Pain In The Neck! Thyroid Problems

Thyroid Problems - Pain In The Neck!

A Hypothyroid Mom follower contacted me with a poem she wrote about her struggle with thyroid diagnosis and treatment. It was a poem that stayed on my mind for days.

Pain in the neck!

I think it started in my teens

Throughout my life, ‘was in my genes’

Lurking like some hidden mystery

But clear to see from medical history.

Fatigue, grey hair, and menstrual hell

Endometriosis, scarletina, glandular fever as well.

In better times, was still not ‘great’

My weight and moods would fluctuate.

Fainting standing on my feet,

Low iron, B.P., could not compete.

Outside the sun became an allergy

More drugs to take and mindless quackery.

And even as I grew in years,

More chronic symptoms soon appeared.

Wasted time in patient chairs,

Wondering how come no one cared.

I soon had children of my own,

Pregnancy fatigued me to the bone.

No blooming phase, just weak and weighty

Iron depletion, feeling fainty.

But following birth, my weight did plummet,

Massive hunger, fatigue was chronic.

More mindless chat, sympathetic stares,

‘I’m tired’, ‘new mum’, condescending ‘there there’s’.

A few years on, just before turning thirty,

Menstrual hell returns aplenty.

So bad I prayed this was ‘the change’

Lost so much blood, depleted, drained.

And still the white coats left me suffering

Day to day, fatigued and struggling.

‘It’s hormones dear, it will come right,’

But other friends were all alright?

Each day I froze down to my bones

In summer sun, out or at home.

and twenty odd repeat infections,

Still they missed the plain connection.

My hair was brittle, came out in handfuls

My skin so sore, now feeling dreadful.

Every ounce of energy, to rise from bed,

Walking zombie, living dead.

And then one day between my naps,

I chose to research all these facts.

Found support groups, online saviours

Explained in full, these strange behaviours.

My thyroid gland, plain and simple

Obvious cause, affecting many people.

And all those years of inaccurate blood tests,

Not one white coat, gave this diagnosis.

So now on meds, the ‘natural kind’.

I feel my health approaching ‘fine’,

I can maintain a normal life,

Worker, mother and a wife!

So please, if these words strike a chord,

You’re feeling weak with energy floored,

Don’t let them say ‘it’s in your head’

Stand up and fight, not lay down dead!

Written by Z.M. Fillingham

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini 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.

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