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 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.