Raving Thyroid

In the last two months, I’ve gained twenty pounds and started to have an eerie resemblance to the Michelin Man. This is not because I’m eating Snickers bars for every meal or because I’ve stopped working out. It’s because my thyroid levels are Raving Thyroidseverely imbalanced. It began because my body was healing rapidly, which meant I was on far too high a dosage of thyroid medication.

What happens when one is hyperthyroid, even due to over-medication? I’ll spare you a long list of physical symptoms and will simply say that absolutely everything is affected. Mood, weight, energy level, sex drive, ability to deal with stress, hunger level, irritability, etc., etc., etc. In a word, hyperthyroidism is HELL on earth. (And I don’t use that term lightly. I promise.) For six weeks I became a person I did not recognize or want to be associated with. I was, to be quite honest, mean and extremely irritable. Other people noticed. Those who love me were willing to forgive me; those who didn’t took offense and became as much a stranger to me as I was to myself. Some of those relationships have been healed. Others could not be. Please note I am not implying that being hyperthyroid removes personal responsibility. I should have controlled my emotions and words, but chose not to. Yes, my hormone levels were responsible for that, but I was ultimately still in charge of my behavior.

Once we realized my medication levels were far too high, my doctor and I worked together to find a lower dose that worked. It took a while, but I eventually enjoyed one beautiful week where I was myself again. No nasty temper, no irritability, same sense of humor, same loving outlook, and same joy I’d always known. This was short-lived, because the medication I was on was under attack by the FDA and was no longer available. I was able to find a replacement, but the formula is not the same. This resulted in having far too little medication. I therefore went from being severely hyperthyroid to being severely hypothyroid within the span of a few short weeks.

What I’m experiencing now can’t even be described with the word “exhaustion,” because it is a sucking energy void physically, mentally and emotionally. One good thing that resulted from this is that my patience in traffic is greatly improved because I drive slower than normal. In addition to that, my heart beat has dropped more than 30 beats per minute, I could sleep 24 hours a day and still be tired, I have overwhelming brain fog, and my body is not digesting the food I eat. This is because hypothyroidism has substantially slowed everything in my body, including circulation, digestion, nerve conductivity, metabolism, etc. I should add that the one thing that has not slowed down is weight gain, resulting in my current resemblance to the Michelin Man. I’m currently waiting on test results to find out how we can adjust my meds to get things back in balance. Unfortunately, in spite of using many natural remedies to help my thyroid gland continue healing itself, this is one case where a prescription med is required. Having to wait for my MD to make that decision is tough, but necessary.

I share this partially so you’ll understand why I’ve been out of sight lately and so that those who see me will understand why I’m so huge. I also share this as an encouragement to others. Thyroid issues affect every aspect of your life. If you suspect your thyroid levels are imbalanced, please get your blood levels of TSH, FT3, FT4 and RT3 checked immediately. You’ll be amazed at the changes you’ll feel once you get things back in balance. If you’d like help and advice on balancing your thyroid levels naturally, please feel free to contact me.

Until then, I’m off to try on more tents. Have a blessed night!

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Dr. Pamela Reilly is a Naturopathic Physician dedicated to helping people improve their health and eliminate symptoms using natural, integrative methods. She has over 25 years of experience and has helped men, women and children improve their health using a holistic, client-centered focus. She sees clients in Indianapolis, does house calls, and also conducts consultations via Skype or telephone. Please feel free to contact her or visit her Consultations page for more information. Dr. Pamela speaks nationwide on a wide variety of health topics and welcomes speaking invitations.

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One Response to Raving Thyroid

  1. Wendi Dee says:

    Sorry to hear you're going through all of that, Pamela! *HUGS* I can thoroughly understand because the Lyme has compromised my thyroid and my numbers nearly tripled in one month..and I've been gaining weight from it. :-/ I'm supplementing with iodine/iodide to see if that will help. Once my body heals from the Lyme, I'm sure my weight will go back into balance again. I'm sure the same will be true for you, too, once you find the right dosage of your new thyroid med. *Lots of hugs until then, though.*

    Love,

    Wendi
    XOXOXO

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