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Permalink 12:23:58 am, by sue Email , 351 words   English (CA)
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BYB Sunday - Knowing What Is Wrong

I haven't made too big of a deal of it here on the blog, but over the past six months I have not felt quite right. My health had been deteriorating gradually, and I kept blaming certain symptoms on quitting smoking, such as lethargy, weight gain, foggy thinking, mood swings etc. I figured it would all just go away as soon as my body rid itself of toxins. Well it has been six months of no smokes, and if anything I feel worse. Add to the list of symptoms joint pain, leg cramps and stiffness, and a lump in my throat.

Well this past Thursday my doctor gave me an answer to what has been going wrong with my body.

Blood tests I had earlier in the week have confirmed I suffer from Graves' Disease, which sounds much worse than it is.

Graves' Disease is a type of autoimmune disease that causes over-activity of the thyroid gland, causing hyperthyroidism. This over-activity is also sometimes called "toxic diffuse goiter." The thyroid gland helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. When the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. High levels of thyroid hormones can cause side effects such as weight loss, rapid heart rate and nervousness. This is an uncommon disease that affects 2 percent of all women at some time in their lives. Graves’ Disease also tends to affect women between the ages of 20 and 40, although it occurs in infants, children, and the elderly.

There is no cure, but with pills (I will need to take them for the rest of my life) it can be controlled. In about six weeks to a few months I should start feeling like my old self again. All of the symptoms listed above that I have been experiencing are apparently part of this condition.

My blessing is the relief of finding out what has been wrong, and starting on a road to recovery. :D

Cheers to good health, which I wish for all of you my blogging friends!



Comment from: Lynn [Visitor] Email ·
Cheers! Health is wealth. Take care of yourself. And believe you are all great and healthy and you are. :)
PermalinkPermalink 02/03/08 @ 04:01
Comment from: SandyCarlson [Visitor] Email ·
The thyroid is such a key player. I'm glad you got to the heart of the problem and will see it resolved. Good luck with the medication, etc., Sue. Thanks for teaching me about this disorder, too. God bless.
PermalinkPermalink 02/03/08 @ 04:59
Comment from: MsDemmie [Visitor] Email ·
How wonderful to have an answer - it must have been so frustrating giving up cigarettes and not feeling any of the health benefits.

I hope you will be right as rain soon.

Happy BYB Sunday and have a good week.

PermalinkPermalink 02/03/08 @ 09:53
Comment from: Lady Banana [Visitor] Email ·
Not nice having an ongoing illness, but at least it can be well controlled and you'll feel (as you say) your old self again soon..

Thankful in the knowledge is wasn't something far more sinister!
PermalinkPermalink 02/03/08 @ 10:54
Comment from: Nellie [Visitor] Email ·
I knew before I ever read the diagnosis what your problem was. In fact, I was going to tell you to have your thyroid checked. I had supposedly a total thyroidectomy July of 06. I am still having problems because of meds not being right and hopefully scar tissue. If you are on synthetic meds and still feel sluggish after a few months, PLEASE ask that your doctor put you on "armour thyroid". I am now on it and feel much better even tho my levels still are not where they should be. This med is real, made from pig thyroid so sometimes it better works with the human body.

Did not mean to write a book.(lol)

Am so glad that you have found what the problem is and hopefully it will soon be corrected.
PermalinkPermalink 02/03/08 @ 13:38
Comment from: CyberCelt [Visitor] Email ·
You can live without your thyroid, I do. I am glad that it was something fixable and that you went to the doctor before it became critical.
PermalinkPermalink 02/03/08 @ 19:26
Comment from: Laura [Visitor] Email ·
My Mom also has a thyroid problem. She takes pills too. I don't know just what hers is called. She lost a lot of weight when it started. Then they did the iodine thing and she ended up being on the slow side of normal. Now she is having a hard time keeping her weight maintained when she would really like to lose some of it. Hope you are luckier than that.
PermalinkPermalink 02/03/08 @ 20:45
Comment from: Matthew James Didier [Visitor] Email ·
Six weeks to a few months until you'll be kickin' @ss and takin' names!
PermalinkPermalink 02/04/08 @ 21:35
Comment from: Chris (remoteplanet) [Visitor] Email
It is a relief to know what's been making you under the weather, and that there is a way to keep it under control and have you back to the wonderful land of Sue. I'll look forward to seeing you happy and healthy after a successful recovery period!

PermalinkPermalink 02/04/08 @ 22:05
Comment from: Kuanyin [Visitor] Email ·
A girlfriend of mine was diagnosed with Graves Disease many years ago, and she began taking the meds, and now her energy is back up again! I'm glad you discovered what it is. The Thyroid is a master organ, and so much depends upon it's balance. I too have thyroid challenges, but I haven't blogged about it yet as there is still so many unknowns and much research to do. So many women have thyroid challenges, and I wondered why to my acupuncturist, and he believes it is happening because of the fall-out from nuclear testing on this planet.
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