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Adventures in Hashi-land by Megan Usko
Hello friends! I have missed being here at zenthyroid.com but am so grateful for our amazing community to always connect with on Facebook and Twitter. This guest post is written by a wonderful woman that I met through the Twitter thyroid community – Megan Usko, a.k.a. @Ladyzip15. Megan is always so sweet and supportive and is one of those kind of people who make Twitter a nicer place. I am grateful that Megan has generously offered to share her thyroid story here and talk about how she has gotten on the path to feeling better.
Megan has found that an over-the-counter thyroid glandular has helped her to feel better! I believe that it is vital for each of us to find out what treatment will work best for us as we are all individuals with different needs and situations. I definitely recommend finding a doctor who will work with you to figure that out if you can. While it can be really challenging to find a great doctor who will listen to us, there are resources out there to use.
ThyroidChange has created a list of patient-recommended docs. All the docs on this list SHOULD do complete thyroid testing and be open to thyroid treatment options. You deserve a doctor who will do this! Hypothyroid Mom has created this awesome resource to help you find a great doctor too. If you cannot find a doctor, feel free to contact me and I will help you however I can.
Take it away Megan….
- On the left: December 2011 right when symptoms were starting. On the right: December 2013 on Tirosint after almost 2 years.
I think back & believe some symptoms started right after I had my child in 2002. Back then I had frequent migraines & unexplained skin rashes. Both were treated as individual issues to resolve. I had no big red flags until late fall/winter 2011/12. I turned 40 & suddenly had this overwhelming fatigue. I played college basketball & kept in shape by swimming, weight lifting, running & Zumba and did most of it at 5:00am before work every day. I never changed clothes sizes from high school and I was getting into the obstacle course races to work towards a goal. Suddenly, I was skipping workouts because I couldn’t drag myself out of bed.
In early spring 2012, I discovered my warm weather clothes didn’t come close to fitting (we have 2 wardrobes here in Ohio). I went to my family physician, who begrudgingly did the basic thyroid panel (after much discussion as there was skepticism about how much I was exercising & that this could just be middle age stuff) & discovered I was hypothyroid and had gained 25 pounds in that year. I started levothyroxine & immediately got an itchy rash from head to toe. I was switched to Synthroid, which made me feel like I had morning sickness every day. Finally, I was given Tirosint.
In the meantime, I went to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s & Vitamin D deficiency. She helped me with some energy recovery with the Vitamin D, but I still felt like a zombie on Tirosint & I couldn’t lose a pound despite trying a gluten free diet. Fast forward to this past winter when I started reading about Armour which gave me a gut feeling that my body needed T3 (thanks to Hypothyroid Mom, Mary Shomon & Gena Lee Nolin’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds). I asked my endo to try Armour & was armed with some charting of daily continued symptoms. The answer was adamantly NO.
- Out for a run on June 1st, 2014. I was so happy to see my face! 😉
I kept talking to friends and asking questions of the “experts” and stumbled on a porcine-derived natural dessicated thyroid medication that did not require a prescription. On May 1st of this year I started it and within 3 days I felt like a brand new person. My energy is almost completely back! I am sleeping better! My favorite part is my face puffiness decreased a bit within a month! I want to exercise and can handle staying active and busy throughout the day. There hasn’t been much weight loss but I am thankful for the renewed energy and my LIFE!
One word about Hashi that I hardly see: IF you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, then any siblings (children & parents too!) should be tested. I have 3 siblings – one was tested & she has it too. I know the other two have it but they are not wanting to face it. My grandmother had this undiagnosed (she always talked about migraines, not being able to lose a pound, taking necessary naps, etc…and she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 65) and my mom’s sister & her daughter have it as well. Encourage your family members to get tested!
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