Tales Of A Misbehaving Thyroid


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The thyroid is a trickster.

When it's not working as it should be, it throws out all sorts of symptoms that make you think it's something else.

In my case, an overactive thyroid makes me feel like I have superpowers, right up until the moment I fly straight into a wall.

Like I said, it's a trickster. 

I hardly notice it at first. I just feel like I'm in a runner's block, crouched down and ready to spring at any moment. Filled with adrenaline, every muscle twitching, every neuron firing. 

And how can that be a bad thing when you have four kids and a puppy and a part-time job and IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!

I ride that high. I cash it in. I multitask. I make big plans.

I say YES, YES, YES!!!

And then I begin to realize, I have no idea which direction to run.

It feels like there are a million different tracks I could take, and I can't figure out which one leads me to the finish line; so I run in every direction, my heart pounding, my body sweating, my anxiety rising, never getting to where I need to go.

It isn't until those three symptoms: heart rate, body heat and anxiety start to happen when I'm sitting still that I realize I'm in trouble. 

I've been in remission since having our last baby four-and-a-half years ago, and my new endocrinologist says this relapse is likely due to stress—which, of course, stresses me out. Because I know the next thing I'm going to hear is that I need to let some things go. 

And I did hear it. And I know she's right, because I've already been letting things go, not because I meant to, but because I've forgotten (yet another symptom of a flare up).

I've been on medication for a couple of days now, and I'm exhausted as my body is finally going into rest and restore mode. I'm going to do my best not to fight it and to listen to that need for recuperation. 

And I'm going to try (at the suggestion of my new and fabulous endocrinologist) something I've never done before. This week, I'll have a full work up by a naturopathic doctor. It's time for to overhaul my life, and frankly I don't have the energy to do it on my own. 

I'll keep you posted as I travel down this new path (or at least that's my hope) and, in the meantime, if I forget that we were supposed to meet for coffee, I'm so sorry.

Here's to feeling better and taking better care. 


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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works through Elan.Works and is a designer and content editor at GenderAvenger. They have been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health, Woman's Day, and Flow magazines and at TEDxRegina and on CBC News and Radio. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.