The winter months

And here is where the shit hit the fan… It got bad pretty quickly.

 

December

I had my ultrasound scan but the ultrasound didn’t find any kidney stones.

I was having other issues that concerned me. I was sweating horribly at work, even while sitting down. My shirts would soak through with sweat. My heart rate was racing just sitting down. I felt like my skin was on fire and crawling. My neck and bottom part of my face was covered in acne – like an acne beard.

When I called the doctor, they said I was fine and they called in a prescription for acne medication. I called back a couple days later and said that my heart rate was skyrocketing at the start of my runs. He put in an order for more labs and told me to come back in a week.

One day I received an email notification that my lab results were online, since I had signed up for the web portal. I started reading through my results and what I saw started to scare me. I am not a doctor, but the labs results did a really good job of flagging things that were not “normal.” It also gave a range of what things should fall in. I could see my testosterone was really high and my thyroid levels were all off. I called the functional doctor but no one called back. I called my endocrinologist because I hadn’t ever canceled my next appointment with him and I was due to see him in a couple weeks. I spoke to the nurse and started reading off my results, she put me on hold and when she came back on, she said, “He wants to see you tomorrow. First thing.”

I went to my endocrinologist the next day and as he explained my results to me, I could see he was very angry. He said my thyroid dosage was 8 times the dose I should have been on. As a result, my thyroid had quit working altogether. And the T3 levels were so high, I was in cardiac arrest range. (Hence why I was sweating and my heart was racing.)

My testosterone was so high that I was at sex change level. Like, what women would do in order to undergo a sex change to become a man. He says I could have started growing a beard and a penis. And this is why I was covered in acne and my muscles were so sore. It had also accelerated my weight gain, from bot h the testosterone and the acne medication that was prescribed. I was so ashamed, I wanted to die. He checked my original testosterone level and it was never low. I was taking medicine for no reason.

My liver was producing something called ALT which meant it was being damaged. So both my kidneys and my liver were damaged.

My insulin level was crawling into diabetic level, even though I am a hypoglycemic.

I was stunned. He put me back on levothyroxine and told me I was very lucky. So much worse could have happened to me. I started thinking…. What if I had a heart attack on one of the back trails? No one would have been able to help me!

He ordered a 24 urine collection test. (This was super gross to do, by the way. Saving your pee in a big jug and storing it in your fridge is pretty gross.). He told me to report back if I didn’t start feeling better.

 

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Christmas parade with my dog, Nash

 

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

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

Additional Symptoms:

  • Kidney Pain
  • Racing Heart
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Acne
  • Muscle Soreness

Weight: 172+ pounds

 

January 2016

I reported back to my endocrinologist that I wasn’t feeling any better, energy-wise. On the up-side, my acne cleared up, my kidneys didn’t hurt, I wasn’t so crabby, my heart rate didn’t jack up so much when I ran, the muscle soreness went away, and I wasn’t sweating. The doctor prescribed a small dose of Cytomel (T3) and decreased my levo dose accordingly.

Perhaps the best news of all, is that for the first time in month, I LOST WEIGHT! It was only a few pounds, but for the first time in months, the scale went DOWN. I got to eliminate weight gain from my list of symptoms, although my metabolism still seemed to be in the toilet.

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With fellow Oiselle Volee Megan!

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Bloating

Weight: 167 pounds

 

February 2016

My running started to feel better. When I was jacked up on the T3 medicine, my heart would explode out of my chest when I would start to run. To give an example, even just jogging on the Lawrence River Trail, by the time I got to the “Do Not Ride in Mud” sign (which is like a city block), my heart would be jacked and I would be breathing hard. Now when I ran, I wasn’t feeling like I was sprinting.

I was starting to be able to run some distance, long and slow, and not feel like I was comatose the next day. I had no capacity to do anything intense like hills or speedwork, but I could run slowly for 10 miles!

I started coming out to the Trail Hawk group runs again. While I sometimes had a hard time keeping up, I was seeing my friends again. I felt horrible about how I looked, but hey… It was dark and they could barely see me anyway!

I even lost a couple more pounds. My clothes were still not fitting, but I felt like at least I was making progress.

I told my endocrinologist that I was still very tired all the time, and waking up tired. He suggested a high-caffeine tea, so I began drinking that. It didn’t give me energy but at least kept me from falling asleep at my desk or while I was driving.

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Finally with my favorite ladies again!!

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Bloating

Weight: 165 pounds

 

 

 

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