I am suffering from auto immune hypothyroidism. Yippee!!!! It is fantastic to finally be able to put a name to something that has caused me great discomfort and pain for many years. I have struggled with so many symptoms over the years, and was on many occasion told that they had nothing to do with my thyroid. At times I thought that I was losing my mind and that I was a greedy, fat person who could not control what she ate.
Since my late teens and early 20’s I have always been convinced that I had an under active thyroid, due to lack of energy, weight gain, depression and extreme tiredness. On many occasion I was told by doctors that these symptoms had nothing to do with my thyroid, despite my protestations and that my mother and her sister both have under active thyroid, so there was also a family history.
The tiredness has been the worst, needing to sleep during the day for anything up to 3 hours despite 8-10 hours sleep at night. Some mornings getting into the shower felt similar to running a marathon. I would just want to fall back into the bed and pull the duvet back over my head.
I have decided to start writing about my struggles and chart my journey with auto immune hypothyroidism. I am hoping that it will help me to make sense of it and possibly help someone else who may relate to me. I have encountered many obstacles along the way to a definitive diagnosis, and indeed traditional medicine will not yet even recognise me as even having Hypothyroidism, as some of my thyroid blood tests are within the “normal” range. I have been so tired of hearing this, and I decided that I was not prepared to accept it. I just knew, without doubt, that there was something going on with my metabolism.
Some of my symptoms include
- Unexplained weight gain despite excellent diet and exercise
- Fatigue – needing 8-10 hours a night and napping for up to 2-3 hours during the day
- Lack of energy – sometimes getting into the shower or making the dinner can be like a marathon
- Cold – cold hands & feet, needing electric blanket 12 months a year!
- Acne – on my face and back, despite never having it in my teens
- Hair Loss – this was the final straw for me, my brush was full every day
- Constipation & Bloating – I have always had irritable bowel (until now!)
- Stomach cramps – especially after bread/legumes/beans
- Low blood Pressure – causing dizziness when I would stand up from sitting/lying (adrenal issue)
- Fullness after meals – feeling like my stomach was heavy
- Depression – I would feel depressed and difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel
- Brain Fog – sometimes I would not remember what I was doing or even be able to make simple decision
- Pain, stiffness and swelling in my fingers and knuckles
- Hoarseness – swelling of thyroid causes pressure on voice box
- Unbalance Blood Sugar – irritable between meals, carbohydrate & sugar cravings to boost energy
- Low Vitamin B12
- Low Vitamin D
- Tinnitus – loud ringing in the ears and itchy ear canals
- Raised Cholesterol – despite an excellent clean diet
I presented with many of these symptoms and was referred to many different consultants. They were all treated as individual causes, whereas I now know that they are all symptoms of Hypothyroidism.
I am still trying to find a way through auto immune hypothyroidism, and I intend to write about my journey, with the highest intention of regaining 100% proper function in my thyroid. I welcome any thoughts, comments or suggestions from anyone who has an interest in hypothyroidism, auto immune or not.
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