Monday, November 7, 2011

FYI….Info about thyroid disease…

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??


The Ninja said...

I have grave's disease an autoimmune disrder that causes my thyroid levels to go into overdrive which in turn causes weight loss, anxiety, bug eyes and heart palpitations. It's hard to get through life when your body is doing everything it can to thwart your weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. I hope everything evens out, I went a little crazy when my thyroid first went wonky.

upinthecosmos said...

I was dx'd with hypothyroid last Nov and once they got me regulated, only took until about Feb, I've been so much better... for the most part. I had a few hiccups that I believe are related but the Drs tell me no it's something else. It definitely is something that throws you all out of whack though if not taken care of, moods and everything. I was also stressed out so that didn't help matters. I hope they find the levels you need soon so that you are feeling normal again!

Maren said...

I think it's really good of you to share your findings with the blogging world. So many people suffer from things they don't even know about!

Of One Heart said...

I'm impressed with the 4 hour calcium info. I didn't know that, so I'll keep that in mind, too.

Crumpled Moments said...

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago. I've had a few issues that I thought were thyroid related but turned out to be other health issues with similar symptoms.

Princess Dieter said...

I found I got better results in term of mood issues and subtler symptoms when I begged/pleaded/convinced the doc to give me a bit of T3 with the T4. Total change in how I felt.

Also, I switched my dose to before bed. I wait 3 hours after eating, take it, go brush and whatever and give it about 20 mins, then go to bed. That way, It has all night to absorb without food. :D And I can eat breakfast right off if I feel like it.

It sucks, hypothyroid It does affect a lot of things. And it's sometimes hard to get a good doc that understands individuals are not lab ranges. I feel good in a very small range...under 1. And some docs in the past would not even think that was good. But science evolves and a good doc understands it's not lab values always, it's how the person is responding. we don't all convert T4 adequately

Happy new week, babe.

Dawn said...

I didn't really know anything about Thyroid function - I hope you get this all sorted out, it sounds worrying but the clear link between thyroid and weight means it must be really important to get the right balance.
Reading and learning as much as you can has got to be the most important thing you can do.

I have never understood why people are mean. Its so very pointless


Jillian said...

I don't really have anything to contribute to the conversation, because I'm fortunate enough to not suffer from any of these...

But, what happened to Allan? I lurk on his blog all the time, and now suddenly, it's just gone. Hope everything is okay with him.

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