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why you so tired girl

July 1, 2011

Hey hey! Well first I have an EASY recipe for you. Yesterday afternoon I threw 2 chicken breasts into my crockpot with about a 1 1/2 cups of salsa. I set it on low for about 2 hours. I shredded it and left in on warm for the rest of the day. Then for dinner I sautéed some onion and zucchini in fresh lime juice on the stove top and mixed it with the shredded chicken. I then took 2 corn tortillas and crisped them under the broiler, added some guacamole and topped them with the chicken mixture. Last I sprinkled some nutritional yeast on top and dinner was served! Easy as pie. Although can I just say I am not sure about that because pie isn’t easy to make when you are doing it from scratch. Whatever, Martha Stewart probably invented that saying and I’m sure pie is easy for her. Moving on….

A few of you emailed me yesterday concerned about how tired I said I have been lately. Yall are too sweet. Truth is I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (say that three times fast) or more commonly known as an under active thyroid. Your thyroid is the gland that releases hormones that regulate your metabolism. Hypothyroidism can cause many different symptoms, such as:

  • Feeling tired, weak, or depressed.
  • Dry skin and brittle nails.
  • Not being able to stand the cold.
  • Constipation.
  • Memory problems or having trouble thinking clearly.
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods.
  • Weight gain.

Fun, huh? The good news is that it is treatable. Doctors usually prescribe thyroid hormone pills (my doctor gave me Synthroid) and once the correct dosage is found most people start to feel better within a week or two BUT  I will likely need to keep taking the pills for the rest of my life. Right now we are playing around with the dosage to find the one that works best for me.

I was experiencing a lot of those symptoms above (don’t worry, I won’t go into those details) and my mom has a thyroid condition as well so I went in to get it checked. It was a simple blood test that measured a lot of hormones in my body (I won’t bore you with all the technical medical terminology) and we found that I did indeed have it. I am not thrilled about this…um…at all….but it is what it is right? I can bitch and moan and say life’s not fair (oh wait I have done that) or I can just shrug my shoulders and deal. I have realized that no amount of complaining to Keith is going to fix the problem so I might as well just deal with it the best I can. But I would like to quickly say that if my husband could just have an ounce of body fat it might make me feel a little better. Seriously just an ounce that’s all I’m asking for here. Sheesh.

So there you have it. I am (right now) really tired in spite of the fact that I religiously get 8 hours of sleep every night. Damn thyroid. 😉

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    July 1, 2011 6:16 am

    I’m so sorry Kelly!! That is no fun! On the bright side (which may seem a little dim right now) hopefully you’ll start to get relief from some of those symptoms soon! And maybe, just maybe, getting your thyroid evened out will have a positive effect on certain other areas of your life 😉 love ya girl!!

    • July 1, 2011 6:21 am

      Haha…you hit the nail on the head Amanda! I miss you!! Hope everything is going great with Allyn and the family! 🙂

  2. July 1, 2011 6:38 am

    Ugh I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve had a few friends go through that and I know how not fun it can be. Hopefully you’ll start to even out a bit! Enjoy the holiday weekend 🙂

  3. July 1, 2011 6:50 am

    My husband has the same time. It took him (and the doctor) awhile to get the correct level of synthroid, but it all works out. Be sure to stay away from soy too which can affect your thyroid..not sure if you knew that already. 🙂

    • July 1, 2011 6:51 am

      I did know the soy thing…and seriously soy is in everything!!! I swear…but staying away from processed food and eating more whole foods helps. What dose does your husband take? My doctor started me out at 88mg.

  4. July 1, 2011 6:50 am

    and my same time…I mean same thing. Ooops!

  5. July 1, 2011 7:10 am

    I actually experience a lot of those symptoms myself but last time I got my thyroid checked, it was fine.

  6. July 1, 2011 9:37 am

    Yuck sorry about the thyroid probs, but at least you got it checked out and are on meds to help now! I hope you start to feel normal soon!

  7. July 1, 2011 9:39 am

    Glad you are getting meds to help out, those symptoms sound no fun! I found your blog via PBF, so glad to see another Texan! (I’m in DFW area). You and your hubs are so cute, I would have never known he is 11 years older. Looking forward to following your blog. =)

  8. July 1, 2011 11:26 am

    I am always crazy tired too! I could fall asleep anywhere anytime! My grandma has a thyroid condition and so does my aunt, so my mom and I are just waiting for time when ours starts to flare up! I have thought about getting checked out, I just haven’t yet!

    I hope your meds work and you are feeling more awake! 🙂

  9. July 1, 2011 11:51 am

    Oh Kelly, I’m sorry you have to deal with this, but I’m so, so glad its treatable! That’s the important thing.

  10. July 1, 2011 12:04 pm

    Kelly I hope they figure out your dosage soon — what a pain in the ass. Sorry you’re going through all this!

  11. July 1, 2011 12:48 pm

    Ugh, so sorry! I got the same diagnosis about a year ago, and then it disappeared on its own. Very odd (and grateful!)…hang in there, I know how disheartening it can be!

  12. July 1, 2011 2:07 pm

    So sorry – but glad that at least you have a diagnosis and a plan! Thyroid problems are increasingly common nowadays for a number of reasons.

    Great recipe too! Anything with salsa 🙂

    (I like your list idea from the previous post too – I should just start doing that as my creativity lacks and I am always tired – although in my case it’s just laziness I imagine 😉 ).

    • July 1, 2011 11:46 pm

      And stop comparing yourself to Keith! He’s a man – one day…he’ll have a paunch 😉 And, hey, Kim Kardashian, J Lo and Jen Aniston look way better than little sticks 🙂

  13. July 1, 2011 4:56 pm

    Kelly, you’ve got be stronger than an Ox! Just this past year has made you that way and it really is inspirational. I’m not just saying that either. I mean it!

    Now about Keith, he can pick up a pen and lose weight. That man is ripped!

  14. July 1, 2011 10:54 pm

    Thyroid problems suck, at least they know whats wrong with you. Hope you are well on your way to feeling back to normal!

  15. July 4, 2011 9:27 pm

    I hope you find your happy thyroid place soon. I think kelp supplements can be good too, but I’d consult dr. google first. Or, you know, your actual doctor….

    Good luck!

  16. Robin permalink
    September 16, 2011 9:06 am

    I have hypothyroid too. I take an all natural “grain” from a more “natural” kind of Dr. Eastern Medicine? I have bern on it for 10+ years now. It’s made a huge difference in my life. Good luck to you. Once you figure out dosage, you will see a difference.

  17. Courtney permalink
    October 26, 2011 10:05 am

    I just found out I have hypothyroid too, and am on synthroid as well. Its nice to have answers finally to all the medical problems that come along with it.

  18. Katie permalink
    April 5, 2012 10:53 am

    Was this the first time your thyroid was tested? I have been tested on and off for years, but I keep being ‘borderline’ – they are finally sending me to a specialist. I’m curious how you’re feeling a year later! I’m nervous.

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