My Health Update

Well I went back to my doctor yesterday as I was once again feeling sick and I got a letter from them saying my blood tests results were back and to go see them for the results. I told my doctor I was feeling the same symptoms as a few months ago when another doctor thought it was a Gastro virus he said it’s not looking at your blood test you have a problem with your Thyroid he said your thyroid glands are good but because of your symptoms (if I didn’t have any symptoms he would have discarded this all together) that tells me that your brain is starving for more of the thyroid hormones so I will give you Thyroxine tablets over the next couple of months half a tablet for the first two days then a whole one everyday on a empty stomach and the tablets must be kept in the fridge (so if I travel I will have to keep them cold) and then at the end of October go and get another blood test to see if that has helped so I have to take a tablet every day for the rest of my life. After I took a half tablet yesterday within a hour I could feel a difference in myself I felt my head clear I could move my head all around I felt happy I felt I had some energy I felt like a new person it was incredible after feeling sick for so long the only thing that concerns me is that the tablets have a lot of side effects that can occur and with my previous history of getting side effect’s that worries me I am hopeful that these tablets will work wonders and I will be fine on them fingers crossed. For the first time in a long time I feel alive again thank god.

Here is the lowdown of what I have not only to keep a record of what has happened but to also help others out there who maybe going through what I have if I can help even just one person that would make me very happy 🙂

Summary

  • The thyroid gland secretes hormones to regulate many metabolic processes, including growth and energy expenditure.
  • Hypothyroidism means the thyroid gland is underactive and fails to secrete enough hormones into the bloodstream.
  • Causes include the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s disease and insufficient dietary iodine.
  • Treatment is lifelong hormone replacement with thyroxine tablets.
On this page:From underactive to overactive
Symptoms of hypothyroidism
The thyroid hormones
Causes of hypothyroidism
Diagnosis of hypothyroidism
Treatment for hypothyroidism
From underactive to overactive
Where to get help
Things to remember

The thyroid gland is situated at the front of the throat, below the Adam’s apple (larynx). It comprises two lobes that lie on either side of the windpipe, joined in front by an isthmus. The thyroid gland secretes hormones to regulate many metabolic processes, including growth and energy expenditure. Hypothyroidism means the thyroid gland is underactive and fails to secrete enough hormones into the bloodstream. This causes the person’s metabolism to slow down.

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder, and it is thought to affect around six to 10 per cent of women. The prevalence rises with age – up to a quarter of women over the age of 65 years may be affected. Men are also affected, but less frequently. Hypothyroidism can be either primary or secondary. Primary hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland itself is diseased, while secondary hypothyroidism is caused by problems with the pituitary gland, the brain structure that supervises the thyroid gland. The most common cause of primary hypothyroidism is the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s disease.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can be mild, moderate or severe. In its severest form (myxoedema coma), hypothyroidism is potentially fatal and requires urgent medical treatment. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:

  • fatigue and low energy levels
  • depression
  • slow heart rate
  • unexplained weight gain
  • intolerance to cold temperatures
  • fatigued and aching muscles
  • dry, coarse skin
  • puffy face
  • hair loss
  • constipation
  • problems with concentration
  • goitre (enlarged thyroid gland).

The thyroid hormones

The pituitary gland, located in the brain, prompts the thyroid to make its hormones by releasing thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). The thyroid gland makes two main hormones – thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). These hormones contain atoms of iodine. Around 150 mcg (millionths of a gram) of dietary iodine is needed each day to produce adequate levels of thyroid hormones. Seafoods are particularly rich in iodine.

Causes of hypothyroidism

The causes of hypothyroidism include:

  • Iodine deficiency disorder – lack of sufficient iodine in the diet can prevent the thyroid gland from making hormones. The thyroid enlarges as it attempts to comply with the pituitary gland’s ceaseless chemical messages to produce more hormones. An enlarged thyroid is known as a goitre. Babies and children can be stunted and severely brain damaged by iodine deficiency because thyroid hormones are needed for normal growth and development.
  • Hashimoto’s disease – an autoimmune disorder. White blood cells and antibodies of the immune system attack and destroy the cells of the thyroid gland. Without treatment, death can occur within 10 to 15 years.
  • Treatment for hyperthyroidism – treatments for hyperthyroidism (including drugs, surgery and radioactive iodine) frequently lead to hypothyroidism.
  • Surgery – the primary treatment for thyroid cancer, and also a treatment for hyperthyroidism, surgery will lead to hypothyroidism if the thyroid gland is removed or if insufficient is left in place.
  • X-rays – radiation treatments (in the past used for acne, tonsillitis and adenoid problems) can lead to hypothyroidism in later life. These treatments are not used today.
  • Particular drugs – including lithium and the heart drug amiodarone can interfere with the normal processing of iodine and the production of thyroid hormone.
  • Birth defects – sometimes, a baby is born with a congenital defect of the thyroid gland (which affects hormone production) or the thyroid may be completely absent. Without treatment, this can lead to brain damage and stunted growth.
  • Pituitary gland dysfunction – the pituitary gland doesn’t make enough thyroid stimulating hormone to prompt the thyroid to produce T3 and T4.
  • Hypothalamic dysfunction – the functioning of the pituitary is influenced by another brain structure called the hypothalamus, through the thyrotropin-releasing hormone. Problems with the hypothalamus can affect the pituitary and, in turn, the thyroid gland.

Diagnosis of hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by physical examination and blood tests. The doctor may also order ultrasound or radioactive iodine scans to check the internal structure of the thyroid.

Treatment for hypothyroidism

Iodine deficiency can be easily relieved by increasing the intake of iodine through iodised salt or iodine rich foods. Hypothyroidism may be caused by the failure of – or damage to – the thyroid gland, pituitary or hypothalamus. In these cases, treatment focuses on boosting thyroid hormone levels with thyroxine tablets, a form of hormone replacement.

From underactive to overactive

There is no cure for autoimmune hypothyroidism, so medication will have to be taken for the rest of the person’s life. The dose must be carefully monitored. Too little medication won’t relieve the symptoms. Too much medication can result in hyperthyroidism (resulting from too much thyroxin). It is important to see your doctor if you experience any symptoms of hyperthyroidism, including:

  • heart palpitations
  • unexplained and sudden weight loss
  • agitation and nervousness
  • increased sweating
  • insomnia
  • diarrhoea
  • intolerance to hot temperatures.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor

Things to remember

  • The thyroid gland secretes hormones to regulate many metabolic processes, including growth and energy expenditure.
  • Hypothyroidism means the thyroid gland is underactive and fails to secrete enough hormones into the bloodstream.
  • Causes include the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s disease and insufficient dietary iodine.
  • Treatment is lifelong hormone replacement with thyroxine tablets.
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What Earthquake ?

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I was sitting watching Netflix yesterday as I was feeling sick again while I was in my Netflix Coma lol my chair was shaking my head was shaking the wall and door behind me was shaking I thought it was me because I was feeling sick lol. I got up and checked the room to make sure all the windows were intact because the noise sounded like a freight train going past like what you hear when there’s a cyclone which is what I thought it was because we have been having massive wind and rain over the past few days I thought nothing more of it and continued with my Netflix Coma lol. Then put the news on and saw that it was a Earthquake I thought holy shit that’s what that was lol. I rang everyone in my family and my two besties most were like what earthquake lol.

Update: At 6:45 am this morning I was asleep in bed when I woke up to my bedroom door shaking and that freight train/wind rushing past for a minute I thought I was dreaming then I realised that’s the same sound as the other day. On the radio on Sunday the news said there could be more aftershocks at least I now know what it sounds like to know what it is lol.

Aftershocks continue to be felt in the wake of Thursday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake off Bowen.

Closer

This is the new No 1 here in Aus on the Aria Charts its a very Cool song it’s about that first love as an adult and being young and free.

When I was 18 I met a guy who was all kind of wrong for me so everyone around me told me so often but I wouldn’t listen because love is blind and I fell for him this song reminds me of that relationship where we did everything together (in more ways than one if you know what I mean hehehe) and we were broke but at the same time we felt so free when we moved in together after six months of being together we felt like we were on top of the world and the world was at our feet. We broke up so many times over the 4 years we were together. He stole money from me, he went to jail for one night over not having a car licence ever which he lied to me about if it wasn’t for me he would have gone in there for 6 months but I bailed him out with what savings I had which really sent me broke, he lied to me about going to strip clubs but what broke the camels back was when I was severely ill with my antibiotics allergy at 21 years old and he was demanding sex with me and when I refused him sex he spread a rumour that I was cheating on him so when I had the energy I dumped him that was one of the best decisions I had ever made but I don’t regret being with him because he taught me what not to look for in a man the next time.

It’s funny but since I have been unable to work due to being fatigued (which I’m waiting on blood test results for which will hopefully tell me what the bloody hell is going on with me) me and my man have been closer than when I was working because I’m not as stressed and I have more time to devote to him and him alone I know once I get better (hopefully) that I will look for a job of some description but for the time being I am going to see this as a blessing and spend as much time with my man as I can. This song also got me thinking about mothers (my mother) who can’t be closer to their babies because their baby was premature and had to be in a humidicrib just to survive. I realise now as an adult how hard and sad that would have been for her not to be able to hold me close, change me or breastfeed me all the things that mothers should be doing when they have their baby. I am happy to say that we are closer now even though we don’t live near each other we ring each other every few days and we always end our conversation with ” I love you more than(for example all the milk in the world)”.

Cold Water

This is the new No 1 song on our Aria Charts here in Australia this week. It’s a very calming, relaxing and optimistic song. I think it’s a wonderful collaboration between these three very cool artist’s.

Now I know a lot of people out there love cold water whether it’s to drink or swim in but for me personally I like to drink tap water at room temperature because when I drink cold water it makes my throat go funny and phlegmy it’s worse after eating something hot too I’ve been like that my whole life. It’s the same with cold showers I would rather a steaming hot shower over a cold one even in a hot summer the only exception is to swim in but only in summer I would never swim in a cold pool in winter unless it was really heated lol.

The other thing I don’t like that is cold in winter is a toilet seat there is nothing worse than going to the water closet and having to sit on a cold toilet seat we have a carpeted mat for our feet but nothing for our cheeks when needing to go to the loo. I know you can buy a toilet seat heater but for a proper electric one it will set you back hundreds which at the moment I just don’t have so I will be putting this on my one day wish list for sure lol.

Over the last week my man has been upgrading all our computers and laptops old and new to Window’s 10 and I’m quite happy to report that so far it has been a easy transition from windows 7 I can still do my searches on the internet and within the computer itself and change the desktop background image to what I like. I’m still working out a few things with usb stick formats and conversions to use it from computer to tv I still am yet to look at the new streaming with the xbox thing not sure if I have the patience right now for that maybe one day lol. I’m off to have a drink of not so cold water 🙂