I know health updates are about as tedious as it gets, but it has been on my mind so much lately that of course it is leaking into my blog.
The bottom line is that the internist I saw (basically these are the GPs and family docs of the 21st century, for better or worse) was like “Oh, you’re tired and gaining weight — well, we’ll call you if your labs are abnormal but otherwise don’t bug me.” So I went to a specialist today who said, “Well, we specialists take a different view, clearly you’re increasingly hypothyroid, so let’s start some meds today and we’ll check back in 4-6 weeks and take it from there.”
Now I’m not looking for a magic pill, but dang it, I should feel better than this at age 38! I could go into painful detail about the weird twists and turns of getting a thyroid diagnosis, but the bottom line is finally I got a specialist to actually *see* me, and that’s all it took. What annoys me is that looking over my thyroid labs for the last 3+ years it seems that there was a red flag when my lab numbers took a big jump almost 3 years ago — I could possibly have avoided a lot of the depression flares, weight gain, and generally poor health that I have been dealing with. Arrrggghhh!
But I don’t have a time machine, so I need to go with what I’ve got now. Right now the placebo effect of someone actually saying, “Your thyroid isn’t functioning like it needs to, I think I can help” is already making me feel much more energetic!
That’s all you’ll hear from me on this boring topic, but I figured I should finish what I started. And let me be a cautionary tale that patients really need to educate themselves and push when they aren’t feeling well. Sometimes I felt like after we got to “depression” in my health histories all the Dr.s would hear is “wah-Wah wah-Wah wah.” I know too many stories of people who are told that they need to accept feeling bad because they are too old, too heavy, female, whatever. Fight the power! 😉