I’ve decided to do a regular series of blogging musings on my thyroid. Specifically, on the ups and downs of having to deal with having an underactive thyroid as well as Hashimoto’s. This may help me to get things down as I go through getting some answers to things as well as I hope maybe it will help others who are going through similar experiences. Anyway, let’s see where this goes… I’m learning to just go with my gut instinct more and this is a step in that direction.
That said, here’s a bit of background, because hey, it’s probably good if you knew what has been going on. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and underactive thyroid about a year and a half ago. What is Hashimoto’s? Well, it’s an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the thyroid. The thyroid is part of the endrocrine system that is a part of coordinating a lot of the body’s activities. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the main cause of hypothyroidism in this U.S. The signs of hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid include: fatigue, pale & dry skin, unexplained weight gain, depression and increased sensitivity to cold.
I’ve experienced pretty much every symptom of hypothyroid. Mostly up until more recently, the fatigue and sensitivity to cold have been the most dominant. I also shed hair like a cat (as I like to refer to it as), while most people lose hair throughout the day, the amount I can shed in a day seems crazy. Thankfully, no baldness issues or anything like that. Recently, like in the last six months or so, I’ve experienced the unfortunate weight gain issue. Despite working out 5-6 days a week at high-intensity, I have gained weight. My frustration and upset with that is quite high. I worked very hard to lose the weight and then keep it off for the last 4+ years and now I have this issue to deal with. It’s hard enough being female and trying to stay fit and healthy. Something like this just adds to the toughness.
I feel like now that it’s going to take mental and emotional strength to get through this rough patch while I’m waiting to get more treatment options. Currently, I’m on Synthroid and just got back on a compounded T3 medication. I’ll be seeing a new doctor, a local endocrinologist in a little less than a month. Really hoping the doctor can help better manage these symptoms. Meanwhile, I pray a lot that God gives me the continued strength to not let this crud bring me down. It’s too easy to get depressed when I’m seeing an unexplained weight gain, or I’m exhausted after sleeping well for eight hours.
So, I shall write my thoughts, musings and what have you here on my beloved blog. I need to be able to express myself honestly, which is how I am. I’ve always blogged honestly and I want to continue that so that in a way, I can keep a journaling of the ups and downs of it all. I don’t claim to be perfect, or the most knowledgeable about anything, but I do have a deep love for the person whom I have become since becoming healthier and more fit. My love for running, fitness, and healthy living remains strong. I love being able to share that here and the people who I have met through this wonderful fitness community.