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Wellness–Thyroid Health, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

My Wellness: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Wellness Update: Thyroid Issues–Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Wellness Update: Thyroid Issues–Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Recently I told you about my quest to find out why I have been feeling s fatigued all the time. Thankfully I feel I like I am very in tune with my body and knew that something was not quite right. I have participated in sports since before I can remember and have been trained to listen to my body in order to achieve optimum performance during training and on race day. Being an athlete I know what the fatigue from training feels like and also the have weight of exhaustion after a race. The fatigue that I had been feeling was much different. I was waking up from a good long night of sleep and would feel like a zombie as though I had not slept at all. This groggy tiredness continues through out the day with that post nap fog constantly hanging over me.
After initial testing my Doctor referred me to the Endocrinologist. My bloodwork had shown that while my TSH levels and T3 Free and T4 were normal they were not in the optimum range. The red flag came when my bloodwork showed that my body is producing thyroid antibodies. The Endocrinologist was able to verify that yes, I do have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where your body attacks your thyroid and you stop producing thyroid hormones. While I am not currently at the point where I have become Hypothyroid where my thyroid starts to become non-functional, my thyroid has inflammation. My doctor said that this could definitely explain a lot of what I have been feeling.

What is the treatment for Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease?

My doctor has prescribed a very low dose of synthyroid as hormone replacement to see if this will help me at this point. Along with the prescription she ordered some more bloodwork to check on a few more things as autoimmune issue can sometimes cluster. I have still been experiencing frequent migraines and blood sugar imbalance so my doctor is searching further to see if there is anything else.
I will be returning for more bloodwork later in the summer to monitor my thyroid levels and to check in to see how the medication is working. Hopefully this will help with the fatigue that I have been experiencing. Thankfully the impact has not been to great on my training. I am happy that we caught this issue early as it is something that runs in my family.

How is your training going so far tips summer. What races do you have next? Have you experienced any “roadblocks” in your training? 
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12 responses

12 responses

    1. Thanks Sue! Trying to work through this. I am so incredibly tired all the time. Hopefully it doesn’t impact my running or I might go crazy! So great to see you in DC! I hope we get to do it again soon!!!!

  1. I have hashimotos and it can be tough at times. My worst problem is the extreme fatigue. I can get sooo tired that even daily tasks are hard. I have been taking synthroid for awhile now, and it does seem to help, but I still experience the ups and downs at times.
    Sorry you have it as well, it’s not fun at all. But, totalky able to push through most of the time. Thank goodness us runner folks are already so strong! It helps! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your insights Shannon! I am sorry to hear that you have this too! I am hoping the impact on my running is not too great. I have been feeling sooooo tire lately. Hope you are well and that your running has been fun lately!

  2. Ugh! I am hoping the medication and specialists will get you back on track! Hang in there lady! You are amazing and can handle anything that comes your way!!

  3. Oh friend. I am praying for you and sending you positive, healing vibes. I am so glad you were on top of this right away and are working with your doctors. I am happy it isn’t affecting your training, as that is what makes us happy 🙂
    I know about roadblocks (I am dealing with a little case of PF and it is not fun), but I think they make us stronger and appreciate the victories. You’ve got this! xo
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  4. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through this. I have hashimoto’s, or atleast that’s what they’ve told me. It has taken YEARS of struggling with it before we decided to look at my levels and realize that though they’re not in danger range they’re certainly not optimal. I’m on a low dose of levothyroxine for now ( I’m currently 7 months pregnant ) and after baby gets here & my hormone levels stabilize were going to regroup and see what’s going on. I hope you get your answers soon!! Good luck

    1. Hi Stephanie! Thank you for your comments! My thyroid levels are all within the normal range but the antibodies are what triggered my diagnosis. I am hopeful to see if the synthyroid helps. I hope that your pregnancy is going well and that you get some more answers when everything gets back to “normal” after baby 🙂

  5. I’m glad that your search has helped you find some answers and I am very interested in our similarities! I am an active marathoner/runner and mother of three and understand that type of fatigue you explained. I had some growths on my thyroid that needed biopsies and, I too have Hashimotos. Because all of my blood work and numbers keep coming back normal, I have no treatment yet. I am curious if adding the synthroid has helped with fatigue? I have nothing yet and go through serious times when I feel wired and can’t sleep to the walking zombie stage. I’m frustrated that doctors seem to say, “Well, you have three young children” or “You run twenty miles a pop” because it’s very different. Anyway, thanks for posting and hope to follow you a bit. PS – My name is Sandra too 🙂

    1. Hi Sandi! Thanks for your comments! I know exactly what you mean! It is either, “I’m wired,” or I am so tired I could fall asleep in my food.Not sure yet about the synthyroid. She put me on it for 6-8 weeks to see if it will help. I am so frustrated with the fatigue and it is so different than the i’ve run my long run fatigue. I will keep my blog and you posted as to what else I discover as we can all help each other out! I just joined a private group on facebook called Hashimoto’s 411, if you are not in it yet you should join as the dialogue and articles have been informative. Good luck and happy running!

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