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"Bad Thyroid Days"

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I call days like today “Bad Thyroid Days”… they are hard to describe to people, but I feel like I should try. I’m not even entirely sure my thyroid is the cause, but when they become more frequent I know to get my levels checked – which I just did! Yay. So here is my day:

- I have to drag myself out of bed. I feel like I could sleep all day. I probably could, if you let me.
- I never feel like I really “wake up” – I’m in a fog all day. My energy levels are in the negatives.
- I get a little headache, just enough to be annoying.
- I do stupid stuff (see – fog) like write my name where a date should be, or try to put things in the wrong places that seem right at the time (like my notebook in the fridge?!)
- I will probably forget 75% of what I’m told today. I have developed a habit of trying to write everything and anything someone says down, so I can go back later to fill myself in.
- Everything feels like it takes so much more effort, probably because of the tiredness, headache & fog. Right now driving home, cooking dinner, and showering seems exhausting.

Interestingly, my appetite is usually shot on bad days like this, so I don’t find myself overeating, but I also don’t work out. I am giving myself the night off because I am putting myself to bed at 9pm and have things to take care of before then… like laundry, because I have no clean underthings left to wear. And my brain is just like “whatever!” because of how I feel.


My sister and I met last night at Panera. I ordered a hummus salad off of their “secret menu” – check it out! It is supposedly better for you. Anyways, we had our chat. I said my piece, she said hers. I told her I still don’t see things her way 100% and I probably never will, but I feel better knowing I said something so I don’t regret it later. She knows I will be there and be nice, but I don’t have to agree with it. We went to try to find me a dress afterwards and I looked like a giant pastel cow in everything I tried on. Probably not a good idea to do it both after Panera and after a long stressful conversation, but I wanted us to end on an up note. Didn’t find a dress though so… I’m not even sure if it was an up note.
Anyways, I had to run errands on my lunch break today and stopped by Wegmans. Picked up some gluten free pasta and other products. Even if I don’t go 100% gluten free, I know it will be beneficial to me to cut back processed foods, especially carbs. BF and I talked last night about me going back to my “one bad day” rule. Cutting out entire food groups is always BAD news to me. I start to see things very black and white and never cut myself slack. It ALWAYS ends up with me in tears somewhere because I’m mad/frustrated/loathing/hungry
. But it does seem easier for me to plan ahead for a “bad” day – like this Friday when we have dinner and drinks on the books for my friend’s birthday. I can go into Friday knowing what it is and working with it, rather than hate myself for being “bad” or having a miserable time restricting myself from eating while everyone else does.

So that is the plan for me for now – cut back the bad food, let myself plan a relaxed day, hopefully work out each day for the rest of the week since the past two were less than stellar, and HOPEFULLY get my blood work results back so I can move forward educated. Sigh.
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    I have days like this too, and I am wondering if I could have an issue with my thyroid. I looked it up once, and I have several other symptoms too. I should make an appt with the Dr soon, but I hate going to the Dr.
    1620 days ago
    Sorry You are having slow-motion thyroid days- totally understand what you mean. That bites! Hopefully you'll get your lab results soon and find some relief. That feeling exhausted all day is no fun.
    1623 days ago
    I hope those days are few! Good on you for sitting down with your sister and talking it out!
    1623 days ago
    Sorry to hear you were having a rough day....hope you feel better soon and get those results!! Thanks for sharing about hypothyroidism...I do not know much about it, so very interesting to hear about.
    1624 days ago
    My mother had a problem with the thyroid (before adjusting her meds) and she had most of the symptoms you described... So, hopefully, after you control it they will disappear emoticon .

    I hope you'll feel better soon!
    1624 days ago
    Have you tried calling the doc for results? Labs usually turn blood panels which include sugars and thyroid stuff around in a day. Don't wait on the doc to call you! I've learned that lesson the hard way.

    What you say totally sounds like hypothyroid to me, but regardless you shouldn't have to suffer! It could be something as simple as B12 deficiency that's making you anemic and tired.

    Hang in there, chica!

    I'm proud at how well you just keep on trooping. I'd be a raving B*&# by now, lol.

    1624 days ago
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