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:
Medicines that can increase your blood pressure include:
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!


1 comment

  • Hi Stephanie, hope all is well. I recently discovered I have an under active thyroid. I’m 36. The way I was feeling before taking Thyroxine was so bad, hair loss, weight gain, dizziness, muscle and head aches, severe fatigue and bouts of depression. I’m only 4 months into treatment but the condition is permanent and I too need to explore thyroid friendly diets and lifestyle choices. Before I had my son 2 years ago I would work out 4-5 times a week. I gained 6 stone (!!!) in pregnancy and spent the best part of the last 2 years working my arse off to lose the weight and feeling rubbish. It slowly (very slowly) dropped but I noticed weight gain again and the other symptoms which lead me to seek blood tests and receive the diagnosis.
    It’s an extremely common condition unfortunately. Mainly effecting women and I’m sure it can be diet related too. I was plant based after having my son and then pescatarian.
    Anyway, sorry I just stumbled across your post and thought I’d reach out. Wishing you luck in your journey with your health and thyroid.
    Kate x

    Kate brookfield

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