And so, we will continue to monitor the situation

I went to the doctor over my lunch hour to discuss the results of the most recent blood tests on my thyroid.  This has been the routine once a month since just before Christmas.  My doctor is going on maternity leave next week and won’t be back until October so she was testing the condition often, I think, hoping that there would be a drastic change and she could have a good clean slate with me before she left.  Sadly, my thryoid is not behaving according to plan and continues to get only incrementally worse but never worse enough to bother treating.  So, I’m supposed to get the stupid thing tested every three months while she’s away instead of every month now and in the meantime I am to immediately report to the replacement doctor if I develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain or unable to lose weight
  • Dry/coarse hair or skin
  • Hair loss
  • Feeling cold
  • Constipation
  • Depressed mood/mood swings
  • Hoarse voice
  • Facial puffiness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Numb/tingling hands and feet
  • Heavy "menses"

I love how I get the condition with the most vague symptoms on earth.  Fatigue?  I don’t recall not being tired since sometime around grade 10.  Weight gain?  A flip through photos reveals that I have had weight issues since I was a kid (in addition, I am trying to lose weight at her recommendation, so I think she knows I gain weight?).  Dry hair/skin?  Isn’t this kind of unavoidable in the winter IN CANADA?!  Feeling cold?  I am always cold, my house is completely energy inefficient!  Depressed mood/mood swings?  See "fatigue".   Forgetfulness?  Ha ha ha!

One thought on “And so, we will continue to monitor the situation

  1. Yep, that’s all pretty frustratingly vague. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after spending a summer in a thick, shuffling stupor. Once I got it pinned down, I started taking one cheap, tiny pill every morning, and aside from that, I feel fine and never think about it at all. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the treatment might not be that big a deal if you end up needing it.
    Oh, and the holistic people say to go easy on the farty stuff like broccoli, cabbage, and soy if you have thyroid problems. I don’t know if the holistic people know what they’re talking about, but it might be worth looking into.

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