Welcome fellow Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, hypothyroid and low-energy sufferers. You will find all different kinds of information here designed to help you if you’ve just received a new diagnosis, you think something is wrong with your thyroid, as well as long-time sufferers. From how and when to take your supplements/medicine, to gaining energy, understanding how to talk to your doctor so both of you can get YOU back to enjoying life, and learning about the natural/homeopathic ways or regular/western medicine ways to feel better.
Hi to all, I am 40 yrs old, mom to 3 children (23, 16 & 14) and grandma to 2. I have been hypothyroid for about 15 years, diagnosed about 10 years ago when someone finally discovered I had a (non-toxic) Multi Nodular Goiter (MNG) and even with medication it kept growing. I went through a few doctors over the years because no matter what we did I just didn’t feel good, at all, so I would find a new doctor and hope he/she could help me. I hardly ever felt anything better than just bad for the last 2 years before my surgery in October 2017.
I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in June 2017, after a biopsy and some other blood tests. I had had an ultrasound in May that showed a thyroid that was 6+ times it’s normal size (from what they could see) and had several large nodules that had some disturbing characteristics. Luckily, when all was said and done, it wasn’t cancer.
After my biopsies came back confirming my doctor’s Hashimoto’s diagnosis (along with antibody and other blood tests) he sent me to an endocrinologist who immediately sent me to a surgeon. They did a CT scan and that’s where we found out that my thyroid had grown around behind my trachea into the back part of my neck. Most peoples grow larger in front and start going down into the chest cavity. Mine grew down to my jugular notch, grew tall up under my jaw, got really thick and then wrapped around and compressed my trachea. This compression, from the unseen growth, was causing me to have a hard time swallowing, breathing and eventually caused me to wake up gasping for air because NO air could get through, like sleep apnea does but this wasn’t my tongue, tonsils, or my weight… it was my very overgrown thyroid. Your thyroid is supposed to be this cute little butterfly gland in the front of your neck but mine had decided to choke me, thoroughly! Instead of the cute butterfly the CT scan showed it looked more like a large doughnut around my trachea.
I had originally gone in to have surgery on the 21st…I was admitted and put to sleep when the 2 anesthesiologists and my surgeon tried to intubate me several times and couldn’t. My throat was so constricted the head anesthesiologist told me I was a Level IV difficult intubation (I believe there’s only 5 levels) not that I knew or know what it all consists of. All I did know about it was that I would have a perfectly normal throat/windpipe/trachea (whatever) once my thyroid came out.
Once I woke up the 2nd time, thyroid free, the first thing I noticed was that I could breathe. It felt sooo good!! My neck was extremely painful but that only lasted 3 or 4 days and after, I felt like a brand new person. I started feeling like I did when I was 29! Of course I tried to do way too much, too fast, and hurt myself but I felt GREAT doing it. This lasted for a little over 3 weeks. I was on top of the world, ready to run it. Then I crashed. I had been exercising, trying to get ANY endurance back so I thought the aches and pains and less energy were from that. I cut back a little and still felt really really bad so, I knew something was wrong again, for sure. From there it’s been a lot of trial and error but I’m happy to say I feel like 29 again and now I’m here to share my success and help you do the same. You CAN feel better… much, much better.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
I know what it’s like to have Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. Before I was diagnosed, I knew something was wrong with me but of course, my labs said I was perfectly normal. I know the struggle!! About the weight gain even though you eat like a bird. I know that sometimes, even coffee doesn’t help you to do anything except crawl back in bed and once you get to this point you know you’re going to gain even more weight even though you’re probably eating even less because you know you aren’t using any energy and more than likely, you aren’t even hungry. I know how it is to feel crazy because you know you should feel better but don’t and you have absolutely no idea how to get there.
I was barely able to go to my job everyday, doing a bunch of nothing while I WAS there, and struggling to even take care of my children who were 12 & 14 at the time. I felt like I should be an expert on hypothyroidism with all the experience I had at having it but I knew nothing about it, I was barely dealing with it. I was just trying to exist and feeling worse and worse about what I WASN’T getting done and what I just didn’t have the energy to even THINK about doing.
THE GOAL OF THIS SITE
There is help out there specifically for hypothyroid patients and it definitely can work for Hashimoto’s sufferers but there’s more to Hashi’s than just being hypothyroid. I want to give you the tools, the knowledge and the help you need to have a much better quality of life. To share knowledge because not everything that worked for me will work for you but I know that there IS something that WILL. Some of it is just simple stuff, some of it takes a whole lot of hard work and discipline, but if you want it…all you have to do, is do it. Please do be careful though, you have to know (or learn) your own body. What works for some people, hurt others because they have other issues or different symptoms or their body just works differently than yours. This really is a trial and error and lots of learning kind of thing but it will work and here at HashimotosHealth.com, you will find your well.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to get back to you.
All the best,