My Wellness: 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.