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Old 06-14-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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I'm tired now and lately can't keep my eyes open and need to lay down. I was very sleep today while driving too. I do have a thyroid issue and have been under Doctors care since last summer about it, but I thought I was under control with my meds. Maybe it is my dog waking me in the middle of the night when I am in a deep sleep too, could that be~? I have even been known to yawn in an exercise class. I was in earlier in the year for my blood work, but don't go back till Sept or Oct to the Doctor. Anyone have any ideas~or if you experienced this with your thyroid issue~?
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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Tell your doctor and get blood tests done.

Remember that thyroid meds may not be absorbed properly in the presence of calcium, and should be taken at least an hour before drinking or eating anything containing it, including coffee with milk. I just take it on an empty stomach.

If you test out ok for t4 levels, there are a lot of other things that can cause drowsiness during the day. If you are fat, you might have sleep apnea as I do. Tell your doctor about this sleepiness with some concern, or else he might not take it very seriously - keep repeating until he comes up with something likely (doctors can get bored listening to tales of tiredness and shrug it off if you're not insistent).
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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The sleepiness during the day, especially while driving, sounds more like sleep issues, apnea, or similar problems. Low thyroid generally doesn't cause sleepiness during the day. Fatigue, possibly, but that's different from sleepiness. Consider having a sleep study done. Insurance will pay for it. People at any weight can have apnea. Woof is right that you should tell your doc the sleepiness is presenting a danger, because you have trouble staying awake while driving. He'll have to act on it if you tell him that.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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Tell your doctor and get blood tests done.

Remember that thyroid meds may not be absorbed properly in the presence of calcium, and should be taken at least an hour before drinking or eating anything containing it, including coffee with milk. I just take it on an empty stomach.

If you test out ok for t4 levels, there are a lot of other things that can cause drowsiness during the day. If you are fat, you might have sleep apnea as I do. Tell your doctor about this sleepiness with some concern, or else he might not take it very seriously - keep repeating until he comes up with something likely (doctors can get bored listening to tales of tiredness and shrug it off if you're not insistent).
I know to take my thyroid meds on an empty stomach. I do take Calcium, but take it in the afternoon if I don't forget (which happens a lot). I'm not fat, but petite. I've never had a weight issue until my thyroid problem came up, but I've lost those extra pounds and back to my old self.

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The sleepiness during the day, especially while driving, sounds more like sleep issues, apnea, or similar problems. Low thyroid generally doesn't cause sleepiness during the day. Fatigue, possibly, but that's different from sleepiness. Consider having a sleep study done. Insurance will pay for it. People at any weight can have apnea. Woof is right that you should tell your doc the sleepiness is presenting a danger, because you have trouble staying awake while driving. He'll have to act on it if you tell him that.
One of the side effects of hypothyroidism is tiredness. I didn't know and during that time I was yawning in a cycle class and the instructor made a joke about me doing that I laid down for an hour, like 6p and didn't feel revived when I woke up. I'm about to go to sleep now and am still tired. Usually, I'll drink some relaxing tea, but don't need it tonight.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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Your tiredness could be anemia as well as hypothyroidism. You need to get blood tests done to check iron levels as well as red blood cell counts. If you still have menstrual periods that can contribute to the anemia. Other things that contribute asr sleep apnea and stress. Hope you feel bettter soon.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:21 PM
 
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I agree that you need to have some blood tests done. Whenever I start feeling sluggish my meds usually have to be adjusted.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:37 PM
 
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get to a doctor STAT before you fall asleep behind the wheel and hurt yourself and others unintentionally. last winter, A elderly man fell asleep driving and killed a mother and a child. the elderly man was unharmed.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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Called the Doc's office, but can't get in till Tuesday. I am tired even tho I drank coffee, but not as tired as yesterday....yet.

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get to a doctor STAT before you fall asleep behind the wheel and hurt yourself ...
Just dozing at the stop lights only.

**Thanks for everyone concern**

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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I'm going in a few hours to see a different doc in the office. I'm having other symptoms and feel really bad. I hope it isn't my thyroid, but my throat is bothering me. I've had so many health issues in the past year and all I need is another issue.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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Keep us posted as to what you found out. I have hypothyroid too and find that I get fatigued during the day when my meds need adjusting. It could also be anemia, vitamin D deficiency or adrenal insufficiency.
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