Cultivating A Healthy Life and a Happy Home

Hashimoto’s Diagnosis

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
  • Fatigue
  • 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
  • Anxiety
  • 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 is a certified holistic health coach who lives, works, and plays in Northern Colorado.  By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.

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