Monday, February 13, 2012
The "Back" spoke last week. . . .I listened. I didn't exercise again after Monday because of it - which was fine, I had already met my calorie burn goal for the week though I had hoped to get a little extra in anyway.
I did fairly well with food tracking/calorie ranges as well for the week. BUT, now weight loss at all. Oh well!!
This weekend was SOOOO cold - the coldest I think we've had for the "winter" so far here. This weather definitely had me rethink even trying to get out and walk on Saturday - especially due to the cold - chill to the bone-wind that we had.
My swelling was TERRIBLE on Saturday - felt my heartbeat in every finger and toe, ears and even had fast, racing heartbeat at times. I researched the meds my back doctor has had me take - it's an extended release type med- and found that anyone with a "thyroid problem" should not take the meds because it could cause more swelling due to some inter cranial fluid pressure, etc. - well, needless to say - I stopped that med after reading that! Good grief - do doctors not look at their notes in the file - why do we fill out the forms and questionnaires that we do if they don't even look?!! Needless to say, my back was terribly painful on Sunday so I stayed on the couch with a heating pad but my swelling had began to come down a little.
If only the back didn't have to "scream out" at me so often, maybe I could manage a bit better?! I don't know if I should be more concerned about having the thyroid issue handled and then deal with the back stuff again or vise versa but man, do I want to see what "normal" feels like again. I would love to have some more energy and feel like doing more activities with my kids and hubby.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I WANTED to walk so bad last night but did not because as I've said before - my back has spoken so I decided to listen for once. I'm glad I did listen - my back is feeling much better today.
I haven't mentioned this much lately (haven't really blogged as much as I used to) but I've had some really BAD swelling in my hands/fingers and feet/toes!! Also, when I weigh, my weight will LITERALLY fluctuate up and down by 7 lbs. overnight. YES - I DO drink ALL of my water PLUS each weekday - probably only 1/2 that on weekends. I haven't changed my weight ticker in a while now because I truly don't know what it really is! I've been so disappointed in myself for not losing after tracking my food and exercising that it was too depressing and final to change it.
Today has been the WORSE day that the swelling has been - I had to take my wedding ring off!! This has really bothered me. My ring is normally ALWAYS loose - even when I was 40 lbs. heavier my fingers were never "fat".
I decided to do a little research and I'm glad that I did. It has prepared me even more for my visit to UAB's Endocrinology office next week in Birmingham. There is a checklist to complete and out of 50 items, I could check off 29 of them as "symptoms" I am having. While I'm not happy that I have an obvious thyroid problem, hence the reason my general practitioner is sending me to the specialist at UAB; I'm almost relieved that I'm not crazy! Does that even make sense?
For example, just to name a few items out of the 3 categories on the checklist:
1) I have a family history of thyroid disease (AUNT-thyroid cancer-deceased Nov. 2010).
2) I am gaining weight 'inappropriately'/unable to lose weight with diet & exercise (inappropriately is a nice way to put it!)
3) Pains in joints
4) Moody (poor hubby and kiddos)
5) Forgetful/can't remember things/difficulty concentrating (Thank goodness my boss hasn't noticed so much!)
6) Feeling fatigued/exhausted and run down, sluggish, lethargic (So hard to see the disappointment in your family's faces when you just CAN NOT do anything!)
7) Low body temp (feeling cold when no one else is-poor poor co-workers)
8) Hair falling out, skin is dry, eyes feel dry/gritty (was beginning to think I might have pink eye round 2!)
and so on and so on........
So according to just this checklist it is "highly possible" I might be diagnosed as hypothyroid with hashimotos (sp?). Not happy about it but feel "validated" for once and feeling that I'm nearing the finish line by going to the specialist Wed. and beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once I can get things regulated and back on track I know I'll continue losing and getting healthy then!! So I will continue to watch my diet and I'll even continue to exercise in the meantime!!
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