Firstly, Happy New Year to everyone. Christmas seems so long ago, and unbelivably it is the 16th of January 2016 all ready.
Around 12 months ago I was diagnosed with an Underactive Thyroid, or as I found out later on Hypothyroidism. I was put on tablets and told to get on with my life.
Listed below are some of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough pale skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
- Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
Out of the 14 listed symptoms, I have 10. I struggled on for 6 months, hoping my new tablets would kick in, but I was still extremely tired. No matter how much sleep I got, I was still tired. I could sleep all day, and it’s not because I’m lazy, it’s because I am bone achingly tired. My whole body aches, I have no appetite, yet can’t lose weight.
People have told me to eat less and exercise more, believe me, I don’t think I could eat less if I tried. I have one meal a day, and one snack. I wish I had the energy to exercise, but it takes all my energy just to get up and do the basics around the house.
Before Christmas I went back to see my Dr as I had had a six month thyroid blood test, and it was still very low, so he has upped my tablets. This has now made my throat glands swell up, I feel nauseous, I’m still tired and ache all over.
I’m due to go and have new blood tests taken in the middle of February, so I will update you around then whether I need to up my tablets again, or if I have gone over to the other side and am now have hyperthyroidism, which has its own whole set of symptoms.