Now, I pretty much expected there to be a few changes when I had my daughter. I knew the 30 pounds I gained with her was not going to be easy to work back off. Especially since my weight has always fluctuated like crazy anyway. What I didn't expect was to still be struggling with it almost three years later. Despite eating healthy and working out on a pretty regular basis, I just couldn't seem to shed those
many unwanted pounds. I also ALWAYS gained the weight in two of the most obvious places: my face and my stomach. Really? Couldn't the weight just kind of randomly disperse itself throughout my whole body so it was less noticeable? Anyway, there were also a lot of other changes. Right after I had my daughter, I started noticing a tremendous decrease in my energy. I seemed to be tired and not really feeling well all most of the time. I figured it had to do with having a baby that sucked away everything absorbed all of the nutrients in my body. But over time, it started to slowly get worse. I would get tired doing the tiniest things. I became winded easily when I played outside with my daughter every day. Then there's the whole hair loss thing. Okay, so I have incredibly thick hair that is naturally incredibly curly (yes, I straighten it...don't judge me) and for a long time it has been pretty long. So yes, my hair falls out all of the time anyway. But when you are pulling out about 6 handfuls of hair in the shower, and another 5 or 6 handfuls right after and during brushing, then that's probably not a very good sign. I don't know how I still have thick hair. I actually don't know how I have any hair left at all.
So, after doing a little research, I found out that all of my symptoms (I didn't mention all of them above because I could be here all day
complaining talking about it) are symptoms of having a thyroid problem. Which I kind of had already guessed. So I decided to go have it checked out when I had my regular check-up. The doctor did a feel around my neck and they also did some blood work for it. Upon the inspection of my neck, the doctor told me that she felt a lump. Whaaat??? However, I would need some other tests (and ultrasounds and scans and who knows what else) to determine exactly what it was. The good news was that when the results for the blood work came back, I was told that "even though the levels were elevated, they are still within the normal range". Wait, that is good news right? Either way, I knew that it was something that I had to get taken care of right away. Thyroid and throat problems do run in my family. My mom had nodules on her vocal chords that needed to be removed and my aunt had thyroid cancer. We don't want to take any chances. They did tell me that the blood tests for the thyroid can tell a lot. The blood tests determine the thyroid's hormone levels and can tell how your thyroid is functioning. If my test results are normal and I do have a lump, it is most likely a nodule or cyst that would need to be removed. Apparently it is pretty common to have normal test results even though you have a cyst.
I go in to the doctor tomorrow. I am not exactly sure what kind of tests are going to be done. I do know that now that I have had time to think about what is happening and I have been doing a lot of reading, I still have many questions. Most importantly, what it is exactly that is going on with me. Hopefully, I walk out of the doctor's office tomorrow with some of those questions answered. I will keep you all updated. Prayers would be greatly appreciated at this time!
By the way, I was told when you gain weight due to your thyroid, it's usually always in your face and stomach. Your neck swells making your face look fuller and the same with your stomach. Interesting, huh? Here I thought it was just me and my bad luck. Also, if you have hypothyroidism, even the most rigorous diet and exercise program may make you unable to lose weight.