Victoria Allen, Thyroid Thrivers
-24 years young
-Diagnosed in 2000
Thyroid Problems For As Long As She Can Remember.
My thyroid journey sounds like so many others, except that I was really young when I was diagnosed. I received a diagnosis of hypothyroidism when I was just 10 years old. 10 years old! I noticed that my hair was falling out in clumps and not growing and growing like all of my friends’ hair was at that age. Not to mention, I was wanting to take naps right after school. This was definitely odd since everyone else was wanting to run around and play. But, not me!
Immediately, my pediatrician sent me to an Endocrinologist. This new doctor was completely floored when my results showed that my thyroid gland wasn’t functioning properly. My family was a bit in awe, as well. In hindsight, I even remember thinking he was almost cocky about his education and that we were lucky to have found him so soon, since he correctly diagnosed my thyroid issue. Especially, since I was so young. Hmmm….. I didn’t feel very lucky at the time.
Put on Levothyroxine
I was put on Levothyroxine. Doesn’t that sound like every other story? Why is that? Is there a monopoly on thyroid medication? 🙂 A small dosage at first, to start. Every 6 months after, I had to go get my blood tests done. Which was not fun at all. I remember that, for sure!
As I became a teenager and we moved to a different city, I had different doctors telling me other things. Not surprising now, it seems. They were all wanting to change my dosage, based on my levels. I don’t even remember specifically what blood test(s) they were using to determine what amount of thyroid replacement medicine I needed. Was it the standard TSH, only?
Weight Went Up As Levothyroxine Dosage Increased
What I did notice was the correlation to the fact that as the dosage went up, so did my weight. Most likely, to compensate for how hard my thyroid had to work. I was on Levothyroxine for 14 years. My younger years were needlessly spent with my weight, yo-yoing up and down. At the height of it all, my daily thyroid dosage was 200 mcg.
I said ‘NO WAY! I’ve had it! I also asked for him to please, just hear me out. I told him that I wanted to try Armour.
I mentioned that I had spent a lot of time doing my homework and researching and I learned that it had helped lots of others. I really wanted to try and see if it could work for me, as well.
Additionally, I asked for him to give me 1 month. If my results come back worse, then I would go back to my old thyroid meds and not say a thing about it. But not now. Now, I was older and wiser and stronger and I had a voice. I wanted to be heard. Surprisingly, I was. He put me on 90 mg Armour.
Drastic Drop In TSH Level After Switching From Levothyroxine To Armour
We tested 3 weeks later and my TSH levels were within a range of 3.74. Down from just under 40; was a huge improvement.
I’m so happy. I have a long way to go, but my life is starting to be normal again. I can even see it in my hair texture, my skin and my lack of puffiness. I haven’t lost any weight, at all, though. However, I also haven’t gone gluten free (and I am gluten sensitive). So, that will be next on my thyroid health journey.
I can see the difference a year has made, even though I’ve only been on Armour since May of 2014. The first picture was taken in August of 2013. The right picture was taken a few days ago. I’m almost 25 years old, so ladies, please don’t give up. You have a voice in your health! You can and will be heard. We are strong and we are united in our fight against thyroid disease and hypothyroidism.
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