Friday, November 07, 2014

.50gcm Thyroxine


Remember for many posts or for many months (or tweets) I have been whining about my weight and how unhappy I am?

Well, guess what? On Wednesday I finally manage to see Dr. Yeoh a thyroid specialist based at Gleneagles and obviously she came highly recommended. I had to wait for a couple of months before I could finally see her, and even on my appointment day I had to wait an additional 3 hours before she was available.

When I sat down with her, I spoke about my concerns. How I gained over 15kg in 3 months since February and that I couldn't seem to shed any weight despite cutting down on my food or exercising. I was also having irregular menses and very often full of clots. I would have 10-15 days of menses, with about 3-5 days of break and it would continue again. Obviously I cried. Because it was so tiring to talk to people about my concerns and people were just telling me that I'm lazy or greedy. I'm not. I'm hardworking. My mom raised me well. But I was at a stage where I was just too tired, depressed and just feeling so fat.

There were additional symptoms that I had often brushed off because I thought it was part of life, turns out it was symptoms that I was hypo. Turns out my first and second doctor was wrong, Hashimoto Hypothyroid does not just disappear. It will always be there. WHILE I am within range I am not in the right range.

We break down my results and how I was too high on my TSH and too low on my T4. While we can't get exact number on the TSH and T4, it is crucial to be just right. Did you know that if my TSH were too high, and I am expecting, my child would have low IQ? How screwed up am I as a mother for not even attempting to provide for my child?

So we took a blood test, and she placed me on .50gcm of Euthyrox for 6 weeks and we will monitor again. Previously (A year ago) I was already on .25 so now I am on .50gcm and in 2 days I have lost .05kg. I know I know - you guys are going, "Sooooo?" But hey! It is such a different! I could even lose .01kg previously! So this was such a great feeling no doubt.

Another thing I notice once I was on Thyroxine was that my hair became softer and much manageable. I had a bit of headache on my first day and I was feeling extremely lethargic but I seemed to fare better on my second day.

Honestly I can't wait to continue with this doctor and see what's next. Hopefully I get to increase my T4 and decrease my TSH. The only thing I dislike is my 4 x 4. I can't eat any dairy products 4 hours before and 4 hours after my medication. Bleargh. There goes my coffee session in the morning.

So please.. A prayer that I go through this with ease. Seriously thyroid problems is not something I wish upon my worse enemy. It is not easy to manage, you are on medication for the rest of your life and symptoms are disregards. Please do see a doctor if you are displaying thyroid symptoms. If you continue to worry, seek a second opinion or even better, go see a specialist.

I know I'm glad I did.

.50gcm Thyroxine


Remember for many posts or for many months (or tweets) I have been whining about my weight and how unhappy I am?

Well, guess what? On Wednesday I finally manage to see Dr. Yeoh a thyroid specialist based at Gleneagles and obviously she came highly recommended. I had to wait for a couple of months before I could finally see her, and even on my appointment day I had to wait an additional 3 hours before she was available.

When I sat down with her, I spoke about my concerns. How I gained over 15kg in 3 months since February and that I couldn't seem to shed any weight despite cutting down on my food or exercising. I was also having irregular menses and very often full of clots. I would have 10-15 days of menses, with about 3-5 days of break and it would continue again. Obviously I cried. Because it was so tiring to talk to people about my concerns and people were just telling me that I'm lazy or greedy. I'm not. I'm hardworking. My mom raised me well. But I was at a stage where I was just too tired, depressed and just feeling so fat.

There were additional symptoms that I had often brushed off because I thought it was part of life, turns out it was symptoms that I was hypo. Turns out my first and second doctor was wrong, Hashimoto Hypothyroid does not just disappear. It will always be there. WHILE I am within range I am not in the right range.

We break down my results and how I was too high on my TSH and too low on my T4. While we can't get exact number on the TSH and T4, it is crucial to be just right. Did you know that if my TSH were too high, and I am expecting, my child would have low IQ? How screwed up am I as a mother for not even attempting to provide for my child?

So we took a blood test, and she placed me on .50gcm of Euthyrox for 6 weeks and we will monitor again. Previously (A year ago) I was already on .25 so now I am on .50gcm and in 2 days I have lost .05kg. I know I know - you guys are going, "Sooooo?" But hey! It is such a different! I could even lose .01kg previously! So this was such a great feeling no doubt.

Another thing I notice once I was on Thyroxine was that my hair became softer and much manageable. I had a bit of headache on my first day and I was feeling extremely lethargic but I seemed to fare better on my second day.

Honestly I can't wait to continue with this doctor and see what's next. Hopefully I get to increase my T4 and decrease my TSH. The only thing I dislike is my 4 x 4. I can't eat any dairy products 4 hours before and 4 hours after my medication. Bleargh. There goes my coffee session in the morning.

So please.. A prayer that I go through this with ease. Seriously thyroid problems is not something I wish upon my worse enemy. It is not easy to manage, you are on medication for the rest of your life and symptoms are disregards. Please do see a doctor if you are displaying thyroid symptoms. If you continue to worry, seek a second opinion or even better, go see a specialist.

I know I'm glad I did.