How to cope with Thyroid disease in men
Thyroid disease symptoms
My symptoms began about 3 years ago because I was constantly tired and lethargic. After work I would get home and just go to sleep on the couch.Many nights my family would wake me up to go to bed.
I went to my GP and explained what was happening and had a full range of blood tests done.
Turns out when the results come back I have an underactive thyroid believed to have been brought on by prolonged infection I had had under my chin, on which I had two operations to remove an abscess. Because I did not seek help as soon as the abscess broke out it is believed that this had began to attack my imune system.There is a theory that under active thyroid, when not working correctly, is attacked by the body as a result
Take note that if you have any troubles with your health you must seek advice as soon as possible and not wait over a year like I did. If it is treated early it will prevent complications later.
Other symptoms can include aching joints,muscle weakness, mood swings, brittle nails,sensitivity to cold particularly in the extremeties like feet and fingers.Insomnia.depression.Irritability,constipation.Sudden weight gain and or loss.
As you can see there are a number of symptoms which overlap with other ailments which is why you need to get checked out sooner than later in order to rule out any other possible causes for your particular symptoms
How is it treated
Treatment is straight forward and is a matter of taking one tablet per day for the rest of my life.
This means if you pay for your prescriptions in the UK you may be able to get an exemption card via you GP and you will not have to pay for prescriptions again. Once applied you will receive an exemption card you can show at the pharmacy when you collect your medication.
Coping with under active thyroid
For me coping with the complaint is not such a big deal. A change in diet can help the symptoms and taking the medication is a must. I now have regular checks with my Dr as well as routine blood tests to check my levels of thyroxine are correct.
Sometimes the symptoms vary and when something presents itself it is usually atributable to my thyroid problem.
Once taking the medication the lethargy is virtually gone, other than normal levels of fatigue and it is possible, over time, because the metabolism is increased, that weight loss occurs as a matter of course. Mental agility in me returned to normal and I found I could concentrate more on tasks. Concentration was a problem before ,or lack of it.
So there you have it.
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Free prescriptions in the UK.
Here in the UK we are allowed free medication for life as a result of having Thyroid disease. This is because it is incurable and you have to take the medication for the rest of your life.
This means that you can get medication on the NHS for any other illnesses. So if you live in the UK and have not got an exemption certificate or card and you have thyroid disease you need to look into getting them.My best advise is for you to speak to your GP
The future going forward.
If you are dealing daily with your under active thyroid and are taking your medication you still need regular check ups with your Doctor. What I have found is that regular blood testing for TSH levels means that you will keep your symptoms on an even keel. Your TSH levels go up and down from time to time so this needs to be monitored and the dosage of your medication altered accordingly.
I have to admit that my levels seem to change yearly as my dosage keeps going up whenever I have a blood test.