Unless you have thyroid disease, you’re probably not familiar with it.
And even if you have heard of it, you probably think it causes weight gain and is easily fixed by a small pill.
There are a few –very few– people who are able to fix thyroid disease by only taking a pill.
But unfortunately, that’s not the norm.
For a long time, I believed it was all I needed.
Because that’s what I was told.
I wish I had not believed that lie.
Thyroid disease is so very much more complicated.
Who knew that a little butterfly-shaped organ could mess with my life so entirely?
Did you know that researchers estimate that most thyroid issues are actually cases of Hashimoto’s –autoimmune thyroid disease?
Did you know that researchers estimate that most of those cases have gone undiagnosed?
So, not only is this disease incredibly complicated to treat affecting almost every part of your body, but it goes undiagnosed
That’s what happened to me.
I was undiagnosed for a decade (actually, a doctor did the test but didn’t tell me the result).
The following quote is what I wish someone had told me 12 years ago:
“The thyroid is very important gland in the human body. It plays a very vital role in the overall health of the human body. It is basically butterfly-shaped gland that is located on the front of your neck. Your thyroid lies below your Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe.
“It has two side lobes, connected by a bridge in the middle which is known as isthmus. It is an endocrine gland that is responsible for controlling the metabolism (energy produced and used in the body) and regulates the body’s sensitivity to hormones.
“Any kind of anomaly in the thyroid gland can cause number of health issues. It mainly triggers the autoimmune diseases. The main problem that it creates is the issue of hypothyroidism.
“Hypothyroidism causes various types of problems like changes in the menstrual cycle, constipation, depression, dry hair and hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, greater sensitivity to cold, slow heart rate, swelling of thyroid gland, unexplained weight loss and gain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Your thyroid delivers chemicals to every cell in your body.
So, if your thyroid isn’t working properly, it will affect your entire body.
If I had read this before 2011, I could have avoided double carpal tunnel surgery –what I needed was the right thyroid medication.
There is so much information available now that I wish had been available back then.