Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots
Good evening Sisters,
I hope you are all having a great week! We have almost made it to HUMP DAY! I hope that my Monday Motivation gave you a little inspiration for this work week 🙂 I had a pretty scary/exciting/earth shattering/ah-ha Dr.’s appointment on Monday. I wanted to share with you what I found out!
Many of you have followed my journey through the hormone imbalances, the PCOS, and of course, IBS. I updated you that the Doctor had a new treatment for the hormones, and it actually worked! WOW! For the first time in two years, my hormones were somewhat normal! But, (why does there always have to be a but? :)) when I went to the Doctor yesterday, to my dismay, I had gained another five pounds. The weight gain has officially has hit 30 pounds. How can my hormones be “normal” now and I just steadily keep gaining weight?! I literally was crying when the Doctor walked in. (I need to try this more, I think it makes them take action!) He asked me what was wrong and I told him. I explained to him that I am working out seven days a week, eating healthy, and am gaining weight uncontrollably! He pulled up my blood work and was silent for a minute or so. He looked at me, looked back at the computer, and stood up. He walked over to me and pulled out his stethoscope. He listened to my heart rate and the blood flow in my thyroid. He also began touching my thyroid, (the butterfly shaped gland that sits low on the front of the neck). He said, “Wow”. He went back and sat at his computer and he said, “We are going to treat you for your hypothyroidism.”
Insert thought bubble here: EXCUSE ME? Say that one more time? All of these Doctors have told me that my blood levels were “fine” and in “normal” range, and they’ve only shown up low on a few occasions, and no one batted an eye at it! I’ve been trying to tell people for YEARS that I thought I had this! I have the text book symptoms! It runs in my family!
After my raging thoughts of mad, then sad, then happy all came full circle, I smiled at him and said, “OK”. He said we are going to help you feel better and lose weight. I asked him if my blood levels showed hypothyroidism, and he said they are very borderline, and you have all of the other tell tell symptoms. Let’s give this a shot, I’ll see you back here in two months. Then, I was on my way. I went to pick up my prescription, and being the IBS Sister that I am, went straight to google 🙂 What I found was mind blowing. I started to connect the dots.
First of all, Thyroid conditions go untreated most of the time because what is normal range for some people, might not be optimum for your body. Also, your thyroid levels can fluctuate, skewing your results of whether you need treatment or not. This was literally the FIRST time a doctor touched my neck. Have your doctor do a FULL exam, and if you have all of the symptoms, don’t give up on convincing your doctor! I read that hair dressers usually are the first to tell someone is dealing with hypothyroid. They can tell their client’s hair has been falling out and suggest they get checked. Between this and PCOS (male pattern baldness), I’m not sure how I have much hair left!
So, what are the symptoms for hypothyroid? For me, they are FATIGUE, rapid weight gain, cold hands, feet, and butt (and just feeling cold all the time), brittle rigged nails, constipation (HYPOTHYROIDISM CAN CAUSE IBS!!!!), water retention, swollen face, hair loss, dryness, depression, memory problems, low libido and changes in my menstrual cycle. With all these symptoms, how was I never diagnosed? #MINDBLOWN
So here comes the part where we connect the dots.
I’d say for me, it’s 2, 3, 4, 6, and 9!
When I first started this post, you were probably thinking, “Why would she be excited to be diagnosed with yet another chronic illness?” This right here is why. If I can take a small pill everyday and improve the symptoms of chronic fatigue, depression, IBS!!!!, anxiety, memory loss, along with all other symptoms, my life will change drastically, and for the better 🙂
Did you also know that having hypothyroidism can cause PCOS? And both can cause infertility! (I read an interesting article that a woman kept having miscarriages and she got her thyroid in check, and started carrying full term pregnancies!) And both have similar side effects. WOW. This is what I meant by connecting all of the dots. First, I was diagnosed with IBS, and that’s why I started this site, for my life had changed and I wanted to help others going through the same thing. I then found out I had PCOS, and I knew they had to be related. But NOW, just wow. All of this is interrelated, and they say that your endocrine system is HIGHLY sensitive, so it totally makes sense. I never would have thought in 2014 when I started this site that I would be sharing this journey with you, but I’m so glad I am! I sure hope that if you’re reading this and are having some of these symptoms, you’ll get checked! And fight for an answer!
I keep telling my husband that I don’t want to be too optimistic (misdiagnoses can make you really pessimistic, and I’m sure you are all well aware of that), but my [IBS] gut instinct tells me that this is it. Something I’ve known to be true for so long, but FINALLY a Doctor took action, and for that I am forever grateful. Well, if and when it starts working, of course! 🙂
Here are some interesting articles that I found that I wanted to share with you that are related to hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a thing too, by the way! Check it out!
BRB, going to the grocery store.
This is yet another journey to go on, but I’m glad to share this journey with a wonderful community like IBS Sisters!
XOXO, IBS Sister