Remember how I said that I'm basically like a Thyroid Ambassador now ever since I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease? I'm back at it again. I've been on my Levothyroxine since the end of May, and I go back for my blood work again in September. My TSH levels are still high, but when I got it checked in July it was almost half down from what it was when I went in May. So, the medication is working, even if my levels aren't exactly where they should be yet.
Having a thyroid problem is like having an invisible disease that essentially makes you look fine, except for a few issues that may be noticeable but could also be caused by any number of other things (we'll discuss a few of them today), so most people think you're fine. Kind of like how people with Fibromyalgia suffer daily, and most people don't know it because they can't see it. What people don't realize is, it's pretty friggin exhausting having your body fight you on a constant daily basis. Hashimoto's is your immune system fighting your thyroid, like when your body fights off a cold, you know how tired you get when that happens? Just imagine that like every waking second of your life.
Like I said, today I wanted to talk to you about three things that can be associated with your thyroid but could be caused by any number of other things: 1) acne, 2) dry skin, and 3) dry and excessive hair fall out.
Your thyroid controls, essentially, everything. But especially your hormones. That's why you have to take a synthetic hormone every day for the rest of your life when you have Hashimoto's Disease. What one of the causes of acne? Hormones.
Ever since being on my medicine, my acne has cleared up drastically. I still get the occasional pimple here and there (especially during one super fun time a month), which I, of course, pick at and drastically make worse, but even now, in the thick of summer, my acne is pretty under control. I think it has a lot to do with my hormones getting back in balance. By the way, I still stand by Paula's Choice being the other part. Her acne collection has been my best friend pretty much since the day I used it.
As you guys know, I've struggled with eczema and dry skin basically forever. I've got overly sensitive skin. Remember all that Contact Dermatitis I've been going through since I was a young teenager? And I've tried so many different kind of makesup and what not, but it always returns. Knock on wood, I only have one small spot under my eye presently and that's it. And I've been using all sorts of eye shadow, and I got a new mascara (which I have to review still), and eye shadow primer. Different brands, brands that have caused me issues in the past, haven't really caused any issues. I feel like that's gotta be related.
If you're a woman with long hair, you probably get those random pieces that fall out in the shower that you stick to the wall, claiming you'll clean them up after the shower, but you probably won't. Or, maybe when you brush your hair, you see a lot of hair gathering on your brush. Or, you blow dry your hair and you notice pieces falling out, some big and some small, in your brush and on your pants or the floor. You probably thought what I thought. I have a lot of hair, tons of it. It's long and it's plentiful. All the hair I lose I always thought was normal, Kevin finds my hair everywhere all the time. In his car, on his pillow, on his clothes, somehow in his beard.. literally, everywhere. But really, that's not that normal. Losing some hair is normal yes, but if it seems excessive, that's a red flag. Currently, I feel like I'm losing less hair than I was before, so I'm happy about that.
So, here's your monthly PSA reminding you to listen to your body, look for issues like these that you may simply by pass as normal, and demand to get your thyroid checked. No one knows your body like you do, so don't be afraid to speak up and be honest with your doctor if something feels wrong! You can't control everything, but you can try to take control of your health as best you can.
You can do it. Don't give up. GET YOUR THYROID TESTED!