Living with Hypothyroidism
Many people who have hypothyroidism do not even know it. I was one of those people. It started with a little weight gain after the holidays. I was a little concerned but of course everyone gains some weight during the holidays. I continued on with my life, not even considering that I might have hypothyroidism.
Over the next few months I started to feel more and more depressed. I am not usually an unhappy person. In fact my friends say that I am one of the happiest people they know. When I started feeling depressed I became very concerned. I went to my doctor who said it was just stress and that it is common for women to get depressed at some point in their lives. He did not even consider that I might have hypothyroidism.
My doctor gave me some antidepressants and sent me on my way. The antidepressants helped but it was not enough. I started having stronger mood changes. I started feeling angry for no apparent reason at all. This not only disturbed me but also worried my friends and family. I went back to my doctor who again said it was just depression. He changed my antidepressant and sent me back home.
This continued for another six months.
One day I decided to search online and see if anyone else had similar symptoms. I found a wealth of information about hypothyroidism. I also found other women who were misdiagnosed like me. I decided to make another appointment with my doctor. This time I asked him if it could be hypothyroidism. He insisted that I was just suffering from depression. I pushed for a hypothyroidism blood test just in case. He agreed and gave me the test.
The results came back a few days later along with an apology from my doctor, who was ashamed that he had not considered the possibility of hypothyroidism earlier. He gave me some thyroid hormone and I took the medication for about two months before I started seeing results. As of today I am able to stop taking the medication and I am symptom free.
The worst part of having hypothyroidism was dealing with the misdiagnoses by my doctor. The symptoms were pretty bad but they were not nearly as bad as thinking that I might have to deal with my new anger and depression for an indefinite amount of time. When I got my diagnoses of hypothyroidism, I was actually happy. I knew that there was a good chance that hormone medication would make my anger and depression go away.
If you ever find yourself suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above please ask your doctor about getting a test for hypothyroidism. It is worth the extra money to at least find out if you have hypothyroidism. Women are especially prone to the disease. If you are a woman or a person with type
1 Diabetes, it is quite possible that symptoms such as weight gain and mood change could be hypothyroidism. Remember if you are showing symptoms, ask your doctor for a hypothyroidism test.