I'll start off with my asthma. The first time I really remember not being able to breathe was when I was about 15 or so. My mom took me to the doctor and he said, here this is what you need, and he gave me allergy meds. Well they didn't help at all. I felt worse, and plus they were the kind you squirt up your nose which made my nose feel 10 times its nomal size. So anyways told the doctor about that and he said I should stay on it. I didn't and since it was only allergies and only were bad during summertime, I thought I could deal with it and take over the counter meds. Fast forward 3 1/2 yrs later. Had just laid down on my couch and I couldn't breath, scared the crap out of me, so went to the store cause I heard they sell otc inhalers. Got one, and it helped, for awhile. Few months later, was outside in the heat, skateboarding, got to hot and couldn't breath, so I passed out. A couple months after that, I woke up got out of bed and couldn't breath. I was calling the dr to get an appointment, they rushed me in. So they finally got me meds for athsma, and allergies. Flovent, albueteral, singular, and allegra d. Dropped the flovent and I am now a lot better with that.
Now the thyroid. I was an overweight 9yr old. I swear i was at least 40 lbs. over. Had a funny looking neck, and was always sleeping. My mom had the drs test me, came back abnormal level, don't know what it was, but they said that I am ok. I should grow out of it. So then a couple yrs later I had went to the doctor for something, and my mom asked for a thyroid test again because my period wasn't regular.I got the test done, came back abnormal, but it's ok I will grow out of it. They wanted to put me birth control, for the periods. Didn't do it. So a yr or so later I was still heavy and tired, neck looked horrible, painful painful period. Not fun. Went to the dr. My mom had to ask again for a thyroid test, levels were abnormal, but said I would grow out of it. But finally a year later, I lose all extra weight and my neck went down, but thats it. Periods are even worse then before, and I sleep even more. But remember I grew out of it, right? The exact year I went on my athsma and allergy pills, I started gaining weight again, but very very slowly. I slept about the same and the periods got a little bit better. Then I get married at 19, still gaining weight, am on birth control now, so the periods are what they should be at, I guess. Get a new dr for the asthma and allergies. Tells me on a visit for just the asthma, my thyroid hangs lower then normal. No it didn't bother me, I felt just fine. My new dr wants me to come in for the yearly, I held off on that until this year, I'm 22 now. I start talking to her before the exam and start bawling, she thinks I have depression, ok no problem, I can deal with meds for it. I tell her that I have gained around 30 lbs since i got married, and I can't move much, I sleep, all the time. I started taking naps, for me thats bad enough, but then it got to the point where this was my typical day: I get up for work at 6 am, go to work, come home for lunch, fall asleep for an hour, go back to work, get off at 4pm, fall asleep right when I get home even in the middle of working on the computer, wake up at 8 or so, go to the bedroom, fall back asleep, wake back up at 11 pm then get ready for bed, then go to bed and do it all over again the next day.Also i tell her that I get so weak that I can't barely lift a thing and my periods are now so bad that I am lucky if I get them every six months. So I said, maybe I am just over worked and stressed out and thats why I am sleeping all the time. And as for the weight gain, maybe somehow my it's my allergy and asthma meds making me gain it. She told me thats not possible, just a coincidence. Then she feels my neck ands says your thyroid is extemely big. So she wants to test my tsh levels. No problem, had done it so many times. I thought she won't find anything. Calls me a few days later, and tells me I have Graves desease. Confused the heck out of me, cause I have read plenty and ,my sister in law has hypo, from have her thyroid taken out due to cancer. So ok, now I have to go in for more tests cause, I don't remember why. I also was told that I may have something on my pituitary gland that increased the prolactine levels, then I need to do an mri, on the next day. Well she calls back later that day and told me that she was wrong on the graves desease, it's actully hypo, not hyper. Now that made sense. I get put on 75mcg. The generic.I still have to go to my mri, have 2 lumps on the pituitary gland. Thought at first it was tumors, but it wasn't, yea. It was nodules, for it being over worked from the thyroid, not working. Go to a specialist, he tells me I shouldn't be functioning at my level, which was at 80. So highers my dose, and I basically ask if this and that hurts or feels funny because of my thyroid. Yep everythings because of it. Told me it's Hashimoto's thyroiditis (most common) and my thyroid is dead, so I get to be on pills for the rest of my life!! So he gave me some samples of 112mcg synthroid. Start taking it, and I start feeling even worse then before!!! I gained 10 lbs lost a lot more hair and couldn't sleep at all at night, still took naps. I told myself that it was just the change of dosage and my body had to get use to it. Tuffed it out for 1 and 1/2 months, and couldn't bare it, went and got my generic brand, have only taken it now for a week and a half, but feel a lot better!!! Still could be better though. Currently waiting on the test results from the blood tests from last week. Also at this point I have to take tylenol pm to sleep, cause I am in so much pain. Every time my husband would move I would ache so bad. I can't sleep because of it. I also have been having really weird dizziness most of the day, also lightheadedness. I have noticed at about the same time everyday now, I get even more dizzy then usual and right after the dizzy spell, which last a good 10 mintues or so, I have horrible pain all over, but what really hurts most is my neck, back, and shoulders. I don't know if that is releated to my thyroid or something else. Also one last thing, I found out that my grandma had thyroid problems and my mom told the doctors back at my first test. Why do some doctors not want to diagnose and some are too ready to? I don't understand. I can't help but wonder if I sarted taking pills when the first symptoms appeared, if I had gotten the help when I needed it then, would I still have a dead thyroid, or would I have actually "grown out of it"? I guess I'll never know. I just want to let all of you know my story and that even if you go to the doctor and they tell you or your children that your levels are abnormal, but you, or you child, will "grow out of it", please go right to a specialist. Waiting may cause more damage then necessary. You don't always just "grow out of it". You could possibly level out for a time, like me, but it will eventually catch up with you. Hope this helps, or interests all who read. I also would love to know of anyone else who has Hashimoto's.
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