I have recently had some good news and some bad news... for the past few months I've not been feeling well at all.. You've heard me complain of the heat something I really never had a problem with..I could sit in the sun for hours on the boat and be perfectly fine but over the past year or so the heat has bothered me o the point of hiding from it. I even mentioned how badly I felt in one of my post from being dehydrated from the heat.
In another post I told everyone about my Sjogren's disease and how it has affected my eyes.
Over the past year I've had other things that have seemed odd like feeling really anxious, restless, even depressed, Which of course with the Ohio weather this year who wouldn't feel that way..hehe..
Then I started having rapid heart beat for no reason then it would go away, weird..I thought what is that..maybe the heat ...
Then my Blood pressure went from low to high.. never had High Blood pressure, Then my Cholesterol sky rocketed. My Sjrogren's got worse
Then on May 31 my favorite past time became hanging out in the bathroom sitting on the throne. Nice way of saying it..LOL.. Which I atributed to the change of diet eating on the Island daily, the heat and all the water I was drinking..It continued to get worse to the point that I was hanging out on the throne up to 10 times a day which was of course adding to the dehydration...By July 31 I was so exhausted and so sick I left the island and went to see the Doctor..I just couldn't work anymore...
I have a new Dr. my old one resigned..I really like the new Dr. he actually knows about Sjrogren's disease and what it can do to the body so we were off to a good start..
He took one look at me and said young lady don't know what's going on but you don't look so good...Tell me what's going on....so I gave him my symoptoms and explained the last two months. He checked me over and then proceeded to tell me that he felt that I might have one of three things or maybe all three.. One being a bacterial or fungus infection in my intestines. Fungus infection could be caused from Thrush that I get due to the Sjrogren's that might have spread to the intestines.. Great I'm thinking...
Or as he said from everything you have told me and your last Blood test you could have Thyroid Disease I see your Thyroid was high last blood test. Did Dr. Q put you on any medication for that. maybe we need to adjust it. I just looked at him in shock...Dr. Q had told me 3 months ago that my thyroid was fine..
Dr. K was shocked as well and siad really... Ok well now I think I know wher we need to take this.
He ordered Blood work, stool sample & I had it done July 31st.
Monday the nurse called me to say No Bacterial Infection and no Fungus infection...so that was ruled out and I was glad to get that news. I ask did they get the blood work back on the Thyroid & she said no not yet.
Tuesday morning I actually received a call from Dr. K personally. He said I have good news and bad news.
The good news is I can now tell you what is wrong and why you are so sick...and we can fix the problems.
The bad news is you have Hyperthyroidism which is High Thyroid hormones released into your body which is really dangerous if not taken care of .
He said your Thyroid test #'s were twice as high as your last blood test done 3 months ago,which explained why you were getting worse by the day.
Now for any of you who do not know what the symptoms of High Thyroid are let me share them with you.
- Anxiousness, irritability, nervousness, depression
- Thinning hair
- Diarrhea or an increase in bowel movements
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Frequent sweating and feeling hot
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Visual disturbances
- Skin problems
- Elevated heart rate, atrial fibrillation
- Increased Cholesterol count
Now he says.. for you there are some added complications because you have Sjrogren's. He had another Blood test run and said we would discuss it when I returned for my next vist..so I guess I will know more about any complications there might be.. he also said he wanted to rule out Graves disease which is caused from the Thyroid.
I am now on meds and he has told me that it will probably be for life bu if I am lucky, really lucky the meds may actually turn things around and I might not have to take them for life but not to count on it.. Lucky me we all know my luck... but I shallpray about this and maybe I will find some good luck...Hehe..
It takes up to 6 weeks for the meds to fully kick in and start controling how much thyroid hormone is released.
I can say that my visits to the throne have gone down Thank God...I have read 4 books in the past 2 months hanging out on the throne....hehehe...they were good books!! I even started a new one.. Oh no, I might have to make pretend visits tot he Throne so I can finish it...its pretty good too...
I do feel a little bit better..now that I have rested for 4 days.. We shall see what this weekend of work does to me...
I'm glad I finally know what is wrong and I am grateful to be on meds..especially after the Dr telling me that working and sweating like I was & being so dehydrated could have easily led to a heart attack condisering the Thyroid problems.. As he put it you are Lucky you didn't have a heart attack Tonya!!
If you think you have any of those symptoms go get a blood test Thyroid disease is not good at all and it puts your life at gret risk.
Now as much a I hate to say this I much get packed up and head to the Island I have a hous to clean today and then my weekend starts..11 houses from now to Monday..uggg...
Have a wonderful day my friends!!
Until we meet again may the sun shine on your face and may your day be filled with wram memories!!
PS..I may not be commenting but my slow lap top won't let me but I have been reading everyone's post and commenting where it will let me.. Your not forgotten and thank you all for all your wonderful comments..