Wednesday, February 08, 2012
I had thyroid issues during the last part of December through the month of January. I anxiously watched my weight creep up, up and up some more despite the fact that I was doing 2-3 hours of exercise 5-6 days per week. My doctor and I decided on a slight medication correction in early January. Still, I experienced hair loss in the front and on the sides of my head and my left eyebrow now has a space in it. I felt panic at the way things were going.
Initially my doctor told me that the hair loss could be due to a big drop in female hormone level or the extreme amounts of stress I was under. But when I described how I felt (huge amounts of fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns and weight gain) in combination with the hair loss he agreed that my thyroid was most likely the culprit. He told me not to panic. He noticed a huge difference in my body composition as a result of all of the exercise. (He joked that he can't get most of his patients to do 30 minutes of exercise a day!) He said to give my medication another four weeks to adjust my system and if I didn't feel better to call him.
It was so refreshing to not have a doctor tell me that we'd address the issue (in 3-4 more months) at my next appointment. My doctor is also open to adding some T3 to my current medication if I don't feel better soon. This was such a welcome relief!!! For those of you who aren't aware of the current attitudes of many thyroid doctors, there aren't many doctors who are so accommodating when it comes to prescribing T3.
The good news is that when I got on the scale this morning, I had dropped 3/4 of a pound! This may not sound like much to most people, but when you're fighting thyroid disease and trying to adjust your medication, it is a big deal. Whether the drop is due to the exercise, stress, good diet or the medication (or a combination), I'll take it! I am starting to feel better too. It will be interesting to see what happens in the weeks to come. I have the reassurance of knowing that if I don't continue my improvement, my doctor is on my side and will work with me until I do improve. I consider myself blessed in that area.
For those of you who saw the amount of exercise that I do on a daily basis, please be assured that I do take into consideration the fact that I need rest. I vary the type of exercise and the intensity. I do strengthening on a rotating basis so as not to hurt my body. I've found that exercise is a social time (exercise classes and buddies) and it helps to relieve some of the stress that I've been under recently. I pencil in my exercise just like I would any other important appointment. I consider the time I spend exercising to be "me" time. "Me" time is essential to my overall health.