It’s a year later since my original post on my hypothyroidism and boy a lot has changed…
Medically…fucked! I went back to my GP in January to check the thyroid levels and it still said the thyroid is underactive. He started me on meds and said see you in three months. I’m like…okay. About month and a half after that I was really feeling worse off. One of my twitter buddies actually has same condition and advised me to see an endocrinologist. Went off to see him and he has been my lifesaver. Same thyroid tests but additional ones too. This is how he picked up I actually have an auto-immune illness called Hashimoto’s which was the cause of the underactive thyroid. With Hashimoto’s the immune system cells attack your thyroid gland which can cause inflammation and eventually destroy your thyroid. I recently had a scan done of my thyroid and it looked so freaky! It legit looks like cobblestones on my thyroid! He also picked up that I was in a pre-diabetic phase as well as elevated blood pressure.
After the initial endo visit I had numerous other things happening to my body. I wasn’t sleeping well unless I had sleeping pills, I was on constant anti-inflammatories or pain killers because my body pains was so bad. I wasn’t getting my periods anymore either. I was having panic attacks even! I just stuck it out until my next endo visit.
My last visit totally shattered me emotionally…My levels still the same, blood pressure still elevated and the pre-diabetic thing still there. My thyroid dosage has been increased. He has now started me on hypertension medication because I’m well on my way to a stroke or heart attack with this blood pressure. I realise I got this from my mom’s side as she and many on her side had hypertension. I’m seeing him next month to monitor blood pressure and meet a dietician.
In addition to this, we have picked up I have something called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). This is linked to my missing periods. My hormones are out of balance. I never really thought about having kids but apparently if I do I will have to start medication to help fertility. I cried hard about this…you never think about something until its taken away from you. I’ve also realized that it would be unfair to even think about reproducing without looking after myself properly.
As I’m writing this I’m crying again…I’ve had to deal with assholes who don’t believe this is a condition, people who tell me to suck it up, people who think I’m just moaning unnecessarily, telling me go exercise you just lazy. I’ve started brushing people off. They don’t live in my body…they don’t see the piles of pills/supplements I have to take to live better.
As I said a year ago…I am a warrior and I will survive this