Recently we became aware that the conditions can change. My spouse a few years ago, had a complete thyroidectomy due to more than a dozen nodes growing on the gland. At that time she was diagnosed as Hypothyroid, and treatments began up until surgery. These past few years post surgery (special thank to Dr. Kerlin), my spouse was still being treated for Hypo.
So let me give you a brief rundown of past to present and now being treated for Hyperthyroid, without an existing thyroid at all.
- diagnosed as Hypo (pre-surgery)
- surgery, complete thyroidectomy
- first medications were synthetic and generic, Levothyroxin
- each check up the dosage was being increased
- personal research provided the organic option of Armour
- switched to Armour with slight dosage changes over the last few years.
So now its blood work time last month….fun right? Not! However, it was necessary as we were seeing changes that we could not explain. it turns out that after being on the higher dose of Armour, my spouses system jumped ship to being Hyper. This was something we never put any research into, because we weren’t dealing with that spectrum. The signs of suddenly becoming Hyper as we know them are:
- drying and frizzing of hair
- very dry skin
- muscle cramping
- change in appetite
- for women, missing cycles
- frequent bowel movement—perhaps diarrhea
- heart palpitations
- heat intolerance
- increased sweating
- mental disturbances
- muscle weakness
- problems with fertility
- shortness of breath
- sudden paralysis
- vision changes
- weight loss-but perhaps weight gain
- thinning of hair
- itching and hives
- possible increase in blood sugar
All of this can be verified on www.endocrineweb.com.
We have also learned that if any existing cells were still in the neck/throat after the removal of the diseased gland, that it can grow back again. We have also learned that the entire process will start all over again, as there is little to support that the gland will grow back healthy.
Below is a rendering of a healthy thyroid versus one with nodules growing.
Please be aware of any changes that you see, ask the questions that you hate to ask. As the partner or spouse of someone living with this disease, remember if the gland is having a tantrum basically, they will not feel good. If the medications are not properly prescribed they will not feel good. Its important to stay supportive as much as possible.