In the months after my surgery, before my doc realized that my TSH wasn't responding the way it should - my doses kept getting dropped lower and lower - I felt like, well, you know , for months. My HR dropped down into the low 40's and the doc tried to tell me it was because I was a "well-trained athlete". Ha - it was a rather sudden change and I've never had HR's that low before or since. I train with a HR monitor and I know my zones. If it had truly been due to my awesome conditioning - I would have been running stronger and faster, not slower and lower mileage . That being said, it's not just one thing, but a combination of symptoms to watch for.
Good luck - and keep us posted!
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"most" women feel best with a TSH around 1 - but it is a very individual thing - and how you feel is critical. That being said, if you have been hypothyroid for a long time, it can take longer than 6 weeks after your levels come up to your personal sweet spot for you to fully recover. For me, my GI system gets hit really hard when I'm hypo and takes a looooong time to recover, for you it might be something different.
For all of us, it seems as though our running endurance takes a major hit. I think it must have something to do with how our bodies are able to recover/repair from intensive exercise when we are hypo.
Thank you for the input. I was just diagnosed as hypo April 6th of this year and started meds on the 8th. I have been feeling poorly for quite some time so it's hard to pin point when this all started...I honestly had attributed my symptoms to stress until I started having womanly problems and my ob tested my iron and thyroid. At this point I am at least starting to have some ok days - (meaning I'm not almost falling asleep throughout the day at work) but emotionally I am an absolute mess. It made me feel so much better to see that others have had similar sypmtoms because I really thought I was going crazy. I'm just worried at this point that my doctor won't treat me as low as a 1 - have you or anyone else experienced any issues with that? This is such a slow road...so frustrating...and my running is really really suffering.
Oh, one more thing...has anyone experienced a lot of muscle and joint pain from being hypo?
The emotional mess part was one of the things I had the hardest time dealing with. It was very difficult to present my case to the doctors I saw - without breaking down and crying - I really hated crying in front of them, but it was just not something I could control no matter how hard I tried. My OB was an absolute angel - told me she understood that this was not the real me, and interceded for me with the other docs. The emotional stuff all went away when I finally got back to near optimum levels for me. The muscle and joint pain was definitely there, again, cleared up when my levels were better.
If your ferritin( iron storage protein) level is low (in the 30's or less) I would start taking an iron supplement - stay away from the time release stuff, and keep it about 4 hours away from your thyroid meds.
My iron levels were normal - which i was glad to hear since I became a vegetarian the beginning of the year.
I haven't broke down in front of the doctor (yet). So far they are still prescribing and trying to work with me but I could see having a full on melt down after my next test if she still thinks my numbers are "normal" and I still feel this bad! I really just feel sorry for my family...I swear I never know what is going to set me off and make me cry!
The muscle and joint pain has really interfered with my running...I will be soooo thankful when/if that goes away!
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