Friday, January 11, 2008

Hashimoto's disease

Well, it's official. I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. Sounds icky, doesn't it? It's actually quite common and certainly not life threatening for me. Basically, it means my thyroid is being attacked by my immune system causing insufficient amounts of thyroid hormones to be produced. It happens slowly, sometimes without any symptoms.

I'll have to take Levothyroxine for the rest of my life and be monitored annually. But hey, there is a bright side to this: I finally have an excuse for all my strange symptoms! See, it can cause forgetfulness (got that), slow thought processes (what was I saying?), fatigue, unexplained weight gain (and I thought it was Christmas), muscle aches, joint pain & stiffness, and depression. And I thought all those symptoms were just old age. Whoohoo. This is great!

Hey, wait a minute. Now that I'm taking this wonder drug, I'll have no excuses. Uh-oh. Now I'll have to think clearly, have all sorts of get-up-and-go, lose weight and be all chirpy happy.

Ok, so that's my news for the day from here Amongst The cleverengergeticthinchirpyhappy Oaks.


Barbara said...

Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting. Maybe this is what I have got!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would explain why my husband laughs when I take so long to get a word out sometimes, actually I thin tht is a seniour moment!

I do like your Scottish pics and the fudge!

the homely year said...

Hi, just visited your blog for the first time...very interesting posts!
I love maps too and spend ages planning our holiday route when we drive on the Continent.
Your symptoms sound very familiar...I'm always forgetting things!
Will be back to visit're very welcome to visit us at the homely year.
Margtaret and Noreen at THY

Diane J Standiford said...

Hi, I'm starting a 100 List of chronic diseases, your blog is beautiful and Hasimoto's disease is not well understood; may I add your blog to the list? Email me at

Emma said...

Hi.. This is probably a bit random- even for a fifteen year old to do.
But i'm seeking out for someone to help me through hard times with the hashimoto's disease, i suppose it doesn't seem so harmless when you think about it, but i don't really have anyone to talk too, Doctors don't get very emotional, and i'm pretty a lone here- seeming my family doesn't understand nor realise what i'm going through, it'd be great if you'd add me on msn,, sorry again for being damn random. :x

Anonymous said...

hi i am from Austrlia and i have hashimoto's disease as well i got dignosed early this year it was early stages and i am on thyroxine i pill a day thats it the doctor says i dont need anymore one is enough i was so scared when i first heard of it and its hard as well for me i am a single mother with 2 children and i have an
Intellectual Disability as well and its more hard for me i dont understand what is going on.
is it more worse for someone that has Intellectual Disability take care anna

Anonymous said...

Hello, Just came across the blog.
I was diagnosed in July, after battling with Dr's for a long time telling me my "TSH levels are normal". Crazy thing is my antibodies were over 1000, (normal test ranges less than35)

Glad to see you were able to get it figured out.

Something that helped me was learning what my Dr's didn't know. While it's a little radical to some I learned a lot from "stopthethyroidmadness" website - the book explained why I was having so many problems. If your med seems to not work as much or if your get other "odd" symptoms, you should definately check out the website.

Since getting on Armor I feel a lot better, as I refused to allow them to put me on a synthetic T4.

We're working on my reverse T3 levels and I'm hoping to see even more progress.

Best wishes on getting you to a good level and those symptoms under control. It's nice to feel human again.

Michael V.

Cheryl - MO said...

Hi there. I was just diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease. Before the results an ultra sound was done when a wellness program at work indicated I had abnormally high cholesterol, WBC to name a couple.

Nodules were discovered and I was sent to a specialist. My TSH was considered normal and my symptoms passed off as stress from work and lack of sleep.

He tested for antibodies which resulted in the daignosis of the disease. Here I thought I was being paranoid of my sysmptoms...however, he will not do any type of therapy because of my TSH levels being "normal", but wants to do more blood work in 3 months.

I am thinking of seeing another specialist as I feel that he may not be taking my symptoms all that seriously.