My Thyroid And Me Chapter 8
I went to the Dr for a check-up, and after waiting almost an hour in a hot sweatbox of a waiting room, I was then told upon my check-up that I had gained 1 stone in the space of 6 months.
Now I would put my hands up and say that my diet and drinking habits defiantly increased over the past months, so I can fully understand. However, what made my heart sink was knowing that this may possibly have caused me to put my health at more risk.
The DR did advise it wasn’t a concern as it was slightly high and could be caused by many factors such as the hot waiting room and nervousness from waiting to be seen. I have a family history of diabetes which lead to cancer in the pancreas and eventually the death of my grandmother 12 years ago, so as you can imagine this stirred up so many emotions within.
It has taken me over 2 weeks to complete this blog post as every time I try to finish it only bring back the beautiful memories and times of my grandmother. Which then causes me to go into a dark space that starts with ‘I need to get to better grips with this thyroid health and then spirals into a pity party blaming myself for not taking better percussions in my health as I already have a lifelong condition, and I need to take it more serious’.
I started to read more into high blood pressure and all the factors that can cause it and what does it mean for someone with hypothyroidism. Here are a few finds I have come across
In about 1 in 20 cases, high blood pressure happens as the result of an underlying health condition or taking a certain medicine.
Health conditions that can cause high blood pressure include:
- kidney disease
- obstructive sleep apnoea – where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing
- hormone problems – such as an underactive thyroid, an overactive thyroid, Cushing's syndrome, acromegaly, increased levels of the hormone aldosterone (hyperaldosteronism), and phaeochromocytoma
- lupus – a condition in which the immune system attacks parts of the body, such as the skin, joints and organs
- scleroderma – a condition that causes thickened skin, and sometimes problems with organs and blood vessels
Medicines that can increase your blood pressure include:
- the contraceptive pill
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – such as ibuprofen and naproxen
- some pharmacy cough and cold remedies
- some herbal remedies – particularly those containing liquorice
- some recreational drugs – such as cocaine and amphetamines
- some selective serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI) antidepressants – such as venlafaxine
In these cases, your blood pressure may return to normal once you stop taking the medicine or drug. *
Now as you can imagine when you use Dr Google to research your symptoms you become period and somewhat mellow dramatic and expect the worse; like I said before the reason behind my slightly high blood pressure could be a factor of many things.
Hypothyroidism can affect the heart and circulatory system in a number of ways. Insufficient thyroid hormone slows your heart rate. Because it also makes the arteries less elastic, blood pressure rises in order to circulate blood around the body. Elevated cholesterol levels, which contribute to narrowed, hardened arteries, are another possible consequence of low thyroid levels.
I have yet to gone to the Dr to investigate my scare further, but after doing further digging I know understand that I had not reached high blood pressure, however, it was elevated, and boy this has been a massive wake up call.
I really need to start living a more underactive thyroid friendly diet and lifestyle as Health is Wealth!