Ugh, doctors and hypothyroidism :steam:
I was 29 when it started. I had given birth to my son 7 months before. There are several cases of thyroid dysfunction in my mom's family. I was much more than just tired, I was exhausted. Doctors do blood tests. "Nope, everything's fine". O-kaaayyyyy.... I go back again, they do blood tests again, everything's fine again... Repeat cycle I don't know how many times... All the time I'm getting steadily worse, up to the point where I'm no longer able to FUNCTION at all! I mean, even sleeping was tiring me. Even the IDEA of sleeping was tiring me!! Finally, I go back in one last time. This time, I pray to God (literally!) that please please PLEASE let the blood tests show something wrong! And finally, they did. Hypothyroidism. DUH!!!! Like I didn't know it already!! So I'm finally allowed to take hormones. But you know, "you start with 25 and then we do blood tests and we see if you need more." Yeah, right! Thanks to an acquaintance of mine who is a doctor (radiologist), I get additional prescriptions, so I can regulate my levels according to what my body is telling me. Basically, every 3 weeks, my body would say "feeling hypo again, let's augment the dose, shall we?" It went on for a few months, and I went very high, but then my body started saying "ah, feeling hyper now, let's reduce", so I started lowering my dosage. Finally I reached a level where I was feeling just fine. But my endocrinologist wasn't happy, because, guess what, my blood levels indicated hyperthyroidism! ARGH!!! Don't they EVER learn???? He even made me lower my dose just a bit, and I did, and sure enough when I came back to see him 6 weeks later, I was a zombie. His conclusion: something else must be wrong. Yeah, like, maybe you should stop treating me according to NUMBERS :17026: !?!? I AM NOT A NUMBER!!!! Can you believe that he went so far as to imply that I was actually taking too much because I was looking for a boosting effect :SaiyanSmilie_anim: !? Yeah, like hyper is SUCH a wonderful feeling, NOT!!!!
I'm angry, I'm really really angry. I missed out on SO many things in my son's first years, and I lost all my strength and stamina, and all of this put an incredible burden on my husband. I KNEW right from the beginning that it was my thyroid, but NO, if the numbers don't say so, then it ain't so. GRR!!