Hypothyroid Patients,Their Stories : “I want a baby, that’s what I always wanted”

 

She is in her mid twenties, I asked her how she found out about the disease, she struggled for few minutes, we have to give the patient, positive vibes, a smile or a tap on the shoulder usually does the trick. She opened up gradually. She said that it was her inability to conceive a baby. On a routine gynecological test she discovered that she had hypothyroidism.

“I want a baby, that’s what I always wanted”. Admitted in the hospital for Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, she waits for the doctors to take a definite decision. I enquired about her condition, did you gain weight? Did you sleep excessively? I am not supposed to do this actually; we have to wait for the patients to explain their symptoms. If we give the leading question then she will answer with bias, but I just had fifteen minutes left.

Many people with Hypothyroidism also suffer with unusual symptoms; some show typical features while some don’t and end up in the GYN ward with infertility.

Similarly, I had a conversation with Miss X; Miss X knows that she has hypothyroidism. But she avoids any further tests and treatment. I waited; I can’t force people to take the TSH again. I asked her a question that changed her decision. Do you want to improve your test scores? Do you want to be more active in what you do? Don’t you want to overcome this sluggishness?  She promptly agreed to the TSH test. “You need to motivate people”, that’s what our surgery coach tell us. We can’t force people to get a treatment done but rather make them see the future that treatment offers.

My point being, Go get a TSH test done, it’s cheap and it is the best diagnostic test to identify the problem. If only one person gets motivated to get their TSH test done, after reading this post, then, I would be grateful to you!

Don’t stay with the disease, liberate yourselves!

 

Happy TSH testing people!

 

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Hey! Aunt you have really changed! Thyroid Awareness Month ( Series I )

Thyroid awareness month is celebrated in January, when people interact with health care workers and discuss about thyroid gland problems. Do you do this?

Thyroid Glands are butterfly shaped glands that secrete hormones. Whenever I say gland that means that it secretes something, like the salivary gland which secretes saliva in your mouth, the pancreas which secretes insulin. So basically it’s a hormone producing organ which has a very potential function.

Thyroid Glands are located in your neck region; it is usually not palpable and not enlarged. Some people even don’t know if they have thyroid gland problem because they wait for it to get enlarged. You don’t have to wait for the glands to enlarge.

I have a relative of mine who suffered from hypothyroidism for about several years. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid’s ability to secrete hormones like T3 and T4 gets diminished and hyperthyroidism is opposite to that.

Women all over the world are more affected by it, but till to this date, I have only seen male patients.  So basically these hormones T3 and T4 (chemical names, you don’t want to know the full form) are essential because they regulates the bodies basal metabolic rate, it stimulates the psychic growth and plays an important role in calcium metabolism.

I am going to talk about my aunt; she is about 38 years old, and she experiences extreme lethargy. She has lost interest in the things that she used to like.  She experiences somnolence (excessive sleep) for more than the usual. She has gained weight over the past few years.  She is having excessive bleeding during menstruation .Now most people interpret that as getting old syndrome and so the days went by like that.

After 5 years of the recurring symptoms, on a routine test she discovers that she has high TSH level. TSH (full form would be Thyroid stimulating hormone).  If the T3 and T4 are in normal range then these hormones would have suppressed TSH but since her thyroids had kicked the hell out of T3 and T4, the TSH were sky high and were laughing at my aunt (I thought a little bit of humor might work here).

So coming back to the aunt, she drastically changed after the medication which helped elevate the hormones. She developed an ultrasonic personality (my way of saying really cool), heard that she even went on a dream vacation to Europe .

So basically, what needs to be stressed is the fact that you might have these tinny problems which can be fixed if you report on time, and please do not hesitate to do a TSH test.

For people who want to know about  Hyperthyroidism, it’s basically the opposite of Hypo, like for example you lose weight despite the fact that you eat normally, there is fatigue and you sweat excessively. You cannot tolerate heat and you often hear your heart beat which is a pathological condition called palpitation.  In extreme cases certain ophthalmological features like eyes getting enlarged are prominent features.

(Series of Posts on Thyroid Glands coming out next, so stay tuned ! )