Test your thyroid

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Test your thyroid

Postby saracat » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:43 am

Current medical guidelines state that we should test our thyroid function every 5 years. Mine was tested at 51. My doctor realized that it had never been checked. I encourage everyone to get tested.

I think I've been having problems for the past 5 years :yuck: When I think of the time I spent suffering and trying to cope with depression I just want to cry. I was feeling apathetic and feeling like I wasn't resilient. Like if one more problem came up I couldn't cope with it. That wasn't normal, but I never realized anything physical was wrong. I thought I was just lazy. Increasing the antidepressant didn't help.

Things are better on the thyroid medicine and it's a blessing.

I think every woman in their 40's should demand a thyroid test. Maybe then the insurance companies would consider it a routine expense and cover it 100%.

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Re: Test your thyroid

Postby minniepauz » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:09 am

I'm so happy you're feeling better, Sue!! We just can't rely only on doctors these days. We have to take charge! Thanks so much for your post!
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Re: Test your thyroid

Postby jellybabe » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:12 pm

saracat wrote:Current medical guidelines state that we should test our thyroid function every 5 years. Mine was tested at 51. My doctor realized that it had never been checked. I encourage everyone to get tested.

I think I've been having problems for the past 5 years :yuck: When I think of the time I spent suffering and trying to cope with depression I just want to cry. I was feeling apathetic and feeling like I wasn't resilient. Like if one more problem came up I couldn't cope with it. That wasn't normal, but I never realized anything physical was wrong. I thought I was just lazy. Increasing the antidepressant didn't help.

Things are better on the thyroid medicine and it's a blessing.

I think every woman in their 40's should demand a thyroid test. Maybe then the insurance companies would consider it a routine expense and cover it 100%.

I was diagnosed in 05 as being hypothyroid, but I thought my symptoms were the menopause so didnt get it checked out. I too was very depressed. My thyroid levels are fine but just lately I am feeling menopausal, tired, forgetful, moody and the hot flushes. I agree that all women over 40 should be tested as the symptoms are so similar but the consequences of having an untreated underactive thyroid are far greater.
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Re: Test your thyroid

Postby minniepauz » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:20 pm

Thanks for your post, Jellybabe. Glad you're feeling better. Another problem I've found (and just posted it on my blog-see link below) is iron overload. This also has symptoms that mimic menopause and thyroid problems. After I read the article I checked my "women's formula multi-vitamins" and there it is...iron that I don't need.

Hope all of you will read and comment on my blog about this, especially if you've had any experience with this issue.
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