Megan is a teenager with a story to tell about having had Graves, then hypothyroidism with the lousy T4 meds, and finally living again with desiccated thyroid.
When I was 14 years old, I was diagnosed with Graves disease, and after many months of treatment everything just seemed to fail. Being only 14, I didn’t have much say in my treatment, so I was forced to have RAI treatment. After 2 tries it died and off to hypo-land I went with my “friend” levothyroxine.
For the next year and a half, I was on a constant roller coaster up and down. “You just have to give it time…we are going to get this right” said by my pediatric endocrinologist over and over. I would think to myself: ”I am 15 years old my and my life is just beginning. Why do I have to let some lousy medication waste my time and enjoyment of enjoyment my youth?”
That is when I took a stand for my health and found this site. After many discussions with the doc, he finally decided to let me try t3. The first day on it I felt like a new person. I got my first A+ ever on my math test!
But then after a few weeks I started to feel lousy because I was not taking any t4, so at my next appointment I requested Armour. The doc was against it but said he would give it to me because all he wanted to do was make me feel better (I gave him a gold star for that. ) But he did warn me that he had little experience with it and had only prescribed it to one other kid. I didn’t mind as long as he gave it to me. And sure enough, he did within a few weeks I felt even more alive than I did with t3 alone.
It took a bit of adjusting but now at 16 years old, I feel pretty darn good. I mean I still have to deal with some depression from all the crap I went through but I know with my Armour, I will get through it:)