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Old 11-18-2015, 03:42 AM
Location: Minnesota
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I have been on thyroid meds for 27 years. I am 43 years old, active, low normal healthy weight, and eat very healthy. That out of the way, I recently had the same experience as the OP. My doctor specifically calls in my prescription with instructions for the brand name because my body does not respond to the generic nearly as well. This last time I didn't check when I picked up my three month supply from the pharmacy and came home with the generic. I thought instead of going through the hassle of getting it changed, I would just suck it up. It has been several months and I have not felt this miserable in a very long time. I am severely depressed, walking around in a brain fog, hair shedding by the handful, clothes are tight on me despite exercising intensively an hour and a half every day and eating very clean as I was doing before (I was 109-110 lbs for a long time and now I am 112). I am exhausted and anxious but still push through my workouts because I love exercise, but let me tell you it is not easy when one is hypo. I am having trouble focusing at work. I am definitely going back to the doctor and getting back on the brand name Synthroid. I dearly miss who I was months ago. I have had this issue before with the generic (hence my doctor writing specific instructions) and should have known better.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by hiero2 View Post
And I think the second quote is very judgemental. It is very very easy to say: "Just eat less! Just exercise more!" You know what, though? That isn't really very realistic. Out of all the overweight people in this country, how many do you think want to be overweight? And how many have NOT already heard the advice I've just restated? I would bet you could count the people who have NOT heard that advice on one hand, and you'd have fingers left over. So why does obesity still happen? Are you really going to say that, out of all those overweight people, some, or even most, have not done their best to follow those simple concepts, only to find that they are not all that simple?

And now I will get to that feeling of fatigue. That is real. If you don't get it bad enough that it stops you from doing whatever it is you need to do? Great for you! That is a good thing. Other people are not so lucky.

I used to be a competitive athlete. I had a LOT of physical discipline. Way more than most people ever even dream of. My story is much more than just thyroid, but thyroid has been a significant factor. I am now 50 or more pounds overweight - and I have never been able to get it back down to where I know it should be, and where I WANT it to be. The fatigue has played a big part in this. Every day I get up and I say I will do better and this will be the day that I get on the road to getting back to where I can feel my best and to being the person I know I am. Somehow, it keeps not happening. I'm too tired.

Sure, sometimes it might be an excuse. But my first response is going to lean towards believing somebody when they tell me a story like this. Because I've lived a story like that.
You don't have to eat less. You just need to eat healthier to lose weight. Some people can't exercise due to physical ailments or whatever, but they can eat healthier foods and stop shoving food in their mouth once they're satisfied. Being fit isn't difficult; you just have to keep trying and not give up. It doesn't happen overnight.

Having a thyroid disorder isn't a legitimate excuse for not trying. I'm hypo, and I am tired quite a bit. My wife would tell you I go to bed early just about every night. Days that I exercise (whether I feel like it or not), I have more energy than when I don't exercise.
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Old 08-07-2022, 11:26 PM
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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Originally Posted by phonelady61 View Post
Hi there and thanks for answering me but I think Im going to have to stop taking this med anyways cause I dont have health insurance anymore and medicaid wants to charge me a whoping 300 a month i cant afford that ... that is what they call the spend down and it is based on what my hubby makes and im not working due to my drs telling me work is a no no for me .. and apparently medicaid does not take your bills into account so I am going to have to say bye bye to most of my drs and my meds ....

Walmart pharmacy has it for 12 dollars for a 90 day supply, with or without insurance.
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