I was pretty forgetful too. I began forgetting dentist appointments, sessions and to-do lists. I didn't think much of that, I mean I am a mom of three kids under five years old.
My hands were dry too. Of course I figured I wasn't drinking enough water (do we ever?) and it was winter.
Last, I was having occasional night sweats. Again, I thought it wasn't unusual. I was always cold and would pile on blankets at night. It was probably all the layers.
I went to my regular doctor visit in January and mentioned my hair loss. That was my biggest problem. I thought it was genetic. My doctor figured routine blood work would be good. It had been three years since I had blood work done.
What were the results? Not what I expected. I had Underactive Thyroid caused from Hashimoto Thyrioditis. What does that mean? My immune system was attacking my thyroid and my thyroid was being suppressed by it. My body was trying to over stimulate my thyroid to work, so that's why my symthoms were so gradual that I brushed them off. It was most likely triggered by my pregnancy with Evie. Immune system disruptions like pregnancy and postpartum can reek havoc on your body. My blood levels were a mess. However, I wasn't feeling bad other than the annoying hair loss. How could I be so sick, when I felt so well?
I've been having blood work every six weeks, doctor/specialist visits and trying to get on the right dose of medication.
At first the diagnosis was devastating to me. While it's fully/easily treatable, I've always been anti-medication. I don't take over the counter medications or have medicated births. I think medication causes many of the health problems in our country. Yet, here I was faced with daily medication as my only effective option. I researched natural methods, but they were hardly effective. I still use many natural remedies like natural supplements, salt baths, thyroid massage, take Selenium supplements, eat healthy, avoid foods that block thyroid function and changed many of the products in our home to natural.
I will say for anyone out there scared with this diagnosis, I feel exactly the same on medication. I don't have any side effects and my symthoms have subsided.
Why am I blogging about all of this? I'm hoping to raise awareness and encourage people to get routine blood work! You might feel fine, but getting bloodwork every year is essential. Also I'd like to put it out there and hear from people who also have this.