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Hypothyroidism - My Mom's Journey

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Published on Aug 21, 2013

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Hi everyone, I just got back from the doctor's office. I'm okay...it was actually my mom who needed to go. She was having some issues with fatigue, her hands and feet were always cold, and she had a weak pulse.

We went in and after the doctor talked with her a bit more, she commented that, while she didn't think it was connected, her hair had also gotten real dry and started falling out, her energy level had dropped, and her muscles often felt weak. So the doctor ran some tests to see what was wrong.
Unfortunately, after everything came back, he told her she was just dehydrated and needed more sleep, so he sent us home with some generic pills (Lunesta or something).

I didn't believe she was just dehydrated or tired -- I mean she is always drinking water, exercising, and eating good - so I started looking around for other conditions that fit her symptoms.

Turns out she has something called hypothyroidism. Hy-po-thy-roid-ism, I think I'm saying that right. Anyways it's a condition that a lot of people have, but not a lot of them know about, since doctors only measure TSH levels (I think that's what the doctor called them) to test for it.
Problem is, from what I've been reading, measuring TSH levels only tells the doctor if you're producing too much or too little, not how much is actually getting to your cells (where it's needed).

I told my mom that the best way to test herself for hypothyroidism was to get a thermometer and measure herself at certain times - when she first woke up, 20 minutes after breakfast, and an hour or so after lunch. Apparently if you have hypothyroid your body temperature will be lower than normal, (think 97 something instead of 98).

So she checked her temperature every day for three days in a row and sure enough, she was like 97.6 pretty consistently. We took the results back to the doctor but he was insistent that her thyroid was normal so now we're trying a home remedy. I'll let you know how that turns out in a few weeks but so far she's doing a lot better on her energy levels and her hands and feet are warmer.

If you want to check out the list of hypothyroidism symptoms or the home remedy she's using, just click the link below.

What is hypothyroidism? It's where the thyroid doesn't produce enough TSH - or (and this is the part the doctor's test doesn't measure) it produces enough TSH but cortisol (or another hormone) blocks the TSH from reaching the cells where it's needed. This causes all the symptoms of hypothyroidism except for the fluctuation in TSH levels or changes to the thyroid itself (think goiters).

Another way to test for hypothyroidism is to check your pulse. If it's consistently under 80 beats per minute, chances are increased that you have hypothyroidism.

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