Who'd a thunk it? A tiny, butterfly-shaped organ could give so many people, so much trouble.....but that's my story, anyway. I went to see my endocrinologist this week. What I like most about this guy is that he actually LISTENS to me. The whole time I'm talking, he's typing what I'm saying, word for word. And he's a lot younger than my doctor down south, who insisted on calling me by my given name and couldn't pronounce it to save his life. That doctor told me that I'm on the Internet too much. Well, what else is new? But he meant that I had read too many articles on what therapies we might try. I'm glad he's not around anymore.
We had to wait a bit for my blood work to finish and he came in the waiting room to give me an ETA of when I'll be next. It turns out that my hunch was correct, and ya'll know how much I enjoy being right. ;) Normal TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) levels are from .4 to 5.5. Last time I was in, it was within that range, 2.2. Well, friends and neighbors, it was up to 12.2. That's high. And that's probably why the dosage was off. So, the fatigue, weight gain, brain-fogging, and all-around crankiness I've been going through isn't in my head. And isn't necessarily because I'm over 40. That made me feel a lot better.
I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which means my body, (for whatever reason) is perceiving that the thyroid organ itself is an enemy. So, it sends it's little white-celled soldiers to attack it and ultimately, kill it. When I was first seen back in 2000 for this, there was a cancer scare. My antibodies kinda went through the roof. And they still do, but there's no reason to suspect cancer, (and yes, I've been tested.). But such is the nature of this ailment. The dosage I'm on now is one step before the last dosage they can give you. And the Doc told me it's a pretty telltale sign of my thyroid about to bite the dust. Once it does, it'll be easier to regulate my dosage, and that'll be cool. So, you now have more info than you wanted to know about my thyroid problems.