My minds in a bit of a tailspin right now. The GP has confirmed I have Hypothyroidism and today I started taking medication – which I’m told I’ll be taking for The. Rest. Of. My. Life. Yikes – that’s a long time. As the good internet addicted woman of 2012 that I am I’ve been madly researching about this condition – which before two weeks ago was just some vague word I’d never bother to familiarise myself with. And frankly I’m a little scared by it all. After talking about it with my GP I was thinking that I’d start the medication and within a few weeks I’d begin to feel more energetic and less stressed and moody. But apparently this is not the case for most people who have hypothyroidism Most seem to struggle - A LOT – even after the medication has taken its full effect. Well at least those who share on the internet. (I’m hoping this just proves those of us who are addicted to the net are all whiners - but that might be stretching things.) I’ve read so many stories about people’s struggles to simply feel okay, let alone good, that it was starting to get depressing.
In my favour my symptoms seem pretty mild. In fact I wouldn’t even know I had this new thing in my life if I hadn’t agreed to review Sureslim and had the preliminary blood tests done. (Someone was looking out for me there!) Reading the list of symptoms now I can recognise them – but they have been disguised nicely behind the tiredness of living life in the mummy lane. Sure I’m tired a lot. I have insomnia. I have days when I don’t want to get off the couch. I’ve been mildly depressed in the past 12 months and my muscles ache badly at time – but frankly not to the point that I’ve had taken myself off to the GPs. I’m sincerely hoping that the fact this has been caught early will mean I don’t have to go down the path many others have. (Just in case you know about these things my THS level is 33, which is evidently pretty high, but my other levels are pretty normal.)
In my mind I’m already formulating a plan of attack. Taking back control in the best way I know how …. research. I’ve already identified a few things that seem to be helping others. Taking Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar seem to be a hit. As with exercise and reducing carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. I’ve read a lot of research that links Gluten Intolerance with Thyroid issues – but I’m not sure about that yet. I really have no signs of Gluten Intolerance – and simple don’t want deal with a second condition right now. (I’ve also read about links to Adrenalin Fatigue and a few other things – and here is where it all starts to do my head in.) I guess this is just going to be a new journey for me. Learning and focusing on a healthy approach to living and working out, by trial and error, what is best for me. Just as well I’ve developed an addiction to salmon salad over the last few months hey.
Do you know anyone with a thyroid condition? It’s evidently pretty common. If you have any advices to throw my way – please don’t be shy about it.