Hypothyroid: Millions of Us…

Posted on 7 April, 2014 by in Uncategorized / 3 comments

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HYPOTHYROIDISM.

Diagnosed. Not on meds cuz the last meds put me in the ER.

April 9th. Day after my birthday seeing an Endocrinologist. She WILL help me, put me on the right meds. She has to. I am suffering.

The thyroid is like a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, and is known as the master gland of metabolism, so when it doesn’t work it can affect almost every aspect of your health.

  • FREEZING
  • ANGRY
  • SCARED
  • ALONE
  • My heart? While I passed EVERY test-it still has episodes of sporadic heart racing
  • NOW. I am racing. thththump*thump*thumthumthumpp*. Will it stop if I fall asleep?
  • Anxiety, chest pains. Do I need the ER?
  • Aches. Pains. Everywhere.
  • I am scared.

At least I am NOT Hazel nee’ Esther Grace.

Dead. At the age of 15. A vibrant light, a soul like hers, should not be dead. At 15.

We all read or listened to the book. We are all awaiting it’s movie arrival.

I need to make you understand. Me. It. The disease. What has changed me so much people do not recognize me. Physically*spiritually*emotionally

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The only way to get people to get “IT”, is to align it with a book, and with characters we ALL fucking love.

                            The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves.

I did nothing wrong, as far as I know. I could of done this,that, the other thing different. Maybe. The results are still the same.

  • Fatigue – If you feel exhausted and weak despite getting 8-10 hours of sleep you may well have an underactive thyroid.
  • Weight gain – If you have been on a low calorie diet, exercise daily, and have eliminated all possible food allergies (especially gluten) yet you are still not losing weight, chances are high that your thyroid function needs help. There may be swelling in the eyes, face, arms, or legs.
  • Low body temperatures – If your body temperatures on average are below 97.4F, chances are you are lacking an adequate supply of thyroid hormone. People who have hypothyroidism often feel cold in normal temperature rooms. They also do not tolerate cold temperatures (cold intolerance) as well as their normal thyroid function friends.
  • Depression and anxiety – When there is no apparent cause for depression, anxiety, irritability, short-term memory loss, panic attacks, and insomnia, there is a strong chance that hypothyroidism could be involved. This is not to say that all mental health issues are related to low thyroid activity, but it is a commonly overlooked reason for suboptimal mental function. The common practice is to drug these symptoms with anti-depressants. Unfortunately, this does not correct the thyroid deficiency and is not proven to be any better than placebo therapy.
  • High cholesterol – When a high blood level of cholesterol does not respond to diet, exercise, or cholesterol-lowering supplements, hypothyroidism may well be the cause. A high cholesterol reading combined with fatigue and obesity is almost always due to an underactive thyroid. Even in the face of normal blood levels of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), a trial therapy to reverse low thyroid function should be attempted.
  • Infertility and menstrual abnormalities – Infertility is quite a common symptom of hypothyroidism. In my practice I have seen at least a dozen cases of successful pregnancies after treatment was started with natural thyroid hormone even though the thyroid blood tests were quite normal. In the majority of cases, the TSH was normal and the patient was assumed to have normal thyroid function. Quite commonly, a low libido and menstrual difficulties (pain, excessive bleeding, and cramping) are associated with a previously unsuspected case of hypothyroidism.
  • Constipation – If you drink plenty of water and consume lots of fibre and still need to resort to laxatives to get regular bowel movements, consider a low thyroid condition as a potential cause.
  • Hair loss – This is a common symptom of hypothyroidism and is particularly distressing to women who reach the menopausal years. Hair can become brittle, coarse and dry, breaking or falling out easily. Although hair loss is often blamed on low estrogen levels, a more common finding is hypothyroidism. Look for an unusual loss of hair in the outer edge of the eyebrows — this is a common manifestation of hypothyroidism.
  • Dry skin – Fragile and thin skin that does not respond well to moisturizers or vitamin E creams is not necessarily a sign of normal aging but may be an indicator that your thyroid is not functioning well. Cold hands and feet are sometimes also connected to a low thyroid.

While I type this I am scared. My vacay will be ruined by side efx to my new meds OR side efx from the Hypo.

EDUCATION. Had I known ANYTHING about this years ago I would of had myself tested. I kept thinking it was my mental problem (Severe anxiety/depression). I blamed my lack of periods on a medicine I take daily. There was always something to blame away the symptom. I am grateful there is so much info for people like me, and for the loved ones of people like me. Doctors are starting to test differently, reevaluate the levels they once claimed were the “norm”, etc. its slow, but it’s coming. Its hard when a doctor doesn’t take something this severe serious enough. Untreated? It could kill you. Easily. If it doesn’t kill you, it will cripple you.

Here’s where I go for info or to leave messages:

THYROID NATION

ESTHER STORY

HYPOTHYROID MOM

STOP THE THYROID MADNESS

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3 Responses to “Hypothyroid: Millions of Us…”

  1. Tammy @ Books Bones & Buffy

    I had hypothyroid disease about 11 years ago and my symptoms were racing heart, weight loss and biggest of all, I was having a hard time breathing. I went on meds right away (sorry, don’t remember which) and within 6 months I was back to normal. I haven’t had the disease since. This is the kind of disease that can actually be reversed with medication so don’t despair! I hope all goes well for you:-)
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  2. kindlemom1

    I am so sorry you have this yet I am glad that you at least know what it wrong now so you can get the help you need for it. My very good friend suffers from this as well and it is always a constant battle to get her meds right but even with the up and downs of getting it right she does feel way better at least knowing what is wrong now and knowing how to adjust her medicine.

    I hope everything goes well for you.
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