My Health Story: Living With Underactive Thyroid

Irish Beauty Blogger Many of you may not know this about me, i have a under active thyroid condition. And why should you know this about me? Its honestly not a big deal. I usually manage it well, i just have to take a little tablet daily, every morning before breakfast, for the rest of my life.

Recent events made me write this post, i felt my symptoms were swept under the carpet by my GP and i felt i struggled getting help after i had my little girl. You see, if i felt unwell during pregnancy was because of the pregnancy and now, its because i just i had a baby. That ‘just’ being four months.

Irish Fashion Blogger To go to the very beginning, my diagnostic of under active thyroid didn’t come easy. It took two years of horrible symptoms and three different GP’s until i finally was put on a treatment plan. You may think that i was maybe just imaging my problem, creating an hypochondriac cloud obsessing about this illness. I wish it was true.

On and off trough out my life, when stressed, my outer corners of my brows would fall out. It happened so often and since such a young age, i thought its normal. Its not.

I was about 25 years old when i started getting anxiety on and off (im 32 now). Anxiety is the buzz word now a days, every blogger worth its salt has to have anxiety. I would be sitting in bed watching TV and my heart would start racing and this fear would just paralyze my body. It was overwhelming.

Irish Lifestyle Blogger So i was getting anxiety, lots. I was also loosing my hair in clumps, eyebrows and eyelashes. My neck was kinda bulging, having a ‘lovely’ ring around it. I was constantly tired. Dark circles even if i slept all night and used the most expensive eye cream.

Of course i went to my GP and got bloods done. Days later i get a call from the receptionist, results are ‘normal’. When getting a copy of the results i notice myself that the TSH (the thyroid hormone) is slightly higher than the average limit. I start googling and learn that i might have an underactive thyroid, my symptoms certainly match. I ring again the GP and im told again in a stern tone that im ‘normal’.

I wait a few months and go back to another GP and get bloods done again. This time im told that i am borderline on my thyroid levels, but im too young to be put on medication (i was 28!) and i look healthy. I have to mention that my day job is of a Makeup Artist, so i can make myself look healthy.

I wait another few months and after getting actual alopecia aerata on my scalp – rings of baldness basically (you can see them here) i decide to go bare faced, no eyebrow on fleek to another GP and beg for treatment. Beg. This time successfully i get trough. I get my medicine. In two weeks i was another woman. After a few months my hair was back to normal, eyebrows and lashes alike.

Irish Parenting Blogger I got pregnant easily and had a worry free pregnancy and delivery. Luckily my baby was born perfect and healthy, we got the thyroid test 15 days after the birth and so far she seems fine.

Postpartum i felt fine. The first two months were hard with the sleep deprivation and i have to admit, didnt have the best diet. But i was ok. Until i wasn’t anymore. Lots of anxiety started to overwhelm me – i blamed it on just being tired. Hair was coming out in chunks, lashes and brows completely fell off. Its ALL NORMAL. Weight was pilling up, despite not eating much – sure i had a baby, what do i expect. My GP was making fun of me every time i would bring Sophia, welcome to motherhood.

Three weeks ago i decided to get bloods done. I get the same phone call from the receptionist to be told all its normal. I collect my results and shockingly i see that its not normal. My TSH is 0.10 lowest its ever been, from being underactive ive became overactive – hence all the heart palpitations. I needed my medication levels to be changed, my medication reduced because i was producing too much thyroid hormone.

My health nurse recommended a different GP and got more tests done. It seems that my vitamin D levels are shockingly low and of course, my thyroid is all messed up. I get a change in my treatment and put on a vitamin D supplement. Im hoping now that once again my brows and lashes will regrow, my weight will stop pilling up and my anxiety will diminish.

The bottom line of this long post is trust yourself. Research. In my case, Dr Google saved me. I knew something was up, i read hundreds of articles and forums. Ask questions. Seek other opinions. Just because you had a baby doesn’t mean your health is meant to fall apart. Hell, nobody would have kids anymore.

Even if this is a beauty blog, i will write more about the Thyroid condition. There are supplements you can take, going for a gluten free diet could help with antibodies and just another few things that helped me along the way. I know myself i was searching the Internet frantically for real people stories, so if mine would help someone i will be happy. Im not a doctor, there is no cure but im determined to manage it better and be in control of my health life.

If you:

  • are feeling tired no matter how much sleep or rest you get.
  • experience hair, eyebrow and eyelash loss.
  • feeling unexplained anxiety.
  • gaining weight.
  • joints and knees are aching.
  • feel pressure in your thyroid area.
  • have borderline blood test results. You must check TSH, T3, T4, Antibodies, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
  • you just know something is up.

 

Get yourself checked. It could be nothing, so nothing to lose.

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8 Comments

  1. May 21, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    You told me about the underachieve thyroid, but I had no idea! A friend of mine suffers from it as well, and it took her a few years and different GPs to get the right treatment, just like you experienced.
    Fingers crossed you will bet on the right medication and treatment now and will be back to normal soon.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. May 23, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Thanks for writing this. I was diagnosed with an Underactive Thyroid a couple of weeks ago. Since January I have been getting pains in my legs with smallest amount of exercise, I’ve been drained despite sleeping well, I haven’t had the energy to get out of bed, I’ve been weak, I can’t lose weight… the list goes on. I was actually relieved with diagnosis because it could have been worse. The more I think of it, the longer I think I actually have had UAT. What annoys me is how people brush it off like it’s nothing. I’ve been so exhausted to the point of tears every single week of this year, so if someone thinks it’s just a minor complaint they can stick their opinion where the sun don’t shine.

  3. Andreea
    May 23, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Claire I know how you feel, so many women around me have a thyroid issue and we can all agree that it was so hard to get proper treatment and that symptoms were ignored. Hopefully in the next few weeks you will start getting your energy back.

  4. May 23, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I absolutely agree about listening to your gut. When I first became ill, I knew that thee was something very wrong with me – doctors said I had a virus/glandular fever/M.E. and was tested for so many diseases/conditions but with no proper diagnosis apart from M.E. but I felt that something cause the M.E. and I eventually went to Germany where I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease (chronic because it had been untreated for 5 years), as well as a number of other diseases and infections – I just KNEW there was something else wrong with me. It has wreaked absolute havoc in my body – mini-strokes, cysts and a completely dysfunctional immune system and I am still fighting for my health. Sorry for my rant but I feel your frustration & agree that we should all trust our guts when it comes to our health.

    Hope the meds kick in soon for you xx

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  5. Andreea
    May 23, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I know, my case is nowhere near as serious as yours but i felt frustrated for many years. I initially deleted this post because i felt it was too ranty, but you know what it deserves to be. Hope you are feeling better too, i know you weren’t well lately x.

  6. May 24, 2016 / 11:31 am

    First of all thank you so much for this detailed post! I actually didn’t know anything about underactive thyroid, I would hear it once in awhile however never look into details. What I don’t like about GPs is they tend to avoid problems unless the blood results are extreme, luckily they found out what’s wrong with you and how to get your health back to normal. When I check these symptoms, I say I almost have all of them. Sometimes when all I do is watching tv, my heart would start racing and I would feel extremely dizzy and tbh I am too scared to go to a doctor, I spent enough time there and now I am afraid they would find another problem 🙁
    I hope all goes back to normal for you asap!

    Ela BellaWorld

  7. Maria
    March 20, 2017 / 5:46 am

    Great to see this post ❤❤

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