So I Have Hypothyroidism But Haven't Taken Any Medication For It Lately?

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Rudy T.'s Comment
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Guys, I'm new here on the forums. Lots of great info here, I appreciate it.

So I'm getting ready to start at Wilson Logistics next month and have been worrying about the DOT physical. I'm 38 and basically healthy, not overweight or anything but I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism back in 2008. In the past couple years I had some financial problems and couldn't afford medical insurance. I haven't been taking my thyroid medication for about a year now, but I feel perfectly fine.

Anyways does anyone think this will be a problem for the physical? I am not sure how to handle it as I don't have money for a doctor visit to get prescribed levothyroxine again. Will everything be ok?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I suffer the same condition, Rudy. Well, actually my thyroid was removed when I was 18. There was nothing during the physical that related to testing of TSH or T4 levels.

However, when I informed the doctor during my first DOT physical that I needed to take Levothyroxine, he asked for a note from my doctor stating that neither the drug nor the condition would affect my ability to drive. I had to call my doctors office and have a written statement sent to the DOT doctor.

Whether you even need to mention it during your physical, I dont know. I dont know how much these doctors investigate medical history.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Aakanksha E.'s Comment
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You will have the following symptoms if you don't take medication for too long Blood pressure irregularities Elevated cholesterol, including treatment-resistant high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease Low body temperature; feeling perpetually cold Fatigue, muscle weakness, or joint pain Depression Memory problems Weight gain; inability to lose weight despite diet and exercise Infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor Swollen hands, feet, and face Growth of thyroid nodules, increasing goitre size Increased risk of infection.

You better take proper medication at least now.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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You will have the following symptoms if you don't take medication for too long Blood pressure irregularities Elevated cholesterol, including treatment-resistant high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease Low body temperature; feeling perpetually cold Fatigue, muscle weakness, or joint pain Depression Memory problems Weight gain; inability to lose weight despite diet and exercise Infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor Swollen hands, feet, and face Growth of thyroid nodules, increasing goitre size Increased risk of infection.

You better take proper medication at least now.

How do you know all this? Are you a medical professional or do you have the same condition? If you advise someone to take a prescription medication, it would be helpful to state your qualifications.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Guys, I'm new here on the forums. Lots of great info here, I appreciate it.

So I'm getting ready to start at Wilson Logistics next month and have been worrying about the DOT physical. I'm 38 and basically healthy, not overweight or anything but I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism back in 2008. In the past couple years I had some financial problems and couldn't afford medical insurance. I haven't been taking my thyroid medication for about a year now, but I feel perfectly fine.

Anyways does anyone think this will be a problem for the physical? I am not sure how to handle it as I don't have money for a doctor visit to get prescribed levothyroxine again. Will everything be ok?

Rudy, are there any free clinics in your area that serve those who don't have insurance? Many communities have these or reduced fee arrangements. Please do some research or ask around to find one and get evaluated by a doctor. Also ask about free medication. Many doctors have access to free samples from the drug reps. But you have to be proactive and let the doctor know you can't afford the cost. Call a doctor's office, explain your situation and ask them to point you in the right direction. Good luck, but don't let this slide.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rudy T.'s Comment
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Guys, I'm new here on the forums. Lots of great info here, I appreciate it.

So I'm getting ready to start at Wilson Logistics next month and have been worrying about the DOT physical. I'm 38 and basically healthy, not overweight or anything but I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism back in 2008. In the past couple years I had some financial problems and couldn't afford medical insurance. I haven't been taking my thyroid medication for about a year now, but I feel perfectly fine.

Anyways does anyone think this will be a problem for the physical? I am not sure how to handle it as I don't have money for a doctor visit to get prescribed levothyroxine again. Will everything be ok?

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Rudy, are there any free clinics in your area that serve those who don't have insurance? Many communities have these or reduced fee arrangements. Please do some research or ask around to find one and get evaluated by a doctor. Also ask about free medication. Many doctors have access to free samples from the drug reps. But you have to be proactive and let the doctor know you can't afford the cost. Call a doctor's office, explain your situation and ask them to point you in the right direction. Good luck, but don't let this slide.

Thank you!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rudy T.'s Comment
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Thank you all who replied!

Donna M.'s Comment
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I suffer the same condition, Rudy. Well, actually my thyroid was removed when I was 18. There was nothing during the physical that related to testing of TSH or T4 levels.

However, when I informed the doctor during my first DOT physical that I needed to take Levothyroxine, he asked for a note from my doctor stating that neither the drug nor the condition would affect my ability to drive. I had to call my doctors office and have a written statement sent to the DOT doctor.

Whether you even need to mention it during your physical, I dont know. I dont know how much these doctors investigate medical history.

I had mine removed about 8 years ago and never been prescribed any medicine. Actually I was much healthier after having it removed.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

RealDiehl's Comment
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"I had mine removed about 8 years ago and never been prescribed any medicine. Actually I was much healthier after having it removed. "

Wow, Donna! I *respectfully* find that difficult to believe. You had a complete thyroidectomy? Just to be clear, you aren't talking about having a goiter removed or something like that?

My meds started running low recently and I've gone to taking one every 3 days for the past month to stretch it out until I get home. Just from the reduced amount I'm taking, I already feel minor effects: lower core temperature, minor, occasional numbness in my fingertips.

If your thyroid was removed and you dont take meds to do what your thyroid normally does, your quality of life will be significantly lowered.

Donna M.'s Comment
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"I had mine removed about 8 years ago and never been prescribied any medicine. Actually I was much healthier after having it removed. "

Wow, Donna! I *respectfully* find that difficult to believe. You had a complete thyroidectomy? Just to be clear, you aren't talking about having a goiter removed or something like that?

My meds started running low recently and I've gone to taking one every 3 days for the past month to stretch it out until I get home. Just from the reduced amount I'm taking, I already feel minor effects: lower core temperature, minor, occasional numbness in my fingertips.

If your thyroid was removed and you dont take meds to do what your thyroid normally does, your quality of life will be significantly lowered.

U sound like the doctor that done my physical couple weeks back. He actually done a blood test to make sure my levels were good. They called me back a few days later and said everything was good.

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