Could It Be Hypothyroidism?
After my youngest child was born, I never lost the baby weight. Even after nine pounds of baby, and fifteen pounds of baby related goo were expelled from my body, I stepped on the scale to find that I had dropped a mere two pounds. Two pounds that I quickly gained back once my milk came in.
With every other child, I had lost all of the weight I gained. I had maintained a size six through seven children and I just didn’t understand why number eight was so different.
Doctors told me that I was over forty and I should expect my body to slow down. I accepted that explanation with only a little whining.
Then my hair began to break off in irregular spots. It was nearly to the middle of my back but in some places it was up to my shoulders. My skin was so dry that it peeled and cracked. I was exhausted all the time.
I had a lot of seemingly unrelated symptoms. I didn’t sleep well. I had trouble concentrating. I gained weight on less than 1,000 calories a day.
I get my medical care at the VA and I asked my primary care physician to order tests. She refused. Finally I changed doctors and my new doctor did order tests but they all came back within normal limits. Luckily he believed me when I said something was wrong. He ordered a sonogram.
Tumors – nine of them. The thyroid came out. I was put on medications. I have lost 30 plus pounds and, while I am not at a size six yet, I am a size eight. I still can’t eat much but my hair is past my shoulders.
Could your symptoms be Hypothyroidism? If you have these symptoms, it really could be.
- Heavy periods
- Intolerance to cold
- Joint pain
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Thinning eyebrows
- Brittle nails
- Irregular periods
There are a number of symptoms that can occur in varying degrees, and the problem is that these symptoms can also be symptoms of normal aging.
Even if your thyroid levels seem normal, you may need to pursue more definitive tests. A sonogram can show cysts and nodules that can’t be picked up in some of the other tests.
For me, having my thyroid out made a difference, although the difference wasn’t as drastic as I had hoped. I am feeling better and more energetic, but I still have moments and even days when I am just too tired to function well. I have to keep my thyroid issues in mind and cut myself some slack.
You know your body better than any doctor. If you suspect that you are suffering from hypothyroidism, be sure to talk to your doctor. If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, be persistent. Had I accepted that my weight gain was a normal part of my aging process, my tumors could have become really life threatening.