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The phrase “health journey” has taken a whole new meaning for me these past two years or so. My struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety were just the beginning of what would become a whirlwind of unsettling symptoms, extreme mental exhaustion and no longer feeling good in my own skin. Needless to say, I am sick and tired of feeling SICK AND TIRED.
Hormonal and thyroid challenges have never been a distant subject in my life. Both my grandmother and my mother have suffered from thyroid dysfunctions that have affected them in many ways. So instinctively, the possibility of suffering from hyper or hypothyroidism has always been a concern. It wasn’t until after giving birth to my son back in 2017 that those fears became more realistic. I am yet to have been diagnosed (or not) with any type of hormonal imbalance or thyroid dysfunction, but I am currently on the path to getting this figured out once in for all.
The purpose for this post is simply to share what I am currently going through in case there is someone out there experiencing something similar. If you or someone you know is dealing with similar symptoms (or you think you might have a hormonal or thyroid dysfunction) I strongly recommend seeking professional help and getting some lab work done to see what is going on. I am not a medical professional and I am simply sharing my own personal experiences.
Besides struggling with the ups and downs of depression and crippling effects of anxiety, I have also been noticing symptoms that are affecting me in other ways:
Difficulty Losing Weight: losing weight has become extremely difficult, no matter what I do. It’s as if my body refuses to let go of the pounds and even when I manage to go down 10-15 pounds, the numbers on the scale just climb right back up.
Extremely Dry & Itchy Skin: my skin has become abnormally dry and itchy, it’s annoying. Dry skin is nothing new to me, but it has never been as bad as it has been this past year.
Bloated: I feel constantly bloated after everything I eat or drink. My stomach balloons up and end up looking like I am 6 months pregnant (sometimes I fear someone is going to come up to me in public and congratulate me on baby #2).
Constipation… enough said…
Heavy Periods: my menstrual cycle used to be so easy. No big deal. But over the last two years it has become more and more intense. PMS is a complete nightmare; the extreme exhaustion, feeling blue, irritable (you know how it goes), but my actual period has become HEAVY. So heavy that I sometimes have to change out my period cup every 3 hours which is not normal for me.
Muscle Aches & Joint Pain: feeling like I have the body of a 90 year old woman has become pretty normal these days for me. There is a difference between feeling sore after a hard workout at the gym and literally having a body that is constantly aching. There have been weeks where I hadn’t been working out hard or maybe haven’t been working out at all, and my muscles will feel sore and weak.
Fatigue: it doesn’t matter if I sleep 5 hours, 6 hours or even 10 or 12 hours… I am constantly TIRED. It goes beyond a “sleepy” feeling, it’s an exhaustion that makes me feel like I need to lie down and take a nap constantly. Others have joked that its simply motherhood, but the exhaustion I feel now trumps over the exhaustion I felt when my son was an infant and I was extremely sleep deprived.
Brain Fog: this has been one of the most frustrating things I have been experiencing. There are days I feel like I cannot string together proper sentences and have a hard time communicating with someone. Mental blockage on a whole new level. Losing my train of though, lack of focus, and spacing out have prevented me from accomplishing simple day to day things. It has become even more of an inconvenience while trying to properly run and grow my blog and brand. I can’t get my shit together no matter how hard I try.
At the end of the day, I feel like my body is trying to tell me something, and I am listening! The red flags are up and I am not ignoring them anymore. I don’t know exactly what is going on, but I am anxious (haha) to find out what is going on. I could be totally wrong and tripping myself out. Maybe my thyroid function is totally fine. Maybe I am feeling like this due to what my current diet is like… but my gut is telling me that there is something more to this.
I currently have some blood work scheduled next week so I can see where my levels are at before I go in to see a specialist (I have an appointment scheduled for November 21st) I have done some extensive research on hypothyroidism on my own, and came across www.foodbymars.com — she’s a nutritionist and health coach who helps people balance their hormones. She suffers from Hashimotos (autoimmune disease) herself so she is very familiar with everything regarding thyroid dysfunctions. She suggests the following to be checked when getting blood work done for your thyroid:
- T3 uptake
- TS3 Free, and Total
- Reverse T3
- T4 Free, and Total
- Thyroid Peroxidase (“TPO” antibody)
- Anti-Thyroglobulin (“TG” antibody)
Check out this article on her website for more insight on Hashimotos and Thyroid Dysfunctions.