Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Hypothyroxine

I've got hypothyroxine. I am on medication already for a while but from time to time I get very tired again, sleep more than I already do and feel brainfogged. Because bloodtest at these times didn't reveal a change and the doctor couldn't find anything else, I learned to accept it. I usually say when I am struggling "I am busy" to lower the workload and get more time for sleep.
Today I got a phone call however. My medicaton is going to be doubled because my THS levels were to high. So I did some research today because I didn't understand why that suddenly shows up and not last time when I was tired.
THS is a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. It is made by the pituitary gland in the back of the brain. What it does is telling the Thyroid gland how much T4 and T3 to make. When THS level are to high the pituary gland is working overtime to normalise the thyroid.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly, endocrine gland in the lower front of the neck. It produces thyroxine or T4. Thyroxine is carried through the body. It helps each cell, brain and organs to work properly. It helps to use energy, stay warm and keep all organs work.
When the thyroid gland is underactive (hypothyroid) it cann't make enough hormones to make the body running. There is not enough thyroid hormone in the blood. Bodyprocesses slow down, you feel colder. tired, you become more forgetful and depressed and you gain weight.
When a mother is undiagnosed and has hypothyroid it passes it on to the baby. Too little thyroid hormone can keep baby brains from developing normally. It also runs in families. When they are signs the child shoul be tested every 5 years. On the internet I understand however that bloodtest are not always reliable.
It is important to take your medication because when it gets more severe the body can slow down so much that ultimately you can fall in a coma.
Hopefully the increased medication works. Up till than I keep on struggling and will not regularly blog.

20 comments:

  1. Take care of yourself first, of course.

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  2. I had a hyper thyroid and had surgery for it 33 years ago. Now I always rake thyroid medication to prevent it from working too slowly. I have the levels checked at least once a year, more often if I think there is a problem. The second to last time they were too high and I had terrible problems with my eyes. We lowered the medication and checked it again and now everything is okay again.

    Good luck getting yours regulated.

    Hugs!

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  3. You look after you first...

    we'll still be here when ya come back............

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  4. Hi Marja

    I don't have the same condition as you but I very much understand the symptoms you described. Take care of yourself and I think it is probably a good idea to get Mayke checked again.

    You are in my thoughts as you struggle with this. I'll keep checking in til you come back. *Hugs*

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  5. No doubt what shall you do: take care of yourself!

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  6. Here's hoping that you find the right medication to stabilise your condition. We'll be here when you get back.

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  7. Yes, take care of yourself. Get your rest. Hope the med works.

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  8. It must be quite a struggle Marja. I hope Mayke's tests give a result. I also hope your new medication works for you.

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  9. Take care sweetie. If you ever want to talk...my contact info is on my blog.

    Give the kitty a hug from mt too x

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  10. Thanks all You are the best medicine. I am already struggling with this all my life so I can say I am kind of used to it.

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  11. Hope you are feeling much better very soon, dear Marja!

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  12. Hi Marja,

    Take care of yourself and I hope you feel better very soon.

    Als je mij wil bereiken je kan mijn email adres vinden in mijn blog. Een luisterend oor doet soms wonderen. Verlies de moed niet!

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  13. I had never heard of this disease Marja. It sounds quite scary at the end of this post. Take good care of Mayke and yourself.

    You said also not to blog regularly, but you wrote several posts after this one, on 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19. That's very regularly :-)

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  14. My sister has this problem which she manages very well with her doctor's collaboration. Yes, and from what you have revealed you are on the right track, that is, keep up the good work of monitoring your condition along with Mayke and take your medics as appropriate and all will turn out right for you. You are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your blog. Shall be back to check on you. God bless.

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  15. I also have hypothyroid
    It will take time to adjust it
    for me i was 2008 when i feeling dizzy and can't go to sleep june 2008 doctor(primary) called my mom that she overlook my thyroid
    i started with 6 month then when my thyroid was too high for the second time she change me doctor that can control the thyroid
    now it stable now and i m so happy

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  16. I'm 17 and I have the same problem... I came to know about it yesterday after getting my blood test done. I'm on medication now, one thyroxine sodium tablet each day. I just hope I get better and it gets permanently cured. I'm scared because it might affect my studies. I'm in class 12th and have my boards soon. Also, I have gained a lot of weight and hate looking at myself in the mirror now.

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