Let’s talk hypothyroidism

When my antidepressants were doubled, I felt sure that would get things under control. I noticed a rapid reduction in my scarier symptoms and a change in my mindset in regards to feeling worthless but there were still symptoms which remained or worsened which affected my day-to-day life and made it all seem so hard.

I eventually remembered to mention to my doctor that my cycles were way off (202 days late – I know, I should have mentioned it WAY before). Some blood tests were ordered and came back showing a low functioning thyroid and a suggestion of PCOS. I saw the look of relief on my doctor’s face – so many things could be explained and, hopefully, cleared up. He ordered more blood tests which confirmed hypothyroidism and got me started on a low dose of a synthetic thyroid hormone.

As a hypochondriac, I have a ban on googling health issues so got James to look up my diagnosis and his reply was basically “This makes so much sense.”

He sent me a list of signs you’re not making enough thyroid hormone (my symptoms are bolded);

  • fatigue and low energy levels
  • depression
  • slow heart rate
  • unexplained weight gain/struggles losing weight
  • intolerance to cold temperatures
  • body fatigue, muscle aches
  • dry, coarse skin
  • puffy face
  • hair loss
  • constipation
  • problems with concentration
  • goitre (enlarged thyroid gland)
  • elevated blood cholesterol level
  • changes in the menstrual cycle
  • carpal tunnel syndrome

and I felt a mixture of relief, hope and frustration at another new issue to work out and fight.

I am now three weeks into the new treatment and the only thing that has changed so far is that I now feel nauseous every night. I know it can and will take a while to start working and even then there might be adjustments to dosage. Some days I am super positive about it all, grateful that we have discovered this and have started treatment.

Some days I feel so exhausted and frustrated and impatient for things to kick in so we can know if adjustment is needed. Some days I feel so overwhelmed at my lack of energy I just want to curl up and cry. Most days, though, I do what I have to do; making choices along the way. Will I have enough energy left to take the girls to Physie if I wash and hang two loads of washing? Most days, I don’t have the strength to make my own lunch, I know the things which are essential and that need my energy like keeping my family fed, in clean clothes, at their activities and with clean dishes and that’s what I focus on. I have little to no appetite since doubling my antidepressants so that doesn’t seem like a huge deal.

So, that’s where I’m at. How are YOU?

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ETA: I shared a vlog on youtube with some of the points I felt I had missed here. Some will overlap, thanks for watching if you do

4 thoughts on “Let’s talk hypothyroidism

  1. Oh My! I hope the medication evens things out for you soon. The thyroid regulates so much. Take care…

  2. Oh I have been there with that fatigue of not knowing which tasks your energy will let you do. Please be kind to yourself while you wait for them to kick in and adjust. Fatigue is so different from being tired (and even bone tired!) and you can only do what you can.

  3. Well it is better to have a known than an unknown and from what I see, this could be helping you feel better physically and emotionally over time. I am aware that many women may have it without knowing. Good on your doctor (and James!)

    Sending best wishes for a return to some semblance of living comfortably and well.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is Share Your Snaps! Denyse

  4. I love you Becky. I hope this all sorts itself out soon x Thanks for sharing your experience. I often think most people don’t really know what the expression ‘tired’ really means, unless they have experienced that exhaustion for themselves. It is like most things, there is the mild side and the extreme, which is so much more debilitating, physically and mentally.

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