Thursday, February 19, 2009

TSH = 5.77

My birthday present to myself is hypothyroidism. (Actual diagnosis date 2/17/09.) My Hashimoto's thyroiditis finally kicked in full force...after a postpartum bought of hyperthyroidism, I'm at the other end. Burn out and then fade away, right? My Synthroid prescription is in the mail and I've got Living Well With Hypothyroidism on my Amazon wishlist. I am extremely tired, but I didn't really notice being distinctly MORE tired than usual. I've been exhausted since late May of 2008. So what else is new.

I don't know if I'm super bummed out or not. Maybe a little nervous is more like it. Compared to Type 1 diabetes this additional physical failing of mine is a walk in the park, but still. It's another autoimmune issue. I hope this is the last "thing" I get as far as autoimmunity...to me it's such a red flag. We spend so much energy talking about a cure for diabetes. What we really need is a cure for immune systems run amok. Knocking on wood against lupus, M.S., arthritis...the list is long and scary.

So. I've survived a quarter of a century (thank you, modern medicine?) and I've got two autoimmune diseases under my belt. Guess I'll just keep rolling with the punches. What other choice do I have?

5 comments:

Colleen said...

After a couple of weeks on Synthroid, you WILL feel much better!

Kendra said...

I hope so! :)

Lyrehca said...

Honestly, Hashimoto's is no big whoop compared to type 1. I've had both for years, and all you need to do is take your thyroid pill once a day. It's a cinch compared to all the wrangling that's needed for type 1.

Kendra said...

That's what I want to hear. Haha!

cheri said...

I have both - and it IS a big deal - 1 messes with the other. Check out this resource - http://thyroid.about.com/. I take Armour Thyroid - couldn't take Synthroid.