I have been avoiding this topic for a while now. I briefly touched on it in a previous post, but I am experiencing new symptoms. Just when I thought things were starting to go my way, my joints started acting up. Last year, I had immense shoulder pain in my left shoulder. Also, severe headaches started happening every month. I went to the chiropractor as friends suggested that would help both. Nice try. The water bed was great as it massaged me, and of course he said I needed to keep going ($20 a visit and I had 3 visits a week). Ha. Plan B was a specialist. Those run $35 a visit. I went a few times and he claimed he thought I had bursitis. Muscle relaxers were prescribed. Nice try. Cortisone shot was up next. Worst pain I have ever felt in my shoulder and couldn’t raise my arm at all that night. I could not even remove my shirt because my arm was in so much pain. Never, ever again. Not a nice try. Seriously, worst pain ever.
So I put myself on glucosamine pills and joint health drinks. Amazingly enough, I could sleep on that side again. That was a huge improvement. Months go by and my workouts don’t pain me as much. I think I am getting better. The thing that lurks within was luring me into a false sense of security. It was waiting for just the right time to cause mayhem. It likes to strike before I go back to work again in the fall. In August, I am so tired I can hardly get out of bed in the morning. I start to sleep later and think that maybe my body is telling me to suck in all the sleep I can before school starts.
My body knows that when I go back to work and my girls are busy with school, I will need to get back into a pattern. Just to be sure, I check with my doc. Need Vitamin D pills. Got it. Makes sense. Only now, my right shoulder begins to ache. Not a small pain, but a bone deep ache. Please go away. I can’t deal with this now. I start to notice my hair is breaking off more. Weird. My finger nails break a bit, but I am hard on my hands as I like to garden in the summer without gloves. Ignore. Get to it later. I get into my patterns. I forget things sometimes. No big deal. Still really tired. I feel like I have gained weight and it won’t come off even with my busy day and work outs of 2-3 miles elliptical. So I tell myself to get my thyroid checked. I am told it’s creeping up, but still within normal range.
Since by now I know that I feel horrible, I read up on thyroid issues. I am convinced that there is a link between Hereditary Hemochromatosis and what is going on with my body. The only problem is, I feel like it has made my thyroid off somehow and I can’t prove it. The levels on the test are within “normal”. What is normal to me does not seem to apply, but I listen to what they say and drop it for a while. Pain increases and can’t sleep on that side. Now I use a hot wrap everyday when I come home from work. My feet hurt, body aches, tired, and just over it. I start talking to my girlfriends at lunch. One of them thinks I am right and that I should look into the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease. Oh great. As soon as she said it, I looked it up. There are my freaking symptoms all over the page. Great. Now to get someone to believe me. I look up the range of thyroid levels and discover that research done by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists states a smaller window than most labs use. Interesting. I begin to wonder what my lab used when they told me I was “normal”.
Due to my latest research, I am going back to the doctor tomorrow, and not leaving until every test possible is conducted. This time, I will ask them to send me the results. This time, if I don’t get an answer, I am going to find someone else who can help me. I am tired of being tired. Moreover, I am not really a fan of suffering quietly and it is time someone takes me seriously.
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ~Anonymous