The summer months

Here is the next part of my story, moving from spring to summer, where my symptoms began to severely impair my life. Looking at my Health app on my iPhone really shows how little I was able to run. (All weight data taken from My Fitness Pal).

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Have hope!! I come back out of this! It goes back up!

 

June 2015

The first week of June I was registered to run the Hospital Hill Half. Like last year, I was going the repeat, which meant I would run a 5K Friday night and the half on Saturday. I did very well at this event last year, and PR’d at the half. It was very hot at the 5K but I ran it just fine. I had a hotel room that weekend so that I would but close to the start and not have to get up extra early and make a drive.

Saturday morning, my alarm went off and I just couldn’t get out of bed. I tried. I felt sick. I had no energy and my stomach felt terrible. I missed my race, the first of many I would start missing. I didn’t know it but this was the beginning of my fatigue and digestion issues.

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Hospital Hill 5K – my clothes are starting to not fit well

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Puffy face

Weight: 147 pounds

 

July 2015

This is the month that I hit the rock-bottom with my fatigue. I was becoming less and less functional. I spent my lunch hour sleeping in my car. I woke up tired and felt exhausted all day long. Fourth of July, I missed my 5K. I tried running later at home and made it only a mile before I was in tears. I missed my triathlon later that month. End of July, I ran an evening 5K and was so sick half-way through that I actually had a friend stop to guide me through the race. Ever have a white-out? It was like looking at the world through a pindot. Everything was white around the edges and I could only make out the shapes of the people running around me. I knew something was really wrong. In the back of my head, I was wondering if I had cancer. My husband later admitted he had the same fear, too.

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Rock the Crossroads 5k

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Puffy face
  • Bloating
  • Muscle Weakness

Weight: 155 pounds

 

August 2015

I was really scared but we knew we had to do something. I finally agreed to go in to my primary care. She ordered some bloodwork and the next day I learned my thyroid levels were off. I had hypothyroidism and would need to start lexothyrozine, a common thyroid medication. The problem was, I wasn’t feeling any better. After a month of medicine, I hadn’t improved and was still barely able to function. My primary put in a referral to an endocrinologist and my appointment was set for September.

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Run Like a Girl 5k – here my face is starting to really be noticeably puffy

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Puffy face
  • Bloating
  • Muscle Weakness

Weight: 157 pounds

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