My Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis has been kicking my butt lately. I sometimes wonder if my body will ever stop attacking itself. It’s at a point that I may have developed Fibromyalgia as well. Once you have one autoimmune disease, the likeliness of developing another is high. As if one disease isn’t bad enough, others like to latch on and join the party.
I had a really bad flare up last week, it was probably the worst I’ve had. With a flare, I feel extremely exhausted, my body is sore, and I just feel like utter crud. The only way I can describe the pain and all is that it’s like having the flu. Your body is extremely achy and it’s hard to do anything.
The flare lasted for about 2 1/2 days, and I had to miss a half day of work. I just couldn’t make it through the day. My head was in a fog and I could barely function to do my job. I knew rest was the best, so I did just that for the rest of that day. I can’t explain how I made it through the day before, but it’s just something I force myself to do. Lots of praying for strength from God are involved.
I just had my thyroid blood-work redone, and I am so thankful that my doctor is going to change things up. I’ve been on Levothyroxine 25mcg for awhile now, so she is going to double my dosage. I’ve been praying and asking her to do something different with my medication for months. It’s a tough thing dealing with Hashitmoto’s and medications, because the blood-work may not look bad, but you still feel like crud.
So, as of tomorrow, I will be taking 50mcgs each morning, and then in 6 weeks, we will do another check of my levels. If that looks good, and I’m feeling better, she is going to get me back on the brand name, Synthroid. There is definitely a difference in the generic compared to the brand on thyroid hormone medication. I’ve read the generics can contain more fillers and not be as effective. Here’s hoping this gets me feeling more like myself again.
In regards to the possibility of Fibromyalgia, she won’t discount it being present. But, I’m already on Cymbalta for depression/anxiety, and that’s a known medication for Fibro. So, we are going to go one step at a time, deal with the Hashimoto’s first, then see how I’m feeling. I’d prefer not to add anymore medications to my day, but I also need to feel more like myself again.
Do you deal with any autoimmune issues?