Showing posts with label iron. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iron. Show all posts

Monday, June 4, 2012

Thyroid Disorders...Here is my story

Morgan over at Redheadrunning asked if I was going to discuss what they are going to do about my overactive thyroid and I believe that is a great idea!  Thank you!  This is not something I even thought about discussing but it is something I live with daily and does not effect my everyday life, so to speak.

Here is my history to start you off with a background.

I was first diagnosed with Graves Disease when I was a freshman in high school.  This means my thyroid produces excessive hormones.  My parents just thought I was a moody teenager but fortunately there was more to that story.  Not only was I bitchy, but I wasn't getting my period or it was very irregular, I was always warm, exhausted and taking naps. imgres.jpg
Since the thyroid produces too much, it needs to be reduced.  I started with tapazole medicine, but after a while it is easier to treat it with radioactive iodine, or at least in my case.  I had to get my thyroid radioactive iodined twice because the first time did not "kill it".   Once it is killed, I was put on synthroid to add the thyroid hormones back into my body to regulate it.  It takes a while to adjust medicine to see exactly where your body should be at.  I have been at doses from 125 micrograms to currently 150 micrograms.
This is can be measured easily with a blood test, testing for TSH, thyroid stimulating Hormone.
For a while, my dosage was not changes, for years actually and just recently my doctor has to increase my dosage because my levels were not high enough.  When I found out my levels were low, everything made sense!!  I thought everything had to do with work and being back from Spring break.  I was exhausted, cold, and honestly, I do not remember what else.  My Doctor increased my meds and we were set to go.
Now, my levels are too high and we are trying to figure out a method to get myself back to "normal".  We are about to try alternating between the 137 and 150 microgram to level everything out.    I really hope this works because that is the last thing I need to worry about.  It is frustrating but luckily can be controlled with medicine, a tiny pill that I take every morning with water, an hour before I eat.

Have you had any "disorders"?  I now have low iron...This should be a fun journey...