First blog! And finally an answer...or at least sort of!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I feel like I have so much to say and I could ramble for an hour about this, that, and the other thing. Not so much for people to read, but just to get out there.
But we'll start with Hashimoto's! I was diagnosed at 8 which is somewhat uncommon. At that age, it's hard to tell when you have symptoms. I was a gymnast, swimmer, played soccer; I pretty much excelled at them all and was this little bundle of muscle super star athlete. I cut my chin open at a swim meet (my googles broke and I did a stroke into the open gutter...but swam the whole 25 back and dropped 7 seconds off of my best time). When going to the ER to get stitches, the dr noticed my thyroid gland was enormous and said to go in right when we got home. My mom is a medtech and nows all of this stuff so it was quite funny that she didn't notice. My tsh was 76 and antibodies were so high they stopped running the machine!
They wanted to try to take me off synthroid around 14 but when doing tests, they decided it wasn't possible. During HS I was always super active but struggled with lethargy but didn't really have weight problems. I wasn't skinny, but not fat either.
College started the struggle. Never ending weight gain! I finally convinced someone to change my meds 3 years ago since they had been the same since I was 14. After losing tons of weight in winter 09-10 (story for another time), I felt good for a while and then slowly started adding pounds back on again and with the pounds came other hypo symptoms. Losing my hair, being freezing one minute and sweating buckets the next (I know most people are just cold but I've always had regulating issues), insomnia, being too tired to function all day...etc etc!
I got my blood drawn last April and it was in the high range for being on Synthroid, 2.89 but they weren't willing to change my meds. (I'd never been over 2 before and they actually say if you are on meds, you should be around 1 ideally...once again, medtech mom knows too much!)
I was feeling awful all summer and really struggling these past couple weeks. I got my blood drawn last week (finally by an endo) and my tsh was 5.4! No wonder I've been feeling so damn awful! They are going to raise me to .137 and test again in a few weeks. I finally feel like this Dr. may listen to me and not just my test results so cross your fingers for that too. I'd really like to try a T3/T4 combo med and I'm hoping he'll be willing to do that.
Well, off to finally start paperwork for my new job! Unfortunately it's only part time and I don't think I'll get benefits, but I'll find out today.