Are you tired?

Nov 16

As a female, we deal with many things from child birth to menopause and many things in between. Do you feel tired all of the time, sluggish, notice that you are gaining weight even though you are exercising and eating right?

If so, you could have a low thyroid condition called hypothyroidism.

I first discovered I had a low thyroid condition when my second child was 8 months old. I was so tired and not just regular busy mom tired, it was a lot more than normal.  I felt tired all of the time and just that something was off. I visited my doctor, got tested and sure enough, my thyroid was below average. I was given eltroxin (common for low thyroid issues) and even though my dosage was only 0.05 mg, it was enough to get me back to that normal level.

Fast forward three years, I am pregnant with twin girls. I continued my thyroid medication and even though a lot of changes were going on inside my body, my thyroid stayed at the normal range.

So now fast forward four years this time, I do a regular blood workup and my thyroid condition is GONE!  Wow, how did that happen?  I had been told that once you are put on that medication, it is for the rest of your life.  I beat it, woo hoo!

A couple of months ago, after a week away on vacation,I was tired but didn’t think much of it and I had been eating badly on vacation so the weight gain I was noticing I had figured was from my bad summer habits.

I had a feeling that my thyroid condition was back so off I went to the doctor’s to get blood work and can you guess what turns up?  My thyroid is below the normal range once again.  I am prescribed the eltroxin again and a couple of months in, I do not feel as tired as I had and thank god, the weight gain has stopped.

Another possibility if you feel the same way I did, you could also have low iron (hemoglobin) which by coincidence, I am now taking a thyroid medication and an iron pill every day. (I had both.)

Trust yourself, listen to your body, and if something doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t!

Good luck!

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