Hypothyroidism Broke My Brain

Hypothyroidism broke my brain

My brain suddenly broke.

And I knew it.

I woke up one day shortly after my first son was born in 2006.

And I was no longer me.

I was this broken, dysfunctional version of myself.

That I didn’t recognize.

I couldn’t remember the simplest of things.

I lived in a thick, foggy haze.

I didn’t feel good about myself.

I felt anxious all the time.

I was unable to concentrate and felt fidgety.

I felt so moody.

I descended into a spiral of darkness.

And I was embarrassed.

I was told by my ob/gyn at my first postnatal visit that I had postpartum depression.

No lab tests.

Nothing.

Just a quick diagnosis just like that.

And a prescription slip for antidepressants.

“It’s normal for brain function to decline with age,” my doctor said.

“Oh and here’s a prescription for anti-anxiety and sleeping pills too.”

Somehow I knew deep inside

That something more all-consuming was happening to me.

The indescribable fatigue that had swallowed me up whole.

The weight on the scale that kept rising.

The hair that fell and clogged my shower drain.

The cholesterol and blood sugar levels that were all of a sudden too high.

The non-stop infections that plagued me.

No one understood.

Lazy.

Maybe that’s what people thought I had become.

I looked “normal”.

But I felt like I was dying.

I knew there was something serious going on.

That my doctors were missing.

But what?

Then I miscarried my baby.

And I was wracked by grief.

Finally I landed in the emergency room.

I had two kidney stones.

Who knew that I would later rejoice about kidney stones that hurt like hell.

But they saved my brain.

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism right there in the emergency room.

I finally had a name for what was plaguing me.

I researched everything I could about hypothyroidism.

I spent all hours of the day and night.

I found the best doctors.

And I got well.

So well that I kissed my new thyroid doctor.

I kissed her on the cheek and hugged her so tight.

That’s what I did for the joy I felt.

I discovered that most doctors have no clue how to diagnose and treat hypothyroidism.

And that pisses me off.

With hundreds of millions of us in the world, the medical world needs to get their act together.

The TSH lab test is often the only lab test run for hypothyroidism.

And it fails miserably.

Comprehensive lab testing should includes Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies.

Hashimoto’s disease is the number one cause of hypothyroidism yet thyroid antibodies are rarely tested.

And that’s freakin’ crazy.

Every mainstream doctor that I visited insisted that T4-only levothyroxine drugs like Synthroid were the solution.

Even when they failed to work for me and doctors kept insisting.

It took firing multiple doctors to find one open

to the other options including T3 and natural desiccated thyroid.

Why do doctors make finding treatment that works for us so darn difficult?

Step by step I discovered that there are multiple pieces of the thyroid puzzle.

And they can all independently affect the brain too.

Like nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, heavy metal toxicity.

Adrenal fatigue, sex hormone imbalance, and more.

I got so well that I went on to have my second son.

I got so well that my brain started working again.

It worked like my old brain, only better.

I must share what I’ve discovered with other people.

I read an article about blogging and that word “blog” stayed on my mind.

Could a blog really make a difference?

I took a leap of faith and launched Hypothyroid Mom in October 2012.

With my brain working at lightning speed again.

Guess what?

A blog can make a difference.

Over one million people follow Hypothyroid Mom.

I can hardly believe it.

That’s possible now because my brain is no longer broken.

I am helping hypothyroidism sufferers across the globe regain their health.

My brain can’t stop me now.

I didn’t have depression after all.

I didn’t have anxiety disorder.

I didn’t have brain fog and memory loss due to aging.

I had hypothyroidism.

And it broke my brain.

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini M.A., Ed.M., founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby she lost to hypothyroidism. This is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with Dana on Google+

Comments

  1. How do I find out what you did to correct your thyroid? I’ve been dealing with thyroid issues for 20 plus years and still don’t feel good. I am on Armour thyroid and that’s it.

  2. I recently had two surgeries for thyroid cancer, taking 31 lymph nodes and entire thyroid gland. I then healed for two months, followed by stopping iodine medication for a month, followed by radioactive iodine infusion. My entire life has been affected. I am 1 month post infusion, have foggy mind, lethargic, starving, loss of taste, sleep countless hours, itchy skin, gained 15 pounds, gained gut fat, wears of changes, just not the same person. Any suggestions for a turn around to healthier days.

  3. Cristina DeHart says

    Several months ago I was diagnosed with a Hypothyroid. I was very hesitant to take the medication because anxiety was one of my major symptoms (along with many others characterized by perimenopause) and everything I read said that Hyperthyroidism caused anxiety. I was afraid the medication would make me more anxious. After I read your article it made me think again. The first part of your blog sounds exactly how I feel. I have been suffering… So you felt anxious too? Any additional info you can provide would be very much appreciated!

  4. I went to a new doctor this week. He has two first appointments free. That is when he talks about Hashimoto and orders tests for high antibodies. I had already had tests ordered so I shortened the time waiting on tests. I had been on synthyroid for a few years. And I stopped taking because of a few things.

    This man is Dr Raymond Benedetto in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He has a YouTube channel also. He said there are reasons that the antibodies are attacking the thyroid and I have more tests coming to take. Neurotransmitters, and hormone and gut health. If anyone wants to watch his videos I think you can find some help.

    I feel for all of the ripple writing these comments. I also felt terrible for years before I got helped by an herbalist. It was years of cleaning up my diet and lifestyle. No chemical anything. Not in food or cleaning things or perfume

    Some where along life’s path I am in a low thyroid and I was tested for thyroid antibodies. I have high antibodies. He said h can get me straight. I’m hoping

  5. I’m giving it all of my energy to stay on this planet. Every morning feels like I have the flu and I literally have to roll out of bed because ot the pain in my joints and back. My story is too long to tell.

    • Sandra Bennett says

      Hi Kate, have you looked at your gut health? I had all sorts of issues including low thyroid and very high inflammation levels. One Dr simply gave up on me, he wasn’t in the least interested when l mentioned gut health, told me instead that l had bowel cancer. Tests showed l haven’t. So l started to research myself. Turns out l have a lot of intolerances to foods. Also found what can help.
      A chiropractor may help with your back. I feel flue like when my back is out.
      A major reason for many bone and joint problems is bad shoes. I found the right ones and back issues have disappeared. Here in Australia a new shoe brand that is brilliant is Foot Bio-Tech. As soon as l put them on my feet did a jig! It took 20 years and thousands of dollars of chiro. visits before l found the answer. It’s out there now. These shoes are the result of foot research at the University of Newcastle in NSW.
      I do hope you can find the answer to you issues. We really need to do our own research, particularly with gut health because it is a new study. The gut brain connection is very strong, so eating food that is wrong for us really messes us up. And we are all different, what l might find a problem could very well be fine for you.
      My very best in your health journey,
      Sandra

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