the morning too. Jennifer