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04-25-2011, 05:32 AM
Hey guys,

I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid dysfunction and put on thyroxine, just wondering if anyone else takes it? And what benefits are there? Did you find you lost weight taking them? I am pretty desperate to start losing weight, diet isnt working and there is never enough time or money for the amount of exercise I am feeling I might have to do to shift the weight!

Bonus is, I feel a bit warmer and more peppy on them than I did before :) The feeling asthough I am asleep is still there but maybe in time with a dosage increase it might limit the fatigue etc a bit more and make me feel a bit more normal?

Would love to hear others experiences.


04-27-2011, 11:54 AM
Hi Giggle,

I'm on thyroxine been taking it for a good 5yrs for an underactive thyroid gland which was'nt working.
I don't feel any warmer because i have Raynauds so i won't feel the benefit. When you have an under active thyroid gland you add weight and i went from 9st to 11st the most and all of a sudden out of the blue my weight rocketed down to 71/2 stone, they tested my bloods and apparentley the correct amount is working nicely in my blood stream but my gland goes from underactive to hyperactive at times and now with the Lupus my weight as dropped just below 9st and whatever i eat i can't gain weight no longer.

When your gland is underactive like ours some people stop at a certain weight like i did 11st and some people just keep gaining it, my sister in law keeps with weight watchers to help control her weight.

Well if your on the correct dosage of thyroxine it's surposed to level out your hormones with your other gland and make your actual body work properly in the functions it should be doing correctley and it's also to do with working your monthly's properly as well.

I do hope you get there Giggle with the weight loss as i was 18st once with medication and steriods and it's not a nice experience when you body can't take the weight.

~Hugs Terri~ xxx

04-27-2011, 12:01 PM
Giggle i've added some info for you to read through and it tell's you quite alot.

.What is hypothyroidism?
Thyroxine is a hormone (body chemical) made by the thyroid gland in the neck. It is carried round the body in the bloodstream. It helps to keep the body's functions (the metabolism) working at the correct pace. Many cells and tissues in the body need thyroxine to keep them going correctly.

Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroxine. It is often called an underactive thyroid. This causes many of the body's functions to slow down.

(In contrast, if you have hyperthyroidism, you make too much thyroxine. This causes many of the body's functions to speed up.).

.What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
Many symptoms can be caused by a low level of thyroxine. Basically, everything 'slows down'. Not all symptoms develop in all cases..

•Symptoms that commonly occur include: tiredness, weight gain, constipation, aches, feeling cold, dry skin, lifeless hair, fluid retention, mental slowing, and depression.
•Less common symptoms include: a hoarse voice, irregular or heavy menstrual periods in women, infertility, loss of sex drive, carpal tunnel syndrome (which causes pains and numbness in the hand), and memory loss or confusion in the elderly.
However, all these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, and sometimes the diagnosis is not obvious. Symptoms usually develop slowly, and gradually become worse over months or years as the level of thyroxine in the body gradually falls..

.What are the possible complications of hypothyroidism?
If you have untreated hypothyroidism:.

•You may have an increased risk of developing heart disease. This is because a low thyroxine level causes the blood lipids (cholesterol, etc) to rise.
•If you are pregnant, you have an increased risk of developing some pregnancy complications. For example: pre-eclampsia, anaemia, premature labour, low birth weight, stillbirth, and serious bleeding after the birth.
•Hypothyroid coma (myxoedema coma) is a very rare complication.
However, with treatment, the outlook is excellent. With treatment, symptoms usually go, and you are very unlikely to develop any complications..

.Who gets hypothyroidism?
About 1 in 50 women, and about 1 in 1000 men develop hypothyroidism at some time in their life. It most commonly develops in adult women, and becomes more common with increasing age. However, it can occur at any age and can affect anyone..

.What causes hypothyroidism?
.Autoimmune thyroiditis - the common cause
The most common cause is due to an 'autoimmune disease' called autoimmune thyroiditis. The immune system normally makes antibodies to attack bacteria, viruses, and other 'germs'. If you have an autoimmune disease, the immune system makes antibodies against certain tissues of your body.

With autoimmune thyroiditis, you make antibodies that attach to your own thyroid gland which affect the glands function. The thyroid gland is then not able to make enough thyroxine, and hypothyroidism gradually develops. It is thought that something triggers the immune system to make antibodies against the thyroid. The 'trigger' is not known.

Autoimmune thyroiditis is more common than usual in people with:.

•A family history of hypothyroidism caused by autoimmune thyroiditis.
•Down's syndrome. Hypothyroidism develops in 1 in 3 people with Down's syndrome before the age of 25 years. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may be missed more easily in people with Down's syndrome. Therefore, some doctors recommend that all people with Down's syndrome should have an annual blood test to screen for hypothyroidism.
•Turner's syndrome. Again, an annual blood test to screen for hypothyroidism is usually advised for people with this condition.
•An enlarged thyroid gland (diffuse goitre).
•A past history of Graves' disease, or thyroiditis following childbirth.
•A personal or family history of other autoimmune disorders. For example, vitiligo, pernicious anaemia, Addison's disease, Type 1 diabetes, premature ovarian failure, coeliac disease, Sjogren's syndrome.
Some people with autoimmune thyroiditis also develop a swollen thyroid gland (goitre). Autoimmune thyroiditis with a goitre is called Hashimoto's disease. Also, people with autoimmune thyroiditis have a small increased risk of developing other autoimmune conditions such as vitiligo, pernicious anaemia, etc..


04-28-2011, 05:05 AM
Is that the same as synthyroid sp I never know with the names of things. I see an endo and uping the dosage will get rid of the sleepy feeling. I've had hypo/ no thyroid for 35 years so I'm full of info. ask anyway


04-29-2011, 02:08 AM

Synthyroid and thyroxine are the same drug but in the uk you can't end or up the dosage as the Doctor's like to give you the amount in the system which is working the gland to it's natural rate.

I had it years ago because they said mine was'nt working and the thyroxine never worked then but my GP who i'm with now said you've got to have it so it works with your other gland. I take one of a morning which is 100mcg.

Terri xxx