Every so often I wonder if I have a thyroid problem. The running joke between my hubby and I that I should get it checked. Honestly? I did. Nothing came back. Somewhat frustrating.
Then I saw this article on ABC News called 19 Signs Your Thyroid Isn't Working. I thought, why not? Let's see if I have any symptoms that would justify thinking I might have a thyroid problem. I was a little surprised.
1. Exhaustion: Yes
2. Feeling down: Yes
3. Jittery/Anxious: No
4. Increase appetite/Taste buds off: Yes to taste buds
5. Forgetfulness: Yes
6. Less interest in sex: No
7. Heart flutters/palpitations: Yes
8. Dry skin/Brittle ridged nails: Yes
9. Bowels unpredictable: No
10. Periods have changed: No
11. Painful extremeties/muscles: No
12. High blood pressure: No
13. Too hot/Too cold: Yes
14. Voice hoarse/neck swollen: No
15. Sleep too much/Sleep too little: Yes
16. Gained weight: No (well...yes, but I know it was my choices that lead to that)
17. Hair thinning/falling out: Yes
18. Trouble getting pregnant: No (though not trying, so not 100% sure)
19. High cholesterol: No
I said yes to 9 of these. That's more than I thought. I'm starting to wonder if that means there really could be something off with my thyroid. What I liked about the article, if you get all the way through it, is on the last screen tells you what tests to ask your doctor to order. Not just go in and say I think my thyroid is off, but I think it's off, here are my symptoms, and these are the tests I want. Makes me think I would be an educated patient if I went in.
Have you ever been diagnosed with a thyroid condition? How have you treated it? Was it hard to diagnose?