Hey guys! I have been thinking about this post for the past couple weeks, and figured now was as good a time as any to spill. I officially found out two weeks ago that I have low thyroid. (I KNEW I wasn’t crazy!) Ok ok, let me back up a little bit. Well…a LOT bit! If you are a long time RWS reader, you know that last September I got off birth control pills. It’s a long story, so if you want to hear it, check out the post I just linked to above.
ANYWAY, after a year of being off the pill, some of my “symptoms” of the BC pills had not gone away, so I knew there had to be something else wrong. Here are some of the things I have been experiencing that are ALSO thyroid symptoms. (Took a few months for this genius to put two and two together…ha!) This post gets a little TMI so feel free to stop reading…
-hair loss (in clumps, huge clumps)
-sensitivity to cold
-5-10 pound weight gain for no reason
-low body temperature
-extreme exhaustion (I was taking naps several times a week & sleeping 9-10 hours at night)
-irregular menstrual cycle (haven’t had a period since January)
-trouble focusing or thinking clearly
-crappy training runs where I just felt SO tired and dead legs
There are a few others, but these are the main ones I was experiencing. The irregular cycle one is the symptom that bothered me the most…I had been off the pill for awhile and thought things would get back to normal. I am not super skinny and had stopped running after my painful and injury-filled half marathon in February…so I wasn’t sure what the problem was, but obviously there was one. Wanting to have a family someday, I knew I had to get this figured out.
By a random occurrence, I met a man at my gym one day who started talking to me about a book he is writing, and we got to talking and he told me he bet I had low thyroid and I should get tested. He told me the regular blood tests that doctors do would probably tell me that I was fine, and that I needed to do a mouth/saliva swab. I didn’t know a lot about this, so I did the blood test just to be safe, and as predicted, it came back clear. I then did some googling and found some sites discussing the mouth swab he told me about, and decided to give it a try. To give you an example, here is one article:
I figure why not, it can’t hurt, so he got me in touch with a doctor. About 6 weeks later, I got a phone call and found out I was low in T3 and T4. (I don’t really understand all the lingo, even after doing some research it still is a little foggy to me!) I was given two different medicines, and in a month I will re-swab so they can monitor me and see if they need to raise or lower my dosage. I was told I would start feeling better soon (this was two weeks ago.)
So, I am sure you are all wondering about my “results.” I am happy to report the fatigue is going away. I haven’t taken a single nap since I started the meds, and I sleep an average of 8 hours a night (well, except for the night after the half marathon!) I am focusing better, haven’t been freezing in my house, and the best news, I got my monthly visitor (of course it was the DAY before my half marathon…not ideal, but hey I am NOT complaining!)
Katie and I at packet pickup for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon last weekend.
I was told it could take some time for everything to go totally normal (the weight gain could take awhile to go away, my running may take awhile to improve, my hair may still fall out for awhile, etc.) but, so far I am pretty pleased! It is good to actually know what’s wrong and work towards a solution instead of just having random things happen to your body and you don’t know why.
If you think you may be suffering from low thyroid, I recommend finding a doctor who will do a saliva test, NOT a blood test! (Of course this is my own personal opinion as I am not a doctor.) I guess what I am saying is be your own advocate. Don’t just sit around thinking “something is wrong!” Do some research, go to a doctor, and if you don’t like what they have to say get another opinion! I will keep you all updated as I progress on how my other symptoms fade and (hopefully) go away and if my dosage changes.
QOTD: Has there ever been a time when you had to fight for yourself when you knew something wasn’t right with your body?