As my first post on my thyroid journey attests to, I simply was ignorant to what being hypothyroid meant. I knew my grandmother had it on my father’s side. I also knew that meant I’d be on medication for life. Outside of that I really knew nothing.
But my story goes further back than that. After my daughter was born, and even during the pregnancy, I gained a lot of weight. Looking back that should have been a trigger since the first 5 months of pregnancy I couldn’t keep anything down but chocolate milk and oranges. That was all I ate. I took my materna vitamins of course, but food in general made me want to hurl just thinking about it. Between the lack of appetite and the baby depleting my own body’s nutrients, you’d think I’d be losing weight hand over fist. But no, I was gaining at an extraordinary rate. So much so, my doctor became quite anxious about it.
Now here’s the thing. Just about every woman that gets pregnant has thyroid issues during and approximately 12 months after. Once the hormones regulate, the thyroid included, all is good. Except for 20% of us. Nope. For us, the thyroid stays f*%@d up.
Now couple that with the knowledge that one of the significant signs of being hypothyroid is significant weight gain over a relatively short amount of time and the inability to lose it.
So why is it no one thought to check my thyroid? They checked me for Diabetes and various other things, but not once did TSH come up in conversation nor on the blood tests to be done. Yes I’m aware it’s easier to look back but still, I expect doctors to know more than I do. That’s literally why they get paid the big bucks and I’m left waiting for my appointment for 3 hours. Their time is precious, ours is not.
Dry skin. OMG, dry skin. For me it is especially along the hair line and scalp. Speaking of hair, mine turned dry and dull and no amount of moisturizing did the job. It was awful. And being blonde, it looked and felt like straw.
I have spoken of the mood swings. Ah yes. Insomnia. Welcome to never sleeping well again. And seeing as you are already tired as hell all the damn time, no sleep helps with that soooo much.
Wait for it! If you thought that was bad, wait until you get brain fog. That’s when you couldn’t hold a coherent thought in your head for more than just a few seconds without losing it in that mental abyss forever. I have become the post it queen! I write things down everywhere. I find them later and have no idea what the significance of it is, but I have it written down. Lol! Memory, or lack of rather. I used to have a mind like a steel trap. I could remember details for my job that had my bosses astounded at times. Now I’m lucky if I remember to put on underwear. Ok. That’s a slight exaggeration, but you get where I’m coming from. Again. Queen of the post it notes. They become your savior and nemesis all rolled into one little sticky package. I hate them but I know I need them.
My nails grew brittle and hard. They’d break just looking at opening a pop can or the like.
I grew restless. Truly relaxing was a fantasy.
I developed joint aches.
I started to snore and heavily.
Oh, and gallbladder pain. I developed gallstones and although I am still doing research on that, what I’ve read points to this too stemming from my out of whack thyroid.
Heart palpitations. That was a little freaky. I think most of us will tolerate a little unusual something going on in different areas, but the heart isn’t one of them.
I’m not sure these are all the symptoms I had, but they are the ones that stood out in my mind the most. Seeing as this was 20 years ago too. Mind you, some I’ve simply never lost, they just improved substantially. I’ve also gained some or they’ve significantly worsened over the last couple of years.
Again, my symptoms worsening or new and improved ones, from my research so far at this point tells me that this is because of the Synthroid. And I know for sure the “Air Hunger” or dyspnea is CAUSED by my medication. Now that was just wonderful news.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Synthroid is NOT the only medication available. In fact, NDT or natural desiccated thyroid is out there. It is regulated and has been around for much longer than Synthroid. PLUS, it isn’t just T4. Since it is a natural substance, it has all the hormones present.
Again, my recommendation is research, research, research. Find out what is best for YOU. Your body, and mind, will thank you for it.
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