AnonymousSeptember 27, 1996 at 4:00 pmPost count: 93172
I had my Rad.Iod. treatment about 20 months ago and became “hypo” 3-4
months later. Since then I have been on Synthroid in varying doses. I
am told I am in the normal range and Dr doesn’t want to change. My hair
is now falling out, I am very tired and I have alot of swelling in my
face (which I don’t know if it is related to swelling and poppy eyes
that I do have). I am waiting for my referral to an endo, finally, but
with my current Dr and HMO, it will probably take another month.
Has anybody had any symptoms with Synthroid or similar symptoms while
being at normal thyroid level. Also how do you know when you should see
a dermatologist or someone for anti-depressants. My current Dr. is no
help and I have to make an issue if I need to see a specialist, but it
is hard to know who I should see and for what.
Trying very hard not to be depressed.
Thanks for any response.
JulieAnonymousSeptember 27, 1996 at 6:08 pmPost count: 93172
Haven’t really had problems with the thyroid with my Grave’s, just the eyeballs (severe!) but know how nasty the depression can be. Last year the doc put me on an antidepressant and it really seemed to do the job. I didn’t like being on them too much, instead of wide swings such as feeling real good to feeling real bad, it put me some where in the middle. After about 3 months tho I could get off them and have been doing much better ever since.
Don’t hesitate to see a doc about depression, I waited till I was pretty much a wreck, wanting to cry half the time.
All the best, BruceAnonymousSeptember 28, 1996 at 9:59 pmPost count: 93172
Thanks for responding. Before I found this B.B. I thought I was losing
my mind. I was so depressed and then I was feeling guilty about thinking
about it all the time. I am not at all happy that anyone else is going
through this, but at the same time it is comforting knowing that I am not
alone. I do cry alot, but I try to hide it especially from my three kids
They are 6yrs and under and I don’t want to scare them.
So for now I am trying to be more positive.
Thanks again……JulieAnonymousOctober 9, 1996 at 11:33 pmPost count: 93172
Thanks to following Jake’s good advice and Rachel’s wonderful example and being assertive with my endo’s office, I started on 0.1 mg Synthroid today! I’ve felt so very awful, and though I understand it will be at least several weeks before this helps much, it really lifts my spirits to know help is on the way.
I wasn’t scheduled to see my endo until NEXT week, but I was feeling awful LAST week, so parked in his office until he finally let me in. He ordered labs, and said he was to be gone this week, but his partner would start me on replacement if labs indicated the need. I called Monday. . .they said labs weren’t back. I called Tuesday. . .they didn’t return my call as promised. I called today. . .they told me to wait until my endo returned, since it was so close. I told them I was feeling awful and wanted something done TODAY if labs indicated the need. When the nurse questioned that, I told her I was having difficulty at work because of muscle weakness and difficulty with mental focus, among other things. She agreed to talk to her busy boss. She called back shortly, asking where to call in the prescription!
Thanks for sharing more discussion on eye problems, Jake and Bruce. Looking forward to talking to everyone in the chat room!!
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