Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What is going on??!!!

For the past two months, there have been some strange things happening to me.  It all started when I noticed that I had been gaining weight- despite the fact that I am doing a fitness bootcamp and watching what I eat.  It has reached a high of 10 pounds! But then I started to notice that I felt really depressed (which is very unlike me).  I was in a bad mood all the time, always getting emotional.  Plus, I went from having insomnia to crashing right after the kids went to bed at 7:00.  I am tired all the time, and my body just feels really weak.  I kept thinking to myself  "I must be crazy!!"  My mom finally convinced me to go see my doctor, but I was very skeptical because I was afraid they would just put me on antidepressants.  Well, they took my blood to run some tests and then referred me to an endocrinologist.  Come to find out-  I have Hashimoto's disease!!  And I had every symptom in the book!  I got this definition for it off of the Mayo Clinic's website: 
    Hashimoto's disease is a disorder that affects your thyroid, a small gland located at the base of your neck, below your Adam's apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body's activities.
   In Hashimoto's disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. The resulting inflammation often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States.  
I have to be on medication for the rest of my life, but it's not a big deal.  I'm just glad that now I can finally start to feel like myself again, and lose those ten pounds AGAIN!!!