I feel awful – a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Update

For the last 3 weeks, I haven’t had much energy at all. Most nights, I’ve gotten 8 hours of sleep, and on some days, I must take a nap in order for me to be able to carry on with my day. I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. My last 2 lab tests have shown that I am hyperthyroid, and with a little more weight loss, I’m sure I’ve gotten worse. Hyper symptoms for me are about the same  as being hypo. My symptoms usually include exhaustion and brain fog.

When I am so exhausted that I feel like I cannot get out of bed, it brings me back to before I was diagnosed; back then, I had no idea why I could stay in bed the whole day, and still felt lethargic.

On Saturday morning, my alarm went off at 5:30am for my long run. As I was getting dressed, my throat was a little achy, and my stomach was upset. I texted Alicia to let her know I would not be joining her, and went back to sleep. When I woke up the second time, my throat didn’t hurt, but I still felt crappy, so I cancelled my trip to Houston. I was so disappointed, but a 3 hour drive would put me to sleep, and if it was a cold brewing, my cousins would not appreciate me spreading the germs!

The weekend consisted of me mostly hanging out on the couch, playing Donkey Kong, watching Investigation Discovery, and just getting some rest. I felt more energized in the evenings, so my fiance asked if I wanted to go out for dinner on Sunday night. We did, and it was great, but I was still falling asleep at 8pm

When I woke up this morning after 8 hours of sleep, I could not get moving. I still made it to my appointment with my dietitian/trainer before work, and she told me that my balance was way off (I felt it too). After my session, I felt so jittery and anxious, something I hadn’t felt in the last 3 weeks. I mentioned it to her, and we talked about when my next appointment with the endocrinologist is (it’s April 3rd), and she urged me to get my blood work done tomorrow morning instead of waiting another 2 weeks. We both suspect I’m hyper.

I’m going to get up early tomorrow so I can go to the lab when they open; I can’t take this any longer.

It’s been a lot longer than I had anticipated

Well hello there :)

I took a longer break than I expected; it was hard for me to start again. I kept putting it off, and I was still going to put it off some more since I’m in San Francisco / San Jose for work this week.

Being in California means having El Pollo Loco!

Being in California means having El Pollo Loco!

It’s been a busy summer with all the wedding planning, going back to Monterrey, my parents visiting, work, and just summer. It’s hard to believe this is the last week of August, and in 9 days marathon training begins! In preparation, I will be consulting with a dietitian when I get back to talk about nutrition. I do not want to gain weight during marathon training like I did last winter with half marathon training.

Health-wise, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis has been kicking my butt. This last month, I started noticing a few symptoms after almost a year of feeling well, and started writing them down. My next appointment with my endocrinologist was supposed to be this upcoming wednesday (I even got my blood work done), but I had to reschedule until September 11th due to this trip. The symptoms that have been escalating are anxiety, depression, and exhaustion. I’m on the fence about Armour Thyroid, and I’m going to talk to my endo about it. I also got this book delivered from Amazon this weekend

I read a few pages on the plane (I was distracted by Law & Order: SVU), and it’s quite interesting; the first paragraph in the acknowledgements could have been written by me to my fiancé! I’ll let you guys know what I think once I’m done.

Alright, I have to get ready for work!

If you have Hashi’s, have you ever tried Armour Thyroid? 

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. 

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