We’ve had a little bit of a blogging break which wasn’t planned but was needed. When I started this blog I didn’t really plan to get personal and discuss things like health or myself, it’s meant to be about Clementine. However given the way I have been feeling lately I felt like I needed to share this with others. I’ve been feeling extremely tired and generally not that great so I booked a doctor’s appointment. After discussing what I thought might be post natal depression I was sent for a blood test to see if everything was ok. Less than 24 hours after the test the doctors called me back to say that I needed to go in and discuss the results, always a bit scary when that happens! The results had come back to say that my thyroid wasn’t functioning properly – it was under active.
I wasn’t surprised when the doctor said this as I already have some experience of thyroid problems as my mum also has issues with hers. I thought I had it quite a while ago but after having a blood test done then and the results being fine I didn’t really think about it this time. Obviously I did the thing that everyone probably does when they find out they have something wrong and I headed to google. I don’t suggest doing this ever! If you think you have a problem go to the doctor, don’t rely on the Internet. I just wanted to find out a little bit more as the doctor didn’t really give me a lot. After looking up the signs and symptoms of an under active thyroid it was really clear that I had probably been suffering for a while but I’d just put it down to being a new mum and dealing with all the things that brings with it so I am definitely glad I went to the doctor. I’m now on medication (and possibly will be for the rest of my life!) to try to balance it out and hopefully feel more like my old self.
It’s been a few weeks now since I started the tablets and I have to say I’m already feeling less tired and happier. One of the symptoms is unfortunately depression which I have suffered with in the past, and was the main reason I went to the doctors. I spent a lot of time not feeling like myself and I knew that wasn’t right. My hair has also been falling out quite a lot, and my skin has been extremely dry which hasn’t helped my confidence.
After doing a bit of research on hypothyroidism I have discovered that it can affect women after they have given birth and that it can go back to normal within a year. Obviously I don’t know if that will happen to me but my doctor has warned me that I could be on the tablets for the rest of my life. A lot of people do confuse it with other things including depression because a lot of the symptoms are similar. That’s one of the main reasons I’ve decided to talk about it. Just incase there is anyone else out there that might be feeling tired, a little bit down, dry skin or any of the other symptoms listed earlier don’t just ignore it like I was doing. Hopefully once the tiredness goes away then I will start to feel more like myself and get out and do more.