Patient Comments: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - Diagnosis

How was your Hashimoto's thyroiditis diagnosed?

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I am 27 I had the right side of my thyroid removed, and they found out that I had Hashimoto's.

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Comment from: rose_pearl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I knew I was tired, but having had previous checks, I was (and still am) fairly certain that it's due to chronic sleep deprivation. I'm not very good at going to bed early. However, when I had a raft of other blood tests done to check my immunity levels for work, my doctor threw in a thyroid function test. I had previously been to the doctor for a slightly enlarged thyroid, after being nagged about it by my sister, a doctor, but an ultrasound and blood tests found nothing. This time my TSH was well above the normal range, and I was found to Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I'm on medication, and not stoked to find out that I'll probably be on it for the rest of my life, but am glad that treatment is available and easy. I'm especially glad my doctor picked this up, as I'm three months pregnant with my third child and I know how low thyroid function can increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.

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Comment from: lernyville, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I've had hypothyroid disease since my 20s. I had a routine blood test done, and that's when it showed I had Hashimoto's. Now I need to see an endocrinologist for more Synthroid, I guess. It seems like the doctors don't really care much about discussing this issue or doing further testing for conditions like RA, celiac, etc. I've been so tired and feel like I was going crazybut I'm getting better.

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Comment from: ZarBomba, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 06

No, you aren't depressed. Neither are you crazy or lazy. Get your thyroid tested, because if you find yourselves here, you're likely suffering from Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, and have been for a long time. A gracious thank you to all those who left their story here. You saved my life.

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Comment from: dorothy, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 05

I have a friend suffering with this. I am trying to find her a doctor to treat her. Since she has Medicaid and Medicare as her insurance, I've found it hard to find her a doctor. Nothing seems to help her and her previous doctor gave her no hope.

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Comment from: jacks, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I was diagnosed with Hasimoto's disease after a rollercoaster of weight gain/loss and depression. I'm feeling much better now that I know my diagnosis. For a long time, people would say, “It's all in your head.” That was the worst part.

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Comment from: Mrs. Mann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I was diagnosed 13 months ago with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I noticed after the birth of my baby that my menstrual cycle was very heavy. I was told by family that it was because I had just had my tubes tied. Well it went on for a year without being diagnosed. During this year I was experiencing mood swings, depression, dry skin, hair loss, an extremely heavy menstrual cycle and major fatigue. I was so fed up with the heavy menstrual cycle and cramps that I went to see my gynecologist. She ran some blood tests and the labs showed that I had a vitamin D deficiency and my TSH was 22. I chose an endocrinologist who confirmed the lab results and I was immediately started on levothyroxine. I am now on 0.112mg of Synthroid because my body doesn't respond well to the generic. I have been bouncing back and forth between hyper- and hypothyroidism which I was told was normal for the first full year because my thyroid is still producing thyroid hormones.

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Comment from: Isah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I am a 19 year old female who was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I've loved sleep my whole life but I knew something wasn't right when I could sleep the whole day away and still wake up exhausted and just an overall lack of energy. Along with fatigue I have also been depressed and a little constipated.

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