Hello Everyone! Today’s blog, I will be writing about Hypothyroidism and its shenanigans.
Ever since I was a little girl, I struggled with my weight. I could easily gain it, and sometimes loose it just as fast. I was very active as a child, ate normal food portions, Never went over board.
In 2007 after having my 3rd daughter, I had my gall bladder removed. A month after it seem as though my clothes was getting way too tight. I couldn’t understand why. I would work out everyday at home eating normal, and staying active. So, luckily I was able to see my primary physician. Blood work was done, sure enough My thyroid tests showed irregularities , demonstrating that my Doctor’s theory was confirmed. I got diagnosed with Hypothyroid disease as well as Iron deficiency syndrome. My hair was falling out so bad, and I was 20 years old at the time.
The weight gain was unbelievable! I was horrified, I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I hated to go out. I started just wearing pajama pants and big T-shirts, to I guess somehow hide my weight. I gave up. Felt so disgusted at myself, all I ever wanted to do was sleep, eat and cry myself to sleep. So, Every chance I had to do exactly just that, That’s what I would do. My boyfriend at the time would try his absolute hardest to make me feel beautiful. He would constantly remind me that what made me beautiful in the first place, was my heart and soul. One night, we decided, well more like I was dragged to the club with a group of friends. I usually was the life of the party. I loved to dance. But, that night was a low blow. When I tried to move how I use to, on the dance floor, WOW, I seriously couldn’t. It hit me hard and I was just so ready to leave. Never felt so out of place that bad like I did that night.
One month later after this night, I went in to see my Doctor. He had ran the test a week prior to my appointment and he tells me “Well Ms.Morales, Your thyroid levels are back to normal and you will no longer need to continue taking the synthroid.”
I asked hesitantly “So, does this mean I am okay? Why is my hair still falling out then? Why do I continue to gain so much weight?” His answer to that was “Perhaps you aren’t sleeping correctly or enough. You might need to be put on a diet, and stress can be causing the hair loss.” At this point I was too upset to continue asking questions, It seemed as though, he wasn’t interested to answer or hear my concerns. I went home disappointed , as it is to be expected. I check my mail. To my luck my insurance had been cancelled as I no longer qualified. GREAT! What now?
I started thinking, perhaps the doctor is right. I need to eat differently and take better care of myself. I put my best foot forward to do so. The weight just kept going higher.I was frustrated and depressed. I stared suffering from severe migraines, insomnia , and anxiety. At this time, I was turning 22 and I am quite short. My height is 5’2 an I was weighing a whooping 250 pounds. The biggest I’ve ever been in my entire life. Eventually, I put on my big girl panties and faced the issue head on. I did research which quite frankly at the time there was not much information on the internet ad there is now. I came to terms with my illness. I started fixing myself up, going out again , engaging without feeling embarrassed. Physically I was no the old me, but my inner always was. My self esteem was back. Started dressing sexy and beautiful again. Weight should never determine how we feel. So many people on this earth struggle with different sickness that prevent the weight loss, there for we should never let our illnesses take over or run us, we run them.
All these years I went with no medicine. It was truly one heck of a roller coaster. By the time I gave birth to my last and 5th child, 2 weeks after giving birth inexplicably I lost a ton of weight. I was weighing 169 pounds! I was ecstatic. I had the nurses re check and weigh me on another scale in case that one was broken. To my surprise, it was true. I embraced every single minute of my weigh loss. Started eating healthy even subscribed to the gym. I was feeling wonderful.
2 years later, a huge turn of events changed all that I had accomplished. I decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee to be with at the time fiancee and father of my child. We move on a October month the year of 2013. By that December, I noticed a huge difference. I was tired, headaches, breaking out, my hair was falling off like crazy, my nails were brittle, my skin extra dry and the hardest part my clothes stopped fitting. I was yet again, sad and worried. I did not want to go through this yet again. I thankfully qualified for medical benefits, which I immediately went to a doctor. She was amazing and did not look at me like if I was insane. She said, “You were right Ms.Morales, Your thyroid levels are quite out of whack. I will put you on 75 mg of Levothyroxine. I also have to put you on cholesterol medicine because your cholesterol is out of control. When your thyroid levels are this out of control it affects your cholesterol.” I was excited that I was going to get the treatments to get me healthy once again. After a few months, I felt better. The hair was still falling out, headaches and so forth. I was too happy in this new life, new State full of possibilities. Then, something unexpected happened. My fiancee at the time was asked by the company he worked for, for us to move back right away to Florida. I was devastated, not only because I had become fond of our new home but because of my health. Once back in Florida, I thankfully was able to continue treatment with new doctor and new insurance. To make a long story short. I once again went 6 months with no Medication. My weight escalated quickly. All my symptoms were back with a vengeance. By the time I finally saw a doctor was, in the Emergency room. I almost passed out, to my surprise my Iron was at a 4.2 which required mandatory hospitalization , blood and Iron transfusion. They also discovered that my Thyroid was haywire, SHOCKER!
After that whole ordeal, 3 months later I was finally seeking the medical attention I needed. When I started seeing my now Doctor Last year I was weighing 225 pounds. It killed me to see that. I had hope I was on my way to recovery and that my health was going to get better. In December of 2016, In my weigh in I had lost some I was down to 217. I take it! Any little accomplishment is better then none, right?
Well, January 2017 a met a great person, who became my best friend. He so happens to be Vegan. We got to talking about it. But my other best friend had mentioned that twice a year she did a 21 day diet from the bible The Daniel diet, and how clean and great she felt. I was officially intrigued. So, I asked my vegan friend a few questions did some research. In no time I was at my local super market shopping for vegan food. Since February 2017 till today, I have lost 34 pounds. I was weighing 217 in December and now I am at 183. I feel great. I also got the great news from the doctors that my iron as well as my thyroid levels are under control. Great news! I am super excited and feeling great.
If you have certain symptoms, and your doctor isn’t running the right test, don’t give up. Please seek a second opinion. Thyroid disease is quite serious and its not to be take lightly. For the ones that are still in this struggle and feel light the weight is not coming off and your hair is falling off, I will leave some tips that have been helpful to me. I will also before and after photos and a Hypothyroid symptom chart.
For hair loss: I changed my shampoo and conditioner products. I started using Shea Moisture brand titled Jamaican black castor oil strengthen and grow. They also have a hair mask of the same. The hair masks are very helpful. Thanks to that my hair loss is not insane as before. Very little to none. Just keep in mind that if your thyroid levels are not under control no shampoos or treatments will help since this is a side effect of this pesky disease.
How did I manage to loose that much in little months?
I started eating vegan products and gluten free. Stopped eating after 6pm. I stopped eating out of the house. Cut off the sodas and candy and increased on the water intake. I am quite active since I have 5 kiddos. I encourage for you guys to also do some light cardio an little weights.
Thanks to these changes I have seen such a huge difference, even my doctor noticed. My plan is to continue on with my eating habits and such loose a little more to start hitting the big girls and men machines at the gym.
Medical attention is advised. If you suspect you might have Hypothyroidism, please consult your primary physician at your earliest convenience. Hope you have found this helpful. May you all stay healthy, positive and keep fighting back and kick Hypothyroid
symptoms in the rear. Until next time….
HypoThyroid Mom Diaries.
Top photos are my before my thyroid was under control. 220 pounds
Bottom is now. 183 pounds. We can and we will! Stay positive.
Below this picture, is the chart of the most common Hypothyroid symptoms.