Accepting "Hypothyroidism" As The Label For All of Your Symptoms
The truth is....your body is sick. What commonly happens is that when no simple explanation can be found for your symptoms you get blood test and get labeled with hypothyroidism.
When you first got diagnosed you may have been happy to finally have something to call it, a name you refer to your symptoms by. It's scary having symptoms that nobody can explain. It leaves you with angst and worry. Your mind wonders if there is some underlying process that is more serious, and when you finally get that hypothyroidism label you let out a sigh of relief.
Soon you probably realized that this hypothyroidism label leads to a life of getting your TSH and perhpas your T4 thyroid hormones tested and your thyroid medication dosage tweaked to keep your TSH in the "normal range".
A diagnosis that gives a set of symptoms a name, but does not lead to a solution for all your symptoms is not helpful. If you are not careful every single new symptom you have will be attributed to another disorder that is treated with medication and soon you are on 3-4-5 medications and you still don't feel like you used to.
You realize the root cause of your symptoms is not explored properly. You need a doctor who will explore all of the specifics of how your body is truly functioning, from a big picture, functional approach.
So if you have already been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, then don't get stuck in that trap where everything is now "your thyroid". You still deserve to be cared for, taken seriously, and respected. Don't let that diagnosis be the excuse for doctors to just brush everything off, or just prescibe another drug to deal with your newest symptom and stop looking for answers.
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