January is thyroid awareness month. You know, thyroid, that little gland located somewhere in the middle of our necks that loves to cause troubles? Yup, that’s the one.
Before being diagnosed myself I hardly knew of its existence. No wonder I sometimes joke and say that I can divide my life into two eras: before and after thyroid. Before was easy. After- not so much. It’s scary to think that almost every other person I meet, is or knows someone who is affected by it.
Still, no one seems to take it seriously. It’s like a joke. Because, what could something so small and shaped like a freaking butterfly, really do? Well, where do you want me to begin?
Do you often feel exhausted? So tired you can barely walk and move?
Do you perhaps feel moody, sad, depressed?
Do you ever feel nervous for no particular reason, all jittery&anxious?
Do you feel like you’re forgetting something?
Does your heart race a bit more than usual and it’s not thanks to love?
Do your stomach and guts protest a lot?
Do you wonder where your sex drive disappeared?
Do you also wonder why your periods are acting crazy?
Is pain your new best friend?
Do you feel super hot and/or super cold?
Do you wonder when did all that weight came or left?
Do you wonder how come you’re still not completely bald when your hair is falling out with the speed of light?
Do you feel like there’s something in your neck?
There just might be! Those are just some of the symptoms. Just some. That’s right. I know they’re pretty vague, not to mention common. No wonder it’s so hard to get a proper diagnosis.
What’s even worse is that once you’re diagnosed, most doctors believe that’s it. You get your pills or other treatment, and for them, the work is done. In reality, it only just begins. Right dosage, flare ups, collapses, inflammations,… big changes in your life are to follow. Life is never the same again.
Check your neck. Often. Trust yourself. Find support. Offer support. And stay strong.