I have recently been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis). Researching the condition has led me to the idea that this may be a symptom of undiagnosed PCOS. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

My reasoning is this:

Until recently I have had ‘treat the symptom’ medical care due to lack of/inadequate insurance coverage.

In the past I have had surgery to remove ovarian cysts and endometriosis.

I have had a major change in hair growth since my daughter was born - it has become very coarse and difficult to effectively remove, now grows on my chin, neck, sideburns, belly, backside, arms, upper thighs and has become extremely thick and course on my face, my bikini area and armpits.

Never had fertility issues, per se, because I never ‘tried’ to get pregnant. That being said, when I gave birth to my daughter (my miracle), I had an emergency C-section. Up until the delivery, the pregnancy was perfectly normal. I worked, full time until the day before I went into labor, with no complications. The doctor who performed the C-section (I’d had a midwife up to that point) asked me if I had fertility treatments to help me get pregnant, and did I experience complications? When I asked why he asked, he said because all of my reproductive organs were stuck to my uterus and It should have been terribly difficult if not impossible to GET pregnant and from what he was looking at, there should have been complications.

I have gained and kept about 40+ pounds, mainly in my mid-section, since the birth of my daughter (she’s 4).

My skin is coarse.

Fatigue, I’m always busy, but I’m ALWAYS tired.

I’m depressed, despite medication.

My body is very muscular.

I have hyper- pigmentation.

My questions are these:

My PCP had prescribed Levoxyl (.05mg). He says if I start it, I’ll have to take it and monitor my TSH, T4 & T3 levels for the rest of my life. Should I seek treatment from an OB/GYN or an endocrinologinst before committing to this treatment?

Will I ever be normal again? I would love to come to the end of the day and not be utterly exausted. Also, I’m not a vain person but I would like to feel feminine again.

Any insight, advice or encouragement will be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

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Please acquire and read these two books:

The Diet Cure by Julia Ross
The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

You may find yourself not only having your energy back, but your other problems disappearing.

You do sound like you may have a problem like PCOS, but if you do or don’t, these books will help you and anyone else with problems like you have described.

Thanks, I will check those out.