Another Chronic Condition?

Doctor And Stethoscope

Image: Suat Eman

Approximately 4-5 years ago a doctor suggested my lab results indicated Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (immune system attacks the thyroid tissue). Another doctor was not convinced and was unable to concur. Without additional information I mentally did not claim the condition. Differing opinions usually leads to additional blood work down the road. My new GP is keeping an eye on my thyroid levels. As my TPO antibodies continue to rise, hypothyroidism (Thyroid doesn’t make enough T4 and T3 hormones), doesn’t seem out of the question. It’s just a waiting game. Crap, I don’t want to have to take a synthetic hormone for the rest of my life. Sigh. Mentally I am forced to focus on one life altering chronic illness, I need the rest of my health to stay on track!

* My results:
7/28/11 Thyroid Peroxidase (tpo) Ab 38
6/5/12 Thyroid Peroxidase (tpo) Ab 54

If you have thyroid issues, please reach out. Are you on a thyroid diet? Has synthetic hormone helped minimize your symptoms. I am going to need guidance on this one. It seems like the thyroid treatment controversy is hot and heavy!

Much love,
Marissa

*TPO Normal Range 0-34

8 comments

  1. Hey, so I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Showed up about six or seven years ago, and my TPO antibodies were in the 600s before I showed symptoms (mainly consisting of a ginormously swollen thyroid– a goiter). With my neck swelling up, I went to a doctor and found out my TSH was through the roof, and my T3 and T4 were virtually undetectable. Anyway, I’ve been on Synthroid (name brand, not generic) ever since, and I feel fine. We have to adjust my dose every now and then, but overall, I’ve found managing my thyroid hormones to be pretty straightforward.

    I know others have more problems than I have had, but I think, overall, hypothyroidism can be pretty easy to manage for most people. I just take a small pill every morning an hour before breakfast and go about my life. If you end up becoming hypothyroid, I hope you, too, have an easy time managing it!

    • Lara,

      Thank you so much for this response! I am happy you were able to control the symptoms and it seems like a relatively easy medication protocol. I am curious able to detect when you need a medication adjustment, or is it just based on labs?

      After reading your numbers, it makes sense why I am in monitor mode at this time. WIsh there was something preventative I could do! Going to have to ask that question. Thank you again for this info.

      Much love,
      Marissa

  2. Hey Marissa, it’s me again. Remember me your dizzy internet friend? I too have Hashimoto Thyroiditis along with my MS. you are ALWAYS welcome to reach out to me. I’m here to support you!
    Love,
    Michele

    • Of course Michele I remember you. I am loving your blog posts; They are very uplifting. Wow, it’s interesting how many people have autoimmune conditions with central nervous and vestibular conditions. I am curious if there have been any studies looking into the connection.

      Thank you so much for extending your hand! I really appreciate it. I will send you a DM asking a few questions. Thank you again for your support.

      Much love,
      Marissa

  3. After radiation treatment for Hodgekin’s Disease, I was told that I would need to take Thyroid medication for the rest of my life. They said I would start feeling tired, and skin color would change a little. That was 7 years ago. Honestly, I don’t know if I have been effected. Because I was extremely run down from radiation, recovering was an improvement.

    I really don’t know if I there is any reason to start on the medication. I was told I don’t have a thyroid, but I’ve lived for 7 years without it. Perhaps it’s time to talk to a doctor again, and find out if there could be some negative ramifications.

    Thanks for this post Marissa. It’s reminded me to look into something that could be effecting my health.

    P.S. – The site looks great!

    • Jeff,

      Thank you for sharing this story. You have given me much to think about. The thyroid gland is important:

      “The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should.”

      I assume the medication would act as a replacement for the thyroid hormones not being properly produced? Would be interesting to hear what your doctor says. Keep me posted!

      Thanks for the comments on the site! Blake Watson is the man. I could never have achieved this without him.

      Much love,
      Marissa

  4. Hey Marissa

    Sorry to hear about your latest health crisis. It must be so hard for people living with one chronic health condition be dealt another blow by been diagnosed with yet another chronic condition and having to adjust to new medications and treatments and so on. But if there was a person I know who could handle this, it would definitely be you, with your postive and strong attitude I know that you will get through this and handle it brilliantly.

    Stay strong

    Rhiann x

    • Hey Rhiann,

      Thanks for this comment. I am trying to categorize it as a health burden vs health crisis. :) I don’t want to freak out. It’s interesting because I have mentioned to people in the past that I have Hashimoto’s, but without second confirmation I never really believed it. Babe doesn’t liked the fact that the doctors have been so laid back in regard to my thyroid. For a few years we totally forgot about it. I guess we had much more important issues to deal with at the time!:)

      It is starting to register that while I live on this earth I am susceptible to everything in it! It’s not, “why me?”. It’s, “why not me?”. Life is interesting.

      Much love,
      Marissa

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