Hey AllNurses Friends -
I was just recently (yesterday) diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on Levoxyl. Is anyone familar with underactive thyroid/medication issues and willing to share information? If you have it - how do you manage diet, exercise, etc. Also, I just started nursing school
and want to avoid gaining additional weight.
**Background: About 4 years ago I started gaining weight, about 50 lbs in 2 years. I was also very, very tired all the time. I went to my doctor several times and he told me that I needed to diet and exercise. I tried explaining that dieting wasn't working and I didn't have the energy to exercise. I was taking naps of 2-3 hours daily. I was also on a couple of medications that cause fatigue. After trying to convince him it was something other than being "fat and lazy" - I went to another doctor. In doing so, I have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea (use a CPAP now) having respiratory issues 113 times an hour during the study and an underactive thyroid. I hate that some people just assume if you are overweight - that is the problem and not a possible symptom of something else!
A long time getting here!