In my readings I have been doing a lot of research on thyroid disease and since I have big problems with mine I am really interested. I want to share with you a few things I learned and one that is super important.
- One in eight people will develop thyroid problems as they get older.
- Your thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating just about everything. Heart rate, metabolism, muscle and moods to just list a few.
- If your thyroid is is high you will have symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, chills and dry skin.
- If you thyroid is low you may have symptoms like weight loss, insomnia and anxiety.
- There are two tests that doctors can use but they mostly use just a TSH level test to see if you have this disease. They really need to do both because sometimes the TSH test isn’t accurate or some doctors use different guide lines.
- While getting these test it’s also good to be checked for diabetes, anemia and depression because sometimes these are what’s the problem instead of thyroids.
And the most important one for me because I take all my meds at one time in the morning. You can not take your thyroid meds with any other meds. Take them with-in one hour of getting up and then wait another hour after taking them before you take the rest of your meds. And another thing I didn’t know, if you take calcium or iron or aluminum you need to wait 4 hours because these block the absorption of the thyroid medicine, I take calcium so guess I’ll really be changing the way I take my meds.
My grandma, sister and I all have issues with our thyroid and my dad is being checked also. We are all not the same, some have hypo and some have hyperthyroidism but still not a fun thing to have to figure out and regulate and as you get older your body changes and you need to get a blood test at least yearly to get the numbers so you know what doses to take.
Mine is giving me fits. We can’t seem to find the right numbers right now. It’s making weight loss so much harder, I am more tired, my hair thins and my fingernails are brittle. I’m emotional (more so then I use to be). But I know that once the numbers are right with the dosage life gets better. Right now I am taking a fairly high dose of Levothyroxine but I still don’t feel 100%. Now I know it can be right so we’ve just working on it.
I just wanted to share a bit with you on what I’ve been reading. If you suspect any of these issues sound like you, go and see you doctor or if you’re lucky enough go see a endocrinologist ( a doctor that a specialist in hormone disorders) and tell them what’s going on. It’ll make you feel better once things are figured out.
Okay, off to work I go. No school today and we just finished breakfast and making pinwheels. Since I live in the sticks and it’s hunting season we are staying in for the better part of the day, just safer I feel. Take care and have a blessed day.
P.S. Missing Allan yet? I did at 7ish this morning. Reason…people are mean!! WHY??