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Diagnosed with hypothyroidism

Thursday, March 08, 2012

After years of suffering from multiple joint arthritis, I recently underwent a rheumatology evaluation. I loved my doctor - he actually listened to me and asked for my opinions and approval on proposed treatments and testing. He ordered multiple x-rays and so much blood work that it required 19 tubes of blood in order to process them all. I am still awaiting the results of those tests. I could not get a second appointment with the doctor for 4 more weeks and he wants a face to face appointment and will not give results on the phone. I had copies of the tests sent to my family doctor. This morning I received a call from the family doctor telling me that they had noted on the tests that I have hypothyroidism and needed to immediately start on medication. Started my first dose today. While I am obviously not pleased to have this diagnosis, I am hoping that it answers some questions I have been having. I have over the last 6 months suffered from major hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, joint pain and inability to lose weight even though I consistently exercise at least 60 min a day 7 days a week and my appetite has been missing in action and my calories have reflected that. All of these can be symptoms of hypothyroidism but also can be results of some of the arthritis processes so that may still be an issue but I am hopeful that at least some of these symptoms may lessen and hopefully disappear over time. Today I have spent time looking over information online regarding hypothyroidism and would encourage anyone that has any of these symptoms to seek a doctor who will listen and order the appropriate testing. From reading through numerous personal accounts with the illness, it is often disregarded when a patient complains and written off as anxiety, depression, or medication seeking behavior when indeed there is a medical reason. I am naturally saddened that I have this illness but am nevertheless hopeful that some relief may be coming my way.

  
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LYNMARI 3/9/2012 9:03AM

    19 tubes of blood!!!!!! Wow! Good that the problem was found, and hopefully you will feel better soon with the medication. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid over 30 years ago at a pre-natal check with my first son. I started medication after I quit nursing him and have been on it since. I have noticed that if I go without the med for a couple of days, I get extremely tired. Can't imagine what you have been going through. Just be faithful in taking the med everyday, get some rest, and hopefully you will feel soooo much better soon. Hugs! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/8/2012 4:12PM

  Well, my dear, I have been where you're @. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroditis in 1998 (autoimmune hypothyroidism). It is indeed a frustrating journey! I had been complaining for YEARS about the exact symptoms you list and NO DR. listened. Finally, my heart rate was in the 40's, and I literally could NOT function . . not at all. So, I FINALLY got a Dr. to listen to me and I felt immeasurably better within 2 weeks of starting my Levothyroxine. I hope you have the same experience.

I will say to you that it did NOT help me lose weight. That didn't happen until I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (Jnauary 2010) and started treatment for that.

so, just be wary. This may not be the end of the road . . . yet. Just keep pursuing getting better. If your Dr. isn't listening . . . FIND ANOTHER ONE WHO WILL!

Wishing you the very best.

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GCHUNG 3/8/2012 4:11PM

    Knowing the cause is the first step in correcting it. Good luck with your new plan.

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Witnessing sister's poor health...inspired me to try harder

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hello everyone....I just got back from an overnight sleepover at my sister's house.
Every year my 7 sisters and I get together for an overnight visit. We start on Friday night with dinner and conversation followed by a movie and exchanging news, swapping pictures, etc. Saturday morning we get up to breakfast and then go shopping together for the rest of the day. This year was an eye opening experience for me. I watched one of my sister's who is about 8 year's older than me sit and cough and wheeze constantly. She had gained probably 50 pounds in the last year and was already overweight. She told me she was on 19 medications including some for depression. Friday night some of us took a walk after dinner. She could not tolerate it so she could not join us. Today at the mall she would get short of breath and have to sit down on a bench. When she saw clothing she was interested in she would walk away and not let anyone see her when she tried it on. From another sister who lives close to her, I learned she is unable to care for her yard and the grass and weeds are growing and the inside of the house which was built about 7 years go is in much need of housekeeping. My heart is breaking for her. I know her blood pressure is sky high and she suffers from sleep apnea. I would not be surprised if she had a heart attack, stroke or diabetes. My sisters are planning to get together within the next week or two and try to get her house and yard back in shape for her. I sat and watched her the last couple of days and felt even more inspired to work harder to get myself into a better shape. She commented to me that she noticed how much I had lost and how much better shape I was in. She told me she would like to lose weight also. I hope in some way I can show her it can be done and maybe inspire her to try to do the same. I do not want to lose her but I know it has to be her decision to lose. I can only try to change myself and this has made me want it even more.

  
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NELIENA 1/15/2011 11:41AM

    It's really hard to see someone you love like that. I agree, that is great that all of you get together once a year. I wish you luck with helping your sister. It's sound like you could be a huge impact on her health.

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HARPERLADY 8/8/2010 11:31AM

    oh my that can be so upsetting, are you able to call and talk to her, maybe you can be her coach helping her gain her control back, she said she would like to lose weight and this is a way that will help you and her, if you want any exercises that she would be able to start out with just let me know I would gladly find them and send them to you, you are doing great .

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HAKIRBY 8/4/2010 11:20AM

  I hope you're able to help your sister help herself

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KLABELL 7/30/2010 9:50PM

    Hope your sister can get out of the cycle of weight gain and improve her health.

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KAELBEE 7/30/2010 8:49PM

    It is so sad when those we love reach the point your sister has. Keep encouraging her to turn to healthy foods. Bring over a veggie tray or fruit next time you visit. By your example, she can see that making smart choices has lasting benefits.

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MEADSBAY 7/30/2010 7:11AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
How sad- take care of youreslf, my friend.
Maybe she will follow you on the path to better health.
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7DWORPS 7/26/2010 10:11PM

    I bet this had to be heartbreaking for you. I am in a similar situation with my mother. Knowing the genetics plays an important role in how are bodies work I am really trying to keep mine strong and lose the weight. My mom has horrible knees and can hardly walk. She also has a hard time doing basics. Although I may, due to genetics, wind up with knee problems, but I want to put that off as long as possible.

All you can do is encourage your sister and show her that it can be done. Depression plays in big role in things not getting done around the house. I think that helping her out when the family can will be a big help so that she may be able to get some relief from the overwhelming feeling of too many things needing to be done.

Best wishes and luck to you and your family in this situation.

Judy

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ALONELYLIONESS 7/26/2010 3:28PM

    Oh that's so sad. It's a good thing though that you all get together every year so you can keep tabs on one another and help each other. Sounds like she really needs an intervention but at least she has hope and desire to change her health. I'm certain that you were a big inspiration to her. Good luck.

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FITKAT2010 7/25/2010 6:11AM

    The only thing you can do for others, as you stated above, is to be a good example.

Unless your sisters want to continue doing her yard and cleaning the inside of her house, they may want to NOT do that. Letting things be might be the motivation your sister needs in order to do something for herself.

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NEXT30YEARS 7/24/2010 9:44PM

    Hope you can be an inspiration for her.

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WISH ME LUCK....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I HAVE BEEN ON A PLATEAU NOW FOR THE LAST 4 WEEKS. TOMORROW IS MY WEEKLY WEIGH IN AND IF MY SNEAK PREVIEW ON THE SCALE IS ANY INDICATION, I WILL NOT BE BREAKING IT TOMORROW. HAVING SAID THAT, I TRIED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO REAFFIRM MY DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE DOING WHAT I AM DOING AND NOT GIVE UP. I HAVE TRIED VARYING MY CALORIE RANGE AND WORKOUT ROUTINE. I KNOW EVENTUALLY THE SCALE IS GOING TO START MOVING AGAIN. I DID PULL OUT THE TAPE MEASURE TODAY AND HAVE LOST SOME INCHES. NOW I AM LOOKING FOR THE SCALE TO REWARD ME FOR MY EFFORTS.

  
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FITKAT2010 7/12/2010 6:03AM

    Losing inches is more important than weight actually. That is if you are eating healthy (whole foods) and exercising daily.

Remember this is Lifestyle, not diet.

Hugs

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ALONELYLIONESS 7/12/2010 1:49AM

    Don't let that scale ruin your day. Focus on those inches! Have you ever tried the workout dvd by Jillian Michaels "Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism" or the "30 Day Shred"? These are good plateau buster workouts with the high intensity segments. I swear I lost .5 lbs every time I did the Banish Fat one in the beginning.

Okay, so I just read your message board post about your back surgery and knees......sorry to hear that. You probably would not like these dvds with all the high impact. Maybe you could do some weight training for a boost?

Comment edited on: 7/12/2010 2:02:36 AM

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NEED2LOSE40BIN 7/11/2010 10:14PM

    GOODLUCK!!!! JUST KEEP AT IT!!!!

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EVEINCOLORS 7/11/2010 10:13PM

    good luck...
I'm the same weight for 2 weeks, too... :-(

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QUIETCUPOFTEA 7/11/2010 10:13PM

    best of luck tomorrow with your weekly weigh-in! and congratulations on those lost inches - they are indicative that you are moving forward even if the scale is slow to move back. i'm sending along a "woo-hoo!" in preparation for tomorrow's success! emoticon

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Time to get back in the groove....

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

On June 9, I moved back to my Indiana home from Orlando after an extended stay helping out my daughter and son-in-law babysitting their new son. Leaving was very hard for me. On the 17 hour drive home, I actually did not meet my calorie goal for the day and found myself mostly drinking diet sodas. When I arrived home, it was to find that my computer had died in my absence and could not be resuscitated. Gone was my link to SP, my only real source of support and my favorite feature the nutrition and exercise tracker. I was already feeling sad at coming home from daily contact with my family and that precious grandbaby to an empty house and then not to have my SP contact was devastating. To add injury to insult, the next morning when I got on the scale, it showed a one pound gain. It has been nearly a month now. I tried my best to follow my plan without being able to track. Unfortunately my body chose this time to plateau and the scale has sat on the same number for all this time. I have been trying everything I know to break the plateau but to no avail so far. Well, my daughter and her family made a quick trip to Indiana for a visit to her in-laws this week and while they were here brought me a new computer as a thank you for helping them out! I am thrilled. Now if I can just get off this plateau, I will be ecstatic. It feels good to be able to track again as it takes all the guessing out of it. I hope to see good things on the scale on Monday's weigh in.

  
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FITKAT2010 7/7/2010 5:59AM

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Time to get back in the groove....

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

On June 9, I moved back to my Indiana home from Orlando after an extended stay helping out my daughter and son-in-law babysitting their new son. Leaving was very hard for me. On the 17 hour drive home, I actually did not meet my calorie goal for the day and found myself mostly drinking diet sodas. When I arrived home, it was to find that my computer had died in my absence and could not be resuscitated. Gone was my link to SP, my only real source of support and my favorite feature the nutrition and exercise tracker. I was already feeling sad at coming home from daily contact with my family and that precious grandbaby to an empty house and then not to have my SP contact was devastating. To add injury to insult, the next morning when I got on the scale, it showed a one pound gain. It has been nearly a month now. I tried my best to follow my plan without being able to track. Unfortunately my body chose this time to plateau and the scale has sat on the same number for all this time. I have been trying everything I know to break the plateau but to no avail so far. Well, my daughter and her family made a quick trip to Indiana for a visit to her in-laws this week and while they were here brought me a new computer as a thank you for helping them out! I am thrilled. Now if I can just get off this plateau, I will be ecstatic. It feels good to be able to track again as it takes all the guessing out of it. I hope to see good things on the scale on Monday's weigh in.

  
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ACROSONIC 7/7/2010 1:43PM

    A one pound gain isn't bad for being away. Now that you're back, get back on track, maybe change a couple of things.
I'm going to see my SIL in Indiana next week. She just got back from helping with her grandson's birth. When I started reading your blog, I thought of her. She went home to an empty house, too (husband passed away in Dec.) and it was so hard for her going back home to no family. That's one reason I'm going to visit her for a couple of days.
Glad you got a new computer.

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