In the news recently, there has been talk of people coming forward from dealing with thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves’ Disease, and the list of names goes on. It is one of the most important organs in our body, yet it’s grossly underdiagnosed. People aren’t listened to from their symptoms, because most doctors go solely on your numbers. Though if you go visit a rheumatologist, most autoimmune diseases are diagnosed from symptoms, so try to figure that one out.
Hypothyroidism is the disease where your thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism is the complete opposite. Hashimoto’s and Graves’ Disease are the autoimmune disorders that either accompany or the main reason for these issues, respectively. Hashimoto’s can also make your thyroid be either hypo- or hyper-. They both occur in the disease.
Some symptoms are weight gain/loss, slow or fast heart rate, heart murmurs, moodiness, feeling too cold, pain in the joints, hair loss, and more. They are usually dependent on whether you’re hyper- or hypo-, but they can cross. Doctors will usually tell you that your thyroid is good or bad solely on your TSH blood level marker. What they fail to mention is that there is such a thing as a thyroid panel and the whole picture comes from about ten blood tests. What they also fail to mention is that your optimal level for TSH is a one. Not whether you’re in range, but where you sit in that range.
If you’re lucky enough to find a doctor to diagnose you, they will put you on a T4 medication. Which 9 times out of 10, puts you in an autoimmune response because it doesn’t convert to T3. If you don’t get put on a more natural medication, you absolutely need a T3 one, as well. This is the only way your symptoms will go away- not just managed. If you still can’t lose weight and experience soreness, you can thank not having enough T3 in your body.
My story is that my Dad fought and fought with my doctors. He demanded for them to put me on medication. He knew something wasn’t right. Years went on this way. I still wasn’t treated. Thankfully, my husband was offered a job in New Orleans. A gynecologist was the one who found my thyroid problem finally. I thank God for her even though I don’t remember her name. I went from 25 mcg’s all the way to 200 mcg’s within a few short years. Fast forward one year, we were back in Ohio. My thyroid had gotten so big and affecting my quality of life. I had to get the whole thing removed. When I went back for my post-op appointment, my surgeon said to me ‘your thyroid was so autoimmune stricken, you must have had a problem your whole life.’ You can only imagine how I felt at that moment. At least my Dad got to feel vindicated.
Now I take my story everywhere. Don’t give up. If you don’t feel right, keep going until you do. A chiropractor found my Hashimoto’s and a gynecologist in New Orleans finally found my original diagnosis. Study and keep up on it. There is no way that any Doctor knows your body as well as you do. Mainstream doctors aren’t taught as much on the disease and that’s a fact. I’ve been told many times. Your thyroid controls your entire body. Do not let someone else control your quality of life.