Then I noticed a kind of overall sadness. Not depression but just sadness. No Mojo. No desire. No wanting to do much of anything. And the fatigue. O M G. The Fatigue. I'd sleep 10 hours and be exchausted after being awake for 2 hours. So I'd nap.
Then the running just got all crazy. I knew I would have to rebuild to the longer distances slowly so I started smart - with intervals. But after 30 seconds I'd be exhausted. So I pushed even harder - after all I have a half marathon in a few months to run! So now, I've managed to work myself up to 1 1/2 miles before having to take a very long walking break. It's a struggle to get 4 miles, a challenge to make it to 5.
Let's not forget about the numbness in my fingers, followed by tingling. And my body thermostat was reeking havoc - No, things were not normal at all in my body. Let's also not forget that I was having conversations I couldn't remember, asking the same question a dozen times without remembering the answer, watching movies I couldn't remember.
So I started doing some research. Yes, I googled my symptoms. I knew it had to by my thyroid or maybe even my testosterone levels. So I set an appointment with my doctor. Recited to her all my symptoms since I was tracking them and making notes on my iPhone.
Pretty much a checklist for thyroid issues. Yet, I felt that I was being dismissed when she said, "You probably just need sleep" and then wrote me a script for Ambien. After I persisted and insisted that she do some blood work, she finally sent me to the lab for a T4 and TSH.
So I did just that and began researching some more. I am one of those who wants to know symptoms, side effects, nutritional impact and the such. That's when I learned that was a lot more to a blood work up for Thyroid then the two she ran.
The medication I am on is currently not working so I am off to an endocrinologist to get a full load of thyroid blood work done. What I have found in the meantime about running with Hypothyroidism is that it can indeed be done. But I just have to be smarter about it. I can't always push myself. I will have to listen my body and respect it. There's a really great article about athletes and hypothyroidism here
I've also learned that Hypothyroid could actually be Hashimoto's, an autoimmune deficiency. I also learned that their are foods that will help my thyroid such as Brazilian nuts (because of their selenium) seaweed, Omega 3 Fatty Acids (which can be found in wild caught fish and salmon).
I am not a dr and I did not stay at a Holiday Inn, but if you listen to your body and think you might have a thyroid issue to talk to your doctor about it. Don't let yourself be dismissed but instead, insist on them exploring the possibility.
There's some great online resources - currently I am loving HypothyroidMom.com - she is a doctor with low thyroid so she gets it. You can find her blog at http://hypothyroidmom.com.
Another great resource regarding nutrition and your low thyroid can be found here.
Are you running with hypothyroidism? Got any tips you want to pass along?