Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Hypothyroidism/Under-active Thyroid

So, about a month ago I had my annual visa physical (here as part of the visa process you have to have a doctor's certificate of fitness to work) and they once again found out that my sedimentation rate was elevated. This is an indication of inflammation somewhere in my body and mine is usually high and each year they have blamed it on something like a bladder infection or ear infection. One year I did try investigate further but it never came to anything...

So this year it was double what it was last year (and that was high) and so people started taking me seriously and I also decided that I would do whatever it took to get to the bottom of things... I went first to my doctor and she asked me what was bothering me and after sending me to do a couple of investigative tests, one specialist finally put my various symptoms together and recommended that I check out my thyroid gland. As I read up about it, the symptoms were like I was reading my medical history and so it came as no surprise this morning when the Thyroid specialist confirmed that I had a under-active thyroid or hypothyroidism.
The treatment is to take hormone replacement tablets the rest of my life, but it is a small price to pay to FINALLY figure out what all these symptoms are caused by and to get to back to normal! He already has me on the lowest dose and when my blood work comes back he will adjust the dosage. So here's to getting back to normal, whatever that is :-)

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