Monday, April 25, 2011
Hello again everyone. For those of you who do not already know, I am back in Florida now. So I went and registered with the MCHD. Upon one of my visits they had me schedule a fasting Bloodwork. Then I went in for my periodic EKG. Then I was scheduled for the appointment to advise me of results. The heart is another issue for another blog. This blog is for my Thyroid.
Now to the point. In the 3 years I was doing bloodwork and getting medical treatment in Iowa, the doctors kept telling me to lose weight. Now I found out at my followup that they detected in my blood work that I have an overactive Thyroid. I just looked at the nurse in dismay. "I have a what?" I said. Then she repeated herself. I asked "So what is there to do about it?" and she replied with Nuclear MRI and an Ultrasound to help determine why you have one. She said that there was no reason that they could tell for it to be that way and none of my meds should have triggered it. She explained that it releases important chemicals into my body and it was malfunctioning. She wrote me a script I cannot afford ($185.00/mo) and awaiting prescription assistance request. She said in the meantime to take 1000mg fish oil 2 times a day.
Now it is today and I went for my first of two doctor visits for my MRI and I did my ultra sound today. When the doctor I went to asked me about symptoms I was without answers. I explained to him that the only thing I was told was something about the important chemicals and take fishoil tabs. So he went through a list of symptoms. ANd before anyone even suggests that I should have taken the initiative to look it up, let me remind you that doctors and nurses have a responsibility to their patients. I should have been informed of all things to expect. Now with that said, I was totally surprised to find out that Weight Gain and an inability to lose weight was a symptom of an Overactive Thyroid. I looked at the doctor and said "So the fact that I am dieting and exercising without any results of weight loss is due to this?" His reply was yes. So in essence, the doctors have me dieting to lose weight when I cannot lose it. So now I understand why I can't get out of the 250 range anymore. I can also expect a major increase if things get worse and if I cannot afford proper medication and treatment.
UPDATE 04/26/2011: I am going back to the doctor on Monday. I am going to have to talk to her about my Thyroid condition. I thought she told me I have a hyperthyroidism, not an hypothyroidism. I have been reading up today and every article and medical review I can locate says the hyperthyroidism will lose weight and hypothyroidism will gain. The specialist I saw today said that sleep disorder, weight gain, lump in my throat, nervousness, etc. were symptoms of my condition and would only worsen if not treated.