I wrote some blogs last week about how I am gaining weight. At first I thought that it might be due to exercise and water retention, but then I gained enough weight so that it didn’t fit my pattern of how much I usually gain when I start an exercise routine. Also, I am on Seroquel and have been on it for a few months now. I was worried that this could be causing the gain as well, but medication weight gain usually is the most severe in the first 8 weeks and then drops off. Because I was past that point and didn’t have much weight gain initially from it, I suspected that Seroquel might not be the culprit. So, I decided to get my thyroid checked.
I had my blood drawn on Friday, and Saturday morning I received an email from my doctor that my thyroid is low. I looked at the lab results and for a patient with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis it is quite low for me and where my levels are at when I get symptomatic, so I’m really glad that I had this lab work done. I started on a higher dose of thyroid medication yesterday morning
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. The body attacks the thyroid as if it is a foreign entity or virus. This can become especially severe when a person is sick, tired, stressed, suffering from allergies, and more. I suspect that the reason why mine is low is because I’ve been fighting off Epstein Barr and other viruses. While my body has been doing this it obviously has been attacking my thyroid as well.
While this is not good for my thyroid function, it does signal that my immune system is attempting to fight off these viruses. That’s a good thing, especially when it comes to EBV. And, I did get my numbers back earlier this week when it comes to CAEBV and they are better than they were a month ago. So, I must be doing something right. It’s too bad, though, that it’s at the expense of my thyroid functioning.
At least I know now that there is nothing wrong with my diet and that Seroquel is not causing this weight gain. I can breathe a sigh of relief then. It takes about 4-6 weeks, though, for a new dose of thyroid medication to really start working, meaning that I’m going to be tired and possibly gain some more weight over the next month or so. And, when this happens there’s not a lot I can do in terms of diet to counteract it (at least in my experience over the years there isn’t). I’m just going to have to deal with whatever symptoms I experience while still knowing that they will improve in a little while.
It can be frustrating to have all of these health problems and then to have to narrow down which one is causing symptoms XYZ. Some people in AA accused me of being obsessive about my health, but I don’t think that I am, but if I am, it’s not a bad thing because I tend to figure out what is going on with me and then get the right treatment. I’m glad that I’m a determined person and that I don’t typically just give up when it comes to finding ways to better my life.
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