11 June 2007

Oh goody! I'm old.

At 25, I'm afraid that I've got another medical problem. Diabetes is like the jumping off point, which sucks ass. I have subclinical hypothyroidism. What is that? Fuck if the Internet's telling me. All I know is that I'm on pills now. More medicine. Oh, yay. And I have to take this one hour before I eat, which means I have to wait to take my insulin. Goody, goody gumdrops. Since that seems ever so safe! Of course, a quick look at the medicine website tells me, that oh goody, Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease. How come my docs never told me this? Hello, this is very, very important information.

Bloody hell, and now I'll have to start getting up at 9am every day to keep it on a normal schedule. I like sleeping until 1 pm, damn it. *sighs*

From their website:

Do not stop taking Synthroid or change the way you take it unless your doctor tells you to do so. If you do not take your pills each day as prescribed, your doctor may not be able to tell if your current Synthroid dose is helping to keep your thyroxine level in balance.

If your doctor prescribed Synthroid even though you had no hypothyroid symptoms, you need to keep taking Synthroid even if you feel fine. Stopping the medicine could lead to other health conditions, such as infertility, problems during pregnancy, and heart disease. It is very important to get follow-up TSH tests to make sure your TSH level is within the target range.

Oh, gee! That makes me feel good. Good thing I hadn't planned on having kids anyway. You know what? I give up. I do. I say I go back into my mother's womb and start over. Okay? Or better yet, lemme pick out a better model when it comes to mother. I need one that's not a bitch from hell. Thank you ever so much.



Blogger Pug Mom said...

Now you're scaring me. I just got diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism too. My doctor tells me I don't NEED to be on medication if I don't want to - because from what studies have shown, medication usually don't improve the symptoms (usually). But a very few people really benefit from taking it. I took it for 3 months, but the doctor advised that I stop so that I don't develop hyperthyroidism. So now I just need to check it every 6 months. Yay for being 20 and taking medication every day.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Oh, wow. We DO have a lot in common, don't we? I don't feel so alone anymore at least. Did your doc tell you what it is? Cause I found out through the mail since that's what she does with blood work results. I'm on that Synthroid, and since starting it (two whole days ago) I've been zapped of energy. I think she's making me because of the daily insulin. Hoping to get my sugars what they were when I was on metaformin.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Pug Mom said...

After checking my medication, I found out we are taking the same thing - Synthroid. I'm taking the 25 mcg tablets. As far as my doctor told me (I'm sure you know this), subclinical hypothyroidism is pretty much just a very early stage of hypothyroidism. It doesn't necessarily mean that the person HAS hypothyroidism - but the thyroid levels are off a LITTLE bit. One cause could be not using salt that has iodine for too long (it's hard to get that necessary ingredient from any other source besides salt) - there are many other causes too. But I have hypothyroidism in my family, so I decided to check it out. it is not necessary for people with subclinical hypothyroidism to take medication - and in some instances, it might be a bad idea, because it might make them go the opposite way and turn hyperthyroid-ic (which, I believe, has worse symptoms). I read online that starting meds for hypothyroidism might make you need more or less of your insulin, which is maybe why you feel out of it. Like I said before, my doctor strongly suggested I get off the meds since they weren't really doing anything for me, and she usually recommends taking meds for people who have actual hypothyroidism (not just a few symptoms and a slightly off balance thyroid level) and just keep on checking every 3-6 months to make sure my levels weren't getting worse. If at some point, I actually entered normal hypothyroidism, I would have to take the meds. She says some people never have to take it - some just stay in the subclinical level all their lives, and others go from subclinical to normal, then back to subclinical. It all depends on the person. Hope this helps clear some stuff up!

12:03 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I so owe you. Seriously. I was Googling it, and my Google-fu skills were non-existent on this. I knew nothing about the disease. Just that I was getting my thyriod checked and if I needed meds, she'd tell me. Granted this was my Endo, so she might have assumed my primary was smart *dies laughing as she remembers that said doc was treating her for the wrong type of diabetes* or possibly told me this before. No idea.

I have the 75 mgs, the pretty violet pills (well, hell, at least it's purple). CVS is the best pharmacy ever. They put the descriptions on the bottle so I didn't have to open it. Woohoo.

Hopefully, I won't have to be on it forever and ever. I have no idea bout my family history (you read the funeral; imagine trying to get info from them) so I think it might be diabetes related. Since apparently it's an auto-immune disease (thanks docs!), it might be that. Or I could be talking out my ass. I'd guess the latter.

And crap, does that mean I gotta start using salt? I can't stand using it in my food. Makes it taste off. Now pepper I'm down with. Salt? Blech.

I think Doc was considered because my energy levels took an over three month vacation and still haven't returned just yet. Crazy little buggers.

Seriously, I owe you like a cookie or something for all that info.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Pug Mom said...

Nah - if you're taking the pills, there's no need to use salt (or excessive salt if you're already using it). One of my problems was that I love to cook at home, and I'm a salt addict (I get it from my Grandpa who even salts his ice cream), but being the doofus that I am, I used salt WITHOUT iodine for 2 years (not even knowing so - I just bought the cheapest brand at the supermarket). So I think that might have been one thing that pushed me into the whole subclinical hypothyroidism thing. But yeah, like I said, if you're taking the pills, don't eat TOO much salt. Also, it seems your levels are a little worse than mine, so maybe taking the medication might help you out a bit more than it did me. Toodles!

12:58 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Oh, good. Salt is one of those tastes that never leave my tongue once it's on. I cook all the time, but rarely use salt much to the dismay of my godmom.

I think my levels are a little worse (not that I can read the bloodwork sheet she sent me) and I'm glad you told me to look at my sugar readings more closely. This morning when I woke up, it in the 60s and the 40s when I got for good at 2pm (seriously, these pills are messing with my energy levels, so not happy about that). But I wasn't crashing. It was rather odd, but knowing what I did, I just ate something quickly to bring them back up. I probably would have been WTFing over the whole thing otherwise.

4:26 PM  

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