“It’s not your thyroid.”
That’s what the doctor told me earlier this month when he had a cancellation and could squeeze me into his schedule. After a long discussion of my symptoms and quick exam, he told me he was 97% sure that my thyroid wasn’t causing all my problems.
Based on all the research I’ve done on hypothyroidism and discussions with my doctor in Wisconsin, I don’t know that I agree that we can completely rule it out. It may very well be hypothyroidism + another condition that are leading to all my symptoms. Or it may be that it was never my thyroid at all. It still isn’t clear, which is unbelievably frustrating.
At the very least, I appreciated that he didn’t brush off my symptoms entirely. He didn’t tell me that it was all in my head or that I just wasn’t practicing healthy habits enough, for which I was grateful. And he did order some thyroid blood tests in addition to copious other tests to help narrow down the problem.
Four vials of blood for testing later, and I’m still no closer to an answer. I have another appointment in two weeks, where it sounds like we’ll be doing even more blood tests to rule out food allergies.
Note: I also appreciate the nurse who allowed me to lay down while she drew my blood and gave me juice afterwards. I have a tendency to get light-headed with blood draws and shots.
A new symptom has cropped up lately that makes working out difficult. Some days, I can bike and lift weights just fine. On others, I am so tired and weak that I get shaky, feel sick to my stomach and simply can’t keep moving when I try to exert myself. It is hard to predict when a ride like this is coming, but I think I’ve figured out my body’s signals for it. It is difficult, though, convincing myself that my symptoms are real and that I’m not just being lazy.
So in the meantime, I’m focusing on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep. I still get some movement in when I walk to my errands, work in the garden, and do some canning and cooking. And I’m trying to not be too hard on myself.
After all, healthy living is about doing the best you can do, right?
For more about my experience with hypothyroidism (or whatever this is), check out this post: