A little more on Hashimoto’s

As I mentioned in my About Me page, I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. What that means is that basically, my body attacks my thyroid, which results in an underactive thyroid also known as hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed back in 2008 and have been taking Synthroid {a T4 hormone replacement; read more on thyroid hormones}.

Ever since I moved to Austin, I hadn’t found a doctor that I felt took my symptoms seriously– brain fog, memory problems, fatigue, inability to tolerate cold weather, and hair loss. They were always trying to get my Thyroid Stimulating Hormone {TSH} to a normal level, and never worried about my complaints. My friend recommended her endocrinologist, and I finally made an appointment for Monday.

During my appointment, the endocrinologist and I talked about how my TSH has been all over the place, and even when it was in a “normal” range, I still didn’t feel normal. We are going to try a couple of things, including Cytomel {a T3 hormone replacement} to help me feel better, and I’m to have Greek yogurt with fruit for breakfast in place of my morning smoothie to let the medicine have a chance to work.

I also mentioned to her that almost 2 years ago, I had been diagnosed with Chorioretinitis – which means I have some scars in my right retina, and as a result, I see some darker spots when I close my left eye. When I was diagnosed, the ophthalmologist told me that Chorioretinitis could be caused by an infection or an autoimmune disease. I was quite upset when I was told the scars weren’t spots that would eventually go away; they are actual scars and will be there forever. I told my doctor about this because it’s something that has me a little worried, and that wasn’t in my history from my primary doctor.

I will be getting blood work done in October and then a week later, I will go back for a follow-up appointment.

On Wednesday, my right eye was bloodshot when I woke up. It started hurting while I was at work, and after I left work, my eye was very sensitive to light. I looked at my eye more closely and saw a bump in my eye {sorry if that’s TMI}. I dropped by the optometrist to make an appointment. She saw me shortly after I got there, and it turned out to be Scleritis. I got some eye drops and made an appointment for next Wednesday. I was relieved to find out it wasn’t an infection, but rather an inflammation, but upon more research online, I saw that it’s caused by autoimmune diseases. Oy!!! My poor right eye, will it ever catch a break?!? Anyway, I’m going to talk to my optometrist about this next week; it really worries me to have a second problem in the same eye. I will also be letting my endocrinologist know when I go back in October.

In regards to Cytomel, I haven’t felt any changes yet, but I think it takes about 2 weeks to feel the difference. I’ll let you guys know how that goes :)

Hope you have a good weekend!

Disclaimer: This blog is just about my personal experiences; I’m not a doctor, so nothing on this blog should be construed as medical advice or instruction. Consult with your physician regarding your health. 

Comments

  1. Integrator says:

    I’ve read that according to the studies, selenium supplements can lower the TPO antibodies.
    Also have you had the thyroid ultrasound done?

    • I heard about selenium on Dr. Oz {ha!} but I haven’t had the ultrasound done. I’ll ask my doctor about it. Thanks!

  2. after YEARS of trying to get a doctor to listen to me, i finally got an appt. w an endo. she thought i wanted surgery, for whatever reason…but i told her that i heard of cytomel (yes, i had to find out about that on my own), and that i wanted to try it. she actually tried to talk me out of it by saying that its effects are only temporary (lasting 8 hours). she then said that would give me a prescription, but she had to state in records that i asked for it. cytomel has been like a lifesaver. been on it for at least 4 years now. i still have my bad days, but at least i don’t need 3-4 hour naps just to get through the day. my tsh was at a 3.something last time it was checked, and i know i need to be at around 1.0 to feel well. partly my fault though, because i forgot to take meds a few days here and there. :/ would love to hear how the cytomel is working for you when it kicks in.
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    • Thanks for your comment, Pam. A week later, I’m starting to feel better, at least energy-wise. We were running around all weekend, and I didn’t need a nap like I usually do. I hope it continues to get better!

  3. Oh no! I hope the new prescriptions get you back to feeling “normal”. :)

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