it turns out I have an underactive thyroid
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I found out when I went in for a follow-up dr's appt today. I'm still surprised!
I had a different thyroid test done last year that came back unflagged; I wasn't expecting an abnormal result this time. Plus, I compare myself to other people and get down on my body's uncooperativeness way too often. I seem to have to work so much harder to lose weight than a lot of other people I encounter on SP; but I figured I was just being overly negative and blowing it out of proportion because I get jealous. Turns out it might've been a legit complaint caused by hypothyroidism. Maybe the thyroid thing accounts for why I've had zero energy and my memory's been soo bad lately.
I got a prescription for Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone. My mom had hypothyroidism diagnosed in her late teens and went on meds till her 30s when her thyroid regulated itself. To my surprise, the nurse practitioner told me I'd probably have to be on meds forever.
I'm interested in seeing if it gets any easier to lose weight or if my energy improves once I start medication. I'm not thrilled about needing to take pills. I'm also worried about what an underactive thyroid means for my health. But it's nice to know that there might be a medical reason behind these issues instead of it all just being in my head.