This year, I started exhibiting symptoms of hypothyroidism. Despite having tests done on one of my worst days, the numbers (although unbalanced) still appeared in “normal range“. And despite having every single symptom of a hypothyroid, medical professionals were unable to treat me.
Allow me to explain… it began years ago. I noticed my nails breaking easily (which was not normal for me) and was quick to fix that with a supplement – biotin. My hair became dry and brittle and I was quick to fix it with an organic conditioner. My depression gradually set in early this summer, which I assumed to be from another battle and surgery for Endometriosis, so I took more vitamin D. And to no avail… the symptoms, that had once improved, only got worse again.
Near the end of August 2017, my body felt like it was breaking down. I could barely get out of bed or keep my eyes open. The fatigue was completely unexplainable. I had tenderness, aching muscles, extreme malaise, and a swollen throat, but no fever. It felt a radiating flashing feeling all over my body, and it is hard to describe – my feet, my arms, abdomen, stomach, face, everywhere! I wasn’t tired, but it felt like every single ounce of energy had been drained from my body. Every movement took extra thought and effort as if my limbs and jaw had forgotten how to move.
And there was nothing that could relieve these symptoms. Nothing.
After the test results came back “normal”, I knew that it was up to me to find relief. So I conducted more research, in addition to the numerous hours that my sister and I had already done. I found that adding supplements, Selenium and Omega 3’s, might actually bring relief to the ridiculous amount of symptoms.
To my own surprise, the relief came in a matter of 2 days. The depression began to lift and the fatigue began to subside. It felt like a miracle.
Over the next week, everything felt better. It took 2 weeks for my sore throat to feel better and I’m actually feeling “normal” again. Which brings me to my next point… if I’m feeling “my level of normal” again, wouldn’t that mean I had been feeling abnormal before?
It seems to me that the standard medical field has a skewed perception of the thyroid and the disorders associated with it. A person with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune disease associated with hypothyroidism), can take anywhere between 5 and 20 years to diagnose. Tests will appear normal at early stages.
I know this is just the beginning of my journey. I don’t plan to give up and I don’t plan on staying quiet. The standard measures for thyroid disorders should be reconsidered. Simply testing TSH, T4, and T3 levels aren’t enough. With advanced medicine, it seems like there would be something better to detect early stages of diseases like Hashimoto’s, which would prevent years of damage to the thyroid gland itself!
I’m not giving up though! And neither should you.
In the coming months, I will do more research and bring another article about how Hypothyroidism actually connects to Endometriosis. Stay tuned.
Please note: I am not a medical professional. This article is not meant to serve as or replace medical advice – you should always consult a doctor if you have a health concern. This article is meant to spread awareness.
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