The blood work came back and the doctor's suspicions were confirmed - my body was not producing enough thyroid hormone. He wanted me to see an endocrinologist for further analysis.
Yesterday was my first meeting with my endocrinologist. Her first question - "Are you feeling really tired lately?" My response - "Um, well yes I'm feeling tired. I have a one year old daughter I'm chasing around all day." An ultrasound of my thyroid is done. More bloodwork is done. I am diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease. Say what? An auto-immune disorder in which my body is actually creating antibodies to attack my thyroid. Huh. Well how about that?
Less than 24 hours later my doctor calls me with the blood results. Am I dying? No doctor has ever called me back in less than 24 hours. She states that my thyroid levels are extremely extremely extremely low, and that my Hashimoto's has caused me to have hypothyroidism. We begin discussing my life-long treatment plan, and she explains the importance of getting me synthroid medication right away. She says that she knows I'm not complaining of feeling bad, but she promises that I will feel renewed, with more energy in the next few weeks. Hooray!
All the while, I'm thinking that my back has stopped hurting. Probably because I haven't had time to think about it since my original visit to the doctor.
And my point being, that everyone should go to the doctor regularly to get checked out. Our bodies are complicated systems, and sometimes we don't even notice that they aren't working properly. It's best to catch these things before they turn into big ugly things!!
According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, as estimated 25 million people have some form of hypothyroidism, but only half have been diagnosed.
If anyone can suggest any resources for me to check out, it'd be appreciated!