Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Hello my friends!
Sorry I have not been here much, sorry I have not answered your very sweet messages. 2011 was a particularly difficult year for me. Turned out I have severe hypothyroidism and that was what had been causing so many problems- depression, irritability, constant exhaustion, lack of energy, very low sleep quality, loss of short term memory. My mind was foggy and felt like cushioned all the time- for someone who depends on her mind for work (I am a teacher, remember?) that was like eating mashed potatoes with a toothpick! . Swollen feet and hands and puffy face didn't feel nice either. My neck was sweaty and had a foul smell all the time no matter how much I washed it. didn't see that listed anywhere as part of the symptoms of hypothyroidism but I am now starting week 3 with the med and I don't have to worry about that any more so I guess the under-active thyroid had something to do with it. Lots of other symptoms, too. Not debilitating ones, but if you add all up, what you have is really poor life quality.
Because of my numbers in the blood tests, the endocrinologist guessed I must have been suffering for more than 5 years (my own guess is over 10 years). It is just that this is something that progresses very slowly so you think you're working too much, you're getting old, your weight doesn't help.
I only did some research and then went to the doctor with my list of symptoms and my own diagnosis already made because my depression was getting out of hand. I don't want anyone messing with my mind so I looked for other alternatives before going to the shrink. Btw, the doc didn't want to see my list but she asked me some questions, she felt my neck and saw that there was something there so she asked for blood and other tests.
So, this is a new path I am walking, hoping for a better year where my body lets me have a better life.