For about a year and a half now I’ve been having some concerning health symptoms and it was scary AF. My symptoms started earlier than that though I just didn’t realize it at the time.
It wasn’t long after we moved to Fort Collins in 2012, that I noticed that I was dropping things frequently. Not all the time but enough to make me wonder why the hell I was so clumsy all of the sudden. I get clumsy and drop things when I have PMS, I tend to run in to stuff too. It was like this times 10. It was weird and frustrating.
I also started putting on weight quickly. I wasn’t surprised by this because Scott and I drank all the beers when we first moved here and we weren’t really eating all that well. Combined with me having issues with running at elevation, my weight creeped up. I chalked it up to being all my fault and didn’t think much of it.
That is until I started doing Crossfit. I started doing Crossfit and extra weightlifting in 2016 (technically 2015 but got serious in 2016) and about 5 months in is when I started noticing some problems. This makes it sound like Crossfit is the problem, it is not. It just so happens all of this just coincides with each other.
I was having joint aches after working out and it wasn’t because I had bad form or was doing the movement wrong. Shit just hurt but not like a good normal sore/ache after a workout. More intense and made me wonder what was going on. One of my gym buddies who has rheumatoid arthritis told me that it sounds like I might have that and to get checked for it. Since it does run in my family, I thought that was a possibility.
Drinking beer got cut back and we were eating very well, plus I was working out yet I was still gaining weight. Not muscle weight either.
I gained about 20ish pounds in a year and a half of doing Crossfit. What The Fuck. Seriously, this is some bullshit, I thought to myself. Then I decided to take stock and really evaluate myself and what was going on. Symptoms that I was/am struggling with are:
- Foggy Brain
- Having Trouble Focusing on tasks
- Trouble with remembering/recalling words and short term memory
- Achy Joints
- Malaise and lack of motivation
- Thinning of hair
- Hair loss
- Always or easily cold
- Low libido
- Dry itchy scalp
- Dry facial skin
- Flaky facial skin
- Dry patches on forehead and temples
- Lots of skin tags
- Mood swings/ easily annoyed/frustrated
- Weight Gain
- Trouble Sleeping
- Bone Pain
And that’s just some of the things. There are so many symptoms that it’s almost ridiculous. Foggy brain and having memory issues scared the shit out of me. I thought that I was having early signs of dementia or something along those lines. I didn’t tell anyone, not even Scott, because it scared me so much.
I didn’t think that this could just be a sign of getting older because I’m not that old. I mean, jeeze, I shouldn’t be acting and feeling like I’m 95. So I started exercising more because clearly Crossfit just wasn’t enough but that didn’t move the weight either. So what the hell? I kind of just moped around and wondered what was going on.
My mom got diagnosed with hypothyroidism at the end of 2016. As I was researching stuff for her, that led me to also learning about Hashimoto’s because there’s a connection. And then I had a lightbulb moment.
All the symptoms that I seemed to be having were also those of Hashimoto’s. The more I read, the more I kept yelling, “Yes, yes, that’s me! I have that!”.
I finally found a clinic that I felt had the same philosophy towards health as I did and made an appointment. It took a while but blood tests did come back positive for Hashi’s. Thankfully my thyroid is still functional and working properly but I am producing antibodies that are attacking it.
So now I have an official diagnosis and the symptoms I was going through are legit things. I’m not crazy and it wasn’t all in my head. I have an autoimmune disorder that I need to address and take care of.
Now the question is, what are my next steps? Where do I go from here because I need to get healthy and put my Hashi’s in remission.
Are you dealing with an autoimmune disorder too? What are you currently doing to keep it in check?
Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She’s training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens’ health and autoimmune conditions. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.