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Thinking About Thyroid Health

Last summer I shared my uterine fibroid surgery story and said I would share my thyroid story another day. That day has come! It’s National Thyroid Awareness month so what better way to close out the month of January.  


What was supposed to be a two-night stay at the hospital for my uterine fibroid surgery turned into a week.  After the surgery my blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate were dangerously high. I learned I had experienced a thyroid storm which was connected to undetected and untreated Graves’ disease, which is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Without swift treatment a thyroid storm can be life-threatening.  So it was a blessing to be at the hospital when it happened. 


I wasn’t able to be released from the hospital until my blood pressure was normal, and that took a week.  Upon release I spent time recovering from the fibroid surgery, and had countless appointments with my doctor and Endocrinologist. It was determined the best course of action was the radioactive iodine treatment which destroys the thyroid. As a result, I would have to take thyroid replacement medication for the rest of my life.  This was definitely not ideal, but it was the best option for my situation. It took several weeks to get the medication dosage right. During that time, I had horrendous night sweats, constant heart palpitations, fatigue and other effects.  


Thinking back, there were signs of an underlying thyroid condition. but at the time any symptoms I may have experienced I attributed to the uterine fibroids.  This is why I wanted to share my story because often times warning signs of hyperthyroidism are presented, but are brushed off or overlooked. Below are some symptoms of hyperthyroidism:

  • Appetite change (decrease or increase)

  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

  • Fatigue

  • Heart palpitations

  • Increased sweating

  • Irritability

  • Muscle weakness

  • Nervousness

  • Problems with fertility

  • Shortness of breath

  • Weight loss 

  • Thinning of hair

  • Itching and hives

  • Possible increase in blood sugar

The thyroid gland plays a huge role in metabolism, regulates digestive function, mood and more. 


Always consult with a physician if you think you may be experiencing thyroid issues.


Yours in health and wellness! 

Brandi

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