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July 25th, 2012 by Rhiana

That Explains A LOT!

Well, if you saw my last post, then you saw that I finally admitted that I crash sometimes. What you didn’t know, was that it has been happening A LOT. Matter of fact, I was feeling like I’d done a full day with my kids … at 8 AM! By 2:30pm, I was exhausted! I instituted a mandatory quiet-time at home so that I could rest for half an hour anytime we were home during that time frame. For the past two years I have felt “off”. I don’t know any other way to describe it. I was tired, anxious, sometimes depressed, waking up in the middle of the night, my hair was falling out, I gained about 10 lbs that I just couldn’t lose, amongst many other concerns (like feeling dumb). It felt wrong – like I was too young to feel so old. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t spend my days in bed or anything. I got through each and every day to the best of my ability each day (some days easier than others), but I finally decided that this just wasn’t right. I wondered why I, at 33 years old, with a super-healthy diet, and decent exercise I was feeling like this. So, I scheduled an appointment and went in for an exam and bloodwork.

Thank God I did! Two weeks after my appointment, I went back in for my results (you know it isn’t good when they don’t give you results over the phone). Despite being extraordinarily deficient in many essential vitamins (not at all normal for how I eat), my progesterone levels were lower than that of a post-menopausal woman! That explained a lot! But wait, there’s more … 3/4 of my endocrine system was NOT working properly. Then, I was told that I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. Without going into too much detail, essentially, my immune system is attacking my thyroid. This explains even more!

I am so fortunate that my levels were low and that we caught this so early (many women find out 10 years and 30 lbs later than I did). And I feel so blessed to have an amazing doctor’s office that not only supports, but encourages, handling this naturally first. I have to take a lot of supplements. My pill box is full. But, I am so grateful that I can avoid thyroid medication for the time being. For now, I get to watch my diet (luckily I avoid gluten and dairy anyway), and take my supplements. In a couple months I will return for more bloodwork and we’ll see how I’m doing.

After a few days of letting it sink in, I realized that this is a forever-thing. I am going to be managing this and dealing with it for the rest of my life. This is super-common and I am not special for having this. I figured some of you might have felt the same way when you got diagnosed. I’ve had almost 2 months now to let it sink in. But I thought sharing it, getting it out, and dealing with it in the open would possibly help someone else!

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5 Responses to “That Explains A LOT!”
  1. Thanks for sharing that! I am glad you have a great doctor.

    I just went in for my first physical in years this week and was reminded how important it is to take care of us as moms, not just our kids!

  2. I’m so darn glad you made that appointment and I hope you start feeling better and more like your *age*, since you are WAY younger than me. ;)

  3. Thank god you went in! You have the perfect attitude about it. You’ll manage it and feel like the old you in no time. Thinking of you xox

  4. TheNextMartha says

    Kit had told me that you also had Hashimoto’s. I was diagnosed in April. I have a goiter and also a tumor on one side but my Dr. is hoping 6 mths of meds will shrink both. I also went for Celiac testing and though I have the gene, the antibodies came back neg. This could be due to me reducing gluten in my diet over a year ago to help manage allergies. I’m interested in anything you think might be working for you. I do feel so much better already taking the meds but to think I have to take them for the rest of my life is….well, not my favorite idea. Good luck on your thyroid journey.

  5. I will be praying for you on this journey and am ready and willing to talk any time. Getting the diagnosis was both scary and relief for me … I was a little concerned knowing that I would have to deal with this for the rest of my life, but relieved that I had an answer as to why I felt so bad. I have not been tested for Celiac, as I have found that staying gluten-free [regardless of any test results] makes me feel much better. I take a lot of supplements (no thyroid meds yet), and recently changed it up a little bit. I was actually planning a post just on this because I have had so many people ask what I take. Sleep is still an issue for me. I can definitively say that I feel best when I (1) don’t drink alcohol, (2) get 6+ hours of sleep, (3) avoid gluten and sugar, (4) workout 30-60 mins a day, and (5) take all my supplements.

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