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on listening to your body

Posted Aug 11 2011 6:36pm

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I think I am pretty good at listening to my body.

Okay, let’s back it up. Sometimes I am too good at “listening” to my body. “Listening”? I used the quotation marks because there have been a few times my internet diagnoses on WebMD just cause me to feel a little bit neurotic. My mom is happy to not have one, but two hypochondriac daughters. Headache? I’m sure it’s a tumor. Chest pain? I’m having heart palpitations – it must be a heart attack! Needless to say, I need to stop Googling symptoms when all I have is a cold, not the Swine Flu.

Needless to say, I have mentioned a few times now that for the past few weeks I have felt a little bit “off”. It was draining really, and very very frustrating. I felt tired, irritated, and run down all the time. I was starting to have feelings of depression and anxiety. Pair that with a few extra pounds I have put on lately, and I would have to say that something was just not right.

In fact, this was exactly how I felt before I went on my thyroid medication last October. I have talked about my hypothyroidism before, but in case you’re not familiar with my journey, you can read it about it here . Before I went on medication, which was a very hard decision for me to make, I was all of the above. I really don’t know how I was really “living” then. I was really just hoping to make it through one day at a time. It was honestly so debilitating the fatigue I was feeling.

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So when I started having those same feelings creeping back, I knew I had to go back into the doctor to get my blood work looked at again. Usually with thyroid patients, you have to go in every six months or so after your thyroid is in a normal range. I was in the 6 month hiatus from seeing my doctor, but called and insisted I go in to run a test. So last week I dragged myself (and my niece and nephew) to the doctor to get a thyroid panel run.

I was not surprised when the results came in. My thyroid was elevated, which actually means that it was working too slow. Thyroid is weird – the higher the count it, the less your thyroid works. When the count is lower and into the negatives, that means it is working too hard and producing too many hormones.

My doctor decided to increase my medication one more time, and hopefully it will even out in a few weeks. I am so glad I decided to listen to my body this time around. Obviously sometimes when I have a “feeling”, it’s not always right. However, it is always the right thing to check it out. The worst (actually the BEST) thing that can happen is your doctor can tell you that you are 100% fine!

I am actually already starting to feel better after only a few days on the new medicine. While I don’t normally go for the “traditional” medical interventions, this was one that I couldn’t not. Obviously everyone has their views on what is the best (holistic/natural or traditional), but please respect my decision on this.

Now the only thing I have to get over is that I am much hungrier than normal because when your thyroid starts to work again, it means your metabolism will increase a little bit (which explains those few extra pounds – believe me, they’re there Mom). But, apparently since I’m all for listening to my body, eating is on the rise right now!

Question: When is the last time you really listened to your body?

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