Sunday, March 15, 2009

New and Improved

I'm going to attempt to start new features on my blog. Things are starting to settle down for us and my nerves aren't as crazy as they were. Thank you, doc. Yes, I take happy pills. Well, I don't know if they are happy pills or not, but they are helping me somewhat. My doc put me on Celexa for my anxiety. I am thinking my dose will have to be upped a little. I go back in May. He also put me on a higher dosage of Synthroid. He moved me up 4 dosages. My TSH was high. I don't know the exact teriminology for this stuff. You think I would by now. Basically, I don't have enough of the thyroid hormone in my body. This explains SO many things I have been experiencing. I am hoping that changing this dose will improve those things.
I guess I could explain what is wrong with me. Might help. Duh! Five years ago it was revealed through bloodwork that I had an overactive thyroid which is called hyperthyroidism. I believe it is also called Grave's Disease. My doc put me on medicine to help regulate it. Due to some other issues, the meds were not working. They can also be toxic over time. Awesome! My doc told me that another course of action was necessary: surgery or ingesting radioactive iodine. Surgery is very risky and hardly ever done any more to remove the thyroid unless it is cancerous. Radioactive iodine it is then. This stuff is dangerous apparently. I had to live in my basement for a week. My kids had to leave the house for that time also so they would not be contaminated. I had to scrub the toilet, sink and shower any time I used them. I had to wash out the washer and dryer too. I was not allowed to cook for three weeks. And I ate this stuff!!! Anywho, the iodine worked and it caused my thyroid to die off. Now I have hypothyroidism and take artificial thyroid hormone to keep my body normal. It's actually very common. Common enough that a lot of insurance companies don't even consider it a pre-existing condition. The biggest annoyance is that I have to drink a whole glass of water with my pill right when I get up and I can't eat for an hour. Blah. Oh well. It could be a lot worse.
I have to have my blood drawn every 4-6 months to make sure I am getting the proper amount of the hormone. The docs also said that my chance for thyroid cancer is a little higher than people with normal thyroids. That stinks, but there really isn't much I can do about that. Seems to me these days everyone is at risk for cancer. If you open the door with your left hand and eat off a white plate, you probably are at risk from cancer.


My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Glad to hear that you're feeling better! Send some happy pills my way!

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