Now I will talk about hypothyroid, another condition I have.
"Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to 'run the body's metabolism,' it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. Over five million Americans have this common medical condition. In fact, as many as ten percent of women may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. Hypothyroidism is more common than you would believe...and, millions of people are currently hypothyroid and don't know it!" -From endocrineweb.com
I started feeling something was "off" right after my son was born. I knew I had a heart condition, but it felt like more was not right. I felt totally exhausted and drained. My doctor checked my thyroid levels and said that I was "within normal limits" so it couldn't be my thryoid, now could it?!
As my son grew older I continued to feel worn down and not with it. I was always cold and didn't have much energy. Finally that was topped off with headaches and muscle spasms. I had a saliva test which showed estrogen imbalance, but that was all I could figure out on the hormones because the doctor kept testing my thyroid and kept saying it was in the low end of normal.
In Feb. of 2007 I went to an endocrinologist thinking that he might be able to shed some light on the situation. NOT! He tested my blood for everything possible and his conclusion was "There is nothing wrong with you. You are perfectly normal."
I believed that for about. . .2 months and then reality set in. I was NOT FEELING NORMAL! There had to be an explanation! So, I went to an osteopath that another doctor recommended. He was good with hormones and chronic pain. He ended up re-testing me and said that the numbers were not ALL of the story. He said all doctors should LISTEN to their patients, not just look at the numbers! You could have knocked me over with a feather, because I had never heard a doctor say that before!
To make a long story short, he started me on Armour thyroid med. and I immediately began feeling better. I have more energy, I'm not as cold as I was. I can wear short sleeves to work and not freeze to death! My muscle spasms went away for a short time (they're back now, but it was amazing how they disappeared when I first started the Armour).
I "fired" this doc because he was the one who did the prolotherapy shots. But, I was impressed that he was able to pinpoint my thyroid problem. Just because I was barely into the "normal" range, my other docs thought I was fine. But I was still displaying all the symptoms of low thyroid.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism • Fatigue • Weakness • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight • Coarse, dry hair • Dry, rough pale skin • Hair loss • Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you) • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches • Constipation • Depression • Irritability • Memory loss • Abnormal menstrual cycles • Decreased libido
People with Chiari and EDS often have thyroid problems as well. No one really knows why - it could be that the Chiari pressure affects the pituitary gland.