Many doctors and others that don’t have a thyroid condition say “it’s not that bad”, “were overreacting”, or “we use our sickness as an excuse.” It may seem easy to diagnose and treat others, but thyroid patients know that the challenge of having a thyroid condition is far worse than what people believe. Let’s take a look at some challenges you may face living with thyroid disease.
1. Understanding All Of The Thyroid Treatment Options
Those that think we take a pill and feel wonderful are very misinformed. Whether you have Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves Disease, Hyperthyroid, or Hyperthyroid, there are different treatment options that can become confusing.
Any condition you fall under at this moment will lead to hypothyroidism in the end as your thyroid becomes weaker and weaker. This leads to conventional doctors prescribing you one form of a treatment-a synthetic pill. Knowing additional treatment methods are hard to find in most doctors’ offices. There are combination medications, which are shown to be more effective options, but you are most likely not hearing about those at your endocrinologist appointment.
For more information about the different treatment methods, you can check out my article “Are Synthetic Drugs Helping Your Thyroid Condition.”
2. Finding The Right Doctor
A big challenge for many is finding the right doctor for proper thyroid support. We are usually referred to an endocrinologist but shockingly endocrinologist specializes in diabetes and knows little about diagnosing and treating the thyroid. This leaves you using a doctor that knows just as little as you do.
3. A Shortage Of Endocrinologist
Endocrinologist does not only manage thyroid conditions they also treat patients with diabetes, reproductive issues, menopause, growth hormone deficiencies, and much more. This leaves us with a shortage of endocrinologists and is why it usually takes a couple of months to get an appointment. Even when you do see the doctor they usually focus on treating everything, but your thyroid which leaves many people still feeling symptoms.
4. Coping With Fatigue
The most common symptom of thyroid patients whether you are hypothyroid or hyperthyroid is extreme fatigue. This can be so immobilizing and more sleep often doesn’t help at all. You can sleep for eight hours and wake up and still feel exhausted. This symptom is more common in hypothyroidism, but those that have hyperthyroidism also get this because they don’t sleep enough from insomnia.
There can be other reasons for your fatigue as a thyroid patient such as sleep apnea, anemia, fibromyalgia, depression, and poor sleep habits.
5. Managing Your Weight
Most thyroid patients have issues with their weight, either losing or gaining. People with hyperthyroidism usually complain that no matter how much they eat they can’t put on any weight. People with hypothyroidism complain that no matter how much they exercise they can’t drop a pound.
There are many factors that can make the weight more difficult for thyroid patients, including:
- Undermedicated for hypothyroidism
- A slowed metabolism due to gut issues
- An increased risk of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome due to adrenal fatigue
- Less energy, which leads to less exercise and fewer calories burned
- Hormonal imbalances that cause you to store more fat
6. Thyroid-Related Mood Changes
Those with thyroid disease have many moods and mental health issues. This is why many people with a mental condition have their thyroid tested. If you have thyroid issues you may suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, brain fog, and more!
This disease has the ability to affect your mood to the point that it is difficult to deal with daily activities and you become a different person. I heard of many stories of thyroid issues being so bad that they break up marriages. If you started to have these symptoms before diagnosis as I did, you may be sent to a therapist or given an antidepressant.
These symptoms can pose a challenge when you are trying to get a diagnosis. As some doctors will hand you a prescription for antidepressants or antianxiety medications, instead of a lab order for a thyroid panel. Even with treatment, you may still have some of these mood-related symptoms that are triggered by your thyroid.
7. Insensitive And Uninformed Doctors
Unfortunately, you might face uninformed and insensitive doctors. You simply will feel that they don’t understand where you’re coming from and don’t take your symptoms seriously. They don’t want to actually sit down with you and figure out what’s best for your body instead they give you a pill just like everyone else and send you on your way.
This can truly make a person feel like they don’t matter. Or you may have an out of date doctor that suggests thyroid removal leaving you with taking medication for the rest of your life and tons of symptoms. Removing your thyroid is a very popular treatment and imposes many risks that people are not properly informed before surgery.
8. Family, Friends, And Peers Don’t Understand
Just because you have a thyroid disease doesn’t mean you are going to look any different. It may not be very obvious to others you have a problem. This couldn’t make it very hard for others to understand what’s going on. You may also not feel any different after taking medication and still have many symptoms.
Not being able to notice that a person is going through physical symptoms makes it difficult for family and friends to understand what you are going through. They may lack any compassion for your health condition and make you feel even worse. Don’t let that bring you down as there are so many people that are going through the same situation as you. Try to find a thyroid support group to feel you are not alone.
9. The Array Of Symptoms Are Unbearable
There are so many symptoms that come with a thyroid disease it can be unbearable to handle. One day you might feel extremely fatigued, full of muscle pain, brain fog, and the next day you may have anxiety, jitteriness, and dizziness. The list of symptoms changes even by the hour. This makes it very hard to predict what you can and can not do in your day. You may have a day planned and because of your symptoms, it changes completely. It will feel as if your thyroid disease controls your life instead of you.
10. Days When You Just Want To Give Up
Many thyroid patients just want to give up as it can feel like too much to handle. It seems like you may never find the rights doctor, the medication dosage, and relief from all the symptoms. You may try everything under the sun to feel better, but still, don’t have any positive results. You may ask yourself what is the point? Like I once did, there are many people that know how this feels. I can say from the experience of myself and others, you can heal your body. You don’t have to be in this predicament your whole life. As I healed my thyroid, you should have hope as well. Finding the root cause of thyroid issues and making lifestyle changes are the first steps to healing.
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