Monday, October 22, 2012

You Might Be Crazy If...

You might be crazy if: 

You sometimes feel crazy.

You have constant headaches.

You get paralyzed by rage that is so intense you have no idea what to do with it or where it came from.

Sometimes it feels like it hurts to think. 

You get really gassy and bloated, no matter what you eat. 

Sometimes you feel like you have a phantom double chin, as if you gained twenty pounds over the course of five minutes.

You feel like you can actually see the clutter in your brain. 

You feel like you need more sleep than the average person, but half of the time you can't actually fall asleep at night.

Sometimes one of your toes turns white and feels numb, as if there's no blood circulating there. Just one. 

You forget things all the time. 

You have really intense neck pain. All the time.

You get really panicky when you get hungry. Like, might kill somebody panicky.

Your moods vacillate like you're on a constant emotional roller coaster.

You're cold all the time and would live in the sauna at the gym if you could.

You feel like your body rejects all food.

You really need a nap at 2pm every day. 

You feel great the week after your period and feel like you're dying the week before. I'm not talking normal PMS, I'm talking seriously debilitating depression and/or body pain.

You have to pee every thirty minutes. 

Your body feels achy, like when you have the flu. Except you don't have the flu.

You get so depressed all you can do is lie in bed and stare at the ceiling.

You pick fights with your boyfriend for no discernible reason (actually this one might just be every woman?)

You've spent thousands of dollars on various doctors and every single one had a different treatment plan for you.

Yep, you might be crazy. I certainly am. Oh wait. Or you might just have Hashimoto's.

One of my doctors told me that 1 in 3 American women have Hashimoto's, although many are not diagnosed. And for many of us who are, a diagnosis doesn't do that much to help anyway.

I can tell you this. You're not crazy. You're not a wimp and you're not a complainer. You're a warrior. You get up every day, determined to find an answer, determined to live your life, determined to heal.

And some days that's all you can do. You just get up.


Jen Benjamin said...

So needed this today, thank you.

Jen Benjamin said...

So needed this today, thank you. I now know I'm not alone in my meltdowns.

zanjabil said...

I feel like crying reading this. Allot of these symptoms describe me. How do you get tested for Hashimotos?

Iris said...

Jen, I needed it too. You are SO not alone!

Zanjabil, I would start with asking your doctor to do the bloodwork. I also recommend looking at Dr. Kharrazian's book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal.

Chelsey said...

I was reading this and thinking this is me...and it is me!!! I have hashimoto's, Lol. Ok, it's really not that funny. But yes, I do have ALL of the symptoms above. And it sucks. But it's also funny. I have accepted where I am.

Karen said...

Or you might have Chronic Lyme Disease....

Cassidy Stauffer said...

This is SO ME!!! I have a goiter on my thyroid I've had to get drained several times but they tell me my thyroid levels are normal! I just ordered the book, thank you!!!


Anonymous said...

Wow, I've got Hashi's and don't have most of your symptoms. I had to give up gluten for sure, but now my thyroid hormone levels are back to normal.

I did have thyroid nodules/masses, hair loss, coldness, tiredness, depression and weight gain. All seems to be gone now. Can't explain it but my thyroid seems to be working well despite the goiter and nodules which didn't go away. Lost weight effortlessly, etc...

My doctor wanted to remove the gland but I refused. Suppose I should get another biopsy. But maybe if it ain't broke, don't fix it, eh?

I'm sorry you had so many horrendous symptoms with your Hashi's, but most people don't get all of those, or so bad. Hope you are healing!

Iris said...

Here's the link to the book:

Jen Benjamin said...

I just started cytomel, so I'm hoping when my levels normal out (ie Hashi's is better), I'll stop being so sad. It's really straining my relationship.

Chef Amber Shea said...

So very "me." Ugh.

laurelvb said...

Even having been diagnosed several years ago doesn't mean my doctor knows what to do other than throw Armour at it. Sigh. Plus, your crazy seems pretty damn normal to me. Does that make us twins?

Iris said...

Jen, Yes! It is so hard on relationships!

Amber, At least we're in it together. :)

Laurel, You know we're twins. :)

Organic Athlete said...

Then, I must the best craziest person on this planet!!!!

pythonesk99 said...

Iris - Have you looked into low-dose naltrexone? I searched on your blog for naltrexone and see that a couple other people have mentioned it.

It's a great option for anyone dealing with an autoimmune disease. I have Hashi's too.

Hope this helps someone,


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