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Monday, July 2, 2012

Hi-Ho, Hypo, My Thyroid Levels are Low...

(sing it with me!)
"I'll get more drugs,
Not be a slug,
Hi-Ho, hypo, hypo, hypo..."

Yes, that's right...I finally got my lab results back, and I am, indeed, hypo again.  Well, I guess I technically have a diagnosis of "hypothyroid" all the time, but you know what I mean.  One of my thyroid hormone levels (Free T4, to be specific) is once again below range.  And it may sound strange, but I was actually quite happy to hear that.  Partly, of course, in that "See?  I knew I was low again!" sort of way, but mostly because the Devil you know is usually better than the Devil you don't know.  I knew something was wrong, as evidenced by my fatigue and my skating suckiness (suckyness? suckitude?), and I guess I'd rather have it be a return of low thyroid levels than a new, fun problem.

So now I've got a new prescription for a (slightly) higher level of Synthroid.  I'm a little concerned about the "slightly" part, because I ended up having to up my prescription pretty significantly last summer before things got back to normal, and every med adjustment takes a month (raise meds, wait a month, blood test, then go from there).  So last year took 2 raises, and hence 2 months, to get back to normal.  Two months is sounding like a long time, if this first med change doesn't do it...

In the meantime, I'm not quite sure what to do about my workouts.  In the past I've pretty much just put my head down and slogged dutifully through whatever workouts I had planned, regardless of how poorly they went.  I'm not sure I'm up for that again this year, though, and I'm not sure it's the best plan in terms of helping my body get to where it needs to be, thyroid-wise. (And having a month or two (more) of really lackluster workouts does not do much in terms of getting my head where it needs to be, either!)  I'm soliciting opinions from my chiropractor (who recommended easing up a bit on the workouts until the thyroid is behaving again), from Google (who really doesn't have much to say on the subject), and from Coach TieGuy (who I haven't called yet).  If any of you have experiences/suggestions, I'd love to hear them!  For now, tomorrow's workout will be an easy "make it up as you go along" type thing (which is somewhat stressful in itself for a control freak like me!), and then I guess I'll start planning the rest of July after that.

So I'm still a slug, and I don't know for how much longer I'll be a slug, but at least now I know why I'm a slug...


  1. I have no advice but would love to know what Coach Tie Guy has to say.

  2. Funny you should ask...he pretty much said "how this is affecting your skating is not the main issue here; you need to figure out what the #%@* is wrong with you." A sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree! I'm not sure if it's "normal" to have to keep going through the "get hypo/raise meds/repeat" cycle for years after diagnosis, but I'd like to find out! In the meantime, he did agree with my feeling that I should ease up a bit for now on the workouts; he said it's early enough in the season that it shouldn't have too much negative effect (actually, even if it did it wouldn't matter; I just can't do the workouts right now). So anyway, I'm going to talk to my doctor about how unusual this is/isn't, and go from there...