I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Did you know your thyroid is the gateway to your energy level, and it affects your body’s temperature, heartbeat, and how well you burn calories. I didn’t! You’d think my doctor would want me to know this. Nope, my doctor didn’t tell me a thing…just prescribed a pill.
About 10 months ago I was feeling awful and dad gained a little weight, but thought it was menopause, so I ignored. But then one day, I just couldn’t take it any longer – no matter how hard I tried to eat good, I just could not lose any weight, and felt very sluggish and depressed. So I went to the doctor that I only go to for colds and such and told him how I was feeling. He wanted to check my blood and I said okay. I found out it was my thyroid from the nurse when she called me. She told me I had hypothyroidism and that a prescription would be available at the my pharmacy. She told me to take the medicine in the morning 30 mins. before I ate. I’m not even sure what else we talked about, but I assure you it wasn’t much. I got off the phone and begin to wonder about it. The doctor never talked to me about it after that. So I knew nothing. I didn’t know how I got it…nothing! Heck, I barely knew where it was located on my body!
I had lunch with a real good friend of mine later that week, and she told me she had half her thyroid taking out about 15 year ago. What!! Is this something women just don’t talk about…like menopause? I’m telling you it must be like sex and money…you just don’t talk about it. Well, I’m here to talk about it. Here’s a picture I found at Webmd.com. Remember, any male or female can get this, however older women are more prone to it. It can be Hypo or Hyper. I’m hypo, so that’s what I’m talking about here.
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So here I go trying to find out just why I might have gotten this and to see if I can treat it naturally, because I really do not like taking prescribed meds. Since the doctor that treated me didn’t tell me much, and in order to talk with him about it, I’d have to set up another appt. which cost me more money, so I decided to read up online about it.
Keep in mind that I’m a healthy person, who has decided to eat healthy for the rest of her life…which means that I watch my table salt intake. Well, what I found disturbed me. I found that too little iodine could cause hypothyroidism. Your thyroid needs iodine to produce thyroid hormone. Your body doesn’t make iodine, so you need to get it through your diet. Iodized table salt is rich in iodine. WHAT!
There’s way more to my story, but for now, please read up on any diagnosed ailment you receive from your doctor. You know your body better than anyone else, so do your own homework!
I’m still trying to figure this all out. I just got word today that the doctor is putting me on another thyroid medicine. So that means I’ll be taking two (2) thyroid medicines every morning.
Also, I did learn on my own that coffee was interfering with my medicine. So now, I drink my coffee later in the morning or not at all.
Question to my readers: Do you have an ailment that your doctors told you nothing about? If so, how did you cope with that and what have you done to find some answers?