I have always gone every year for a physical. About 30 pounds ago, my B/P numbers were fine, but my cholesterol was a little high, which I attributed to living alone, working two or three jobs and grabbing a lot of fast food in between. I always said that I would start eating better, etc., and because the cholesterol wasn't super high, my doctor let me off with a warning. Now.. I have put on some weight and noticed that when the nurse wants to take my B/P right when I get into the exam room, it seems a little high - but if the doc takes the B/P after I'm in the room for a bit, it's pretty normal. Don't know if it's white coat syndrome or what... I bought a home B/P machine and took the machine to the doctor, so they could check its accuracy vs. their machine and it was fine. My home readings are normal.
When I've made an appointment to go to the doc for the physical (normally, I just do the annual physical - I'm OK otherwise), I usually go into panic mode about a month beforehand and try to lose at least some of the weight, start eating better, etc... That is part of the reason I am here with a more of a vengeance this time. I'm tired of doctor appointments sending me into panic mode. My plan is to lose 20-30 pounds by May, when I go in for bloodwork. I'm already down almost three pounds - so I'm hoping that the weight loss will help with the blood pressure and cholesterol. I keep hearing that it does for other folks. Hope I have the same result.
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I agree that getting an annual physical as well as regularly scheduled tests like colonoscopies and mammograms help catch serious problems early and when they're more treatable. These tests certainly don't prevent the diseases they check for.
I am really good about getting my annul physical. And making the husband too. My company gives us money towards our insurance premiums if we meet certain goals.
I do agree with Berry on the some things for sure and I believed it was a great point to make!
I also think its also about having others notice things about you too and its what saved me currently! It is about knowing your body, how it reacts to certain situations what is out the realm and what is not.. its why I never usually went.
It was when my body wasn't acting normal and my DH mentioned things but not mean, just but he was serious about things .. like.. babydoll, your taking more naps and longer every day and are tired all the time... are you feeling ok? Or I would ask him something, he would answer me, but I would "seem" to forget what he said about the question I just asked him so I would want him repeating things all the time to me. He would ask me with a certain look "your not listening to me, we just had this conversation a while ago". It it was like my mind and brain was in a "fog" and all clouded up.. or kinda like my circulation from my neck on up was cut off.. I was there, I knew I was with it, but my mind, thinking was not.. (kinda the best way to describe it for me) Like an altered mental status/fog kinda thing.
Who would have known that having a hypothyroid would make you do that! LOL you hear about it, but when things actually happen to you, I know for myself, I wasn't really keen into things or paying attention to things.. it was others who would mention things or ask me questions out of concern. So, another point would be made is that... if friends, family or even co- workers ask questions to you.. I am a firm believer now that attention needs to be paid to those remarks out of concern.
.I have been on this medication now for a short while. I can tell my mind is back! It feels clearer and not "foggy" anymore.. It feels great to do things and not take naps after my errands or house projects/chores.
Even my boss at my work noticed a difference when my quality went down because I was "forgetting" important details of things.
Sometimes, I also think its a denial things and with myself that is what I was thinking... well, maybe I am just coming down with that bug that is going around.
Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 1/12/2014 (06:39)
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You all are so awesome and the uplifting words have really made me look at this differently..
I was not sure on how to handle things at all, the positive outlook on what you have said really helps, I really appreciate the time out and all of the replies... it makes a difference I am happy they caught it and it did not get any worse!!!
Good news my other sugars were perfect
Thanks for that link as well! It was a good reference.. I am still learning and trying to comprehend what hypothyroid will mean for my health, weight and diet. I have noticed my energy come back and that is a nice feeling again.
It IS a tiny pill too!! LOLOL
Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 1/11/2014 (16:13)
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1/11/14 3:20 P
Two years ago at my checkup I was overweight. Borderline blood pressure, blood sugar and anemia issues. I changed diet, reduced calories and increased exercise. The next checkup a few months ago all my numbers were good…except that anemia [still borderline]. My blood pressure especially was excellent.
For your situation...SP has a good article on hypothyroidism:
Yeah, there isn't anything that you can do to prevent thyroid disease...I'm not sure if you meant it that way, but a check up wouldn't have made any difference in preventing your hypothyroidism. You might have been able to get treatment sooner though.
Being on thyroid medication is not a big deal--it's one tiny, inexpensive pill once a day.
Check-ups are really important for preventative medicine. Especially if you are over 40. The older you are the more the machine needs to be taken care of. I know a man that a heart attack because he never had a EKG that could of showed heart disease and meds could of prevented the attack. Someone else I know, a guy in my hiking club who is over 50, a great hiker and thin (have no idea if he eats healthy or not) came down with colon cancer because he never had a colonoscopy. That procedure could of shown polyps' and been removed and saved him from colon cancer.
We live longer today because of these tests available to us and what I do is have a check-up every year on my birthday. The best gift I can give myself.
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You are not on thyroid medication for the rest of your life because you missed check ups for a couple of years, you are on it because you have a thyroid medication for the rest of your life because you have a thyroid disorder. I have never missed a check up and am on thyroid medication for the rest of my life which is okay. I don't have a heart condition, respiratory problems or diabetes. I would rather have low thyroid disease than any of those. Like they say, don't sweat the small stuff, this is just something new in your life that you have no control over except to make sure you take your daily medication as prescribed and follow up with blood work as directed. Another small bump in the road of life.
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I would like to ignore the checkups and I have on occasion postponed them. However, my dr. won't let me ignore them for too long. There are some meds I need for BP and cholestrol and they will not be renewed unless I make an appointment. I am much better now about just going.
I was sort of in the habit of ignoring regular checkups etc, and only going to the doctor when something was wrong-- until my DH (who also didn't go for regular checkups) had a serious problem.... went to the doctor.... it was colon cancer. He's been treated for it-- chemo, radiation, surgery, more chemo, more surgery. omg, it was horrible to see him go through that. (He's been cancer-free for 6 years now.) If he had had a routine colonoscopy earlier, it wouldn't have gotten to the point it was.
At any rate, that was the turning point for me. A lot of things are much easier to treat IF they are caught early. And "early" generally means, through routine tests when you don't really have any symptoms yet. I finally got a mammogram, after years of not having one-- and they found early stage breast cancer. I had no symptoms whatsoever. It's been treated and I'm cancer-free (3 years now). But I no longer skip regular checkups. Neither does DH.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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1/11/14 8:38 A
I haven't been to the Dr in 30 years. I feel good and everything appears to be working. I do get my blood work done every six months and all is well. I am getting older though and realize it might be time to change my ways.
Hello my sparkie friends, I am back after 6 months.. I just added a blog entry in detail of what was going on.. but I just wanted to let you all know
Never, ever give up!
I have a soap box moment I ignored mine for 2yrs.. now because I decided to get checked out, I have to be on one medication for life because they found out I had hypothyroid... my levels were really out of whack.. No wonder why, no matter whatever I tried it seemed not to work for loosing weight!
I am determined, but how many of you ignore check ups when you are supposed to get them?
Have you noticed good things or bad things when you go? When I went, it saved my life just in the nick of time and I am grateful and it feels great to be back!!
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