Monday, May 18, 2009


Hello everyone! I must apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I do have an excuse.

Last Wednesday, I got so sick I threw up every ten minutes. It was horrible. That night I became so dehyrdated that my husband took me to the ER. Once I'd had a few bags of IV fluid and some anti-nausea medicine, I was beginning to feel a little better.

Apparently I'd had what's called a Thyroid Storm. It's caused by having hyperthyroidism, which is also called Graves' Disease. GD affects only 2% of women in their lives and most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 and 40. Here are some of the symptoms:
* trouble sleeping
* fatigue
* trouble getting pregnant
* frequent bowel movements
* irritability
* weight loss without dieting
* heat sensitivity
* increased sweating
* muscular weakness
* changes in vision or how your eyes look
* lighter menstrual flow
* rapid heart beat
* hand tremors

I am finally home now, Monday, and am feeling LOTS better. Of course, I had to miss The Makeup Show- which I was pretty devastated about, I tried to go but my husband pretty much sat on me. Just wanted to let you guys know what's been going on. Let the beauty posts continue!


Melinda said...

Hi. I just came across this post and wanted to tell you that I have thyroid stuff going on too (although it's hypo not hyper) because it's always easier to deal when you know you're not alone.

Also, after having dealt with this condition for 18 years, I have three very important tips: first, if your doc has prescribed any kind of medication for it, this is one of those rare cases where brand is way better than generic; second, make sure to get blood work done (from an endocrinologist because they will do a more extensive panel than an average primary) 4x/year because lots of things could cause you to need a different dose like other meds or more rarely the season; third, the way the thyroid works is that it makes a hormone called T3 that your body converts into T4 - the typical rx you will get is T3 which most people can do just fine with, but there are other options you should know about just in case your converter isn't working - there is another med that is a T3/T4 combo made from pig hormones - a third option is to have a compounding pharmacy make a special blend just for you.

These are just things I have stumbled on along my journey, but I encourage you to do your own research. As with any health condition, you are your own best advocate. And just to empower you a little bit more, I give you a quote from the movie Galaxy Quest, "Never give up, never surrender".

I hope you start feeling better very soon.


Kyl said...

That sounds terrible! I hope you are feeling better and getting good treatment. There will always be another makeup show!

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