Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Symptoms

My major symptoms: (They are worse some times then other times, but always present.)

Fatigue - This is my worst and most prominent symptom. I rarely feel totally awake, and never wake up refreshed. I don't remember what it was like to wake up feeling refreshed.

Mild Depression - I am not sad, but I have low ambition, and often feel "blah".

Low Libido

Hard to lose weight

Brain Fog - I rarely, if ever, feel clear minded.

Hard to concentrate

Poor memory

Hard to wake up - I have a very hard time waking up in the mornings.... even if I have gotten 8-9 hours sleep.

Insomnia - I also often have a hard time getting to sleep at night. I feel sleepy around 8-9pm, and if I don't go to bed then, sometimes I don't get to sleep until 1-2am.

Cold - I usually feel cold when others are warm. I do also get hot sometimes when I shouldn't.

Low body temp - I am usually around 97*F

Menstrual cycles are "off" - I recently went 4 months between cycles.

I have other symptoms too...

Here is a small list of hypothyroid symptoms found here http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/symptoms.htm (there are more, this is just a basic list.)

I will put a * by the ones I have

*fatigue
*exhaustion
*feeling run down and sluggish
*depression
*difficulty concentrating
*brain fog
*unexplained or excessive weight gain (more of a problem losing... and will gain easily if I am not very careful)
*dry, coarse and/or itchy skin
*dry, coarse and/or thinning hair
*feeling cold, especially in the extremities
*constipation
muscle cramps
*increased menstrual flow
more frequent periods
infertility/miscarriage



Symptoms of adrenal fatigue: found here http://www.newstarget.com/019339.html

I will put a * by the ones I have.

*Morning fatigue -- You don't really seem to "wake up" until 10 a.m., even if you've been awake since 7 a.m.
*Afternoon "low" (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
*Burst of energy at 6 p.m. -- You finally feel better from your afternoon lull. (sometimes)
*Sleepiness at 9 to 10 p.m. -- However, you resist going to sleep.
*"Second wind" at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m., when you finally go to sleep.
*Cravings for foods high in salt and fat
Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
*Mild depression
*Lack of energy
*Decreased ability to handle stress (physical stress for me)
Muscular weakness
*Increased allergies (I think)
Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or laying down position
*Decreased sex drive
*Frequent sighing
Inability to handle foods high in potassium or carbohydrates unless they're combined with fats and protein

2 comments:

Calvine said...

Good for people to know.

Juliet said...

I decided to give bovine thyroid a try and I'm glad I did because I am very happy with the results. It has managed to keep all my levels back to normal.