Thanks for all the support that I have been getting. Sometimes I feel so alone, so it is always nice to know that people actually do care.
I just went to the new endocrinologist. I am not sure what to think of him. My mom insisted that she go to “help” me remember my symptoms. I had them all written down on a piece of paper though. Well, she basically made the doctor think that I am just majorly a depressed person because of all the difficulties I have had in my life. I feel I handle those pretty well. The reason I get moody and depressed is because of the way I feel physically. I hate knowing that I am smarter then I appear. Its just so difficult for me to think at a normal speed anymore. It takes me so long to try to formulate the words.
This doctor thinks that I don’t just have hypothyroidism as all the other endocrinologists think. He feels that I have hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This is where your autoimmune system is actually attacking the thyroid. People who have family members with other autoimmune disorders (diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis) are more apt to have this. From what I have been reading on the web, most doctors do not treat the autoimmune portion of the disease. They just treat the thyroid symptoms. Many people have to look at alternative avenues to get their autoimmune system under control. I wouldn’t even know where to begin looking to find out how to surpress an over active autoimmune system.
I will definitely continue my research. I refuse to believe that there isn’t a cure or at least something to give my symptoms relief. At least I have a name of what I need to fight against. I knew deep down that it couldn’t simply be hypothyroidism since my symptoms were severe and I wasn’t responding to meds.
Besides, since December 1st, I have seen my primary care doctor @ $20 per visit, with a follow up visit in two weeks. Now my specialist wants to see me again in 2 weeks. That was $35 for today’s visit & $35 in two weeks. Money was already tight without the medical bills.