I have an autoimmune disorder called Hashiomoto’s Thyroiditis. It sucks. I was diagnosed a few years ago after suffering from a barrage of awful symptoms like extreme fatigue, hair loss, foggy brain, strange rashes, muscle twitches and stomach issues. I finally saw a doctor when it got so severe I couldn’t make it through the day without falling to pieces.
The first doctor I saw tested me for thyroid antibodies (the test that determines whether or not one has Hashimoto’s). Which is unusual. Many people suffer from symptoms for YEARS before anyone figures out what’s wrong with them. Doctors aren’t quick to test for Hashimoto’s, and the disease doesn’t show up on a regular old TSH panel. In fact, you can have normal TSH levels and still be suffering from Hashimoto’s.
After my diagnosis, I went on a rampage to get healthy. I changed my diet severely. I went on levothyroxine medication. I quit my job in an attempt to lower my stress levels. And after a few months, I started to feel better. I started to feel like ME again. It was amazing.
Every few months, however, my symptoms will flare up. This past month has been brutal. The exhaustion is back. The strange rashes have reappeared. My brain is foggy again. Which scares me. Because I want to live a healthy, productive life. I want to have energy for my kids and my career and my marriage. I want to be well. And knowing I have an incurable autoimmune disease is terrifying. It makes me feel mortal. And sick. And I hate it.
I want a cure. Not a bandaid. I feel like the medication is just a bandaid. It doesn’t cure me. It just masks the disease and helps my symptoms. Sometimes. I want to be all the way better. And I’m willing to do pretty much anything to make that dream a reality.
A few weeks ago I sat down for a Facebook live event with the amazing pediatrician Dr. Song and she answered your cold and flu questions. A few people started to veer off topic and ask about thyroid and autoimmune issues. And Dr. Song mentioned that a thyroid expert Dr. Izabella Wentz was doing an online summit called The Thyroid Secret all about thyroid issues. So I started tuning in. And the information is vast and awesome and I am so grateful for it. I feel like there might be some hope to me actually getting a handle on my Hashimoto’s. And I wanted to share the info with you all as well. Of course I’m late to the party and much of the summit has already happened. But you can jump in and get some really awesome information for the next few days and there is a full replay coming this weekend.
If you’re unsure if thyroid disease is causing your symptoms, here’s a quiz you can take to find out. Here’s the link to the summit. Wishing you all health, vibrance and the ability to live your best life. xo, Deva