Hypothyroid

  • Hypothyroidism Diagnosis: It’s actually not you all, it’s ME!

    Hypothyroidism Diagnosis: It’s actually not you all, it’s ME!

    A few weeks back, I was in a rather unpleasant car accident. It turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me; I’d told my doctor I was fine after the car accident, no lasting damage, nothing else to report. But my blood tests said otherwise; I have lived with fatigue for so long, it just feels normal. This exhaustion-monster that’s stolen so much of my life has a name: it’s hypothyroidism.

  • Hypothyroidism – First Week Taking T4-Only Medication (Levothyroxine)

    Hypothyroidism – First Week Taking T4-Only Medication (Levothyroxine)

    It’s been five days since I started taking levothyroxine, a synthetic version of the T4 hormone my body is not producing nearly enough of. Verdict? It is DEFINITELY making a difference. Getting up in the morning has become a choice. I wake up, and though I am still sleepy, I am not groggy. The best thing? I feel like a person again.

  • Hypothyroid: One Month Since Starting T4-Only Treatment

    Hypothyroid: One Month Since Starting T4-Only Treatment

    This little T4 pill feels magical. Sure, I’m still tired in the mornings and do seem to still have less energy than everyone else (might just need a higher dose), but I am functional. I am functional. I am not broken. <3 It's a touch rough, not being able to eat or drink anything of substance for an hour after taking my pill, but the benefits SO outweigh the drawbacks.

  • Hypothyroidism: Month Three

    Hypothyroidism: Month Three

    The fun part about this condition is when my meds get upped. Three months later, I’m still likely on too low a dose; I’ll feel GREAT for about a week, and then start to get tired. My feet start to crack and get gross and crusty again. I’ll wake up like clockwork in the morning, and then start to struggle. So, here I am: dose has been upped again, 75 mcg of levothyroxine. Third time’s a charm!

  • Hypothyroid: One Year(ish) After Starting Treatment

    Hypothyroid: One Year(ish) After Starting Treatment

    Well, this malady definitely has its ups and downs. It’s lovely that there is such a quick fix for it in the form of a little pill, unlike many other maladies that could befall me, but man do I wish my body would pick a lane. I’m still feeling significantly better than before, but my […]

  • In Defense of Carb-Heavy Fruits and Vegetables: Thyroid Heart Health

    In Defense of Carb-Heavy Fruits and Vegetables: Thyroid Heart Health

    I’ve been (unsurprisingly) thinking a lot these days about health. Pandemic aside, my thyroid meds have needed to be adjusted again (hurray for Hashimotos!) — and as I’ve been learning more about my manageable-but-irritating-permanent companion, it’s led me to question more in-depth some of the passive beliefs that have been hammered into my skull over […]

  • Thyroid Misdiagnosis: How I (Eventually) Got Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

    Thyroid Misdiagnosis: How I (Eventually) Got Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

    “Hmm, it looks like your Hashimoto’s antibodies are still high.” “Wait–I have Hashimoto’s?” I demanded. “I thought I just had hypothyroidism!” “Oh, yes. You have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.” He then continued talking, like he hadn’t just dropped the bomb that I had an autoimmune disease.

  • Exercising with Hypothyroidism: My Reality is Not My “Excuse”

    Exercising with Hypothyroidism: My Reality is Not My “Excuse”

    “Tired? Aren’t you jazzed and energized from all that dancing?” she asked, since she’d seen me clumsily bouncing and spinning in a tired circle through the front window. “Exercise always gets me going!” I laughed in reply; I have had this conversation more times and with more people than I can count.

  • Getting the COVID Vaccine with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: My Experience

    Getting the COVID Vaccine with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: My Experience

    “I feel like Batman beat me up,” a teacher friend told me a day after she received her second COVID vaccine.

    “Adam West Batman or Ben Affleck Batman?”

    “Christian Bale hockey pants Batman.”

    True. Freaking. Statement.

    I can confirm: the second (Pfizer) vaccination side effects are rather unpleasant, especially when you already exist in a state of chronic inflammation. It’s so incredibly worth it, though. TL;DR? Get your vaccine.

  • The Five Health Rules of Hashimoto’s

    The Five Health Rules of Hashimoto’s

    There are five rules you should super duper follow if you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Let’s learn why.

  • Why Planning Ahead is Hard with an Autoimmune Condition

    Why Planning Ahead is Hard with an Autoimmune Condition

    I realize today why I hate making plans: I never know how I will feel in the future. I never know if I will have to cancel, or if I will have grit my teeth and force myself through it in the name of being a good friend, a good daughter, a good ally, a good person. Only to collapse after.

  • It’s 2 a.m. and I am in so much pain.

    It’s 2 a.m. and I am in so much pain.

    I woke up because every muscle in my body is on fire. Existing hurts. I did ten minutes of light yoga and walked 9k steps yesterday. The day before, I completed four exercises with 6lb weights or body weights. This isn’t DOMS. This is an autoimmune flare. Again. Sunday, I felt great. Good enough to […]

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