Ever since my doctor finally acknowledged that I do have hypothyroidism, things have been going a bit more smoothly for me! I am now on some medication that will hopefully kick-start my hormones and get them back into gear.
I have had a few questions about what symptoms I was having to make me feel so horrible, and while I *attempt* to keep my complaining to a minimum, it wasn’t always easy.
I actually have thought I had thyroid problems for years, because I had a good 75% of the symptoms for hypothyroidism, as well as a long family history of it. You can see a list of a few of the symptoms here: www.mayoclinic.com/healt
My main symptoms related to the extreme fatigue and sluggishness, aches and pains. But I am also very sensitive to both cold and heat, I have pale, dry skin, I often felt just plain down, anxious, and irritable. My menstrual cycles have certainly been abnormal since they have disappeared for the past three years, amongst dealing with bowel issues and often feeling lightheaded, weak and dizzy. Not exactly fun, huh?
But every time my doctor ran blood tests they came back as normal. Well after I finally asked to see a specialist, they discovered that I did actually have abnormal results. And while my primary doctor insisted on redoing the blood tests herself, they thankfully came back abnormal as well. I have no idea why it worked all of a sudden, but I’m thankful for some sort of answer.
With my long list of complaints I am unsure if one tiny pill in the morning can fix everything, but I can certainly hope for the best. I have been reading about adrenal stress fatigue and a lot of the symptoms for that seem to match as well, so I’ll have to see if there’s anything I can do about that. I saw a test you can buy online, but I don’t exactly have an extra $250 lying around and every recommendation I’ve read said you have to see a holistic doctor about it.
So since it apparently can take up to two months before I feel completely better I’ll focus on my thyroid issues for now. Especially as I work with my doctor on finding the correct dosage for me. If you have the ability to see a doctor and you think you have problems, definitely ask to get tested! Sometimes we ignore those gut feelings that truly are telling us something is wrong.
But while I work on getting better, I know what’s more fun to talk about. Dessert! I recently attempted a gluten-free vegan cheesecake. While I wish I could share an awesome recipe, I have to admit that I didn’t like it. My husband really did and I’m always amazed when I can find a pleasing vegan dish for my meat-hungry man.
I followed Averie’s recipe which you can see here: www.loveveggiesandyoga.c
I loved the idea of using cashews in place of the usual dairy, but I neglected to remember that I’m not a big fan of cashews in the first place. Maybe I could use peanuts to make a peanut buttery flavor? Hmmm….but that’s not what I tried!
First up was making a crust which I did by blending dates with almonds in my food processor.
Smoothed it down.
After soaking the cashews I blended them with lemon juice, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
It definitely made a smooth, creamy filling.
I cut myself a wedge and…
…I just wasn’t impressed. Apparently I’m crazy since it was liked by my husband and a good friend. And pretty much anyone else who has made the recipe if I can take the comments as any suggestion. So I feel pretty confident recommending the recipe, but if you don’t like it, hey, I didn’t either!
Has it ever taken a long time for you to get a correct medical diagnosis?
Do you like vegan desserts?