The Thyroid Post

by tinareale on January 9, 2012

Morning, friends! Did you have a lovely weekend? We did over here. After my first long run of the year Saturday morning (8 miles), we ventured out for the biggest excitement of our weekend – BRUNCH!

Forever ago we purchased a Groupon to The Original Pancake House and finally had the chance to use it. Thank goodness for the first weekend in months without any plans!

I was excited to try this place out but, in all honesty, didn’t have super high hopes for it. But they showed me.

I think I may have disturbed the lady sitting directly behind me with my very audible groan of delight upon first bite. The Georgia Pecan pancakes blew me away! The perfect texture with the perfect syrup and the perfect crunch from speckles of pecans. Plus really tasty eggs and turkey sausage on the side.

Braedon helped me out by eating an entire pancake, full turkey sausage, and half my eggs for himself. He’s going to need his own dish before we know it. That boy can eat…and so can I.

After tasting those pancakes, I did not want to share. MINE! Sleepy smile <— I’m apparently a toddler at heart.


Well, you all seemed interested in hearing about the hypothyroidism diagnosis I shared on Friday. You know how I do things…ask and ye shall receive. So, now let me tell you all about my hormonal craziness. Fun, huh?

About two months ago, I visited the doctor for an annual physical exam – my first in, um…my adult life? Oops. I always figured getting my vitals and things checked at my annual exam with the girly doctor sufficed and so never did the regular doctor thing unless I had an illness. Let’s just say I am SO glad I found this doctor. She took a ton of time with me to discuss all aspects of my health, including questions relating to mental and emotional wellness.

During my appointment, she asked me if I ever struggled with thyroid problems. I was treated for a very underactive thyroid (needed monthly shots) the 1st year of my life, but never as an adult. Or at least not that I knew of as an adult.

Apparently quite a few things I shared had stood out to her and we began going over things. Turns out, numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism plagued me but I never even paid attention because I thought it was normal or attributed it to other things – losing hair, feeling cold, easily fluctuating weight, fatigue, and mood swings. While the hair loss and always feeling cold were noteworthy, two other aspects caught her attention even more.

I always thought you could only have an underactive thyroid if you struggled with weight. Turns out that wasn’t the case. While I don’t necessarily “struggle” with weight (because I love eating nutritious things and working out), I DO have to be VERY careful to “stay on track” with my habits. Some may scoff at that, but it’s the truth. I can gain weight and retain LOTS of water (think gaining in the 7-8 lbs range in a couple days) very easily if I don’t stay in my standard healthy routines. My doctor told me that wasn’t 100% normal.

Her concern stemmed even more so from the fact that I mentioned feeling downright run down by 2pm every day, despite getting 7-8 hours of sleep most nights. I thought that was just being a mom to a 3 year old and almost 1 year old. Winking smile

And the biggie? The fact that I would reach a breaking point at regular intervals, which were increasing in frequency. I haven’t really gone into huge detail on the blog, but some of you observant folk may have noticed the cycle. Lately, I would get “in a funK” every 3 weeks or so. These were more than just “funks”, though.

I faced a lot of the old depressive thoughts I used to battle – including feeling overwhelmed by life, wanting to just stay in bed and sleep, not wanting to “deal” with ANYTHING, and getting very upset for no reason at all. I would lose all motivation, in a sense. It would last for about 5 or 6 days, then I would feel fine again. It started after Braedon’s birth as every 8-10 weeks and kept becoming more frequent. That scared me, especially considering my past. I hated the person I became during those times, because mentally I knew it wasn’t me but, in the midst of it, I couldn’t change my thought patterns and actions.

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After all was said and done, I had blood work done twice to closely check my hormone levels. And…here we are with the positive diagnosis. I’m on medication now and have been for 2 weeks. It will take awhile for full changes (and we’ll have to work for the right amount), but I do notice some changes already – like my energy is improved. As much as I wish this wasn’t the case, I feel almost a sense of relief in having some answers to things. I have been researching up on the thyroid and behavioral effects to get the care I need. If that includes taking a tiny pill and having to wait an hour to eat in the morning, I’m okay with that. It’s better than feeling overwhelmed by life every few weeks, that’s for sure.

Do you get regular check-ups? Are you a fan of brunch?


1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

Gaah I’m so glad you got everything figured out. Dealing with thyroid is a pain in the butt, but honestly, I would lay in my bed and cry if anyone ever took my medication away from me. Before I was on my medication, I just felt like I was not in control AT ALL of any of my emotions or reactions to situations. Obviously I am still having hormonal problems, but they are far less than what they were before I was on my medicine. Oh, and just so you know – my sickness was NOT a predictor of what we thought on Saturday. Rats. ;)

2 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 9, 2012 at 7:45 am

I am a fan of breakfast, lunch, and brunch!! \those panckes look amazing :)

3 Katy @ A Shot of Life January 9, 2012 at 7:51 am

Glad to hear that you got everything figured out! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in middle school, and now it’s just become part of who I am. I can totally relate to your symptoms- moodiness, cold, irritability, achy body, hair, etc. If I miss my Synthroid just one day, I become a wreck! :-P Hope you’ll start to feel more like yourself once you start treatment!
And those pancakes look amazing!

4 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance January 9, 2012 at 7:53 am

My mom actually struggles with the same thing, but she seems to be managing it VERY easily once she found out what it was, and all she does for it is pop a pill in the mornings. I’m glad to see that you’re so accepting of it, Tina! I’m sure you’ve got this thing, no problem :)

I think I heard a statistic once about MANY women having hypothyroidism in the US, but only a handful were actually aware of it. At least you are aware now!

5 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 9, 2012 at 8:10 am

ok, yes i love brunch. obvs :)

second, i’m really glad you shared. i was thinking that nate and i needed to both have physicals done – not for anything specific, but just to make sure we’re ok – and now i’m even more convinced. i think mine may have to wait til the baby’s here because i feel so crazy right now with hormones anyway, but with family histories and everything we both need to be as healthy as we can be.

thank you so much for posting this! and just a question – you just went to a normal family practitioner? or did you go to a specific kind of doctor?

6 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

I went to a general practitioner.

7 Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

Hypothyroidism is rough, but I understand what you mean about feeling relief about having a better understanding of what you’ve been experiencing. I hope you get a handle on it soon!

8 Kelly January 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

I have hypo and it is a pain in the butt! Are you taking Synthroid? It took about 2 months for my doctor and I to figure out the correct dosage…because sometimes even when the blood work would be normal I was still feeling off. But after we got it under control I feel about 1000000 times better!

I also know exactly what you mean about those “funks” ….not fun for you or anyone around you. The meds will help!

9 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

I’m paying close attention to it all to make sure I get a proper dose. Fortunately, I seem to have a doctor willing to work towards that and not just be like “well what I prescribed you should work so deal”. Hate docs with that attitude!

10 Tiff January 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

I’m a toddler too and hate sharing my yummy foods. haha

Sorry about the health issues, but I’m sure it probably feels good to have answers now (and medication!)

11 Jess January 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

Wow. Maybe I should get a check-up since I haven’t had one in my entire adult life either – I can’t even tell you the last time I went to the regular doctor (as in not the ob-gyn) even! I’m glad you got a diagnosis that makes sense and that is totally treatable – amazing what symptoms all added up can turn into, especially symptoms that so many of us would easily brush off just like you did. Eye opening to say the least.

12 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

It’s always difficult to get news like that, but such a relief to have answers to your problems!!!

13 Paula @ lipstick and lunges January 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

I’m sorry about the thyroid issue, but glad that you have some answers to some one your struggles! You are incredibly strong and the knowledge of this diagnosis will only help you keep plowing forward.
I LOVE brunch…those pancakes look like heaven!

14 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health January 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

Wow, who knew that your thyroid can impact all of those things! I’m so glad that you got it figured out. Sometimes taking medication is just necessary, even if we don’t want to. That’s how I am with my anti-depressant…I hate that I am on one, but I know that I need it. I’ve tried going off of it twice and I just couldn’t really feel like me without it. I do get regular check-ups because there are so many different conditions in my family that I feel like it’s necessary to! Hope you have a great Monday Tina :D

15 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

I had honestly almost resigned myself to needing antidepressant meds since its so prevalent in my family genetically. I figured that was it, but always got confused on how the mood swings came and went and weren’t steady like depression is normally classified. It will be interesting to see if the thyroid treatment helps at all. Defnitely some scenarios that just call for some med support.

16 allison January 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

wow reading your symptoms is so similar to myself! I would love to go get some blood tests done but without health insurance it really isn’t possible:/

Anyway i hate sharing my meals lol especially with the fiance since he can eat my food but i cant eat his lol:)

17 Lee January 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

I’ve asked my doctor to measure my thyroid levels before and they said they were normal…but this is the same doctor that I’ve since fired because they screwed up a test resulting in me having to come to the office three different times so they could redo it (meanwhile thinking that something is seriously wrong with me). Anyway, that has nothing to do with anything besides maybe they were wrong in the test too. I have a lot of the same symptoms, especially the tired thing.

18 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

Apparently the threshold levels aren’t really the same for everyone bec some can have lots of symptoms and still be in “normal range” according to some doctors. I think mine must have a personal experience with it because when I talked to her about it all she was adamant we take a closer look (hence the two screenings). Also, I have read about saliva testing which could be more accurate but not sure if thats something available at general practicioners or not. I haven’t done it myself, just saw it come up in some personal research.

19 jobo January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

Wow! That is so telling, your diagnosis and I Would feel so much better knowing that these other symptoms and reoccuring things related to it. I had NO idea these other symptoms are related, either, always just thought it was a weight thing. I am glad you found the root cause and are able to take a pill to help regulate it! (and those pancakes look divine!)

20 Heather January 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

SO glad you are now on Meds! it took me about 2 months to REALLY notice a lot o changes. I had totally lost my period, and within a month of being on meds it came back. also my acne completly cleared up! My hair still falls out some but not near as bad and I’m not as cold as I used to be all the time. I hope you start feeling better soon! it’s sad so many ppl go undiagnosed! When I did my post on it so many ppl said they had the same symptoms and were going to go get checked out!

21 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

Yea. I imagine it will be trial and error for awhile with the meds, but at least its something. I’m still always so flippin cold, too! And while the energy is better, I hope it improves more.

22 Rebecca January 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

Hi Tina! I read your blog all the time and love it! And your two little ones are adorable too :) after reading today’s post I had to write. I too have thyroid problems and as I was reading about your experience the last few months I found myself nodding as those are the exact symptoms I was experiencing! Thankfully my fiancé (boyfriend at the time) was super supportive and understanding as like you said I was not acting like myself at all!my my medication has now been changed three times and while I’m feeling better I can tell I’m not quite where I need to be with the dosage of the meds. Thank you so much for writing about this topic. It definitely hit close to home today!

23 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

I have a feeling I will have a lot of trial and error in figuring out the right dosage. I have noticed better energy, but it will be ineteresting to see how the mind games and things improve (if at all) yet. I’m still always REALLY cold, too. But its nice knowing there is something that can be worked towards. Tahnks for your comment, Rebecca! Always good to know you’re not alone in something.

24 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

so glad you got some answers! sounds like an awesome doctor!

25 Lauren @ Starting With The Bar January 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

Hi, Tina.

I actually just got my hypothyroid diagnosis on the 4th. I was the same way about symptoms – just chalking them up to other things (i.e., my diet sucks, i’m inconsistent with working out, weight increase just comes with age, everybody has these morbid thoughts occasionally, right?)

Of course, my hypo dx came with High BP dx also, so I get no choice but to fix the diet, fix the workout, and get the weight off. Dr. says it is all related and once it’s all under control… I really will feel 1000 times better. :)

26 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

Hope it all comes together for you to start feeling better. Hugs!

27 Ari @ Ari's Menu January 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

When I was diagnosed, I was so relieved that I actually started crying! For so long I felt like feeling slightly depressed, tired all of the time, and not being able to lose weight no matter what I tried was just the hand that I was dealt and I was so used to all of it, and then all of the sudden, there was an answer! I never fully realized how badly I’d been feeling until I felt better. Dosages are tricky and good endocrinologists are hard to find, but it definitely gets so much better! I’m so glad you got it figured out and are starting to feel better! If you ever want to chat/ask questions about meds or anything that doesn’t necessarily need to go to the dr, feel free to email me! I asked friends of mine lots of questions when I was diagnosed, so I’d be more than happy to pay it forward :)

28 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

I may just have to take you up on that. Thanks!

29 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength January 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

This is super interesting. I’ve always wondered if I might have a little something going on with my thyroid. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned. Hope you start to feel better soon!

30 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

oh my goodness gracious, those pancakes look heavenly! i would’ve been a little selfish with those babies too! ;)

i’m so glad to hear you figured out what’s going on! i’m sure it’s a relief.

31 Karolina January 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

I get annual check ups, not because I like them at all, but because I believe it’s the best way to both prevent certain issues, but also recognize and treat issues as early on as possible. It’s interesting how issues with the thyroid can become visible as depression. When someone shows up with depressed feelings in my office, I encourage them to get tested as soon as possible for thyroid functioning. I’m glad you were able to get a diagnosis quickly, and I hope that moving forward you will experience less of the down days!

32 Paige @ Running Around Normal January 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

Oh Tina, I’m so glad you have found some answers! Hopefully this will help you feel better.
And in fact, I have never had an annual exam (besides OBGYN) in my adult life either! I should probably get on that…thanks for the unintentional PSA!

33 Amy Lauren January 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’ve had my thryoid tested, actually a few years ago (2010). But it seems like a lot of women have thyroid issues and are now getting diagnosed after just thinking it was because of normal everyday things like you did. Pretty neat that you wrote this post so that others with these symptoms can be aware and get those tests, better safe than sorry.

Those pancakes look delish! It’s been forever since I had pancakes. Plus, discovering a new restaurant is always cool too.

34 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’m soooo glad you got everything figured out! It’s definitely a lot worse not knowing what’s wrong. I really hope the medication works for you Tina!

35 Kara January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

I never get check ups either, but I’m pretty sure I’m invincible…or least that’s what I’m pretending :)

Glad they figured out what was wrong!

36 Ginger January 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

LOL glad I’m not the only one who (a) doesn’t get checkups and (b) isn’t planning to start. ha ha

Tina, seriously, so glad you got your diagnosis and are feeling better! thanks for sharing the details.

37 Sara January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

I go in for sinus-related issues so often that my doctor doesn’t require I do an annual, though I should have blood work done more often, I’m sure! I do my annual at the gyno too …Glad you are getting things straight now. :-)

38 Carrie @shrinkingcarrie January 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

I also have a hypothyroid, I guess it’s a lot more common than people think, and whenever a friend tells me they have been feeling run-down or other random symptoms, I always tell them that they should get there thyroid tested.
I’ve been on medication for 10 years and the one bit of advice I have for you is to make sure you get a LOT of calcium. the medication they give you can aid in bone mass loss and so you really have to make sure you are getting your vitamins and strength training (which you obviously have no problem with). My Aunt has lost 76% of her bone mass because of a lifetime of thyroid medication.
I feel night and day when I take my meds regularly!

39 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Thanks for that info, Carrie. Definitely good to know!

40 Anna Crouch January 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

Im so glad you’ve figured things out!! It’s funny, I actually just got my thyroid checked (just as a precaution because my mom had thyroid disease) and found out my levels dropped from 1.6 to .8. So, my thyroid is more on the under active side. Since its still within the normal range (.4 is the lowest) they won’t give me meds, which is fine with me! I’ll just have to check them every few months. I’ve also noticed a difference in myself too. I can just about pin point when they started changing, because I remember when I started having these thoughts and feelings! It’s crazy how that works huh?

41 Geraldine January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

Gosh, I hope the medication helps sort things out. It’s amazing how we can intuitively or physically feel that something is just not right with our bodies but continue on exercising, running a family home, working through it all. I hope you feel more “normal” soon! :)

42 Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

It’s REALLY good you checked that out. It can also mess with your ladyparts!! bad PMS, heavier than normal aunt flo, nothing anyone wants!!

43 STUFT Mama January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

Oh man Tina- not fun to deal with at all, but so glad it’s all figured out. Hugs to you!!! PS- is it wierd I picture myself sitting at the Pancake House with you drinking coffee? :) Love ya!

44 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I could picture it too. With our boyfriend there of course. ;)

45 Alicia from Poise in Parma January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

Thyroid issues run in my family – both hypo and hyper – so I’ve always been surprised that mine is actually quite healthy. But oh how that tweet is speaking to me. I feel like that sometimes still – not as much as previous ones – it’s hard to be recognizing exactly what is going on, but unable or unwilling to make the change you need in the moment. I always consider it a huge achievement when I can push through it.

46 Rebecca January 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

My aunt had thyroid problems, and I’m pretty sure she had surgery for it. My parents told me that’s why she constantly sounds like she’s clearing her throat. =\
Glad you got everything figured out! Hope the meds help!!

47 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

So glad you got the answers you needed. And, I don’t think you’re alone in the thought of getting your girly appointments is enough and forgetting about yearly physicals. I’ve talked to so many people asking, “when’s the last time you got your cholesterol checked” or something along those lines and they usually don’t have an answer.

To answer your other question, I love brunch and John and I often enjoy it on Sunday :)

48 Carol @ Lucky Zucca January 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I’m so glad you got such a wonderful doctor and you have figured out the issue. I hope the medicine has nothing but positive effects!

49 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hey Tina- I’m really glad that you posted about this, and sorry that you have dealt with thyroid issues. I’ve had my thyroid tested countless times, because I exhibit every symptom of hypothryroidism, and my T4 and Tsh (?) levels have been all over the place. But I’ve never been given any medication or anything to “treat” it. I went to my doc for a checkup last month, and he gave me a referral to get my levels checked again, which I still have to do. My hormones are all out of whack, and when I had my cortisol levels tested two years ago, they were off the charts. Hence, why I have a really hard time losing weight. I hope to get some answers sometime about how to treat all of this for myself, but in the meantime, it’s definitely helpful to read someone else’s story that’s had thyroid issues!

50 The Hippie Health Nut January 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Glad you got it figured out and found a Dr you like! :) If you still have issues later, I would HIGHLY recommend the book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism. Helped me tons and now I don’t have to take any medicine! Mine is totally under control with diet right now.

51 Shanna like Banana January 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I am with you–finally knowing what is wrong brings peace of mind because something can finally be done about it.

I hope the meds work :)

52 Vicky January 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hope you figure out the dose and you feel better!! I’ve been hypothyroid since my second pregnancy, had to be tested every six weeks during and after each pregnancy to adjust the dose, but the difference is amazing!

53 Amanda January 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

This post is really great, I loved reading it. My dad and grandmother have hypothyroidism and I am supposed to be checked on an annual basis, but because I don’t have health insurance right now, it’s not really going like that. It sucks because the last time I went to the Dr. they told me my cholesterol level was high (another symptom) and that didn’t make much sense considering my diet and workout level at the time. Often times I just think I’m tired because of school, I lose my hair because it’s really long now and I’m unmotivated because I’m just tired all the time. Reading your story really makes me want to get back to the Dr. and get myself checked out. Feel better Tina! I’m so glad you’re on the road to feeling better and finally found out what the issue was.

54 Amy January 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Tina, glad to hear u have a good doc that figured it out. Mine is low too but they didn’t put me on meds. My hair falls out, tired by 2 everyday, sad alot etc… its horrible sometimes. Maybe i need a new doc

55 Lisa Eirene January 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I should get my thyroid check. It’s been ages and I have some of those symptoms.

56 Julia January 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you for this post, Tina!

57 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut January 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Wow it must be a huge relief to have that figured out! I had no idea that the thyroid was also associated with fatigue, hair loss, and moodiness (um I suffer from all of those..yikes)…I just thought it gave people weight issues (over weight or under weight). That is kind of crazy.

I actually am even bad about my girly doctor visits unless I get one of those reminders in the mail. I didn’t go once for two years…no bueno.

I also have never gone to the doctor in my adult life. It’s odd when I’m filling out forms where it asks for primary physician..because I don’t have one. I think I went to my pediatrician once right out of highschool…and immediately realized I should not be going to a pediatrician any more. But procrastination and a generally healthy life has somehow led me to believe I don’t need to go to a regular doctor yet.

This post really makes me think and I am so glad you shared this, Tina! :-)

58 Diana January 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

This post is inspiring me to go see a doctor! I normally only got basic check-ups at my college health center & w/ the lady doctor just so I could renew my prescriptions, but since some of what I consider to be “feeling normal” sounds eerily similar to what you’re describing…maybe I’m not totally normal after all! Thanks for sharing, as always.

59 RunEatRepeat January 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

What medication are you on? I don’t have to wait to eat after I take mine, or at least I didn’t think so…

60 tinareale January 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I’m on Synthroid right now…and was told I had to wait at least 30 min, but preferably an hour.

61 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life January 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

So glad you got this figured out, Tina. Unfortunately, I have pretty much ALL of the same symptoms as you do…perhaps it’s time I get that checked, since I never have?

62 Marcia January 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I can so relate to your hypothyroid saga. Mine came on shortly after my youngest was born. It was miserable. Glad you got it sorted out!
Oh and brunch is the best meal ever!

63 Erin @ Big Girl Eats January 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I’m so glad you received a diagnosis that is helping you to feel better and like yourself! It’s a very complex organ and does soooo many things for and to your body. I’ve learned so much about the thyroid and what goes on in your body since I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010. I was most likely hypothyroid for quite a while before that (just never knew it and never had my levels tested). Since then I’ve been hypo, hyper and everywhere in between. It’s definitely a complex issue in the body, so don’t lose hope if you need to adjust your medications to feel how you want to feel – and it’s awesome that you have a doctor who is willing to work with you! I think advocating for yourself is absolutely the best way to approach health and wellness! If you have any questions or need to chat, I love talking thyroids ;) Good luck, Tina!

64 Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun January 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Hi Tina..I’m new to reading your blog..and I love it! This post really hit home for me. I’ve never been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, but perhaps I should get it checked! I’ve always wondered about my hormone levels. I’ve been getting into more “funks” lately and they seem to be lasting longer and longer. I just thought it was something I have to deal with, but perhaps it’s more than that!

65 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) January 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I’m super guilty of the no-doctor-as-adult thing. And this post makes me think I should probably book a trip someplace. Glad you found a good doctor, and figured out what was wrong with you (although, it seems like you weren’t necessarily expecting to find something!)

66 Hilary January 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for this post, I found it really informative…I am struggling in a MAJOR way to lose weight right now, and I was actually hoping it was thyroid, but I’ve been tested, and apparently that’s not it…so the investigation continues.

67 Sarah January 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Great post Tina. I’ve been trying to get pregnant for 8 months now. My OB/GYNO suspected my short 25 day cycle was possibly due to thyroid issues. I went to an endocrinologist Nov. 1st and was diagnosed with Hoshimoto’s Disease/Hypothyroid. My symptoms were overheating and sweating, night sweats, always getting sick, feeling crappy for no reason and the menstrual cycle issues. I had my levels rechecked recently and was told they were good (whatever that means!!). I’m not feeling any different since starting Synthroid 2 months ago and still not pregnant. I’m looking at seeing a new Endocrinologist who can possibly give me more answers.

I’m glad you are beginning to figure things out!

68 Eileen January 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Tina, I also am hypothyroid and work in a nutrition center where I see at least 60% of women coming in with thyroid and adrenal problems. If you find that you are not feeling better on Synthroid and have side effects like losing hair than you might want to try Nature=Throid. It is a natural thyroid from a pig. It does have to be prescribed and many doctors aren’t familiar with it or won’t prescribe it because it supposedly is difficult to control the dosage. (I went to a Naturapathic MD) I have never run into people (including myself) who have had problems with this. It is also very inexpensive (like $4 a month)
Anyways, everyone is different, but I wanted you to be aware that there are other options out there in case Synthroid doesn’t work. You might also want to consider some supplements to nourish your adrenals as the thyroid and adrenals work hand in hand and when your thyroid is taxed your adrenals have to kick in harder. Also supplementing with iodine can help.
As for nutrition, make sure to eat hormone/antibiotic-free and soy-free protein. Soy suppresses thyroid function. Didn’t mean to make this a book, but I know how difficult it can be to figure it all out.
btw- the 1st day I took nature-throid I felt like a new person. I started on a 1/2 grain which turned out to not be enough and ended up with a full grain each morning. It gave me my life back.

69 tinareale January 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I really appreciate all the info! Definitely interesting on the soy front. Plan on looking into that.

70 Heidi January 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm

LOVE that place.. and love even more that it’s just a 15-minute drive. Their pancakes (Hawaiian or Tropical or something like that) with chunks of pineapple and pineapple syrup are to die for! And I like the sourdough pancakes too. They have a nice zing :)

71 Lauren @ Forward is a Pace January 10, 2012 at 12:04 am

Tina, I’m so glad you are getting some answers! Sometimes I think the not knowing is the worst part. Once you have an answer, even if it’s something you’d rather not deal with, you can get started down a road of healing. I’m so glad you’re on the way there!

72 Jen January 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

Wow…so sorry that you are going through this, Tina, but glad that you have been able to identify the cause! Hugs and prayers!!!

73 Ela January 10, 2012 at 1:50 am

I missed this one, but wow. I think you know that I have to take thyroid meds, an after effect of having had an ED–I wonder whether your history also had that effect.

I admire that you’re taking such a positive attitude to it, and I’m floored and in awe that you managed to run such amazing times and so much with your thyroid low. Getting your thyroid levels right is so important for mood stuff also.

If you want to talk about it offline any time, I’d be so honored to share what I’ve learned.

74 tinareale January 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I do think my past with the binge/restrict cycles likely had a play in all of this. It makes complete sense.

75 Cheryl @ eatplayluvblog January 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

Starting my thyroid medication and realizing that I felt so down because of a combination of depression, hypothyroidism, and just plain old exhaustion took a lot of the “guilt” off of me. Even though I don’t think depression is a choice/emotion but more of a disease and a chemical imbalance, it was still reassuring to know that I felt so low for a bunch of really physical, measurable reasons. I did find that it took a while and a couple of tries to get the dose and combo of thyroid meds right, and even now I find my dose keeps needing to be changed. I think a lot of it, and you might relate, comes from doing damage to my metabolism via dieting and overexercising. It’s sad and scary, but the reality. Jillian Michaels talks about these issues a lot in “Master Your Metabolism” and I found reading her stuff a little helpful (less scientific and more to the point in summary form)! GOOD LUCK. :)

76 Michelle January 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

That is my 2nd favorite breakfast place — only beaten out by First Watch by a hair (do you guys have First Watch?).

I’m so glad you got a diagnosis and you’re trying to stay positive even if your life doesn’t always feel very positive. I’ve been there! Hope the meds work (and find the right dosage) and you feel like yourself again soon.

77 tinareale January 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Never heard of First Watch, but sounds like a place I gotta try! ;)

78 [email protected] January 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

okay, you convinced me to see my thyroid doctor. i’ve been putting it off for awhile now. I am borderline hypothyroidism too. I agree tough to decifer if its thyroid issues or just being a mom! Great post and thanks for sharing!

79 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race January 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Isn’t funny looking back at certain things your like…oh yeah! So glad you got a diagnosis and will hopefully be able to gets lots of energy past 2 in the afternoon! :D I can’t believe little man is almost a year old! How did that happen?

80 Luanne January 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Chiming in a little late. . . My hubby is Hypo as well. He gets his checked every 3-6 months and over the years has had to continually adjust his dose. I can usually tell when his dose is off and will nudge him to get it checked. Let’s face it, sleeping 12 hours per night is NOT normal.

When he was diagnosed, his mom pushed him to look for a natural/herbal remedy. Well, even the health-food store said to take the synthroid!

81 Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hi Tina… I’m way behind and just found your new blog. I’m glad you found at least a nugget of info on the issues you are experiencing. What prompted your doctor to ask if you’ve had thyroid issues? Just routine questions? I am going to try to get a physical within the next couple of months and am just wondering.

82 Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good January 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I’m glad you have medication to help your symptoms. Not knowing what you’re dealing with is so hard.

Can I just say about the pancakes… we have an Original Pancake House and an IHOP nearby. I ate at the IHOP once, and the only word that adequately describes my meal there is nasty. Sad, but true. I’ve eaten at the Original Pancake House twice, and it was like night and day. Very good. Glad you enjoyed your pancakes. :)

83 tinareale January 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I feel ya! That’s why I didn’t have high expectations. I hate IHOP and agree that it is nasty. I figured this was going to be similar but we had wanted to try it and for the deal thought “why not”. Now I’m so glad we did because it was incredible. Can’t wait to go back after a run during marathon training. ;)

84 Amanda January 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

Wow, this is really eye opening. I switched to a new gynecologist this year (moved) and she was looking at my past blood work and noted that my thyroid is a bit out of the normal range. She wanted me to get re-tested, and I have neglected to do so because I’ve been so busy (and really, who likes getting blood taken?) I have felt SO emotional and out of control lately. Given, I am planning a wedding, traveling a lot for work, and just got a new dog … but this might be worth looking in to, huh? I was thinking I should start going to therapy, but maybe this is part of the problem??

85 Natalie January 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

Tina, as your friendly pharmacist I feel obligated to tell you that you don’t have to wait an hour after taking your thyroid pill to eat breakfast. Yes, food does impair the absorption of the medication, but you said yourself that they will continue to adjust your dose for some time. Since you are just starting on levothyroxine, I would suggest that you take it when you will remember, and let your doctor adjust the medicine accordingly. If you were already on levothyroxine long term, I would let your doctor know before changing your routine. Good luck! I’m glad you got some aswers!

86 tinareale January 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

Oh, really? Thanks!!! That will be a big help on days I have to eat early for runs.

87 Natalie January 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

Yes, really. The important thing is to stay consistant.

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