I am a 22 year old British female. I have been on levothyroxine all my life as I was born without a thyroid gland. It's always been pretty well controlled, but over the past year I have been using 'street' drugs. These include cannabis, ketamine, cocaine, mdma, lsd, methadrone etc. Also being a typical student I tend to drink a lot (and smoke cigarettes).. Anyway, in the last few months I have gradually felt less like myself. Now things are so bad that I barely have any energy to get out of bed, I'm getting a pot belly, I ache in various places, my mood is low as is my concentration.
I had my bloods taken and it turns out my TSH levels are high and that I will need to have my thyroid increased...
...Over 2 weeks on an increased dose and I'm feeling worse rather than better. I'm sure all the drug abuse has had a huge impact but I don't feel I can give it all up. I'm not an addict but the thought of never smoking/ rolling (taking E)/ tripping again is a sad thought, even though research has shown me they stop the levothyroxine working properly. Do you recon very occasionally is ok?
Worse though I'm worried I wont be able to get pregnant some day.
Any advice? encouragement/ knowledge? etc..? sorry to waffle on
I don't know about the drugs' effect on the levothyroxine, but I do know that changes in weight and metabolism can have an effect. If you gain weight, you need more thyroid hormone.
I also know that people born without a thyroid are different than those of us who have had it removed later and I don't really understand all the differences, but they are there. You need to take better care of your body than you are. I think that you should think about getting into some kind of program to stop the drugs, in patient or out patient. Some of the stuff you listed is really hard stuff and really scary. Even if you didn't have this thyroid issue, I would be worried about you. What is driving you to want to do all these drugs? That isn't normal. Maybe a little smoking here and there, but all the different stuff? Not normal. I think this is a real issue you need to deal with. Talk to your doctor or to a therapist or go a meeting, something.
You want to be a mom someday, but you can't do that with all of this stuff going on, the smoking and the drugs.
Best of luck to you. I wish I could offer more help. Let us know how things go or if you need anything else.
Thanks for the concern. I know all the drug taking is really bad, and it's all left me feeling so ill. The problem is my boyfriend is really into drugs, and my friends all love getting high and taking E a lot. This is the way with a lot of students I've noticed, and if it isn't drugs it's drink.
The truth is I can't carry on being a party girl as it's destroying me. I feel so low I can't even get out of bed