I got a phone call yesterday that made my day. It was my new GP who had called to tell me that my thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test came back abnormal.
Wait, what? Did I just say that an abnormal medical test made my day?
Yes, I did. When you have fibromyalgia, you can have a ton of symptoms but have every test they throw your way comes back negative. It is incredibly frustrating to have test after test shows nothing.
I should note that I know I have an underactive thyroid. In 2011, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that can lead to hypothyroidism. However, I have been taking replacement hormones since then, and my levels had been pretty under control since that time.
The past few weeks my fatigue and cold intolerance have been a bit worse than normal, and my high TSH levels could explain the flare in these symptoms. With any luck, adjusting my dose will help reduce the severity of the symptoms (*fingers crossed*).
The cold sensitivity is what I need to be fixed. As I type, I am wearing two pairs of socks, a pair of leggings under my jeans, three layers of shirts, and am wrapped up in a blanket with my warm laptop on my lap. Despite all of that, I feel as though I’m standing outside on a -10-degree day in Chicago with no clothes on.
Anyway, it is incredibly nice to find something medically recognized and defined that my doctor can provide treatment for.