I'm going to do a thyroid post so if you're not interested in this then jog on 🔸What is a thyroid?🔸 Your thyroid is a gland in your throat, it produces different hormones that influence many things, but is most commonly known to affect your metabolism. It usually affects women or adults in the later stages of their life or in my case i was diagnosed at 18, but it's thought I had been suffering for a long time prior. 🔸how I found out🔸
So, thyroid disease does run in my family. In January I suffered with excessive and ongoing periods. I went to the doctors and was told it was nothing until one day I got out of bed took two steps and collapsed, I knew there was something very wrong. After 2 months of bleeding constantly and losing a lot of iron in my blood causing #anemia the doctors took me seriously but they didn't know WHAT was wrong. I was tested for #pregnancy (negative) STIs (negative) kidney problems, blood diseases, #endometriosis , #pcos , and finally #thyroid. All of this took multiple trips to the doctors and hospital for blood tests and ultrasound scans.
When my thyroid test came through, I was found to have #subclinicalhypothyroidism which meant I was on the edge of having an #underactivethyroid . I was not given treatment until late March when it finally stopped producing any hormones. 🔸symptoms?🔸 Because the thyroid controls so much, you can suffer hundreds of symptoms. A few (I really do mean a few) of mine were:
Inability to concentrate
Migraines 🔸how is it treated🔸
Unfortunately there is no "cure" but a thyroid can be managed with #levothyroxine a drug to mimic the hormones that I'm missing. I am on medication for the rest of my life because of this (#autoimmunedisease) it takes a long time and a lot of blood tests to find the right dosage for each individual, I even took too much at one point and developed #hyperthyroidism or #factitioushyperthyroidism when I found the right dosage I felt like a new woman 💪🏼