A post on Stop the Thyroid Madness led me to this woman’s blog post about how well she feels taking natural thyroid hormone vs. levothyroxine (Synthroid). I thought it might be a good time to review how I’ve been feeling.
When I started this blog, I was feeling pretty awful. I had been taking Synthroid for about 8 months, and my doctor told me that my TSH was normal, so any symptoms I might be experiencing weren’t actually symptoms, they were psychological problems. Here are a few of the biggest symptoms I was experiencing:
- Extreme fatigue (at its worst, I was sleeping about 18+ hours a day)
- Serious depression, mood swings, anxiety, and general crankiness
- Choking feeling / pressure and occasional pain in my neck
- All-over soreness like I did the hardest workout of my life the day before, and constantly aching joints
- Heart palpitations
- Inability to exercise (as soon as my heart rate went up, I would get dizzy and feel like I was going to pass out, or my hands would go numb)
- Inability to do my job (as a photographer, I didn’t have enough energy or strength to be on my feet for hours at a time, and I couldn’t book things in advance because I didn’t know how I would feel)
- Weakness, especially in the upper body
- Weight gain and a complete inability to lose weight no matter how hard I tried
- Getting a cold/flu every few weeks
- Daily headaches and frequent migraines
- Dry skin, hair, and nails; nails that break like they’re made of paper and a ton of hair loss
It took four doctors to find someone amazing, several months of playing around with my dose of Thyroid, cutting gluten 100% out of my life, and then following a primal diet, to finally get my list of symptoms down to this:
- Occasional fatigue or general “blah” feeling
- Occasional mild depression/irritability
Both of those things usually happen after I eat something I’m not supposed to eat (like grains or sugar).
There might be a few other little things, but overall I feel amazing, and I’m so grateful I finally found a solution.
Last year on my 27th birthday, I said: “I bet by next year I will be feeling the healthiest I’ve ever felt!” And it was true. High five, past self.