Monday, July 20, 2015
I just can't find my inspiration! OK, I have not been entirely well the last few years; I am trying to correct that. Constantly tired and every day a different joint or tendon pain. I believe that much of this has been due to my thyroid hormone replacement therapy. I have become a big believer in Stop the Thyroid Madness! and haven't even read the book yet (it is on hold from the library with a long waiting list!). I had thyroid cancer almost 5 years ago and had my thyroid removed. Just recently I found out the pill they prescribe only replaces the T4 hormone, not the other 4 that a healthy thyroid produces. Over time this seems to cause many problems: tired, body cramps, muscle pain & weakness, joint pain, and many other things that I never even thought could be attributed to my thyroid issues.
A few weeks ago I got my Dr to switch me to a natural thyroid medicine that provides all of the thyroid hormones. The body cramps have pretty much cleared (still get small ones, but they don't make me scream!), the muscle and joint pains are clearing, and I may not be quite as tired. I may need an increased dose, but we will see after blood work next month.
Now I have to get my mind back on track. All these problems and I gave up caring. Oh, I kept TRYING to live a kind of healthy lifestyle. Eating mostly right, but losing the munchie fight. Exercise when possible, but tendonitis and other joint pains made that difficult too much of the time. Last year I was still able to get out and take some nice walks; this year I haven't because of the pain in the legs. I think that is feeling better and am going to give it a trial run, but I think I will start out with short walks and see what happens.
It is time to start taking care of myself and make this work for me. I am a cancer survivor and surviving means living!