For the first three months I was off, I still had heart palpitations and difficulty remembering things but they did seem to be occurring less frequently. The big thing was my sleeping. I would sleep 12-14 hours each day then get up and usually fall asleep in the chair. At first I thought I was trying to get “caught up” on my sleep but it never seemed as though I was gaining any ground. No matter how much I slept it never seemed like enough.
Being the patient that good nurses make – NOT! I did not go to my family doctor until September 2009! I know, I know, if it was someone else I would have told them to go to the doctor much sooner but I’m sure you’ve heard that doctors and nurses make the worst patients!
Anyway…. I told the doctor about the sleeping and he checked to see if they had done a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level. They had and it was high indicating hypothyroidism so I was started on Synthroid which is an artificial hormone replacement drug. I really did not notice any difference for a few months and an increase in dosage but now I am only sleeping 12 hours in bed and then I’m not falling asleep in the chair. To some this may not be a big deal but it is a big deal to me. I still have a lot to learn about hypothyroidism but at least I feel as though I’m on the right track!