Some of you may know that I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year. Even fewer know that the treatment hasn’t been working very well, and that I continue to struggle with overwhelming fatigue…especially when under stress. And getting a novel ready in time for its release date is extremely stressful. At least in Enza’s case, since many things that could go wrong did go wrong.
And so I have been slacking off a bit (a lot) on visiting other blogs, my own blog, and Twitter. When there’s no energy to spare, you have to get efficient at prioritizing. What is the most important thing on the to-do list? Right now that’s Enza.
But that’s not all. I’ve been researching, trying to find anything that might help me feel better (since the medicine regarded as the gold standard by physicians is having so little impact). Hopefully some of the things I’ve discovered will put me back on track. Until then I’m just going to keep sucking down a variety of supplements, napping when I need to, and trying to reduce the stress in my life. And really hoping that I don’t have to go back to a gluten-free diet, because that sucks, too.
If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism, or know someone who has been diagnosed with it, the following video is worth your time to watch. The Mayo Clinic lists symptoms that include: fatigue, unexplained weight gain, constipation, dry skin, puffy face, muscle aches, and painful joints. Other symptoms include brain fog, fluid retention, inability to lose weight (even with a low-calorie diet and exercise), decreased libido and hair loss.
In other words, hypothyroidism can adversely affect your life in almost every area. Not everyone with the disease is going to experience all of the symptoms, but fatigue seems to be pretty universal…and is always at the top of every list I’ve ever come across.