Thyroid Thursday

As you may have noticed, I like alliterations (Motivation Monday, Witchy Wednessday, Sassy Snack Sunday). Why not add another? I give you, Thyroid Thursday. This is where I will post any updates on my own thyroid or any new information I may learn about Graves’ disease and feel inclined to share.

As I may have mentioned before, I’ve been having a bunch of symptoms for the past few months. I decided to go see my Endo to hopefully get some answers. Of course, I didn’t get very many. It’s what I expected though because my Endo sucks and rushes through his appointments just to get to the next one and make more money.

I went in with a long list of questions and an even longer list of symptoms I’m having. Only about half of my questions were answered and when I told him about my symptoms, all he said (while not even looking at me, mind you) “Let’s get you a CBC and we’ll call you. He then sent me on my way, frustrated and annoyed, but not before charging me $44. My whole appointment last about 20 mins. I did what he wanted me to do though. I had the CBC done (blood test for those of you that don’t know) and waited for a call. I got a call from one of his nurses a few days later. I thought maybe they had called me to schedule another appointment to see the doctor and finally get some answers. Nope. All they told me was that my Endo wanted me to alternate my dosage between 10mg and 15mg every other day. That’s it? Really? What about all my symptoms? What’s causing them? That’s all I want to know. I didn’t argue with them though because I knew I wasn’t going to get any answers from them. I decided to go ahead and make an appointment with my normal physician to see if he could maybe give me some answers. He’s a really good doctor so he might be able to tell me something. I also tried calling the new Endo (the really good one that my sister goes to). I already have an appointment with them, but it’s not until December. I need help now though. I called on Monday to see if maybe they had any cancellations. They didn’t. I’m stuck with my crappy Endo and my general physician for now.

I’ve been trying to diagnose myself with my list of symptoms and the help of Google. Here are the different symptoms I’ve been having. I don’t have them all at once or at the same time, but I’ve had them each multiple times:

  • tightness in chest and trouble breathing (mostly at the end of the day. Could just be from working)
  • heart palpitations (every now and then)
  • cramps/tightness in my neck (more often lately)
  • sore throat (everyday)
  • tenderness in the thyroid area
  • muscle weakness
  • extreme exhaustion/fatigue (everyday)
  • rapid heart beat (sometimes)
  • sensitivity to cold
  • chills
  • flu like body ache (everyday)
  • skin sensitivity (slight for right now)
  • stabbing pain in feet, hip joints, femur bone (everyday)
  • insomnia
  • brain fog
  • sensitive teeth/ teeth aches

These are all the ones that I can remember at the moment. With these symptoms, I think I might have Fibromyalgia and/Hashimoto’s. I think I have symptoms of both. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know for sure, but I’m going to ask my doctor to check for them on Monday. I try not to diagnose myself and tell the doctor how to do his job, but with all the “I don’t know”s over the past few years it’s kind of hard not to. They’re merely just suggestions anyway. He’s the doctor, I’ll let him decide. Like I said, my general physician is pretty good. I’m sure he’ll help me figure it out. The only thing is he’s not a thyroid expert so there’s only so much eh can do.

Long rant about support:

As I may or may not have already mentioned, I had to move back in with my mother earlier this year. In April I decided to start booth renting at a salon. It’s a salon suite so it’s like a mini salon within a larger salon. We get a private room and we are our own bosses. I put my entire tax refund into starting it up. Since it was April, it was beginning of slow season. Not just for my area, but for salons everywhere. Summer is a slow hair season until August and then slows down again for the month of September. I knew I wouldn’t be making a lot of money during this time so I moved back in with my mom. I told her this and thought she understood, but I guess not. These past few months with my flare ups, I’ve still been trying to work as much as I can. Usually 1pm-7pm/ 5 days a week. I often get such a late start because I’m in so much pain and don’t get much sleep the night before, it’s hard to get out of bed. But I still do it and I still go into work, it’s just later in the day. Since it’s been slow season I don’t miss much by sleeping in. Even though I’m in constant pain, I still work until about 7 or 8pm. I’ve only been making enough to pay my booth rent+ gas, food, car insurance and phone bill. Apparently this isn’t enough for my mother. She finally told me Sunday that I am holding her back and that she wants to move on. She didn’t want to have to be taking care of her 28 yr old daughter. It just kind of really hurt because I though she supported me and knew that I was trying as hard as can. I thought wrong. Trust me, I don’t like living with her and having to depend on her for a lot of things. Before I got sick I was living on my own and supporting myself. I was very independent. Moving in with her has been hard on both of us, but I though she’d be more understanding. I know it’s hard on her because my sister is living with us too because of her Graves’ (and she has to have surgery at the end of the month). I’m trying the best I can though. I work through the pain most days because I know I have to try to make money. I can’t get another job because I wouldn’t have a flexible schedule like this anywhere else. I need to be able to make my own others with my flare ups and until I figure out why I’m having all these symptoms. I take medicine like I’m supposed, I’ve cut gluten and dairy and I’ve cut down on my sugar intake. That’s why I think I might have some other autoimmune diseases (it’s common to get a few at a time). I’m also trying really hard not to complain at home because my sister has Graves’, Hashimotos, and Thyroiditis. Plus she’s having surgery next week. She doesn’t have all the pain and symptoms that I have though. I’ve asked. Still, I’ll only do my complaining and ranting here. Sorry in advance. This is all for right now though.

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