Howard’s Hypothyroidism is Straightforward
There are those health conditions you know nothing about until you actually get them; well, for me one of them was hypothyroidism. So the minute I was diagnosed with this condition I looked for information about it. Hypothyroidism is disorder caused by deficiency in the production of the thyroid hormone by the thyroid glands.
So from my biology, the thyroid gland is located in the front lower part of the neck; right below the Adam’s apple. The hormone produced travels through your bloodstream and most of the body parts; such as the brain, the heart, the skin and muscles.
Before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism
I remember being fatigued; I could not handle one task after another due to the feeling that the work was over engaging. It felt like I was running a marathon for the 2 hours.
My bones were aching and I had unbelievable constipation. Other health symptoms I experienced were; weight gain, dry skin and itchy skin, forgetfulness I remember thinking to myself that I am too young to have Alzheimer’s; menstrual disturbances and loss of libido, blurred vision, throat fullness; as well as sore throat, painless thyroid expansion, back ache, dizziness; my hands felt like they were always freezing.
Nonetheless, I felt the feeling of being running down what doctors called depression and sleepiness. Then, I started stuttering something have never done in my life and, hair loss.
I actually dismissed these health symptoms; but when I started losing my hair, my first thought was… “oh my God, I have cancer”, and that is what was when I visited the doctor.
Cancer was ruled out during my first visit. But I had to undergo other health tests and thanks to my inquisitive nature; I asked a lot of questions and the doctor I answered every question I had.
The tool used to diagnose me was the thyroid stimulating hormone assay; third generation; that is usually the important for screening primary hypothyroidism. And if the thyroid stimulating hormone are above the reference then free thyroxin (T4); or the free thyroxin index (FTI) was measured.
My Result Were As Follows :
My thyroid stimulating hormone was elevated, 4.5 – 10.0 mIU/L with decreased free thyroxin; this meant that I had hypothyroidism. When my blood count was tested, it was found out that I had anemia and I thought could this get any worse?
But according to my doctor, it is normal for patients with hypothyroidism could also suffer from anemia, increases in keratin; which is reversible, hyperlipidemia, elevations in transaminases and dilutional hypernatremia. But that did not make me feel better I actually kept thinking will I develop all those.
As explained by my doctor, the aim of the hypothyroidism health treatment was to reverse the clinical progression and correct metabolic derangement. This will be through improving the blood levels of thyroid stimulating hormone to normal; and the free thyroxin to normal.
What my doctor prescribed to me
My doctor treated me with levothyroxine with a dosage of 50 mcg daily; I was informed by my doctor that my clinical benefits; such as will begin to improve after 3 to 5 days and they then level off at approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
My dosage of the levothyroxine was increased to 250 mcg after 8 weeks; after a blood test to determine my right dosage since the body needs changes over time. This was continued after increased after every 8 weeks until my thyroid stimulating hormone got to its target range; since there are health effects of taking too little dosage or too much dosage.
However, I was advised by my doctor to always take my medication in constant conditions; since small changes can significantly change its effects. I cannot say; at the beginning, that I have been perfect when it comes to following the doctors instructions when it came to taking the drugs. And my inconsistency in taking the drugs led to side effects; such as tremors, chest pains and irregular heartbeats.
Since the needs of my body changed over time
There were many other health changes; such as aging, medication which leads to changes therefore my thyroid level kept being checked and monitored regularly. Every time I felt that my medication was not taking effect well enough I would talk to my doctor and after a blood work was carried out; my medication was adjusted.
When my medicine was stopped, I was treated again for thyroid development treatment. This occurred mostly when my medicine needed to be restarted.
There were times when some of the symptoms came back and this lead to the change in my dosage.
My doctor recommended that I try a combination of therapy of T3/T4 so as to help control my symptoms since there were times when the body could not convert the T4 to T3 therefore it became hard for me to fully benefit from the medication.
After the Management of My Condition
I lost weight; which was a plus for me since the weight gain was among the health symptoms I disliked so much. Weight did not work for me and I also stopped loosing hair, my skin became radiant I said goodbye to dry skin and my menstrual cycle became regular. I could now be more active especially at my business; as well as see clearly and my dizzy spells also were gone and after a very long time my vision was clear.
I had to change my diet I have been on to get rid of some access chubbiness, and avoid products like calcium, soya kelp, high intake of iodine brassicas; such as cabbage, kale and cauliflower since according to the health nutritionist recommended by my doctor it would interfere with the absorption of the drugs.
From my research about hypothyroidism
It is recommended; that adults should be screened at the age of 35 and after every 5 years after that and attention should be given to patients who are high risk; such as, women older than 60 years, individuals with neck irradiation history, pregnant women, patients with autoimmune diseases; such as type one diabetes.
My thyroid function has been restored to normal and all I need to do now is to keep having a lifelong medical check up to ensure that my thyroid function remains at its best range so as part of my yearly calendar; I have to add one more entry, a visit to the doctor to get my yearly check.
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