My Love/Hate Relationship with Synthroid

October 27, 2016

 

January 2008 was a life changing month for me. 

 

It was when I finally discovered why I was so extremely exhausted.

 

With a three year old and a brand new baby at home, there were more days than not that I wasn't able to get off the couch to do more than feed and change my kids. 

 

It was not normal. 

 

Everything came into focus after I discovered I had severe hypothyroidism.

 

My TSH levels were so high they were undetectable by the lab. 

 

No wonder I could barely move. 

 

And so began my life long relationship with Synthroid.

 

My first feeling was anger. Extreme anger. 

 

I hated that I have to rely on taking this medication Every Day of My Life in order to function.

 

I hated that it was taking so long to get to the dose I needed.  

 

I hated that my body didn't feel like mine anymore. 

 

But then I started to feel better. Like myself again. 

 

My energy came back.

 

My happiness came back. 

 

I got my life back.

 

It took me a long time, but eventually I grew to love Synthroid because it allowed me to live another day.

 

I don't think most people realize that without your thyroid, your life is over. Literally.

 

It is that critical. 

 

So my days are now filled with both love and hate for this drug.

 

On the days I'm dealing with some of the side effects I get really frustrated.

 

Heart palpitations. 

 

Nevousness.

 

Irritability.

 

Increased appetite.

 

Diarrhea.

 

I feel lucky I only get those.

 

But even on those days, I'm glad to be alive. 

 

I'm thankful that I get to spend more time with my family.

 

I'm thankful that this gave me the drive to study health and nutrition more.

 

And I'm thankful that this gives me the motivation every day to get up and help others going through the exact same thing.

 

 

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