Thyroid Disease affects women in different ways. The thyroid is a large endocrine gland found in the neck. It is butterfly shaped and it regulates how fast energy is burned and protein is made. It also helps control the other hormones in your body. The two most common are Hyperthyroidism, a overactive thyroid and Hypothyroidism, a under-active thyroid.
I found out this past summer that I have Hypothyroidism. That means that the production of my thyroid hormones are insufficient. My symptoms began about two years ago and I had no idea that I had this problem. I began feeling tired all the time and my joints and muscles seemed to hurt more than usual. I was very irritable and fighting headaches and sometimes even forgetting the simplest things. I had also gained about 30 pounds over two years. I thought it was just part of getting older. Although I was in my early thirties, I did have five kids to take care of and I thought that I just needed to relax more.
I went to my doctor for a physical and I had mentioned that I always seemed tired and that my joints hurt more than usual. As part of physical, the doctor ordered blood tests. Two days later, I had received the news that my T3 and T4 levels were low. I started medication the next day.
I have been on the medication for about six months. I have to take a pill everyday. I can honestly say that the medication does work for me. I have noticed a change, although just a slight change, in how I feel everyday. I have a little more energy, and my kids all agree that I’m not as moody. I need to watch what I eat, exercise and make sure that I get plenty of rest. I still have my bad days where getting out of bed seems impossible, but I am not going to let my thyroid disease take over my life.
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