Almost exactly one year ago I was in bad shape. I had been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2005 my first pregnancy and had been being monitored by my GP ever since. By 2012 I had lost and gained the same 10 lbs over and over and began telling my GP that I was concerned my medicines needed to be adjusted. I was on a steady stream of caffeine and exercising regularly, yet most days I was in need of a nap or an early bedtime.
My blood draw showed my numbers were in range, so I was told to try to lose more weight. I cut down my caffeine, which increased my need for naps, increased my exercise which increased the aches in my body and cut my calories, which increased my weight.
By December of 2013, 7 months after our move I found myself with clumps of hair falling out, the need for a nap after every 4 hours of being awake, fog brain, nails cracking, and weight increasing and increasing. I called an Endocrinologist and was filled out a questionnaire that I was to bring with me. The 3 pages asked questions about symptoms, and I answered yes to almost each question. I arrived for my appointment and was given an order for blood work. I had brought my medical records to be reviewed, and the following week came back at the Endocrinologist to discover that not only had my records revealed my thyroid levels had not been in range for several years. Additionally, I was vitamin deficient in many areas and had high blood sugar.
I was placed on a high protein/low carb diet, given Armour thyroid instead of Synthroid, and told to be patient. 3 days on this new medicine and I was able to go the entire day without napping. With the fog brain lifting, I began to do a little research on some of the terms that had been tossed around at my Dr. appt. Insulin Resistance, Armour Thyroid, and even a bit on Hypothyroidism.
I began to realize how sick I really was, and with each day of feeling healthier I also noticed I could think more clearly, I had more patience, and my clothes were getting looser. I had been told by many people that you don’t realize how sick you are until you begin to feel healthy, and that was absolutely right for me. Stay tuned for more tips and lessons about health I’ve learned on this journey! My first tip, take charge of your health and get a second opinion!