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Feeling down about hypothyroidism

Friday, February 01, 2013

Everyone on SparkPeople has a goal of being healthy. I reached a healthy BMI and I thought I'd be set for a long while. I kept the weight off for over a year and was keeping up on my healthy eating habits and exercise. My blood pressure was down, my blood sugars were great, virtually every piece of blood work was exactly in range. I was taking care of my body and thought it would love me back.

No matter how hard we work to take care of our bodies, they will sometimes do things that no amount of exercise and healthy eating can take care of. I have hypothyroidism. I am relieved in a way, because I have been feeling crummy for several months but rationalized away many symptoms. I’m a working mother who is caring for a chronically ill husband—of course I’m exhausted! Now I just need to wait for the meds to kick in and hope my doc finds the right dose quickly.

I am quite down about this. I'm a bit of a control freak and this feeling of being out of control with my body is really hard. I have watched helplessly as the scale has skyrocketed. I am no longer within my goal weight range and have slipped back into the Overweight BMI category. My mind says I shouldn’t obsess because this is part of the disease, but it’s really hard not to. I will take the weight off as my body starts to get straightened out with meds, but I still feel like a failure right now.

Doctor’s orders are not to exercise as vigorously as I have before and I feel lazy because I’m enjoying the break a little bit. I’m terrified it will turn into an empty excuse. Perhaps I should try to get back to 3 days a week at the gym but not as intense. I just need to be patient and get feeling better and I’ll start running again. I enjoy it too much to give it up because it’s good for my body and my soul.

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    Take one day at a time and do what you can...

    1750 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I take thyroid medicine also. There are no side effects. Just make sure to take it one half hr or more before eating. You will feel better soon.
    1751 days ago
    Okay .. I have been Hypothryoism for a long time now .. One thing they forgot to tell me was you have to take the medicine in the morning and not eat for an hour. That makes it very difficult to get a healthy breakfast early .. so .. you need to put that little pill bottle next to your bed .. and take it as soon as you get up .. that way by the time you have showered and gotten ready for the office .. you are close if not over your 1 hour mark. This is not something to worry about. It will help you feel less 'sluggish' (that is how I describe how I feel) I would NOT stop working out .. it may take a few months to get it right .. but you should start to feel better soon! Keep your chin up!
    1751 days ago
  • BMELT2013
    Don't let it get you down. At least they know what's wrong. I have family that has hypothyroidism and after just a short time of being on the medicine they felt so much better. Once the medicine kicks in you'll be like a whole new person. Just stick in there, it will be okay.
    1751 days ago
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