Last Updated on: April 24th, 2016
Today’s post is a personal one, similar to the True Tales Tuesdays posts I used to write.
I’m writing it for a few reasons, the main one being to let you know that I’ve FINALLY been diagnosed!
You see, the last few months, I kinda knew that something was wrong with me. I have been really tired, for no apparent reason. I even lost interest in blogging, although I’ve been publishing at least one post per week since 2014 and two posts per week the year before that.
I also have been publishing posts a few times a month on my author site, Laying It Out There.
Not to mention, I’ve been busy writing and editing for clients, doing website work on both my site as well as another client’s site, and working on landing a HUGE ghostwriting project.
I’ve also been doing a bit in the way of guest posting, and have participated in a few podcasts (and have a few more lined up). In fact, one is a live show/interview with Barbara Ehrentreu that is going to be broadcasted on Blog Talk Radio on May 23rd, 2015, at 4 PM EST, and another is a Q & A with David Ralph that will be available on May 29th, 2015, on Join Up Dots. I’m scheduled to record another podcast, too, on June 2nd, 2015, with Drs. Rob and Janelle on Authors Talk About It, although I don’t know yet when that podcast will be available.
While you might think that all of these things, combined, is enough to cause me to be tired, you are wrong. I’m normally a very productive individual!
However, I’ve not been spending much time on my laptop lately, due to a funk I was in.
The good news is that I have a REAL reason for feeling the way I have been.
I’m not as healthy as I should be.
In fact, I’ve been dealing with a few different health issues for the past year.
Now, I have to warn you that you might want to skip the first section of this post, as I get REALLY personal with my health issues. I would like for you to read about My Second Health Issue, however, and continue reading from there.
If you’re always tired, you might have the same problem as I do, and don’t know it!
My First Health Issue
I’ve also dealt with numbness in my hand.
Since then, I’ve had some female issues. Last year, for some reason (still unknown), I had my period and bled for four-and-a-half out of six months. I underwent a slew of tests and had a biopsy done, yet all tests came back as “normal.” Two different gynocologists and my family physician couldn’t find anything wrong.
After speaking with one of female friends, I was told to ask my doctor for the Depo-Provera shot, which is generally used as a form of birth control. When I went to my doctor, he told me that he had to give me the shot on the third, fourth, or fifth day of my period. This posed a problem, as my period would not stop. UGH!
I was practically in tears when I explained to him that I needed to STOP my period. He prescribed straight Provera in the form of a pill. I took it for ten days. During that time, my period stopped. That joyous day was Friday, November 14th, 2014.
However, my period only stopped for eight days. It was back on the 22nd. On Monday the 24th, I called my doctor and went in the next day to get my first shot.
For the next two months, I had my period on and off. Fortunately, it was more “off” than “on”!
Finally, on Monday, January 19th, it stopped for good. I’m ecstatic to report that it has not returned!!!
I’ve had two more injections of Depo-Provera since then, on February 17th, 2015, and on May 14, 2015.
This is something I don’t need — I’m already overweight!
My Second Health Issue
With any excessive weight gain comes feelings of fatigue.
I’ve not only gained weight, but I’ve been extremely tired for months.
However, my exhaustion, as I only recently found out, is due to an underactive thyroid, also called hypothyroidism.
The side effects of hypothyroidism are tiredness, a poor ability to tolerate cold, and weight gain.
I have all three, and have had them for some time. Month. Many months. Yet I didn’t know I had a real problem.
It wasn’t until my new gynocologist ran some bloodwork — and then ran more, confirm — that I learned that I had this problem.
Because she was set to go on maternity leave, she told me to follow up with my family doctor, which I did last Thursday when I went for my third Depo-Provera shot.
He put me on medication.
The Good-Bad News
The good news is that I’m happy to finally know what is wrong. The bad news is that the medication I’m on (levothyroxine), takes six to eight weeks to take effect.
More bad news is that there are many different dosages, and the doctor has to start at the “beginning” dose, then do more blood tests after seven weeks have passed to see if he has to alter my dosage.
There are also several side effects that I have to be on the lookout for.
I’ve only been on this medication for a few days, but I’m extremely relieved that I’ve finally been diagnosed with a solvable problem. I’m not stressed out anymore now that I know I’m being treated, and I now have answers as to why I’ve been feeling like crap for the last few months.
I honestly thought I had blogging burnout!
It’s good to know that I don’t.
Share Your Thoughts
Have you ever been consistently tired every day?
Have you ever had a health issue you couldn’t resolve right away?
Have you ever just wanted to give up?
Have you ever wished your life were different?
Let’s talk in the comments.
Feel free to vent. This post is an “anything goes” post and I’d love to hear from you.
It helps knowing that I’m not alone.